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Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
08-23-2011, 04:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-23-2011, 04:16 PM by aphcat.)
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Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
Hi all,
I'm about to build my first workstation. I need high performance for office apps and video editing, but i'm not a gamer. The real issue is noise. I need as quiet a system as reasonably possible, and i'm prepared to spend extra for it.

Here is a list of most components, but i haven't selected power supply, cooling or case. Can anyone suggest the best options to build a really quiet PC? Of course, if you see something really wrong with the components, let me know.

edit: I could go to about $2400 for a complete system.

thanks!
Chris

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T2-24GBRL

PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card . Item #: N82E16814131378

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

2 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM Item #: N82E16827135204

Rosewill RNX-N180UBE USB 2.0 External 5dBi Antenna Wireless Adapter Item #: N82E16833166056

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
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08-23-2011, 04:23 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
X58 is not a good platform at the moment. It's a dead end and already outdated. Unless you really need 6 cores, go with Sandy Bridge which is almost as fast, but will allow for much more upgradability in the future. You can also wait for Sandy Bridge EX.

If you demand the most silence, I'd recommend a Fractal Design case, as well as the Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU cooler and Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus GPU cooler. Get a fan controller while you're at it.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-23-2011, 06:07 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
Thanks for the case/PS recommendation. Can you recommend a specific Motherboard/CPU combo, in line with my price point? I need to buy something in the next few days.
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08-23-2011, 07:35 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-23-2011, 07:35 PM by Brian.)
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
Since you don't need a fancy motherboard with SLI/Crossfire as you're not gaming, you could get my motherboard, the ASRock P67 PRO3 and the Intel Core i7 2600K which is very effective for intense workstation-like loads.

Oh, quiet power supply: depends on how much power you need, but a SeaSonic X Series (80 PLUS Gold) is very quiet.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-23-2011, 08:29 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
yes, i think the Core i7 with the mobo you suggest is the way to go. Now i need to find the quietest case/PSU/Fans. I've looked around on a couple of sites specializing in quiet PC's, but i still have some research to do.
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08-23-2011, 08:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-23-2011, 08:35 PM by Phrosty.)
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
How quiet are you looking for? I know you said real quiet. Are you looking for a low hum or like a tomb? If you had it in your room would you want it as loud as a ticking clock? (those always keep me up so I removed them from my room. Sorry off topic)
Here are some links you may find useful.
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08-23-2011, 08:40 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
ideally, as noisy as my iPad Big Grin
yeah seriously, really quiet... i expect to use sound deadening material, etc. I'm willing to spend an extra $150-200 on top of the prices for normal components (Case/Fans/750w PSU) to achieve as quiet as possible.
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08-23-2011, 08:42 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
HR-02 Macho is also a good CPU cooler. It runs fine passive too (no fans whatsoever).

I've actually been thinking about building a 100% passive Web PC.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU TIM: Thermalright Chill Factor III GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6970 VGA Cooler: Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme Plus SSD: Crucial M4 256GB HDD: Samsung F3 1TB Motherboard: ASRock P67 PRO3 RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz Optical Drive: ASUS 24X PSU: 550W Kingwin Lazer 80 Plus Platinum Fan Controller: Scythe Kaze Q12 Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX Keyboard: Rosewill RK-9000 Cherry MX Blue Mouse: Logitech G500 Monitor: Sceptre 27"
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08-23-2011, 08:51 PM,
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RE: Need a very, very quiet workstation. First time builder
Yup, a fanless CPU cooler is a good bet, and i've found good reviews on the Antec High-End Performance Case P183 V3. Even better if i replace the stock Antec fans.

I would go pure SSD, but i need 2TB. maybe next year!
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