Quiet Gaming/Music Production/Media PC under £950 inc monitor


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I was originally thinking of socket LG1366 build with triple channel RAM and an i7 950 processor, but it was coming out a bit too expensive, and forcing me to make some other sacrifices elsewhere. So I've decided on an LGA1156 build, which means I can choose a better graphics card, a blu ray player, more storage space and still save about 200 quid. Under £800 for the PC and an extra £130 for a 24" Samsung 1080p monitor..:thumbsup:

I think I've found some good prices and a sweet spot in terms of price/performance ratio, for my needs anyway. I've spent some time considering the components and decided on the parts below. I haven't listed any specialist cooling. I'm not intending on overclocking so hoping not to need any, but if I find it is too noisy I might look to change the CPU cooler later.

Just looking for some confirmation that everything is compatible and I haven't forgotten anything! Will all the connections / screws / paste etc come with the parts or do I need to purchase things like that as well?

CASE - CoolerMaster Sileo 500
£58.74 from Aria
CoolerMaster Sileo 500 Silent Midi Tower Case - Black - Aria Technology

£99.86 from Aria
Asus P7P55D-E LX Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard - Aria PC

CPU - Intel i5 760
£146.86 from Aria
Intel Core i5 760 2.8GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) Processor - Retail - Aria PC

RAM - Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800
£70.49 from Aria
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9) - Aria PC

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W
£50.51 from Aria
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular Silent SLI/Crossfire Ready ATX2.2 Power Supply - Aria Technology

£45.81 from Aria

HD1 (OS & Apps) - Samsung SpinPoint F3 500MB
£31.99 from Dabs
Samsung 500GB SpinPoint F3 7200rpm 16MB Sata (HD502HJ) - dabs.com

HD2 (Media/Data) - Samsung SPinPoint F3 1TB
£44.61 fromDabs
Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s 32MB (HD103SJ) - dabs.com

GFX - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 1GB OC
£169.99 from DABs
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 715Mhz 1GB PCI-E HDMI Overclocked (GV-N460OC-1GI) - dabs.com

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit - OEM
£75.79 from Dabs
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit 1pk (GFC-00599) - dabs.com

MONITOR - Samsung SyncMaster B2430L
£129.25 from Dabs
Samsung SyncMaster B2430L 23.6" Widescreen 1920 x 1080 5MS DVI-D VGA LCD Monitor (LS24PULKF/EN) - dabs.com

TOTAL = £923.90 Delivery from Aria about £15 on top (Dabs is free)
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Completely built, drivers installed, Windows 7 installed, just over 3 hours from opening the first box! :thumbsup: Not bad for my first build, I'm the man....

Initial observations:

The fan power cable for the front of the Sileo is too short - need to get an extension. Just running on the rear one at the mo.

System is pretty quiet when idle but the BD drive sounds like a vacuum cleaner at full pelt! (During Windows install). When I get the fan sorted I will look into any more.

Monitor is lovely and bright, not sure about black levels but not tweaked any settings yet.

Will blog more here. Might add some photos if you're lucky :)
Do so, we all love the tech pr0n! :smashin:

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