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Silent Spec using venice 3000

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by PanchoVilla, 16 May 2006.

  1. PanchoVilla

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 602

    Hi all,

    Can anyone recommend a good spec for around 450GPB around a venice 3000. Need the machine to be stable and silent (no northbridge fan and fanless GFX) but also plan to overclock a little maybe to 2.5ghz (?).

    I'm sure people have done this before - I was going to post in spcr as has been suggested at times, but they don't really overclock.

    Usage for the machine will be - games, surfing, DVD and 24-7 server.

    Thanks peeps.
     
  2. hp7909

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,016

    :cool:
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    • Gigabyte K8N SLi nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-040-GI) £49.95
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    • Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 120GB 1200JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-055-WD) £38.95
    • Zalman CNPS7700-CU Ultra-Quiet CPU Cooler - Retail (HS-010-ZA) £19.95
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  3. Gashman

    Mobster

    Joined: 28 Mar 2006

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    Location: Jarrow, Tyne And Wear

    good spec above, why zalman CPU cooler though, why not thermaltake blue orb II, there enormous and very good coolers
     
  4. hp7909

    Soldato

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    Don't know much about Thermaltake's, in fact always thought they were just copying Zalman's design/idea :confused:
     
  5. Burly

    Hitman

    Joined: 21 Aug 2005

    Posts: 718

    just a quick question. the Gigabyte K8N SLi nForce4 SLi is it quieter than the Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra that I noticed get recommended in a lot of "spec me's"?
     
  6. hp7909

    Soldato

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    Should be since its passively cooled. See here :D

    EDIT: & better since it supports SLI :cool:
     
  7. Gashman

    Mobster

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    the blue orb II is a great cooler though, and its also very quiet, its designed like that because its one of the most efficient designs you can make, solid copper base with aluminium fins (since aluminium dissapates heat quicker than copper) there enormous mind and weigh a shocking 1.7 pounds and another problem is there some 14cm across or something
     
  8. PanchoVilla

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 602

    Thanks for the spec. Is that a good mobo allowing some overclocks? And do you know how the GFX card compares to the old ATI 9800 PRO?

    Edit: are you confident if the cooler will fit OK with this mobo with memory installed?
     
  9. Dave

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 Oct 2004

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    Location: Sacramento CA

    Maybe go for a Samsung Spinpoint hard drive (quieter in my limited experience) and a Artic Cooler / Zalman Cooler for the GPU. Just to quieten it down even more :)
     
  10. Mikey1280

    Wise Guy

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    Location: South East London

    Gigabyte boards are meant to be pants for overclocking btw, could be why its cheaper than the asus.
     
  11. ***F1ZZY***

    Hitman

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    Location: Wiltshire

    Myths
     
  12. hp7909

    Soldato

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    It should be compatible, see here :)

    Don't know much about Gigabyte's overclockability. But, which is more of a priority: no northbridge fan hence silence? or overclocking? If the latter then you might as well get a board that you're assured the speeds you want, whether its silent will be another thing. I like the Gigabyte because its a cheap SLI board, so if you see your system struggling you can always throw in another graphics card :cool:

    But the 7600GS is also more to do with the new features it has, being from the latest line of NVIDIA cards. Some benchies here (EVGA 7600GS, more or less the same as XFX) :D