I think I was pretty clear with what I was looking for.
A quiet part isn't necessarily a slower or a more expensive one.
You bought a Z68 while you don't need caching (it won't be effective) nor the IGP. So you paid more for nothing more than a proven P67.
You picked a P183, a very good case (I owned a P182) but at the same time it's not the best case for gaming, cooling-wise, while it's too big and costly for just one CPU and one GPU: just for example a Mini P180 more probably that not might have served you enough well for less space and money.
A Radeon 6950 isn't too much slow than a GTX 570, indeed in several games it may run faster, but while there are some 6950 really quiet, there is no really quiet 570 at stock, particularly at load (to be fair, someone says the Gainward Phantom 2 it is, but I have some doubt).
A Caviar Black is simply unsuitable for a quiet system, but an Hitachi 7K1000.D is faster and quieter (not to mention no gamer with the brain switched on would actually need a Caviar Black having already a 128GB SSD on top).
You picked a 750W Antec Gamer series but you won't ever need 750W, and with about 100 USD there's plenty of good PSU which should be quieter than that Antec, the cheapest being the Seasonic M12-II Bronze (at least 10 bucks less than your HCG): not to mention that, if you will to over provision, any P183 DO NEED an Antec CP-850 (which is still one of the best performing PSU all over the world, and one of the quietest at any power level). As a matter of fact, first of all you should estimate the power consumption and then pick the quietest PSU at that power level (which you can afford).
And so on.
So, coming here after collecting a long list of wrong parts
, asking about water cooling (have you any idea about how much a real quiet water cooling system may cost? Those closed-loop critties are inefficient whistle'n'bells for those who ignore the argument, or for very cramped spaces), or looking for some hypothetical and/or uneffective tweakings is just meaningless
. IMHO, of course.
Again, please don't take offense: it's just to clearly express my very personal standpoint.
I don't take offense but I don't think you are correct either. Sure it may not be more expensive or provide poorer performance but my reading indicates it usually is one or the other.
I agree the case isn't the best from a cooling standpoint (possibly not even from a quiet standpoint) but I got it 33% off ($100) and you can ALWAYS improve sound dampening and cooling so it is a good start. I could have went with a smaller case but more space typically means more airflow which is good for cooling.
The Z68 boards are a step up in technology and you never know what will happen down the road. You are talking a difference of ~$20, why even bring this up?
I definitely disagree with the idea that I will never use a 750w PSU. I could double my RAM down the road, I could add a second GPU, I could OC my CPU...then you have to factor in for efficiency. You are much safer to go high on the PSU than risk not having enough and your system not perform as well as it should. To top it off, I got that PSU almost 50% off ($65) so one heck of a deal in my book for a good PSU that will provide enough power if I decide to upgrade later. Besides, then you go on to suggest a 850w PSU in the following post? Talk about hypocritical.
On the HD, maybe it is an unacceptable for a system built to be quiet but that isn't what I'm doing. It is a very good, stable HD with more than enough space for all of my programs/files (whatever my main game is at the time and OS will be on the SSD)...and it doesn't hurt that I got it 40% off ($80) either.
On the GPU, I've seen some benchmarks that say the Radeon's are close, others that say they aren't. Either way, the 570 comes ahead so is a BETTER card.
Lastly, for the 398952903985092830989 time, being quiet is NOT my main focus. Having a powerful system at a reasonable price with the ability to upgrade down the road if I choose is my main focus. Now that I have picked out very good parts across the board and have begun purchasing them at very reasonable prices, I am looking for ways to improve the cooling and the noise levels. If you don't want to help with that, don't bother replying because I am not going to change out new parts (potentially sacrificing performance) when a computer's noise level doesn't affect its performance in any way. I am looking for ways to improve cooling and noise levels given the parts I have picked like I said in my earlier posts.
So, again, no I don't take offense to your posts because (1) I don't think anyone should build a computer with the main focus it being as quiet as possible when it doesn't affect performance and (2) I disagree with nearly everything you have said about the build I have begun putting together.
Edit: Added prices for reference.