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  • 34 months ago

I'm looking for an ITXmotherboard i5 or i7 and case for DAW use (audio) and want to use a Be Quiet Dark Rock3 cooler or similar with fanless psu and 8 or 16 gig ram. Not bothered about storage or optical as already have it. I want this in the living room so needs to be very quiet and no flashing lights. Would consider ATX alternative if size difference isn't much of an issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

First thing: what's your budget?

More things:

  • Are you working at a professional scale, or something less intensive?

  • Will this system be gaming at all, or is it purely a workstation?

  • What type of display setup will it be using: how many screens and what resolutions?

  • Do you require wireless networking (wi-fi)?

  • Do you require a new Windows license, or do you have one you can reuse?

  • What peripherals (mouse, keyboard, etc.) do you require?

Based on what you're describing, you'll probably want an mATX system. The Dark Rock 3 is a sizable cooler and won't fit in smaller ITX cases. For heavy audio production you'll want a dedicated sound card, and that takes a PCIe slot all by itself; if you want a graphics or networking card in addition to that, you'll need at least an mATX motherboard.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed with below, but if wanting small and quiet, could go this route

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $283.17 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $81.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $163.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill NS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $109.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB NITRO+ Video Card $249.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Core 500 Mini ITX Desktop Case $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular Fanless ATX Power Supply $117.89 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1085.90
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1065.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-25 15:03 EDT-0400

MSI board has a built in amplifier and Nahimic 2 with a proper Audio chipset. Not "Super" Audiophile, but if not gaming can swap the GPU for an ASUS Xonar AV100 or similar card. Went with the 6700K due to better thermals, but 7700K is also an option. Best of luck!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $338.34 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler $29.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot Viper Elite 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $106.27 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon RX 550 4GB PULSE Video Card $93.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Node 202 HTPC Case $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $119.25 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $922.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-26 11:54 EDT-0400

Note: My prices never include Mail-In-Rebates unless specifically requested.

  • CPU: highest end you can go. Feel free to underclock if you find the fan too loud.
  • Cooler: Play around with fan profile in motherboard to get the right performance to noise ratio.
  • MOBO: Decent onboard audio. Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3 included. Onboard WIFI and/or LAN. Decent audio output options with normaly speaker ports and Optical Audio for legacy solutions.
  • RAM: As requested
  • SSD: Hopefully you put in an NVMe SSD like a Samsung 960 Evo.
  • GPU: Supports the latest in 4k codec. I didn't know if you would be hooking this up to a TV or not.
  • Case: Mini ITX sure, but plenty large enough for what you need. Looks at home in the living room next to DVD players and Audio Receivers.
  • PSU: It isn't fanless....however, they fan only comes on when the PSU is under moderate to heavy load. So basically a 210w system won't ever put a 600w PSU in a moderate to heavy load situation. Therefore, "fanless".

Hope this helps. If you provide some more information about budget and use case, my suggestions might change.

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