I'm gonna help my buddy build a new computer after the summer break when he (and hopefully I) have earned some money. His budget is around 1340$ or 830£. I already know a fair share about computers, but I don't feel confident enough to ensure him that "these parts will do the best job" or that "this is the optimal choice", at least not when it comes to a computer built on such a tight budget. I know for sure that he gets bothered by fans that sound much, I've often had to turn off a few of mine during a LAN. Here's some more of the required info; We both live in Sweden, he has not bought any parts yet, including the OS, he will not re-use any old parts, and he has keyboard, mice, headset, monitor, and yes I'm gonna install some fairly cheap aftermarket coolers to reduce the noise (rear fan and CPU cooler). He probably wont overclock anything in the near future, he has no interest in it, and does not know how to. Here are the components; https://www.inet.se/kundvagn/visa/1729053/2012-04-25. I'm very well aware that the site is in swedish, but this is the cart and you should clearly be able to see what components I've currently picked, if you would like a link to an identical cart on Amazon please tell me, I wont mind making one. Problem is, he's not gonna bother himself to order from a foreign site, luckily almost everything is available on the Swedish online market, and if not, there's usually something of equal performance/quality. The main question here is wether he should get an SSD or not, and if ~20dB is noisy or not. Of course, any other advices for what components to use are welcome. What he will be playing is games like Diablo 3, the Empire series (you know Total War, Napoleon, Shogun and so forth), Tribes:Ascend, and possibly Guild Wars 2 upon it's glorious release. So it will be a variety of both fast paced and slow paced games. Now you might wonder why I'm posting this for him? Well, he's asking me for advice about things that goes beyond my knowledge. This doesn't quite answer the question, but it's the best I got.