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The Quiet Night
by skemble
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Description

This was built for a guy who wanted a quiet computer, with solid multitasking ability, and fast boot times. As well as a GPU to play a few games at moderate settings from time to time. He had several requirements for me to put into the build.

Requirements:

Quiet case with a SD card reader.

Processor that can handle many tasks.

$100 in a GPU; enough to satisfy the occasional WoW adventure.

SSD with 2x 500Gb HDD.

Room for future expansion.

He told me he wanted to spend close to $800. I feel that I did this build justice. This case is so quiet I sometimes have to check to see if the fans are even running. It doesn't get nearly as hot as had plagued so many reviews, just remove the top HDD bay. It has great cable management options and cabling was a breeze. The only hindrance was a faulty compression screw on a CM Hyper 212 EVO that sheared in two before I even got close to getting it snug. I have contacted CM in hope of getting that replaced and will be adding that to this build in the near future.

Hope you guys like it!


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AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Spirafall [1 Build] 25 points 16 months ago

Sometimes I see people's builds were they have fingerprints all over, even on surfaces that aren't meant to attract fingerprints. Then I get to this, and damn it's shiny.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 10 points 16 months ago

HAHA! Thank you! I really like aesthetics of the case.

 
 
AQUM 7 points 16 months ago

That case is sexy. I'd get it, but I don't want to get fingerprints all over it D:

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I really liked working with it! The only real issue is poor ventilation. I've seen some top vent mods for it and that would be really good for it. I tried my best to not get it all fingered up haha

 
 
Mattkx4 6 points 16 months ago

I absolutely LOVE this build! You have built this build exactly like I would've. I only wished people would ask me to build computers. I'm only an 11 year old, but personally I think I'm pretty good with computer I'm building my $1,000 Build this summer. No one asks an 11 year old to do computer builds. The quality of this build is beyond excellent I bet whoever your customer is, he is very excited now. I would be at least!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 8 points 16 months ago

Thanks little man! I only wish I would have acquired computer building skills at that age. Keep up the good work!

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

I took a look at your build in progress, not bad at all.

Only thing I could recommend that would be better is the 7870XT rather than the Ghz Edition, since they don't vary much in price.

Other than that I hope you have fun with your project, and I will be looking forward to your build in the "completed" section once it is all done.

 
 
Mattkx4 2 points 16 months ago

I assume you were talking to me and I will change that!

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Yup, I was talking to you :)

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Looks good so far. I would definitely want to get an ssd though, they make things sooo much faster. Do you plan on adding one to that build anytime or are waiting for the prices of them to go down? If you're on a budget, Kingston v300 series is great for the price. Can get a 120gb model for ~$80.

 
 
XIHackInABoxIX [7 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I was skeptical about the Kingston drives, but the people who reviewed them on Newegg seem to be satisfied with them. Personally I would opt for a Samsung 840. Currently the Samsung is the cheaper of the two on Newegg, and Samsung has a little bit of a better rep with their drives.

Both are backed by a 3 year warranty and retail between $80 to $100 bucks, so it all depends on the brand name and reviews I guess. But I do agree with you, I would never build a new computer without an SSD.

 
 
Mattkx4 1 point 16 months ago

My Budget it a $1,000 So I think I'll just add a boot drive SSD later

 
 
BeardCreep 4 points 16 months ago

Nice sam

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks Salo! Appreciate your feedback as always :)

 
 
BeardCreep 3 points 16 months ago

anytime brotha

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Why are you getting down voted? :(

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

some butthurt ******* is going around downvoting all my comments.

also commenting on all my advice

"you dont even have a build, what do you know"

i have builds just not posted here, and i think im pretty good at what i do no?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

Some people just don't know their place...

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

yeah but its aight. i try to help, if people want to take the advice fine :D if not thats aight too.

btw, started ordering my parts :O doing it bit by bit when stuff is on sale/in stock

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I feel the same way..

Hit me with the parts list!

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

its on my saved builds :D

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/BeardCreep/saved/1Onm

already have the ram, cpu and case.

any changes? just comment them on there

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I wouldn't change a thing! I'll be waiting for some pictures :)

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

yeah :D probably wont post the build, probably just gonna get hated on by this XXXswagkidXXX or whatever.

but ill send you the full build log :O

soon as the mobo gets here ill start.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

I think the name implies the idiocy. xD

Sounds good man. It's going to rock the games!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Budget for the gf's got improved to $700 :)

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skemble/saved/1GV9

What do you think about this? Won't need to get an OS, I'll just take my windows 8 off of my laptop and put Ubuntu on it for web browsing.

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

what was the before part choice?

id drop down to a 3350p

and the gfx up as far as the money lets you:

good guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

Before I had basically the same but with the i3 3220 and a 650ti Boost

 
 
BeardCreep 2 points 16 months ago

dont go to the 3220 but the 3350p wont bottleneck you i dont think

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

you could get a 7870 xt. which is better than a 660 by far no?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1acRz

hopefully you would eventually get another stick of ram

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

7870 XT would kill the 660! We will be adding another 4Gb of RAM later, but for now it will suffice.

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

was the deleted comment the hater? XD

anyways. yeah :D it will be good for now.

but go with whatever, it IS like 5 bucks more expensive than your choices.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

No I commented and made a typo so just deleted it lol

I'll just tell her it's better and see what she says haha xD

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

aight, do tell how it goes.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n660tf2gd5oc

Too good to pass up? I really wanted to get the TwinFrozrIII. That cooler rocks. Plus my gf won't play any of the games in the free bundles (Crysis 3 isn't her ball game), but I have been waiting for Blacklist to come out anyways so I'd play the hell out of it.

 
 
BeardCreep 1 point 15 months ago

Im on vacation for a bit sam. Ill get back to you

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Have a nice vaca man!

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BeardCreep 1 point 16 months ago

like look at http://prntscr.com/1bri6t

i dont even

 
 
ItsJxzza 3 points 16 months ago

Got to have a cat calender :D

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

The things we do for love.. ;)

 
 
Djangosp2 [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

Very nice choices. He should be very satisfied with this computer :)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you much!

 
 
AmplifiedLlama [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

+1 for parts, and cable management.

 
 
jorceshaman 2 points 6 months ago

Nothing against the computer but, I'm most impressed with the picture quality! Those are some very nice HD pictures!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

That was one of my first documented builds! My picture taking skills have gotten much better since then, but thank you for the compliment. :)

 
 
Spiral350 1 point 16 months ago

That sucks about the 212, it would be quieter with it in. I'm wondering why you went with one 1TB HDD as it is cheaper.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

They person I built this for wanted to have a 500 for games, music, movies. And another 500 for a backup of all of it. I told him it would be cheaper, but it's his computer in the end. That case also has a hot swap bay, so he could use one for that too I suppose..

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Really clean build.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Graci!

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

For the love of god gigabyte better making a mobo that is black like this one without those terrible blue accents for intel CPUs.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

The blue boards totally turn me off! I feel your pain.. This board is beautiful and a pleasure to work with :)

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

I just took another look and that Mobo is sure sexy for the price. And people need to stop giving biased hate about AMD, if you look into it the 8350 actually outperforms the 3770k in most tasks.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you! It does just fine for gaming and is a beast at multi threaded tasks. I'm not biased either way, I just like what's best for the price!

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

The build looks great! You did well with the requirements he gave you.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you sir. I appreciate it!

 
 
JTsComputer [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

nice build! excellent cable management

very similar to what im making as your aware

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you! Yes and I expect to see pictures on here!

 
 
JTsComputer [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

will do my best, nearly everything is in shipment now. Just need to decide on the GPU, what i was going to get is out of stock now :/

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

7870 ghz or XT?

 
 
JTsComputer [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

EVGA 660 for $185 actually, then found an XFX 7950 for $210...but apparently they have heat issues

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Probably why it was so cheap :/

 
 
JTsComputer [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

my thoughts exactly, thought i figured it out and then the price listed here is different then the storefronts..argh

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

Shouldn't let you down!

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Hey man, I know this is three months old, but I was wondering how your PSU is holding out. I have the same one and some people have told me they fail after a couple months. How's yours?

Love the build also :D

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Graci! XD I have had no complaints from the owner. I see him several times a week and ask him how his machine is holding up and he loves it. He really doesn't do hardcore gaming or super stressful stuff so I imagine people whose have failed are trying to to do too much with it. Your guess is a good as mine :)

 
 
DrPhartPhD 1 point 13 months ago

Just out of curiosity, why did you decide to get two 500GB Caviar Blues instead of a 1TB? I am sorry if this is a stupid question, kinda new to building computers...

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

No serious questions are stupid :) I built this for someone else. He wanted to have one for all of his media stuff and the other to back all of it up. I personally would have just gotten a 1Tb drive if this were just for a boot drive or something to put games on.

 
 
zeeman706 1 point 12 months ago

Okay, this is awsome, but why not just get 1 TB HDD instead?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

He wanted a 500 for games, music, and movies and another 500 to back up all of those things. If I would have been building it for myself I would have just gotten a single drive, but the customer gets what he wants!

 
 
brntlr 1 point 12 months ago

I have the same processor and mobo and I had a heck of a time trying to get the stock cpu cooler on. Just wondering if you had the same problem with this build?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I've had trouble getting on the AMD stock cooler before. Some of them seem to have shorter metal "arms" and they can't reach the plastic mount. I had this trouble with my Sabertooth board.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Is there a difference in loudness between 7200 and 5400 HDDs?

Also, is the stock cooling fan really that quiet on this build?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

If your computer is up on your desk and you have zero sound dampening then yes you will hear any drive, but this case is so padded up and sits under a desk. And no the stock fan is loud as hell, a Hyper 212 Evo was put in this later because the first was faulty.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

That's cool, no I was just wondering if a 5400 is quieter than a 7200 or vice versa, for my own edification. I've never really compared them to find out for myself. In any case it'd be interesting to know what the conventional wisdom is.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

From what I've read in tests it's a difference of about 3dB. That is about a 23% increase in noise. A 10dB difference is roughly twice as loud.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

which is the increased one? The 7200 variety?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

7200s are a tad louder. Not enough louder, in my opinion, that you should get a 5400 drive unless it's for only storage or a HTPC that uses it as the primary drive. If you have a SSD and a secondary HDD the HDD doesn't spin all the time so it's normally pretty much silent. I have a 3Tb 7200 Barracuda and I only hear it when it kicks to life from idle state.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the info. I just found out a pretty cool trick for very quiet/cool drive operations - get a 5400 drive and a lot of RAM, then use software like AMD's RAMDisk to write/read to RAM (this is also EXTREMELY fast!) until it comes time to shut down - then it writes the RAM disk to your hard drive and retrieves it next boot. Pretty nifty if you have more than 8Gb RAM but can't afford/don't want an SSD, huh?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Yes indeed RAMDisks are pretty nifty. People use them for Photoshop sometimes, helps with render times and such. Also one of the reasons I tend not to hate on people getting 16Gb of RAM in a non editing system!

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I just found this out myself and thought it was pretty cool. I have 12Gb of RAM in my system by accident, and I think I finally know what to do with about the last 3-4Gb of that!

 
 
pine4pplebe4st [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

How has the AMD FX-8350 been with the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3?

Just wondering since I am using the same combo on my build.

Thanks!

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I don't personally own that computer, but I've heard only good things from it's owner!

 
 
AceofPortals 1 point 12 months ago

In the process of brainstorming a build today, I ended up with something pretty akin to this. Of course, I didn't need 3 Hds (even after reading the explaination to this it still seems funny, though I like the idea of booting from a small SSD drive for lightning bootup times), so was able to throw on a much nicer video card, ending up with a very versatile little rig. I expect the prices of some things to dip as we approach Cyber Monday.

Also, this. Yeah, I don't care what I put in it, as long as I get to stare at THAT all day :D (not really though)

Overall, nice build, it has the customer in mind and who can condemn that?

 
 
ryan0ing 1 point 12 months ago

Cute cat calender bro :)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

You make me blush ;)

 
 
ryan0ing 1 point 12 months ago

haha anytime :)

 
 
lancer45 1 point 11 months ago

did this come with all the wiring you needed?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

In reference to the PSU or mobo? It had enough for everything needed in this build.

 
 
lancer45 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you

 
 
Shuck 1 point 11 months ago

So, you mentioned the fact that this pc build could run some games. Do you happen to know if it could run some higher end games such as battlefield? At a reasonable fps of course

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

It will excel on the CPU side of things in BF4, but the single GB frame buffer and more budget GPU it won't be able to handle BF4 at higher settings, but I'm sure medium at 1080p getting 30 FPS or higher shouldn't be an issue.

 
 
Dragonspite [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Clean build. I can't wait to look at the others you have posted.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you kindly! I'm working on another this week so keep your eye out for it this weekend! :)

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teenmatthew 1 point 5 months ago

you could have got a segate beracuda 1tb for the price of one western 500gb

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Read the description.

 
 
5rovic 1 point 5 months ago

Damn man you are a master builder! Going through your builds now... Even non-modular you make it look so CLEAN. Love how you care about looks and aesthetics as well. A+ !

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Haha thank you! Thanks for checking out my stuff, I really appreciate it!

 
 
71Passengers 1 point 4 months ago

What monitor is that?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

It's just a Samsung 1360x768 TV that I use for playing emulators and general movie/TV streaming.

 
 
ownerbeast 1 point 3 months ago

Would you like to play WoW sometime?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

I'm not a WoW player myself actually. Sorry!

 
 
jdoge10 1 point 3 months ago

Did you need to update the BIOS?

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Nope!

 
 
Variable.variables 1 point 25 days ago

Why two 500GB mechanical hard drives? At this moment, a 2TB mech. is way less expensive.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 25 days ago

The user wanted two drives. One for storage and the other for backups of that storage. He didn't need even 500 GB of storage to begin with so he decided that two 1 TB drives would be wasteful.

 
 
Variable.variables 1 point 24 days ago

Ok. It just seems like he was also wasting money by getting a way worse deal per GB. (Not meant to be insulting.)

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 24 days ago

It's understandable! He did not get a good deal/GB. I personally would have went with two 1 TB drives if he hadn't asked for something specific.

 
 
Variable.variables 1 point 24 days ago

How do you get people to ask you (and pay you) to build them computers?

 
 
PickItApart -2 points 16 months ago

Why 8350+990 instead of i5-3570+H77?

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skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I used it in my personal rig and recommended it.

 
 
kylepatrickswan [3 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

You seem to only have AMD builds on this site. I'm assuming that you are slightly biased. lol

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

I know it looks bad.. I'm not against Intel, I personally have an Intel computer other than my gaming one. Mine was for budget, my grandmothers was for budget, and my boss wanted what I had. My hands we're tied XD

 
 
kylepatrickswan [3 Builds] 3 points 16 months ago

I feel. AMD is good price to performance, from what I read. I personally haven't built my own and am wanting to work with it to get a feel for them.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

You won't regret it!

 
 
kylepatrickswan [3 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

I'm most drawn to their APU series, considering it's the movement consoles are heading into. I've taken a look at the FX line of processors, but not enough to really know much.

 
 
skemble [Submitter] [17 Builds] 1 point 16 months ago

The APUs are a great way to build a solid budget PC that can be super compact. I really like small builds that pack a lot of punch.

 
 
bsprickman9 [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

no hes going with what the budget allows

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Spirafall [1 Build] 7 points 16 months ago

I think it's helpful if you explained why you thought it was a bad drive.

It could be two things:
1. You thought it was a bad drive because it's not as popular as the Samsung 840 Pro.
2. You thought it was a bad drive because there were too many reviews of it failing on Newegg (or some other reason).

The first answer would make you look like a biased fan.
The second answer would be more reasonable and constructive than simply saying it was bad. They may decide to switch it out for a more reliable one, or keep it because it's been working fine with no problems.

 
 
MrsSmallCow 2 points 16 months ago

I was looking around for an ssd then saw that it had so so many bad reviews

 
 
Ggadget 4 points 16 months ago

It's not bad, it's just not the 840 pro. Don't be biased. Just say the 840 pro would've been better, rather than saying the one he had was bad.

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