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Default Need help to build good, quiet, gaming system

April 29th, 2012, 23:19
Hi folks, yes another plea for your input for building a new PC. My old one is now 7 years old and really deserves to get a rest…

I want to build a new box from scratch now. The specifics:
- Good, mid/high end gaming system
- As quiet as I can make it, given the above. My current system sounds like a learjet, and I want something a lot quieter, without having unreasonable expectations.
- Other uses: Photo and video editing. Some purely hobby-level home recording (another reason why it should be moderately quiet), some home office stuff, etc.

Starting out from the links Gorathe gave in Badgers thread,(http://www.gamestar.de/hardware/prax…au_pcs_p4.html) swapping around some components etc., I put together the following at PCP.ch (prices in swiss franks):

MoBo: Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 109,-
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 228,-
Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 72,-
GPU: Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 278,-
SSD: Kingston HyperX SSD Drive 120GB 149,-
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - SATA - 1TB - 7200rpm 112,-
Optical Drive: Use old 0,-
Keyboard: Use old Logitech 0,-
Sound: Creative X-Fi Titanium 101,-
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8,0 GByte Kit DDR3-1600 59,-
PSU: Cooler Master SilentPro M700 132,-
Case: NZXT Phantom - gedämmt - weiss 234,-
Monitor: BenQ G2450HM (1920x1080, 2ms, 50000:1)) 189,-
System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - SP1 - DE *(B) 105,-
Mouse: Logitech Gaming Mouse G500 60,-

Total: 1828,-

OK, you are welcome to just comment the above in general. But I also have some specific questions:

The Asrock is from Gorath's link, but I am irritated because it seems it has onboard Gfx. Isn't that a waste? Any other recommendations here?

The GPU. From the pricepoint it seems I am looking at a GFX 560 / 560TI as a logical choice, but I have no idea how to identify a relatively quiet card among the many choices. The Asus at least mentioned "quiet cooler" in the description, but if anybody can point out a decent relatively quiet card that would be suitable (above or below the 560 is fine, as long as it can run the native resolution of the monitor for current games), please let me know.

I chose a relatively expensive case (also from Goraths link) that seems to have good soundproofing capability. Any opions?

RAID - is it worth looking into, if I already go for the SSD?

I'm within budget, but I also wouldn't mind lowering the price to ca. 1500,- if it can be done without big losses. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any input!
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