Ok, I have been doing a lot of reading on these forum to find the information to put to put together a fairly quiet computer.
Here is what I propose:CPU
: AM2 Athon 64 X2 3800+ OEM- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6819103732RAM
:2 Gigs of DDR2-667, not really planning to do any major OCing, so I figure this is ok, but this is what I had in mind- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6820141187MOBO
: SAPPHIRE PC-AM2RD580Adv Socket AM2 ATI CrossFire Radeon Xpress 3200 ATX AMD Motherboard (I know it isn't on the recomended list...)- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6813154011VIDEO CARD
: SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6814102022 CPU HEATSINK
: Thermalright HR-1 (open box)- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 835109132RGPU HEATSINK
: Thermalright HR-3- http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6835109134P/SU
: ENERMAX Liberty ELT400AWT ATX12V 400W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6817194002
I am going to using this computer to play Half-Life 2 and maybe Oblivion. But I am going to be using this for CADD and Solidworks. Oh, i already have a HD- it a Seagate 160gb SATA- one of the new ones, not the quietest from what I have read, but it is not the worst. Besides it was pretty cheap.
I am open to any comment, suggestion, or critizisms of this build. At the current time, the cost is about $850 US (that is including XP home and a wireless card), I am aiming for a max of 900 dollars, there about. Finally I would like to know if anyone thinks that this will be able to be run totally passive, no fans! Thanks in advance of any input and advice.
Yeah, seems to be a good combo.
Except for the psu. A bit too weak Wattage and too low on the Ampereage side.
Just be aware of that the X1900 cards need a psu with minimum 30 Ampere on the + 12 V rail. So your pick for a psu is pretty limited.
And it will get even more limited for Crossfire usage (38A on the 12V rail.
A X1800GTO or XT is more flexible on the psu's, as they "only" need 20A. And As I have both the X1800GTO and the X1900GT. I can say that the X1800GTO is a pretty capable card too.
This is a more suitable psu for the X1900 and stuff + future upgrades.
Considered to be quiet too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817103437
But if you choose this psu, you need a ATX power connector converter 20 pin psu 24 pin mobo, to be able to fit the AM2 mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812145002
As for beeing able to run it passive?
It depends on the cases airflow ability. I.e case fans and fan config + case itself.