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I have a friend who wants a new rig that he will be building himself. He has a budget up to $1000. He requested that he wants the computer to be quiet because if it's too loud, he wouldn't be able to play games during the night because his old computer had a loud fan that always disturbed his parents. He said that it will be used for moderately gaming. He will be using Vista ultimate edition.
 
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No offense, but you are leaving out a ton of information.
Does he want to build it himself?
Does he want a prebuilt?
Are you going to build it for him?
Are his parents deaf? (just kidding)

Give us some more details so we can help.
 
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unless he sleeps in the same room as his parents i cant see how a computer fan keeps them awake :rolleyes:

anyway, for around $900 you can get this from newegg.com:

cpu - q6600 quad 2.4ghz $280 (great overclocking cpu)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115017

hard drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136039

psu - epower zu-550 $55 (its super quiet and very high quality)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101021

motherboard - gigabyte P35 DS3L $97 (great overclocking board but if you want to raid get the DS3R for $130)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128059

memory - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $48
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820211066

video card - EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 $290
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130303

dvd burner - SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

case fans - i recommend using Scythe fans, they are very quiet and reliable, i like the 120mm s-flex the best
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010110573+50002108&name=Scythe+USA

thats around $900-$950 after you add in the shipping then you just need to pick a good quiet case and case fans

EDIT: read my "Guide to proper case airflow design" in my sig, it will help you set up your case airflow to be quiet
 
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hmmm....let's see. Here's my thoughts...under $1000...

 

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^^ I like that build but, you could be a budget minder and play the "waiting game" until next month when the 45nm chips get released. Do like an e2140 or something for the time being. May be worth the wait while using the "cheaper" cpu.

What monitor is your friend planning on getting/using?
 

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I would honestly wait, there's a new line up of technology coming out very early next year in January/February that will drive prices of certain "older" technologies down. Your friend will be able to get a lot more for his money if he can hold off just another month or two.
 

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thank you guys for all helping, his room and his mom room is right next to each other by a thin wall, that is how his parents hear the computer. i already told him to wait, so expect this post next year about the same topic.
 

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Did you say Windows Vista Ultimate? Well then add $300 to that shopping cart, as that's what it costs (or $170 OEM).
 
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his room and his mom room is right next to each other by a thin wall, that is how his parents hear the computer.
ok a simple solution is to go to home depot and buy a sheet of pink foam board used for exterior house insulation. it will block all sound from going through the wall and since it is dense celular foam it wont crumble or shed like those foil backed styrofoam boards will. it only costs $8 and you just put it between your computer and the wall so your not actually attatching it to anything.

this is what it looks like: http://www.owenscorning.com/comminsul/systems.asp?system=79

this is what home depot has: http://www.owenscorning.com/comminsul/products.asp?product=25&system=79

it comes in 1/2" thick sheets that are 4ftx8ft just like sheetrock or plywood
 

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I would honestly wait, there's a new line up of technology coming out very early next year in January/February that will drive prices of certain "older" technologies down. Your friend will be able to get a lot more for his money if he can hold off just another month or two.
But isn't this always true? Always new technology, but it comes out so fast these days that it still takes months for "older" technology to come down in price. Also, when I did the parts list I assumed that he already had Windows Vista Ultimate. I mean, why spend that much money on a craptacular operating system, when for half the price you can get xp and get the new sp3.
 

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unless he sleeps in the same room as his parents i cant see how a computer fan keeps them awake :rolleyes:

anyway, for around $900 you can get this from newegg.com:

cpu - q6600 quad 2.4ghz $280 (great overclocking cpu)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115017

hard drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136039

psu - epower zu-550 $55 (its super quiet and very high quality)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101021

motherboard - gigabyte P35 DS3L $97 (great overclocking board but if you want to raid get the DS3R for $130)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128059

memory - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $48
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820211066

video card - EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 $290
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130303

dvd burner - SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

case fans - i recommend using Scythe fans, they are very quiet and reliable, i like the 120mm s-flex the best
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010110573+50002108&name=Scythe+USA

thats around $900-$950 after you add in the shipping then you just need to pick a good quiet case and case fans

EDIT: read my "Guide to proper case airflow design" in my sig, it will help you set up your case airflow to be quiet
I would not invest $290 in the GT. Because the price is so inflated, next week you'll probably find it available for $250. Actually, I just bought my BFG 8800GT for $237.
 
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I would not invest $290 in the GT. Because the price is so inflated, next week you'll probably find it available for $250. Actually, I just bought my BFG 8800GT for $237.
that was for the 256mb version not the 512mb that is $290 lots of 256mb can be found for $240

when you find a deal give us a link please, help the community by sharing :toast:
 
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when you find a deal give us a link please, help the community by sharing :toast:
I was going to do just that, however I found it before I went to work in the morning, and by the time I got to work and near a computer it was already all sold out!!
 

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sorry to bump up a old thread but my friend asked me to post this thread again but this time the budget is around 800-950. thank you for you help.