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#1 Martin_N

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:57 AM

Hi guys

I need a new computer. My previous one was a Dell GX280, and it was horrible since I could not modify e.g. the cooling fan without the BIOS complaining. The new computer must satisfy

1) It must be very quiet, ideally as quiet as possible. I am very sensitive to noise when I work, and I cannot focus properly, if there is too much noise around me. If there is a case fan, then it should be easily replaceable (contrary to the Dell GX280 it had a 5pin connector?!)

2) I do a lot of numerical computations and programming in my work, so it cannot be too slow. I do not play any games, so I guess the graphics card is not that important, but I listen to music when not working, so a good sound card is also preferable.

I plan on assembling it myself. Unfortunately, I am ignorant in this field, so if you have any suggestions for the components, they are more than welcome. Regarding the price range, then I guess I can stretch it to 1500 US$ as a maximum. I have keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:16 AM

When I was building my computer I went to both newegg and Tiger and checked out the ratings. From what I have heard of it Vapor Cooling is a good idea to put on your Graphics Card (though I have not used it).

I am using an OCZ Stealth PSU and that is pretty quiet, I can't hear it above my graphics card.

If you really want a quiet computer I would suggest checking out a liquid cooled system though I have heard that they are very hard to build.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 06:42 PM

what kind of budget are you looking at? if you want a completly silent solution, liquid cooling is the quietest solution, no fans involved, however its also expensive, and can be tricky to install. Otherwise, a good, large aftermarket CPU cooler with a quiet fan and a could high quality case fans, combined with a good case (not the cheapie 20 buck ones) ought to keep your noise to a minimum.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 08:16 PM

what kind of budget are you looking at?

Regarding the price range, then I guess I can stretch it to 1500 US$ as a maximum. I have keyboard, mouse and monitor.


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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:34 PM

hehe thankyou TG guess I need to read the posts a little better, roll me over and call me an idiot. . .

anyway, I would start with this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119215 just keep the stock fans, its a very quiet cool running case.

for a intel based Computer, which I would recomend for what your doing this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128423

If you want to save some money, and AMD CPU while it will be a little slower in the high end calculations department, will still be plenty fast. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128441

probably the cheapest intel CPU that ull find for your price range is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115225 though I would recomend this one at least http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115224 and if you want a 6 core, this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115224

while this amd 6 core, should be blazing fast for a bit less http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103851 or you can go even cheaper with a quad.

throw in a good power supply like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817171053

4 gigs of good ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145260

a cheap but reliable video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...gigabyte%204550

a 500 gig hard drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136358

If the onboard sound isnt good enough (it always is for me and I do a lot of gaming and music) something like this ought to help.

Your price with the AMD? around $750 bucks. Intel, if you go with the first quad I suggested, about 900, if you go with the second quad, about 1134, and if you go with the six core, it will sit you at nearly $1500 US dollars.

Edited by the_patriot09, 18 July 2010 - 10:41 PM.

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