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
-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
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?
-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
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.