There is a lot of helpful information about which components perform best, and how to isolate and replace noisy components, but I am not sure how to determine which combination of parts will give me the best bang-for-the-buck (or whisper-for-the-buck) for a reasonably quiet workstation/occasional gaming new build.
Here are the parts that I already have, sitting unopened:
-AMD Phenom X6 1055t (Most likely won't be OCed).
-Gigabyte 890GX AM3 (Might not be very quiet)
-Corsair DDR3 1333 Ram
Remains to be purchased:
-Some kind of SSD as the only drive.
-Video Card: ATI 4870/5770 or NVidia GTX 260/GTS 250
-Power Supply: Nexus Value 430(w) (is this enough?) or possibly Nexus 5000 (~500w).
Not sure about these:
-CPU cooler: I was wondering if this was necessary or not since I am not overclocking. The Phenom X6 is 125w so it's not light on power but it's not terrible either.
-Case: Based on the SPCR reviews, I was set to buy an Antec P182/183 or Solo but I've come across some opinions that argue that the particular case doesn't make or break a quiet system so much as the fans within.
-Case Fans: How many of these should I think about getting? Can they help a stock CPU heatsink perform well enough to render an after-market CPU cooler unnecessary? Obviously, I would buy a recommended 120 mm model from Nexus or Noctua or similar.
-Video-Card Cooler: I don't foresee having a dual-card setup or buying a top-of-line monster card so I am not sure that I would need this desperately.
Anyway, if I had deep pockets I wouldn't hesitate to buy all of the best items, but unfortunately I have to be at least somewhat frugal. So I appreciate your judgement on how to combine parts in a cost-effective way.
For example, if I spend more for, say, an Antec P182 case, can I choose a slightly less quiet power supply? Or, should I skip the premium case and focus on the case-fans instead? The end result doesn't have to be absolute silence but a least pretty quiet.
Thanks so far for the advice!