I wanted something which was relatively small (micro-ATX), was close to silent and played the latest games moderately well on a 1920x1200 screen. This is what I came up with using an existing case:http://imgur.com/a/VJ9TU#0
Case: Temjin TJ08http://www.silverstonetek.com/product_legacy.php?area=en&model=tj08
I replaced the stock fans of this case with Scythe S-Flex SFF21E.
I removed the front fan completely, this was to be able to fit the longer GFX card cooling.
PSU: Corsair VX450Whttp://www.silentpcreview.com/article751-page1.html
Motherboard: Maximus V GENEhttp://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_ ... us_V_GENE/
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2600K Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/
Heatsink: NH-U12P SE2
This link is for the previous edition. http://www.silentpcreview.com/Noctua_NH-U12P_CPU_Cooler
SSD: Crucial m4 SSD 2,5" 128GB
To keep this out of the way, I simply strapped it to the case with cable ties.
Samsung Spin Point F1 (Model HD103UJ)http://www.silentpcreview.com/article843-page1.html
This is suspended on strong rubber bands in a 5in drive bay. Reducing noise from vibration.
GFX Card: Asus HD7850http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/HD7850DC22GD5/
GFX Cooling: Accelero Xtreme 7970http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1103-page1.htmlhttp://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/502/accelero-xtreme-7970.html?c=2182
Memory: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 8GB
I am quite pleased with the end results:
While playing The Secret World on Ultra settings at an acceptable frame rate (40 fps) at 1920x1200.
I also run the burn in on FurMark for about 30 minutes with the following results:
The rig is in a room with an ambient temperature of about 25C.
The Motherboard is 40C
Case Fan is 700 RPM (very quiet)
CPU is about 30C
CPU Fan are running about 500 RPM (very quiet)
GPU is 50C
GPU Fans are running about 20-25% (very quiet)
So, not a monster gaming rig, nor completely silent but I am pleased with the results on the whole.