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Thoughts on a Balanced Quiet Computer

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April 11, 2012 12:51:46 AM

What to get people's opinion on this build. The goal is to create a powerful yet, quiet system. I plan on keeping the system for about 5 years or more. I decided to go with 1 powerful graphics card to keep the noise down, understandably it probably isn't the optimal choice in terms of price/performance. A few questions

1. Thoughts on power supply choice. Is it too much power or too little?
2. Thoughts on motherboard choice in terms of quality and performance. I'm not concerned with overclocking.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


CPU Cooler
http://www.pugetsystems.com/parts/CPU-Cooling/Gelid-Tra...
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April 11, 2012 3:30:45 AM

Well, I'm not sure what your concern is about the noise. Generally, computer fans arent that loud. But I'll answer your questions.


1. Power supply is adequate wattage, actually its more than you need, however, Cooler Master does not make very good power supplies in my opinion. Are you firm on wanting a modular power supply? You can get a PSU with a better reputation of quality for a lot less. Like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Motherboard is very good in terms of brand reputation, quality and performance.

I can understand what you're saying about the stock CPU fan, they can get annoyingly loud under load, but its not really that bad.

This is cheaper than the one from Puget systems, and its pretty quiet http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 11, 2012 11:27:52 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-revi...
Shows a system using an i7-3960X and a stock 7950 drawing 353W at the wall under Metro2033.
So 850W is only (kind of) justified if you are going to add another one.

NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...
Fan on maximum load has been measured at 890RPM.

Corsair HX 750W 80Plus Gold/Silver Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...
The 850W version had it's fan on maximum load measured at 1376RPM.

This is what I would recommend if you don't want the option to add another 7950:
Lepa G-500-MA 500W 80Plus Gold Modular $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fan will not spin faster than 900RPM.

The max fan speed on the CM SPM 850W is 1600RPM btw.

The Gelid Tranquillo is praised for being a quiet CPU cooler.
The Hyper 212 Evo has a good minimum fan speed of 600RPM, but the max (2000RPM) is too high to be considered for a quiet CPU IMO and I think I would only buy it if I was going to change the fan.

Thermalright True Spirit 120 $30 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-100700529-True-Spiri...
1000-1500RPM fan speed range.

Scythe Ninja 3 $40
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61486&vpn=SCNJ%2D3000&...
470-1340/740-1900RPM fan speed range.

Scythe Mugen 3 $42
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65872&vpn=SCMG%2D3000&...
300-1600RPM fan speed range.

Logisys Computer MC4002IW Ice Wind $32 ($4 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Otherwise known as Deep Cool Ice Wind.
500-1500RPM fan speed range.
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April 11, 2012 11:51:41 AM

Silvune said:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5476/amd-radeon-7950-revi...
Shows a system using an i7-3960X and a stock 7950 drawing 353W at the wall under Metro2033.
So 850W is only (kind of) justified if you are going to add another one.

NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...
Fan on maximum load has been measured at 890RPM.

Corsair HX 750W 80Plus Gold/Silver Modular $140
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-750-Watt-Cer...
The 850W version had it's fan on maximum load measured at 1376RPM.

This is what I would recommend if you don't want the option to add another 7950:
Lepa G-500-MA 500W 80Plus Gold Modular $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fan will not spin faster than 900RPM.

The max fan speed on the CM SPM 850W is 1600RPM btw.

The Gelid Tranquillo is praised for being a quiet CPU cooler.
The Hyper 212 Evo has a good minimum fan speed of 600RPM, but the max (2000RPM) is too high to be considered for a quiet CPU IMO and I think I would only buy it if I was going to change the fan.

Thermalright True Spirit 120 $30 ($13 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-100700529-True-Spiri...
1000-1500RPM fan speed range.

Scythe Ninja 3 $40
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=61486&vpn=SCNJ%2D3000&...
470-1340/740-1900RPM fan speed range.

Scythe Mugen 3 $42
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65872&vpn=SCMG%2D3000&...
300-1600RPM fan speed range.

Logisys Computer MC4002IW Ice Wind $32 ($4 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Otherwise known as Deep Cool Ice Wind.
500-1500RPM fan speed range.



As far as the Evo, I have the Hyper N520, seems pretty similar to the evo to me in appearance it has 2 fans on it, they run at 1800RPM constantly on my rig, and the case fans in my NZXT Phantom are louder than they are, and even they aren't very loud. How quiet does the system need to be I wonder?
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April 11, 2012 12:06:01 PM

Had all the same questions about balancing cool and quiet as my current PC isn't either. Would have gotten the Thor V2 based on Anandtech's case comparison but it was too huge. It came down to a Fractal R3 vs a Corsair 500R and the 500R won out since I felt it had more room to grow. Time will tell since I still haven't completed the build. Who knew picking a case would be so difficult?
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April 11, 2012 12:09:56 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Had all the same questions about balancing cool and quiet as my current PC isn't either. Would have gotten the Thor V2 based on Anandtech's case comparison but it was too huge. It came down to a Fractal R3 vs a Corsair 500R and the 500R won out since I felt it had more room to grow. Time will tell since I still haven't completed the build. Who knew picking a case would be so difficult?



I learned the hard way about picking cases. Although the noise wasn't a big concern to me, I'm the kind of guy who runs a box fan in my bedroom in the dead of winder for the ambient noise. But, I definitely made the mistake of buying a cheapo case for 60 bucks, the wire management was horrid, the overall feel of it was cheap and flimsy and the side panel wouldnt close when I installed my aftermarket CPU cooler (and its not even that big compared to some of these monsters). I ended up buying the 130 dollar case I should have in the first place.
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April 11, 2012 12:28:51 PM

Cooler Master rate the noise level of the Hyper N520 as 19dBA, whereas with the Hyper 212 Evo it is 9-36dBA.
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