Hi SPCR silencing experts!
Long time member (but no longer up-to-date) seeking informed opinion on CPU and MB replacement kit. I am doing home studio music production, so a quiet, stable AND mid-high performance PC is a must. Relatively low power consumption at idle is also quite important, as is expandibility.
So here goes:CPU
: Intel i5 3570
I understand this is currently the CPU of choice.MB
: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVPhttp://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H77%20Pro4MVP/
No idea about this one really, but apparently I will need the SATA 3.0 for an optimally performing solid state drive. Also, it needs some PCI and other slots for any expansion stuff I might get. Am slightly concerned about power consumption.HD
: Kingston SV200S3N/256G solid state drivehttp://www.kingston.com/us/ssd/v/
This is in addition to old, big and quiet HDD - hoping for smoother and faster performance, perhaps I'll eventually migrate completely to solid state.RAM
: Kingston HyperX blu - 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800 CL9
Only going for 8 GB - should be more than enough, but if not, I can always expand.Cooler
- one of these three:
Scythe KATANA 3 SCKTN-3000I or
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
This I don't know about. I'm wary about coolers with built-in fans that are hard to replace, and I only have 80mm fans that I trust. Smooth fan acoustics are fairly important, more so than noise level. But I'm willing to try one of these.