After a hiatus that can only be categorised as way too long, I’m preparing to build a new PC. My argument for running in laptop-only mode for the last couple of years has been lack of space at home, but we’ll just have to deal with that through intelligent use of a small, wheeled computer desk or something.
I can categorise my requirements for a new PC in the following order:
- Small(ish). Definitely not a full tower. Possibly not even a mid-tower.
- Quiet(ish). Don’t mind a bit of a hurricane whilst game playing, but don’t want a hairdryer noise when browsing the web or coding.
- Fast enough to play the latest iteration of games (BF2, CoD2, Doom3) at 40fps +
Unfortunately the first requirement is a little stymied by the second and third requirements, so it’s most likely that I will go for a small mid-tower case. The currently favoured setup is looking something like this (comments welcomed):
- SLI-capable AMD socket 939 motherboard
- AMD 3800+ X2 dual-core CPU
- NVidia 6600GT graphics (single at the moment, probably SLI soon)
- 1 GB RAM in dual-channel configuration
- Sundry components (HDD, DVD, etc)
Update: done and done. Built the PC over the weekend, and it is a very, very sweet machine. I managed to find a case with 120mm case fans front and rear, plus a PSU with a single 120mm fan. 80mm is the standard size for PC cooling fans, but when it comes to fans bigger is usually quieter (big fans can move the same amount of air with less RPM, hence less noise). The CPU cooler is louder than I’d like so I’m looking at investing in a big Zalman 7700Cu cooler.
With that CPU cooler I think I should have a nice quiet, fast machine.