Personal build - ultra-silent, uATX, gaming - part 1
What you see here is a computer I just built for myself, which was to be quiet as possible, while still keeping the thermal performance under control. All of this, of course, in a machine with more-than-adequate performance for gaming, 3D rendering, Photoshop work, and video encoding. Here's a photo of the final build:
I used a Thermaltake Lanbox Lite case to house this computer. The major components I selected for this build were an Intel Core 2 Quad, 2 GB of RAM, and an nVidia 9600 GT video card. The 9600 GT is cooled almost-passively with an Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 cooler, and the CPU is cooled almost-passively with a Thermaltake Big Typhoon. Air exhausts from the system with one low-speed 60mm fan behind the CPU and one low-speed 60mm fan beside the video card. A 90mm PWM fan pushes air through the CPU cooler. The thing you see in the top 5.25" slot is a Tuniq hard drive silencer: it surrounds the hard drive with sound-blocking but thermally conductive foam.
Unfortunately, due to a stupid mistake I made, I need to replace the motherboard I originally purchased, so I can run the system right now... when my new one arrives hopefully I'll post some screenshots and benchmarks.