I started browsing the SPCR site and forums a month back and decided that it was about time that I registered. I am new to "quiet computing" and I have found a lot of useful information on the SPCR site and here on the forums which I have used as a basis for the choosing of the components that will be used in my upcoming system (listed here):
Case: Antec P180B
Motherboard: Asus P5W DH Deluxe
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) Model E6700 (2.667GHz)
RAM: Kingston 2x1024 MB DDR2, PC5400 DDR2-667
Video: GV-NX76T256D-RH, GeForce 7600GT, 256MB GDDR3, Passive Cooling
PSU: Seasonic S12-500
HDD: Western Digital 160.0 GB - Caviar RE (RAID Edition)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Ninja Plus
Optical drive: Plextor PX-760SA/T3KB, DVDÂ±RW, DVD+Rx18, SATA, Internal, Dual Layer, 2 MB, Black, Bulk
I aim for a quiet gaming computer.
Any comments/opinions/suggestions regarding the components would be very appreciated. Also, if you know that some of the components aren't compatible with each other please do tell .
Note: The reason I chose the passively cooled GeForce 7600GT from Gigabyte was: 1) It is relatively cheap which is good because I am going to replace it once the DX10 cards hit the market - 2) It is passively cooled and therefore quiet (right? ).
Note2: According to this article over at bit-tech.net the Core 2 Duo E6700 should have a TDP of only 65W.
For this future system I have some questions:
- 1. Will I need to buy extensions cables for some power cables so that they can reach the motherboard? If yes, then for which power cables should I buy extension cables for?
2. The Scythe Ninja weighs 815g. According to Zalman the maximum weight specified for socket 775 (which the Core 2 Duo uses) is 450g. Should/can I do something to relieve the socket/motherboard of some of the burden?
3. In the light of the second note: would it be safe/sensible to cool the processor passively with the Ninja?