Completely silent and powerful workstation, spring 2013

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Someone in my close family needed a update for a workstation primarily used for emailing, browsing, audio and light video editing. The computer was never used for any 3D demanding games, so no separate GPU was needed, provided that I could find a CPU with a on-die GPU. Furthermore a recently bought NAS took care of all the large files, so the objectives for the build was to create a silent, very fast booting computer that could also handle heavier problems as audio and video editing.

The following build is completely silent. The case has built-in heatpipes that cools the CPU, the PSU is also fanless and the SSD doesn’t make a sound. Still the SSD is blazing fast, the i5-3570K CPU is very capable and the on-die HD4000 GPU is more than enough for the workstation.

Components

Mid January 2013 in Denmark this totaled, with delivery, to 6711 DKK (1210 USD).

  • CPU: Core i5 3570K, 6 MB
  • MB: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI, mini-ITX
  • GPU: Intel HD 4000 built-in on the i5-3570K
  • CASE: Streacom FC8B EVO Black, Mini ITX, Passive Heatpipe CPU Cooling
  • PSU: Streacom NANO150 PSU Adapter, Passive
  • SSD: Samsung SSD 840 Series 250GB, 540/250MB/s
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4 GB, low-profile, PC3-12800, 9-9-9-24
  • DVD: Sony DVD Writer, AD-7640S, slimline
  • Cables 1: SATA adapter for SATA slimline DVD drive, 6+7 pin, slim SATA – 4-pin power + 7pin SATA
  • Cables 2: Streacom SC30 USB3.0 Internal Cable

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