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November 20, 2012 11:48:37 AM



Ok I'm not a complete noob it comes to hardware, but I'm outdated. ( last time I was into hardware, it was then the amd xp processor were the nuts! lol)

Usage: I will multi-task processor and ram heavy softwares, so I need to focus on that.
I will be gaming too but games like sc2,hon etc

Budget: 2000$

shop: I will order everything from ncix.ca I think.

I would like a silent build too if possible.

Waiting for your suggestions, tyvm.
November 20, 2012 3:52:48 PM

What type of programs do you plan on running? Are you wanting a workstation/gaming build?
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November 20, 2012 3:55:16 PM

Ill use a lot of postgresql based programs.

A mix of workstation/gaming.

I only play rts games such as starcraft 2 and stuff
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November 20, 2012 5:26:30 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($454.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1692.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 14:25 EST-0500)

Use the difference for monitor and anything else you need.
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November 21, 2012 3:39:35 PM

Good build, It should definetly do the job, if anything you might eventually increase ram. If you already have monitors you could look into getting a better rendering card like the Nvidia Quadro series, or you could even look into the AMD FirePro series. But, these cards are extremely expesive $600+. But it's up to you.
-Hilo
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November 21, 2012 8:25:21 PM

Nothing at all wrong with that above build but seeing as though the only games being played are HoN/SC2 etc., I'd be tempted to get a cheaper GPU. Also saves a lot of money and keeps the power consumption low. It is SO much easier to build a quiet PC if your power consumption is low.

There are some pretty weird choices here and what I am suggesting will take some minor modding but if you're a serious quiet freak, it will be worth it. This system will be inaudible at idle. It might even stay that way under load.

Intel Core i7-3770k - $319.99

2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz 1.5v - $70.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M - $139.99
(This board has 2 PCI-E 3.0 slots, you might need to put the GPU in the bottom slot if the cooler is too big for the board. Will also be good if you decide to overclock.)

Gigabyte HD 7850 2GB - $189.99
(This has a pretty big and straightforward heatsink so it should be easy to mount fans to it. HD 7850 is an extremely efficient card too.)

2 x Samsung 840 Series 250GB - $359.98
(You could play with the idea of putting these in a RAID 0 array for some insane speed. Whether you do or not, lightning fast noiseless storage is great.)

LIAN LI PC-A04A - $99.99
(The case is pretty much personal preference, I just like the look of this one.)

Seasonic X650 650W 80 PLUS Gold - $89.99
(This has a hybrid fan, meaning it is 0DB at idle. The fan only spins if it needs to. It is also top notch quality and on a particularly good deal. 650W is massive overkill but the lowest model is 560W and it costs a lot more.)

Prolimatech PRO-SAM17 - $49.99
(Heatsink only, so you get to choose your own quiet fan.)


Now this is where the madness starts.

If you want something seriously quiet, I would replace every fan in the system except for the PSU one. Basically, remove the case fans and take of the GPU shroud/fans. Then I would throw one of these on the CPU

Noctua NF-F12 PWM - $26.99
(The best heatsink fan on the market, great airflow and goes right down to 300RPM, even 600RPM is inaudible to my ears for a 120mm fan so obviously this is too.)

I would then put these on the GPU. I attached a fan to my GPU with cable ties and some pieces of rubber to dampen the vibrations but maybe you can think of a more aesthetically pleasing way.

2 x Noctua NF-A9x14 PWM - $38.98
(Again, Noctua make the best fans on the market in my opinion. These also go down to 300RPM so even with two of them, you won't hear them when they're that low.)

In order to make the GPU fans run in PWM and be controlled by the GPU, you will need these two adapters.

PWM Y Cable - $6.25 (Plug the fans into this, then plug this into the other adapter.)
PWM to mini PWM adapter - $5.99 (Plug this into the other adapter and the socket on the GPU.)


Lastly, for the case fans a 120mm intake and a 120mm exhaust should be plenty. You won't need to worry about overheating because the CPU/GPU/PSU fans are PWM and will speed up if they need to.

Noctua NF-S12B FLX (with ULN adapter) - $48.58
(Throw one of these on the front and one on the back of the case, that should give enough airflow for this build since the total power consumption won't exceed 200W when gaming etc.)


Total is around $1450.

I will say again, this is quite unorthodox and will take minor modding and some dedication. It will be worth it for quiet freaks though, I can't think how you could get a quieter build with this performance while maintaining safe temperatures. Fanless builds are possible but are very ugly and will get very hot. Water cooling is another popular option but the pump will make a bit of noise, you need a lot of space and you will be using fans to cool anyway.

This build should be basically inaudible without the hassle of watercooling and the worries of a fanless setup.
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November 21, 2012 9:55:17 PM

Best answer selected by realtalk11.
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November 22, 2012 6:18:04 AM

So which parts are you going to go with?
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