After a long time (about 6 years ?) My Athlon X2 system is really staring to show its age, and I have decided to bight the bullet and upgrade. After a little time looking at complete systems I have decided to build my own again.
The only things in my system that I can really use again are the HDD's and the GPU which is a Radion HD6670. I have 2x320GB drives that are newish and a 200GB one which is older both are SATA all my other drives are PATA.
I like my Antec P180 case but the thought of building a system in it again makes my knuckles itch and the door and front USB ports are broken.
After much dithering I have come up with two system specs. Rather than type it all out, here are the links to my list's on Ebuyer.
First this one with an R3 case http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/36147
And secondly this one with a cooler master case and PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/31709
One has the Asus P8Z77-V LE the other the P8Z77-V The main difference is the addition of WiFi and FanXpert 2. The latter seems interesting as it seems I can set the fan speed of each case fan by the CPU temp which makes keeping it quiet easier. I can't quite work out if FanXpert + on the LE is as capable ?
I have the Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 in the lists above but I am also considering the Gelid Solutions Tranquillo Rev.2 which is slightly cheaper which is the better for keeping things quiet and cool ?
I welcome your thoughts and comments on these set ups. I am aiming for something that is quiet when doing normal tasks and playing back TV on I-Player and watching HD content via my TV, but can do some video editing of 1080 50p video with the fans speeding up to keep things cool. Some future room for expansion with more HDD would be good to.