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    Aug 2012

    My first build targeting performance and silence

    After a while and by doing extensive research online and watching several YouTube videos, I came down with the following setup:

    CPU // Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99 (Based on Good Reviews)
    CPU Cooler // Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $85.99 (Based on Good Reviews - Silent & Efficient)
    Motherboard // Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $199.99 (One of the latest Micro ATX board on the Market with lots of features)
    Memory // G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $87.99 (Based on Good Reviews)
    Storage // Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $169.99 (Great Reviews & 5y warranty. To be my main data drive)
    Storage // Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $209.99 (OS, Programs, Steam & Other Games)
    Video Card // Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card $92.99 (Based on Reviews on of the best Fanless GPU's. - Silent & Good price) (Also considering the Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB DirectCU Silent or the SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 7750 1GB)
    Case // Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $99.99 (Silent, Solid, Small, excactly what I want from a case)
    Power Supply // Kingwin 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $169.99 (Based on Reviews on of the best Fanless PSU's. Platinum Efficiency & Silent)
    Optical Drive // Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $54.99 (For older games and movies)
    OS // Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) $139.99 (Best by Test)
    Extra Fan // Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm CPU Cooler and Case Fan 26.99 (Newegg) $26.99 (Move the rear fan to front of case and add there the Noctua)
    Total (12 Items): $1577.83

    My goal is to build a compact/quiet system that without many modifications will be efficient for gaming in the next 5+ years and good workstation in the years to come. I want to achive that by loading the case with the best of the best available at this point on the market without going overboard on some componenets (like the video card). I am not familiar with overclocking but I'll like to give it a try if I can.

    Can this case handle all these components?
    Can my video card be upgraded to something else that will not be producing much noice & heat and not be long enough to allow me having both hard drive cages in the case?
    Am I using all the features of the motherboard or is overkill?
    Is it possible that PSU to handle all of that?

    My goal in the next years (if needed) is to upgrade only the GPU and be happy with the rest of it.

    Please review my system and help me with your knowledge. That will be my first build and looking forward on your response.

    Thank you
    Last edited by DionTheGreek; 08-27-2012 at 03:27 AM.

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    ROG Guru: Grand Master Array HiVizMan's Avatar
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    Your system is good to go, but I am assuming some upgrades in the future to make it the long living gamer platform you are hoping for.

    First up, your CPU will be good for a long while. So do not focus your upgrade there at all. However your VGA will need upgrading for sure. If you want a gaming system you are going to need a VGA that can do the business and they have active fans or are water cooled. Sorry can not put it any other way. Your selection will allow some of the eyecandy at moderate resolutions. But it will not allow your games to be played with all the eyecandy on. The VGA will be good for normal every day use and stuff like Microsoft Office for years to come.
    To help us help you - please provide as much information about your system and the problem as possible.

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    With the Noctua cooler and fans you can not go too wrong regarding the silence...

    If you want silent graphic card... I had very good experience with the Asus ones equipped with the DC II system...

    I'm not too much into gaming (actually not at all), but I assume going with a HD7850 or even higher (HD7970) would give you some kind of assurance for the future... - one thing I would certainly change though... the PSU! I would go rather in the 750-850W range...

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array lenehan's Avatar
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    Asus Direct CUII TOP a good choice. Cool and quite. But if combined with Noctua D14, you need some tape to isolate the back plate of DirectCU II card and D14 fan bracket.
    Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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