Quiet i7-gaming build



I'm considering this build:
processor: - Intel Core i7 2600 / 3.4 GHz - 8MB LGA1155
mobo - ASUS P8P67-M PRO B3 Revision - Micro-ATX LGA1155
RAM - 16GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 Kingston (4x4GB)
graphics - XFX Radeon HD 6870 - 2GB
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - 3.5″ SATA-600 1TB
SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series SSD - 2.5″ SATA-600 120GB
cabinet - Cooler Master HAF X - expanded ATX Sort
PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX600 V2 - 600W 120 mm

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 5 days

Budget Range: about the same as this build

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing, work (Word / Excel stuff)

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, disk drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.fcomputer.dk and www.edbpriser.dk

Country: Denmark

Parts Preferences: I have been recommended an ASUS mobo, but don't really mind. Would like it to be equipped for best future upgradeability (PCI-E and USB 3.0).

Overclocking: Not planning on it.... yet.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC. What should I buy to get this?


Jan 18, 2012
i7 2600k $320
Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III $182
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $40
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB $125
GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB $345
Antec ECO 620w $60

Total: $1394

You dont really need i7 2600k for gaming. For like $20 more, get the i7 2600k as it overclocks better even though your not overclocking. You can save some cash by going with i5 2500k. But its up to you. 16gb of ram is not needed, 8gb is enough



Oct 29, 2011
I went with a HAF-X when upgrading my rig several months ago. It is a remarkably quiet case. I use it with a V6GT cpu cooler from Cooler Master, dual Asus GTX 570s with reference coolers and my good old Enermax Galaxy 1000w.

Whenever friends visit, they are all very much impressed with how quiet my system is, even when running games.

I can't read ya web sites so I used newegg, sorry.

Why a micro MoBo in a giant full tower case ?

Processor: - Intel Core i7 2500k - Is the extra 0.1 GHz worth $100 to you ? The hyperthreading won't help you with gaming so if the answer to the previous question is no, then I'd get the 2500k .... invest the savings in a better GFX card

Mobo - ASUS P8P67 PRO B3 .... no need / use for a mini mobo

RAM - 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Corsair low profile Vengeance (2x4GB) no need for 16GB in gaming box .... invest the savings in a better GFX card

Graphics - XFX Radeon HD 6870 - 2GB The 2GB is wasted on anything less than 2560 x 1440 ...invest the savings in a better GFX card .... I'd suggest a factory OC'd 560 Ti

6870 gets 434 fps in single card configuration, 701 fps in CF ...in Guru3D's game test suite.
560Ti (900Mhz) gets 495 fps in single card configuration, 862 fps in SLI ...in Guru3D's game test suite.

If the above savings allow you to make the jump, grab it .... if not, the 6870 is the next best thing.

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - 3.5″ SATA-600 1TB - OK

SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series SSD - 2.5″ SATA-600 120GB - OK, but I;'d look at one of the tier 3 units from here:

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB
Patriot WildFire 120 GB
Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

Case / PSU - The 600CX is a bit light for CF / SLI on anything bigger than the 6870 and not even for that if you are overclocking the GPU's and CPU. For quietness ya may wanna look at the Antec CP-850 which is the quietest PSU I have yet to encounter .... it's 10.0 jonnyguru performance rating and extremely low price don't hurt.

I'd pair it with an Antec 1200 V3, P193, P183 or DF-85 ..... all four of these cases fit the CP-850, all 4 provide excellent cooling (all the ones I have built have the adjustable fans at lowest speed setting). And their quietness and cool running is quite remarkable as a pair.



Ok.... several iterations later today. My system looks like this now:

PSU: Corsair Gaming Series GS700 - 700W 140 mm
Case: Antec Sonata SOLO II - ATX Pianosort
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K / 3.3 GHz Processor - 6MB LGA1155
mobo: ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 Revision - ATX LGA1155
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Series MAX IOPS Edition - 2.5″ SATA-600 120GB
RAM: Kingston HyperX blu - 2x4GB DDR3 1333MHz PC3-10600 CL9

Did I miss anything or make any obvious mistakes? Should I go for 1600MHz RAM?

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