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Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:01 pm
My first post and just writing to say thanks SPCR!
I've been reading and searching posts on this forum for the past week trying to configure a budget-midrange gaming system from components available here in Australia.
This forum has been very comprehensive and a huge help in figuring stuff out; especially not being particularly computer savvy myself.
In the end I decided on this system:
Asus P5B Deluxe Wifi
Core 2 Duo 6300
Antec p150 w/PSU
Thermalright HR-01-775 Passive CPU Cooler
Samsung 250Gb 8Mb SATA II
Powercolor X1950Pro 256Mb Arctic Cooling PCI-E
2 x 1Gb Kingston 667 ram
2x VANTEC STEALTH SF12025L 120mm CASE FAN
From what I could gather on this site and online reviews these appeared to be the most silent components I could get at top value prices.
I'll let you know how it all goes when the parts arrive and it gets built!
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:14 pm
I would have gone with a Seagate drive and a nvidia card, but you'll be happy either way.
Asus p5b is a wicked board thats been tried and true time and time again along with the gigabyte 965-ds3
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:14 pm
Dude, dump the stealths, DUMP THEM NOW. They're crap. Crap crap crap. I've had them, I know. Everyone else on this forum agrees that at most, MAYBE the 80mm is okay.
Get some Yate Loons
, you'll be happier, especially if you couple them with a fan controller or use speed fan to undervolt them.
Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:50 pm
Yeah, I agree. The only "stealthy" thing about the Vantec Stealth fans, is the colour. I have had both an 80mm and a 120mm Vantec Stealth. Yay!
Get Akasa amber series fans, Aerocool 3000 Turbine, Noctua, Nexus or Yate Loons. And you will be a lot happier.
The rest of the stuff seems nice.
Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:43 pm
well i mentioned I'd post back when it was finally built so...
took ur advice wolf and shadow- dropped the vantecs for nexus real silent.
realised after i got the case that there is only one mount for 120mm fans.
ran it with the real-silent then chose to try the antec tri-cool it was stocked with. The antec had a similiar noise level but was more low pitched, so i swapped out the real silent and now have the stock fan back in. (so ended up with 4 spare fans :p)
The system is very very quiet- if someone walks into the room without knowing the computer is on they will not hear it. You can hear it if you listen hard for it though.
Just a note about the suspension system for HDD- I put initially put 6 twists in before inserting the HDD because I was suss on the security of the disc. This made the elastic quite tight and the HDD much noisier- later I changed over the elastics and reinserted the disc with one twist and it became significantly quieter (security of disc isnt much different either). adjustments, adjustments......
I'm happy with it
ATM my monitor and subwoofer are so much louder, esp. the sub (will replace)
so thx again
* btw i connected the nexus to the motherboard header and the fan doesn't seem to vary speed at all. So the throttling feature seems a bit useless. The tri-cool i connected to the Neo PSU instead; it's set to low and the CPU sits in the 30-40 degree range in standby and under a gaming load. There are no intake fans atm.
Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:25 am
You probably have to go into the BIOS for fan control settings. Another option is to stick in a few of the HD screws (on the bottom?), to keep the HD from sliding out of the bands.
Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 5:34 am
been lurking, finally took the case apart for some silent tricks learned here. Just thought I'd say hi, and thanks.