Sound advice Roger. You know, I've been told I worry too much. The case comes with two 120mm fans pre-mounted. One in the front near the bottom (there is another place for a fan below that.) And one in the rear near the top. This does make sense.
I hate to extend the thread and get off topic here but really, you're right. The CPU I chose is a Haswell Core i3 with integrated graphics. I'll be using only a 256GB SSD as my sole storage device (for now). A couple sticks of 4 GB DDR3 1600 (again no overclocking intentions.) And probably a fairly low wattage PSU. I would say the CPU is going to generate the most heat, and maybe an aftermarket CPU cooler is probably doing too much.
I went with the LGA 1150 socket for possible future upgrades, even though I didn't get a motherboard with a Z87 chipset. They are so expensive and unnecessary if I'm not trying to overclock everything.
Lastly, what defines quiet for a fan? A guy at work told me that <35 dB is pretty quiet, yet the two stock fans that come with my case claim they are <20 dB. I'm applying this to my PSU choice too. Input is appreciated as always.
With the hardware You describe,
an I3, a SSD both run pretty cool. a Box Intel i3 with the Intel heatsink and fan should be more that adequate as well as quiet.
I have a older, now, i7 where I used the retail Intel CPU and the Intel Heat Sink and fan, AKA HSF, is quiet, and runs cool enough even under full load such as encoding Video. I used the same strategy when I built my brothers computer. SSD, i7, 1Tb Data drive. His has one fan in the back under the power supply. His run cool too.
I have always over the years since socket 370 days found that the Intel HSF to be quiet, reliable, and durable. When You buy a Intel Box CPU the HSF assembly comes with a thermal compound already applied. I have found that to be decent.
Next as far as a SSD, some tips.
Read User Reviews
Good Brands are Intel and Samsung
Samsung 840Pro and not the 840EVO, personal opinion.
I mainly use Intel SSDs for my computers, Currently 4 in use in the house. At the time I bought the Intel 320 series was expected to be among the more reliable. A certain brand I looked at had terrible reviews so I went with the more expensive Intel, Not the fastest but then In my opinion reliable trumps raw speed. Plus a 5 year warranty. I have a couple of Samsung SSDs too.
Quiet is somewhat subjective. The lower the db rating the quieter. I'm on a simple All-In-One, AKA AIO, desktop that I can not hear running over the outside noises. Brand Name computers are usually silent.
The Small footprint of this AIO that being the Computer is in the screen outweighed the disadvantages of a AIO, Those being, No upgrades, 8x DVD laptop burner, Any part has a problem it is all bad.
Air flow should be in at the bottom and exhaust at the top since hot air rises.
Two things to look at with a power supply, Brand!, Efficiency, higher efficiency should reduce waste heat and the electric bill. If you plan to do upgrades in the future will the power supply be big enough?
Also Make sure You have USB3 ports as used with USB3 storage they are much faster.
Also, even though I went to college for computer networking, I have very limited knowledge of the hardware side of things. If i type anything completely stupid, please let me know. I have my A+, but at the time, that was just crap I had to do, to get to the fun stuff. (Routing and switching... and being a control-freak). I'm currently employed as a service tech now however and I'm getting turned on to the hardware stuff and want to make my own baby. This thing should have no bottlenecks aside from gaming, that is my goal. I have the fastest Internet package in my city, I want to make a speed demon, that I can do stuff with... well... you know what I mean. This is my hobby now.
Just curious what speedtest.net shows for your internet. I get 117.12 Mb/s down and 37.10Mb/s up for comparison. And that is over wireless. Wired is some what faster FWIW.
Here is a tip for wireless, If You decide to go Wireless, Get Dual Band, I get 3 times faster speeds on the 5Ghz band, possibly due to the 2.4Ghz band being congested. I also went 802.11ac.
IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless computer networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi), developed in the IEEE Standards Association process, providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band
This specification has expected multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second and a single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s).
Edited by rotor123, 22 October 2013 - 09:02 AM.