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Unread 06-15-2005, 11:13 PM   #5
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That spec would make a solid machine. However, you'll need to make some changes to make it truly quiet.

The vidcard fan will be your first problem. Gigabyte sells fanless 6600GTs, so that might be worth the extra money to you. If you don't like that, the VGA Silencers are popular mods.

I've heard that the Chaintech mobo now has an active NB cooler. You can try Speedfan, a Zalman passive HS, etc. Just don't expect it to be inaudible without work.

The OCZ PSU will be noticeably louder than the Seasonic S12 you specced before. In a truly quiet setting, even the Seasonic is likely to be audible at small distances or in high case temperatures. If the thought of swapping PSU fans scares you, consider spending the extra on the S12. BTW, your configuration will not require more than a (quality) 300W PSU, and an S12-380 is pretty close to the OCZ's price.

Nice CPU. However, I think most people would choose the Venice core over the Winchester. Not a big difference, but Newegg has the Venice for less money right now.

What case are you getting? You want 120mm fans and some method of isolating HD vibration. Lots of options here, so let us know what you're thinking.

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