Nice suggestions, thank you!
I'm looking for something really quiet. I spend a lot of time at the PC, and although I live at a fairly busy road (with great acoustic qualities!
), the noise from the PC bugs me more. It's the constant sound of the PC instead of a car every few minutes/seconds. And I do get quite irritated by sound, easily...
I did have some reservations on the Bitfenix case, the more time went on, so I looked at other cases again. I came up with the CM Storm enforcer
. A more of a right-in-your-face case, but I like it. But it's the windowed model, so I guess that's out of the question too. It did have some USB3 support from the front, but I hardly use my USB ports, so using the ones at the back of the case, isn't really going to be a problem.
I did see the R3 case, but in the first few reviews I read there was some complaint that the cooling wasn't up to par. And it made sense to me, with all that sound proof padding: the heat would just stay in. But now that you mentioned this, I did some more research and it's hard to count the gold awards this case is getting! And I like the design, so the case is definitely going to change. It's a little bit hard to get the case here at a decent price, but I have found a shop. But maybe the computer shop I will be ordering from, can get it as well... I'm going to change the Noctua CPU cooler back to the NH-D14 then again, and do I still keep the third fan? Or is the case that good that I can just try it as it's shipped?
Good call on the SSD too! I didn't really read a lot on those OCZ drives apart from reviews, and they were so enthusiastic about it. User reviews can be a benefit sometimes, and the real world difference is hardly noticeable, so the Intel 320 120 GB it is!
About the power supply... The shop has the seasonic x760
, which is basically the same, only a new generation, I think. It does get great reviews, and everyone seems happy (except on Newegg
: 2 out of 4 dead, but 4 reviews is hardly anything), but there also is the Corsair AX750
. The price difference is 50€, which is a lot, for basically the same PSU, if I read correctly (SPCR
and Bit tech
). Is the price tag then really worth it?
I'm not too sure about the graphics card though. It kind of seems odd to have a passively cooled card... I don't know, but I just get the feeling I can't game for more than 20 minutes before I have to stop, or it will melt down. I know it's totally irrational, but it just doesn't sit right. I'm not too happy with my earlier choice either though. The MSI GTX560-ti Twin Frozr also gets mixed reviews on Newegg
: a lot of dead cards. Also the load or idle state is a bit noisy (depending on which review you read). I did come across another GTX560-ti here on this forum, and it does deliver very well it seems: Gainward nvidia GTX560Ti 1GB PHANTOM
. And some German acoustics
test too. I can get it for the same price as the twin frozr. So this is my favorite at the moment...