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 Post subject: First proper silent build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:42 am 
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Hey there,
it's time for me to get a new computer and this time I really want it to be silent.
This will (hopefully) be a rather simple build;

Case, PSU and fans/cooling
Antec SOLO I was looking at the P182, but it is quite a bit more expensive. I think this will work fine after some minor modifications.
450W Corsair CMPSU-450VXEU Should be enough for this build.
2x Nexus 120mm Simple intake/exhaust. One will be used as intake OR for cooling the video card.
Noctua NH-U12P I won't do any overclocking, this one seemed to be nice since it's around the same price as all the other tower-coolers right now.
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 rev2


Motherboard, CPU, RAM and Video card
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3 Don't think I need anything else, seems good enough.
Intel Q6600
2048MB (2x1024MB) DDR2 PC6400 CorsairXMS2 Cheap. That's all I know.
Ati 4850 Nice price/performace and doesn't seem to run that hot.


Storage
2x WD 640GB
Samsung SH-S223F 22X DVD±RW DL SATA

Will this work well as a very quite/near silent build?


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Regarding your processor, the Q6600 is the way hotter of the two. It's based off the older 65nm process, while the new E8400 is all 45nm stuff, so more speed, lower temperatures, and less power draw (as a general rule). The E8400 is indeed a nice processor for most users, but if you can take advantage of a quad-core (video/image editing/audio production), the Q6600 gets my vote.


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If you cant afford the P182, I'd much rather go for a Solo than that 300.

Tthe Solo has harddrive suspension, which will help alot, even with those drives.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:20 pm 
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Thanks for the replies,
I was acctuly looking at the Solo, which did indeed look nice but unfortunatly only had support for a 92mm intake fan.

It's a bit of a bummer about the processor. It will be used alot for image/video/3d, so I guess the Q6600 will be the best. Will it affected the overall noise alot (needing to run the fans faster) over using a 45nm processor?

How about the PSU, is it indeed enough? I tried to do some simple calculations using this calculator
which seemed to max out at 354W with 100% TDP and 100% system load. I know this is just an estimate, but it looks good so far.


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One can easily quietly cool a Q6600 (been doing it for ~year now).

I'm currently running the Thermalright HR-01 Plus, with a 120mm fan @ 7v. Even on a summer's day, and whilst playing Crisis, temperatures never go above 60 degrees C.


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Great!
Looking up more about the Solo, it seems that it can fit a 120mm in the front with some minor modifications. Using the Three Hundred case would still need modifications (covering up the holes in the sides), so I think I'll go with the Solo.


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I went with the solo and may try a 120 up front once it is built. I can probably use ties.

I also chose an E8400. I hope it will give enough boost to my image editing without being hard to keep quiet.

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As long as you undervolt the quad you can stay fairly quiet.

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