First question I am posting in this forum, so go easy on me
I am in the process of selecting parts for a new PC. Most important for me is silence, good dust management, drive capacity and to a lesser extent also aesthetics.
The case I have chosen is Fractal Node 304, that pretty much does all of above, so at least I'm done with this (only took me 2 months to decide...). I will consider changing the case fans if the stock ones bother me, but all in good time...
The rest of the components will most likely be:
Motherboard - Asus H87I-deluxe
CPU - Intel i5-4**0s (prob 4670s, TDP 65w)
RAM - 2x4GB Kingston LoVo
PSU - Seasonic G-360 (although I'd love to hear of some low-wattage semi-fanless ones [Corsair RM-450 is already too much for my needs])
SSD - Samsung Evo 250GB
HDD - 2x WD Caviar green 3TB
So...no discrete GPU, low-TDP processor and low-voltage RAM, which brings me to my question: suppose that the Zalman FX100 fits inside the Node 304 (which I'm not so sure of), do you reckon a passive CPU cooler will be enough for an otherwise low-temp system? Assume that I don't use processor-intensive applications.
If you wouldn't recommend walking this way, next in line is sine ultra-quiet Noctua (my initial plan). I thought of NH-U9B SE2 with a single fan, but someone elsewhere suggested I should look at NH-C14 or NH-L12. My gut feeling tells me that in a case with front-to-back airflow a tower cooler is a better choice, as it can be mounted with its fan parallel to the case fans, and so takes part in moving the air though the case efficiently, whereas a horizontal cooler is perpendicular to the airflow in the case, which can create vertices and as a result added noise. Am I right or is it complete nonsense?
Any comment on what I wrote will be much appreciated!