It’s been a while since I built a PC, so I’d appreciate a review of the proposed specification.
What I’m looking for is a general purpose home computer that is used for a variety of applications, including being able to run recent games at reasonable quality. A key requirement is that it is quiet, for which I’m prepared to spend more money and trade-off a bit of performance (but not too much).
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0GHz E8400 (socket 775)
Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems + quiet 120mm fan
RAM: 2x2GB DDR3 1333 MHz 9 DIMM Memory (dual channel)
GPU: Asus EN9600GT SILENT/2D/512MD3 Video Card, GeForce 9600 GT
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M600, 600W ATX
HDD: 2x320GB Samsung HDD SATA RAID 0 (reuse from old PC, with XP installed)
With a passively cooled GPU and minimal case fan air flow, this system relies primarily on the PSU’s fan to extract hot air from the case. This is the reason why I’ve selected the 65W Core 2 Duo rather than the 95W quad core CPU, on the basis that the lower power CPU puts out less heat.
1. Are there any problems with this specification?
2. Any suggestions for improvements?