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November 1, 2012 7:39:59 AM

HI all, trying to make cheapest build in my price range (around $1,000) for this silent mini tower build. PC will be used for gaming, web, and some light graphic work such as 3d, CAD, Photoshop, always multitasking :o 

Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 330 Series SSDSC2CT240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N660 TF 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Subtotal: $1,135.90


Will be my 1st ever build so do all these components work together? as I wanna be sure its all compatible. Is the power supply enough?

Any noticeable bottlenecks in speed or graphics? Advice make it more silent?

Any way to drop price and keep performance? :D 

Also i have a VGA plug monitor (newer samsung), kb, and mouse. May add a big mechanical HD for storage down the line.



Tnx for any help!
November 1, 2012 8:50:39 AM

Get a different CPU cooler if you want "silent".

And get the Gigabyte or Asus GPU if you want quieter.
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November 1, 2012 1:46:14 PM

what i would get
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m8pc

-the z77m is not worth the money. i would bother
-i personally would vouch for the mushkin chronos deluxe since i use one and it will run at 560mb/s reads and 520mb/s writes from my bencharking
-id get the 7870 even though it performs slightly worse since its so much cheaper. overclocking should get it back to competeing with a 660ti in no time
-i got the arc mini since it is 30 bucks cheaper. they are both very quiet cases
-i got the u12p-se2 for silence. it sometimes goes on sale for 39.99 at us.ncx but right now its still at regular pricing
-the power supply should be very quiet. i have the 750 modular version
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November 1, 2012 7:26:50 PM

Okie i got trolled, you didn't use any parts i picked except for the ram lol

The arc mini case is same price as silent one at newegg i just figured it would be more silent, you linked the mid tower case but i think you meant the mini tower version.

The mushkin drive seems good choice very similar, i'll add it to the list and see what is on sale when i purchase this at the end of month.

Windows 8 same price as win7, might as well go with the new one eh?.

Hmm 2 comments so far saying to get a different CPU cooler if i want silent, is the 212 EVO really loud? My main concern is sleeping 6 feet from the case (which is why i chose the sound damped case) and this has pwm control of fan which the noctua one doesn't, so i'm thinking the noctua one will run 24/7 where as the 212 EVO will push harder when I'm gaming only. Will i hear the EVO through Define Mini silent case?

I've never OCed a cpu or gpu before (willing to give it a go) i just saw a review of the GIGABYTE version of the 660 and it seems to run really cool and silent so i think that is a better choice for this build, maybe without OC. Hopefully can run GW2 and other games at max settings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

bigcyco1 recommended a modular supply that has 620w seems like a great fit, and something i can upcycle into a rebuild in a few years.

The ASUS board i picked seemed to have alot of extras i will use: MVP software, digital power (my building is 90 years old and the lights dim when you run the toaster so ...), also I've never built a pc before and the mobo is the part i'm most concerned about not working x_X Any advice on a cheaper micro ATX mobo that's solid quality, will detect/max all my hardware, and has features?

Thanx for checkin into this with me!

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November 1, 2012 10:15:49 PM
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-yeah i listed the mid tower version but it doesnt matter that much as long as its cheaper and just as good
-do you have a touchscreen to use windows 8? otherwise i wouldnt bother.
-yep. dam straight its loud at full load. even though the noctua fans are 3 pin, from what i heard they are rpm sensing. very quiet even at full blast so i wouldnt worry
-you can totally sleep with it 6 feet away.
- a sapphire 7870 costs much less and easily competes with the 660.
-quiet? well only under 50% for the gigabyte card
-every board has digital power
-MVP is just GPU virtualization where you can use the onboard to help out in games. i dont use it even though i have it. its only important when i transcode stuff
-overclocking is too easy
November 1, 2012 11:50:14 PM

Cases don't dampen much sound even with "noise reduction" foam. Helps with 1-2dB MAX.

The Noctua is fine as long as your mobo has voltage control, which it should...and use a program like speedfan to auto control the speeds so it runs quieter.

The Gigabyte card is the quietest at idling speeds which you can control with MSI Afterburner. Change the fan profile so the fans only spin up past 60C.
November 1, 2012 11:58:40 PM

actually, yes it does in my case. made a drastic difference when i opened a foam covered port and when i closed it
November 2, 2012 5:50:55 AM

hmm what if...

I get the Noctua NH-U12P...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it comes with 2 fans so i could use 1 fan from the package to blow through the heatsink (same setup as the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO only with a quieter fan) and use the other fan from the package as case fan.

Giving me a total of 2 intake fans in the front and 1 exhaust in the Fractal mini silent case. Also would remove one HD cage in the case for more air flow through.

November 2, 2012 10:41:37 AM

the fans are meant to be run in a pair on the u12 p anyways. id keep it that way

case fans didnt affect my temps at all if you asked me. maybe 3 fans =1c for my rig
November 5, 2012 8:31:19 AM

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