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Help: Build or buy silent gaming PC

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November 22, 2012 8:09:53 PM

Hey all

I am stuck with a difficult choice, should I try to build a silent pc or buy a pre-build like a IcePipe A40?

http://www.quietpc.com/sys-a40-z77

The IcePipe A40 cost about 1000£, which must be about 1800$.

If I what to build it, which components should I use to build a silent or near silent gaming PC?

I look forward to your suggestions

Best regards

The Zapper
a b 4 Gaming
November 22, 2012 8:34:44 PM

Antec P280 case
intel i4 processor
motherboard with a Z77 chip set
graphics card with the Gigabyte windforce triple fan cooler
scythe ninja cpu cooler set to the low speed range

You wont be able to hear it in a normal living environment

The link you gave is for a machine with no graphics card , and wont game . Adding a graphics card to such an open mesh case will mean its noisy
November 23, 2012 6:25:56 AM

Thanks, but what is the Intel I4 procesor.

It is possible to upgrade the IcePipe A40 with a radeon 7750 silent videocard.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 6:48:39 AM

ZapperBrannigan said:
Thanks, but what is the Intel I4 procesor.

It is possible to upgrade the IcePipe A40 with a radeon 7750 silent videocard.


my bad , A typo

Intel i5
an i5 3550 if you wont overclock
a 3570K if you will

Usually graphics cards with passive coolers rely on the case fans to keep air moving past them . In a case with no fans I would be surprised if even a 7750 would run at cool enough temperatures .
And it wont game particularly well

Another option is to move the computer further away . A USB keyboard and mouse should work at a distance of 5.5 meters , and so will a DVI link to a monitor
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 9:33:21 AM

If there's no GPU then it will always be silent lol.

Just get a normal build. It won't be that noisy.
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