The Quiet PC Challenge ($2000/£1300 budget)

Hey guys,

Recently started a thread trying to get my PC to run quieter but I think this is a more fun way of doing it.

Lets see who can think of the quietest gaming build around, when I say quiet I mean it should be basically inaudible when idle but it can get a bit louder in games.


- It should be able to easily play any game at 1920x1200
- Please quote the rated SPL (db) of each fan cooled component and specify if that is min or max rpm.
- Obviously it needs to be cool enough to not cause damage to the PC. (We can't be sure of this I know but we can take an educated guess.)
- Any ideas welcome but sticking to standard air cooling/closed loop water cooling and ATX mid tower size etc. is preferred.


Have fun!
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  1. Right I'll go first I guess:

    Intel Core i5-2500k
    8GB Corsair Vengeance LP White LV
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3
    Crucial M4 128GB SSD
    WD Green 2TB
    Noctua NH-D14 Heat Sink with 1 x Noctua NF-S12B ULN @ Full speed (6.8db)
    AMD Radeon HD 6970 with Prolimatech MK-13 and 2 x Noctua NF-S12B ULN (6.8db)
    Seasonic X-560
    DVD Burner
    Fractal Design Define R3 with:

    1 x Front Intake (Top Front)
    1 x Bottom Intake
    1 x Rear Exhaust
    1 x Side Exhaust

    All Noctua NF-S12B ULN at max speed (6.8db)

    Total is around $1700

    I did try to be more adventurous with fans but according to Noctua's specs that one has awesome airflow and static pressure for that RPM and noise. I couldn't find anything else as good.

    Anyone think that would overheat? Any better ideas anyone?
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