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AVAdirect moderate quiet system: request build review

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May 15, 2012 6:33:06 AM

Hello helpful internet, Looking for any suggestions on this build from avadirect.

As you guys are the pros at the core of the system, would like some feedback on if I've chosen right especially for chipset/mobo/cpu/ram/hdd.

Here is the base configurator for the quiet z77 chipset, I was overwhelmed with choices, but please take a look if you want to see the price differentials. If another chipset is recommended, have to go to a new configurator (let me know if z77 isn't the right path)

http://www.avadirect.com/quiet-gaming-pc-configurator.a...

I've been out of this game way too long so getting the very cheapest thing isn't necessary, so lookjing for advice on any good value upgrades, but don't intend to do my own build.

I would like a relatively quiet PC, but it doesn't need to be silent. So I have chosen some parts to fit that requirement and don't plan on OC-ing.

Mainly going to be for just Diablo3 gaming for now.
I read the article on Diablo3 saying it won't require the latest and greatest so picked the relatively cheap and quiet Radeon 7750 @$145). If another killer game comes out in the future i can upgrade and jump a few tiers at that point.

Anyway, here is my bucket of parts, wondering if there were any huge substitutions that should be made. I have a relatively new samsung 2TB data drive that I will install in for storage afterwards.



QUIET GAMING PC Core™ i5 / i7 Z77 Low-Noise Custom Gaming System $1278.70 $1278.70

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Plastic/Steel

SEASONIC X-660 Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Gold, 660W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 4x 8/6-pin PCIe

ASUS P8Z77-V LK, LGA1155, Intel® Z77, DDR3-2400 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /2, DP + HDMI + DVI + VGA, USB 3.0 /6, HDA, GbLAN, ATX, Retail

INTEL Core™ i5-3450S Quad-Core 2.8 - 3.5GHz TB, HD Graphics 2500, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 65W, EM64T EIST VT-x XD, Retail

SCYTHE Mugen 3 (SCMG-3100) CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum, Retail

ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, Polysynthetic Silver, Electrically Non-Conductive

CRUCIAL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

SAPPHIRE Radeon™ Ultimate HD 7750 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4500MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI + HDMI + DP, Retail

OCZ 128GB Vertex 4 SSD, MLC Indilinx Everest 2, 535/200 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

LITE-ON iHES112-04 Black 12x/16x/48x BD/DVD±RW/CD, Blu-ray Disk™ Combo Drive, SATA, OEM

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
May 15, 2012 6:47:38 AM

All looking fine from here man,
although $92 for cable management?
thats just under sixty quid over here, I'm starting up a CM business hehe
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May 15, 2012 4:43:11 PM

Thanks for the reply motopsychojdn

There's a handful of other mobo choices.

Any comments on if there are any benefit to "upgrading" to any of the more expensive mobos?
ASUS P8Z77-V LX
versus

+$6 ASUS P8Z77-V LK

+$20 ASUS P8Z77-V LE

and all the more expensive ones or non-Asus ones
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May 15, 2012 5:50:18 PM

I'm not familiar with each board to know the differences without googling them all, but I'd say if there is nothing you know of that a particular board offers that you need, you don't need it, does that make sense?
The original board listed looks good enough without researching it further,
usb3.0, various outputs for video (not that most use them, gfx cards handle that)
fast net adaptor and 6Gb/s data transfer available, nothing I would consider unnecessary, and nothing useful missing
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May 18, 2012 8:05:10 PM

raytseng said:
Hello helpful internet, Looking for any suggestions on this build from avadirect.

As you guys are the pros at the core of the system, would like some feedback on if I've chosen right especially for chipset/mobo/cpu/ram/hdd.

Here is the base configurator for the quiet z77 chipset, I was overwhelmed with choices, but please take a look if you want to see the price differentials. If another chipset is recommended, have to go to a new configurator (let me know if z77 isn't the right path)

http://www.avadirect.com/quiet-gaming-pc-configurator.a...

I've been out of this game way too long so getting the very cheapest thing isn't necessary, so lookjing for advice on any good value upgrades, but don't intend to do my own build.

I would like a relatively quiet PC, but it doesn't need to be silent. So I have chosen some parts to fit that requirement and don't plan on OC-ing.

Mainly going to be for just Diablo3 gaming for now.
I read the article on Diablo3 saying it won't require the latest and greatest so picked the relatively cheap and quiet Radeon 7750 @$145). If another killer game comes out in the future i can upgrade and jump a few tiers at that point.

Anyway, here is my bucket of parts, wondering if there were any huge substitutions that should be made. I have a relatively new samsung 2TB data drive that I will install in for storage afterwards.



QUIET GAMING PC Core™ i5 / i7 Z77 Low-Noise Custom Gaming System $1278.70 $1278.70

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Plastic/Steel

SEASONIC X-660 Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Gold, 660W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 4x 8/6-pin PCIe

ASUS P8Z77-V LK, LGA1155, Intel® Z77, DDR3-2400 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+1*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /2, DP + HDMI + DVI + VGA, USB 3.0 /6, HDA, GbLAN, ATX, Retail

INTEL Core™ i5-3450S Quad-Core 2.8 - 3.5GHz TB, HD Graphics 2500, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 22nm, 65W, EM64T EIST VT-x XD, Retail

SCYTHE Mugen 3 (SCMG-3100) CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum, Retail

ARCTIC SILVER Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, Polysynthetic Silver, Electrically Non-Conductive

CRUCIAL 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

SAPPHIRE Radeon™ Ultimate HD 7750 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4500MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI + HDMI + DP, Retail

OCZ 128GB Vertex 4 SSD, MLC Indilinx Everest 2, 535/200 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives

LITE-ON iHES112-04 Black 12x/16x/48x BD/DVD±RW/CD, Blu-ray Disk™ Combo Drive, SATA, OEM

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM


I really like your rig you posted here. I bought a system from AVA a year ago it has been great. I haven't had any issues with it. Their prices are close to Newegg with a huge selection of parts with solid reviews got my attention. After seeing this you'll make me want to buy a 2nd machine sometime this year.


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May 18, 2012 10:19:20 PM

bldrnative said:
I really like your rig you posted here. I bought a system from AVA a year ago it has been great. I haven't had any issues with it. Their prices are close to Newegg with a huge selection of parts with solid reviews got my attention. After seeing this you'll make me want to buy a 2nd machine sometime this year.


Thanks for the post.


I also found from AVAdirect that if a part isn't in their configurator, you can add it from their parts section and they'll build with that (if no conflict).
Pretty much as you found, they have competative market prices. Perhaps not sale prices, but fair prices. If you add it up, the price to build calculates out to just their parts price+about $50 or so, which is seems extremely fair, given that your choices will go through burn-in/compatibility testing and will be warrantied.


Just as feedback, I posted to SPCR forums for some specialist advice on some fine tuning for quiet, and I took some of their recommendations

1) mobo to ASUS P8Z77-V (has extra fan controls)

2) cpu cooler changed to coolermaster hyper 212 evo

3) i decided to populate all the ram slots so 4x4gb. ram is so relatively cheap, there's no point in waiting to populate in the future (my choice).

4) SDD changed to crucial M4, as the reliability and firmware of the new OCZ vertex4 is yet to be proved, and splitting performance hairs for home use.

5) GPU changed to Asus 7770. Although still a gimped video card and several tiers down, this specific model of this card is rated for being very quiet.
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May 18, 2012 10:19:54 PM

Best answer selected by raytseng.
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May 18, 2012 10:26:10 PM

Glad to help man, hope you enjoy the new Pc and thank you for B.A.
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