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February 29, 2012 10:12:51 AM

Reading around a bit, the ivy bridge doesn't seem like a significant upgrade to the sandy so I want to wait for the Haswell. Just to have something temporarily, I plan on getting a Phenom II X4 960T for this mobo and a GTX 550 (screen resolution is 1920x1200). Those should run pretty much anything I need as the most demanding game I'll be playing is D3. A year from now when Haswell comes out, I can trash those parts without much of a loss. Trying to keep those 3 parts under 350 usd!

Or should I just wait til the Ivy Bridge comes out, buy all the nice things and call it a day?


IF you guys think the temporary build is a decent idea, what is the quietest GTX 550 available? Or is there a quieter and better performing card for the price?

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February 29, 2012 1:33:33 PM

Any particular reason why you are leaning toward a Phenom over the Intel i3/5/7?
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February 29, 2012 6:08:17 PM

sosofm, those are definitely to be considered then. Are those cards quiet? Is idling udner 30dB? Would a GTX 460 be a better choice yet?

Crushed3d, The Phenom is a lot cheaper than a 2500k. It also feels wasteful if I toss it after a year. Trying to keep everything under $400.
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February 29, 2012 6:25:33 PM

I will get RAM and everything else. I will actually spend a decent amount of parts I will reuse. Want me to list everything else I plan on getting?

Is the 6870 quiet? I would sacrifice performance for quietness as sound will get in the way of my audio setup which cost 4x as much as my the new computer. What about these 6850s?

GIGABYTE

Sapphire

Would these be better? I'm leaning toward the GIGABYTE one since it seems cooler.


I prefer amazon over newegg as I don't need to pay tax.
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February 29, 2012 6:30:24 PM

I read some customers reviews and they say the card is quiet. I owned a Sapphire 4890 and it was quiet.
For quiet and verry good performance Noctua is king.
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February 29, 2012 6:33:22 PM

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February 29, 2012 7:02:51 PM

I would wait for Ivy Bridge, its only a few months away. Why will you make a temporary build of 2 months?

Regarding the videocard, the gTX 550 is quiter then the AMD, specially if it is the model with 2 fans.

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February 29, 2012 7:40:54 PM

ivy bridge will be a reasonable improvement over sandy bridge in general. If your are talking about "K" versions, the 22nm will allow much higher overclocks.

If you want/need to build now, get a Z68 motherboard and use an sandy bridge cpu. Even a cheap G860 will give a X4 a run for it's money.
Read this tom's article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

The motherboard will, in the future , allow you to replace the cpu with a ivy bridge chip of whatever power you need.

As to a quiet graphics card, I think the new 28nm cards now out, or coming soon are your best bet for quiet. They will run cooler.

Amd lower end cards are coming soon, and I think Nvidia will bust their buns to remain competitive.
Wait for one if you can.

To defer your decision, you could always try your game using the integrated graphics. From there, you can better assess just how strong of a graphics card you might need.
The integrated graphics is silent:) 

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February 29, 2012 8:48:17 PM

If you read my first post, the build now is supposed to last me a year, not 2 months.

Wow, the i3-2100 is better than the X4 and is the same price! If I go with the i3, what mobo should I get? I have this in mind: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I could always just run integrated graphics first. That sounds like a pretty decent plan. HD6850 seems like a decent route too as having 2 fans should be quiet right?
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February 29, 2012 9:41:39 PM

ohhgourami said:
If you read my first post, the build now is supposed to last me a year, not 2 months.

Wow, the i3-2100 is better than the X4 and is the same price! If I go with the i3, what mobo should I get? I have this in mind: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I could always just run integrated graphics first. That sounds like a pretty decent plan. HD6850 seems like a decent route too as having 2 fans should be quiet right?


The biostar is a full atx motherboard with 7 expansion slots.

The asrock is a micro-atx motherboard with 4 expansion slots. It looks good to me.
It has only one pci-e x16 slot which effectively rules out dual graphics cards. Not that that is any great loss, to my mind. There are single cards available now , or on the horizon that will match the best sli configurations available today.

I happen to be a fan of small m-atx and even itx formats. They do the job, and you can put them in some interesting small cases.

If you like the 2100, look at the 2120 For $4 more you get 3.3 vs 3.1

If you want quiet, do some research at www.silentpcreview.com . I think they have some reviews of quiet graphics cards.
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February 29, 2012 11:18:37 PM

So you recommend the asrock micro atx over the full sized biostar? If so, just cheaper to me and seems like it will get the job done.

Yup I saw the 2120 for a couple bucks more, definitely worth it. I'm thinking about getting a Hyper 212+ to cool it. The HD6850 does seem decently quiet, ~20dB.

I ordered a Silverstone TJ10 full tower so everything should easily fit. Debating on the PSU which is either getting a Seasonic M12II 620W or just call it a day with the X750 since it will run quieter.
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February 29, 2012 11:25:26 PM

I'd recommend full sized (ATX) motherboard.. as for brand - I'd recommend an ASRock or ASUS motherboard.

The Hyper 212+ is a great fan, I own one as well as many others.
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February 29, 2012 11:30:22 PM

ohhgourami said:
So you recommend the asrock micro atx over the full sized biostar? If so, just cheaper to me and seems like it will get the job done.

Yup I saw the 2120 for a couple bucks more, definitely worth it. I'm thinking about getting a Hyper 212+ to cool it. The HD6850 does seem decently quiet, ~20dB.

I ordered a Silverstone TJ10 full tower so everything should easily fit. Debating on the PSU which is either getting a Seasonic M12II 620W or just call it a day with the X750 since it will run quieter.


The 2120 will come with a stock cooler that will get the job done. Since oc on a 2120 is limited, there will be no heat issues. Spend the $30 elsewhere.

At the same price, get the stronger psu, they are both good quality.

---good luck---
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February 29, 2012 11:51:33 PM

Wouldn't the stock 2120 fan be loud? Silence is the must have for me even if it comes at a higher price.

I found a different mobo and at a good price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm trying to cut cost on mobo as much as possible and for $100, this one has a lot of features while still being a full size.

the Seasonic X750 will run me ~$160.

And I think I will purchase this GPU as the rebate ends tongiht: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F6GJAU/ref=s9_simh...
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March 1, 2012 1:16:23 AM

ohhgourami said:
Wouldn't the stock 2120 fan be loud? Silence is the must have for me even if it comes at a higher price.

I found a different mobo and at a good price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm trying to cut cost on mobo as much as possible and for $100, this one has a lot of features while still being a full size.

the Seasonic X750 will run me ~$160.

And I think I will purchase this GPU as the rebate ends tongiht: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004F6GJAU/ref=s9_simh...


If the $30 is not that important, go ahead and get one up front. It is much easier to install a cooler during the initial build vs taking it apart and doing it after.

The stock cooler will be quiet under most normal workloads, but under high usage, the stock fan may spin up and be louder. The 120mm fan of the cm hyper212 will solve that problem.
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March 1, 2012 1:38:41 AM

Thanks so much for helping me! I shall buy all the parts I need then!
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March 1, 2012 1:38:57 AM

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March 1, 2012 2:07:45 AM

Best of luck to ya. :) 
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