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Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming

Posted By: ergggo

Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 11/01/20 05:55 PM

Although there are still many adventure games that I have not yet played or that are coming out that my laptop (with integrated graphics) can handle, there seems to be more adventure games coming out that require a graphics card. Beyond a Steel Sky and Syberia 4 are just a couple of games that I'd like to play but which my laptop won't be able to handle. I've looked into quiet laptops for a while and it seems like those two terms don't go together: while some may be quiet with light computing loads, if the graphics become intense the heat and/or fan noise will have to increase, and I refuse to wear headphones while gaming to keep out the noise of screaming fans.

I am resigned to getting a quiet desktop computer designed to be quiet. The extra room available inside a desktop computer gives plenty of room for fans to circulate air to all components and more efficiently and quietly cool them off. Does anyone have suggestions on a quiet desktop computer to get? I also wonder if a GeForce GTX1650 or 1660 would be sufficient to handle new adventure games over the next few years, or if I should get a more powerful graphics card? I don't do any other type of gaming. I'm hoping I can forego the monitor and just use an HDMI output to my TV. I'll just keep using my laptop for non-gaming use. I'd like to spend less than $1200 but could go a bit higher if the machine would last for a few years. Do people tend to upgrade graphics cards, or does the entire PC become out of date before one might consider upgrading the graphics card? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
Posted By: Draclvr

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 11/01/20 06:27 PM

People upgrade their video cards in an older computer all the time. A GB member just did that in a post here in Glitches!

https://www.gameboomers.com/forum/u...e-uncertian-light-at-the-end#Post1232177

With that kind of a budget, you should be able to get a powerful desktop. Mine is next to me on the floor and has 4 large fans. Even if I try, I can't hear them running.

Are you in the US? You could go to a Best Buy or something like that to look at desktops, but they seldom have much in the line of gaming computers, although I think they are better than they used to be. You could also consider having one built for you to your specifications.

Just as a reference point to start with, this is an Intel based desktop from a custom builder which a lot of us here at GB have used, eCollegePC. You can choose from several case designs and see how many fans are pre-installed. You can also use their configurators to put together a custom computer. Mike is really helpful in picking out what you need.

https://ecollegepc.com/product/intel-core-i7-gaming-series/#case
Posted By: Jenny100

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 11/01/20 07:45 PM


The key to a quiet desktop is having large, slow-moving fans for the case.
120 mm or even larger in size.

There are also other considerations that will remove noise.
Without CD/DVD drives in most modern computers
(the ones that used to sound like a Lear jet), that's not as big a problem these days.

Sometimes a hard drive will be noisy, especially the spinning 10,000 rpm type,
but now you can get an SSD.

Some computer cases seem to have padding to make them less noisy.

Some processor fans advertise that they are especially quiet.

Originally Posted by ergggo
I also wonder if a GeForce GTX1650 or 1660 would be sufficient to handle new adventure games over the next few years, or if I should get a more powerful graphics card?

I think those two models would be fine for upcoming adventure games for the foreseeable future,
including the more demanding 3D types.
If you check system requirements for Syberia 4 and Beyond a Steel Sky, those two cards
you mentioned are way over the recommended requirements.
Posted By: ergggo

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 11/02/20 02:38 AM

Thanks Draclvr and Jenny100...your inputs are very helpful. I will look into the many options available at the website you mentioned. It's also encouraging that others have reported positive experiences with this builder.
Posted By: Winfrey

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 11/02/20 04:15 PM

Yes, they have great customer service. He helped me out 5 years after I bought a machine from him.
Posted By: ergggo

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 12/07/20 01:27 PM

Thanks for your suggestions and the comments on eCollegePC, Draclvr, Jenny100 and Winfrey. I did order from them and have been using the desktop PC for a couple of weeks now. I am very happy with the PC and with their service. Not sure why I was set on a laptop PC for so long...the desktop is not that big and is very quiet no matter how intense the graphics are. I'm enjoying Beyond a Steel Sky now, which I couldn't attempt until now. thumbsup
Posted By: Draclvr

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 12/07/20 03:32 PM

I'm so glad to hear you are back to gaming, ergggo! Having a shiny new computer quietly doing its job is wonderful. Have fun!
Posted By: oldbroad

Re: Choosing a quiet desktop PC for adventure gaming - 12/07/20 07:31 PM

Enjoy ergggo!

I thought I had posted in this thread before but I guess not. I have purchased 2 computers from eCollege (my Windows 7 - 5 years ago and my Windows 10 - last year) and have no complaints!
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