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Quiet PC - opinions appreciated

james39

61 months ago

Hi,

I'm planning on buying the following components for a custom PC build. My main focus is just to build a high spec desktop for home use that is nice and quiet. I don't play computer games so I'm leaving out the graphics card from the build at this stage, but I do quite a lot of image processing in raw from a DSLR (Photoshop + Lightroom). I would also like to edit some 720p video that I've shot on a GoPro HD Hero 2.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/VLJgK8

My main questions are:

  • Is the PSU enough to allow me to add a mid-range graphics card in future?
  • Are there any components in the build that will prevent me from keeping it quiet?
  • Do I need to consider any additional cooling?
  • Will I need to purchase anything else in order to wire up the front USB/Audio on the case?

Thanks!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the PSU enough to allow me to add a mid-range graphics card in future?

It'd be pushing it for AMD cards, I believe

Will I need to purchase anything else in order to wire up the front USB/Audio on the case?

Case should come with cables already attached, just have to plug it into the motherboard

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, would the Corsair RM750 be more suitable? It looks like the fan won't come on until it draws 450W so it would hopefully be completely silent until then - but give me plenty of headroom for sticking a graphics card in and playing some games on it in future.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Corsair/RM750/6.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/PurePower_L8_500W/6.html

Thanks for your help and happy Christmas :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

For anyone interested this is what I settled on

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZxHsP6

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Overkill on psu.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a shame, I decided to go for it after TehGuy's comment about the 500W one I'd originally chosen not giving me much headroom for a graphics card.

Although the fact that it is completely silent up to 450W was a big selling point for me, as I'd like a quiet machine. If I never draw over that and the fan never comes on I'll be happy.

Out of interest, what PSU would you have put in it to allow you the option of adding a graphics card at a future date? I only orderd the parts today so I still have time to change my order!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

For single card setups anything over 650w is overkill. If you went with the nvidia maxwell series then even 650w is fine for sli.

Id go with something like: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr or http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm650 I find the evga one is better value for money since they are both basically the same.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Both of those only seem £10-£15 cheaper than the RM750 that I've already ordered, but the reviews I've read suggest that they're also a bit louder than the RM750 so I won't cancel my order. Apparently the fan in the RM650 comes on at 250W but in the RM750 it comes on at 450W.

Thanks for the advice though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed but if you grab a psu that is way too large you lose efficiency on the gold rated part so its personally up to you.

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