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April 9, 2012 6:00:35 AM

Hey guys,

PC is getting a bit long in the tooth, 4 years old, and I am looking to build a new one. I want something silent and preferably quite compact. I've chosen the parts, but won't buy until Ivy bridge is released and was hoping for some feedback. I've got limited experience with building PCs and thus thought I should ask to prevent any remorse later, I want this PC to last as long as the previous one.

Fractal Design Define Mini
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Seasonic X-660 80Plus Gold 660W
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Asus MAXIMUS-V-GENE Z77
http://www.pcgogo.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&product...
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M4X1600C7 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-Ray Disc Writer OEM
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Gainward GeForce GTX 680 2GB
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Intel 3770K
No links available yet
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Nexus Real Silent 120mm Fans (5 pack)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
ASUS PA246Q 24in P-IPS ProArt Series Professional Monitor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Logitech G9x Laser Mouse
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Thanks,

James.

*Edit: Should probably add that the primary function of the PC is for gaming, uni work and some amateur video editing. Links also added.

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April 9, 2012 7:04:43 AM

Sorry, links added. I'm buying the parts in Australia, so the prices will be higher than what you would expect in America.
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April 9, 2012 7:48:12 AM

JonSnow89 said:
Hey guys,

PC is getting a bit long in the tooth, 4 years old, and I am looking to build a new one. I want something silent and preferably quite compact. I've chosen the parts, but won't buy until Ivy bridge is released and was hoping for some feedback. I've got limited experience with building PCs and thus thought I should ask to prevent any remorse later, I want this PC to last as long as the previous one.

Thanks,

James.

*Edit: Should probably add that the primary function of the PC is for gaming, uni work and some amateur video editing. Links also added.



For someone who claims to have limited experience, I think you did an excellent job researching your parts.

I'm not a fan of coolermaster power supplies in general, but this one's made by enhance and is aparently one of the best power supplies coolermaster has ever brought to market. Still I would pick a Seasonic or corsair over It any day.

The Noctua cooler is very quiet when used with the noctua fans, however My concern is that its a low profile heatsink is likely not as good performer as some others, and your paying a fair bit. I know this is a mini case, but I suspect it fits almost all coolers.

You could likely buy a coolermaster hyper 212 (the included fan is quite silent though) for less then this cooler. save a little bit of money

If you have never tried a mechanical keyboard before, It's worth considering, but logitech do make the best non mechanical gaming keyboards on the market imo.

Those are my only critques. Other then that the build seems great, The intel 520 is a great choice for an SSD, 680 is what i would get right now. The Vengence ram is pretty decent stuff for the money, even decent for overclocking. Can't beat an IPS panel with a fast response time, that ones a nice one.

EDIT : Hey I looked into it, you can fit a H100 in this thing, do that and stick the noctua cooler, I promise it will be quiet and cool much better, considering the high clocked K series cpu, I'd consider it. Take a look at the fit : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp6r4QRmIXE , the noise in the background is his video card I think, or some other fans hes using.
April 9, 2012 12:07:44 PM

cind3r69,

After looking through a number of reviews I decided to take your advice on the power supply and switch to the Seasonic X-660 80Plus Gold 660W. I'm a little embarrassed to admit I'd never even heard of them - I tend to read the "more exciting" news on graphics cards, CPUs or SSDs.

I'm pretty keen on the G510 keyboard as it's basically an upgrade of the G15 keyboard from my old computer - which has been excellent for years now. I'm a fairly slow typist and the gaming referred to above is mostly RPGs, so having never owned one I'm wondering if the price premium of mechanical keyboards is justified in my case?

From your link and some additional looking around, I've found that to install the H100, you basically have to remove both of the hard drive cages in the case - which I would rather not do. The H80 seems like a viable alternative, but is it really worth it over air cooling? Isn't one of the primary selling points of the Ivy Bridge CPU line that they run significantly cooler (a mere 77W)? I didn't realise the low profile heatsinks underperformed, but would I be better off with say a Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler, which fits, over the water cooling?

Thanks for your input,

James.
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