I'm upgrading my old (and on its last legs) Athlon 64 system, and being sick of fan noise I'm trying to build a quiet system. Been lurking a while, first time poster - be gentle.
This is a general purpose PC, web browsing, video watching, low- to mid-end gaming (no MW3 or anything), and I'm trying to keep the build cost under $700, but can wiggle a bit higher if needs be.
I've also got some gear from my current PC that is fit to reuse, namely:
ATI 5770 passively cooled graphics card
1.5Tb samsung eco green HDD
An antec tri-cool 120mm case fan
I want a system that'll do the job (which won't need much, given that the current machine almost still does the job) but will also provide an upgrade path.
CPU: i3-2100T (I was weighing up a G620T/G630T, but these seem even harder to come by in Australia than the 2100T, which I'll have to order from Amazon as it is)
RAM: 2x4Gb generic (current system is 4Gb and that's barely enough, plus RAM is cheap)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60Gb or a Crucial m4 64Gb (I have an SSD at work and have fallen in love with the speed)
Case: Antec SOLO II (I've heard good things, and I don't need a giant case)
PSU: antec high current gamer 520 (no doubt overkill, but not by much - I estimate my rig will use about 300W at full load. Under-utilised PSU will be quieter, I expect). I was expecting to set up the PSU to blow hot air out the top of the case.
CPU cooler: will start with the stock cooler, see how it goes.
MOBO: Z68 chipset. Trying to find one with fan control, maybe an Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 or a Gigabyte GA-Z68M-D2H or MSI Z68A-G45. Mobo USB3 header for the front USB3 ports is a big plus (putting the Gigabyte and MSI in the lead).
Fans: I'll probably reuse the tri-cool, although the switch control is annoying to use - honestly, who manually flicks the switch higher when the system is under load? The SOLO II comes with a fan, and 2 front fan mounts, so I'll probably set the tri-cool and the inbuilt fan to low, and get a mobo-controlled fan to blow cool air over the GPU. I'd like that fan's speed to be controlled by the GPU temp, but maybe that's a pipe-dream.
That's about it. Questions/comments/feedback/discussion welcomed, and you have my thanks.