Anyone here ever gone through the trouble/expense of buying the so called "quiet pc" cases and parts? I love to overclock, but at the same time I keep my pc in the bedroom and it runs pretty much 24/7. So all the fans can be a bit annoying at times. The review of cases in the thread above mentioned a Lian Li case that's supposed to be quiet, but it didn't get a good score. Does anyone have suggestions for any particular cases? Are there any cases out there that are NOT marketed as "quiet cases", which cost a fortune, but tend to be more on the quiet side anyway? Any advice appreciated.
Suggest a search in Google for something like "quiet PC", and you'll find lots of suggestions (in addition to cases) for all manner of quiet to silent. In fact, you can Search this forum for same as well. Lots of us love quiet!
Quietpcusa.com, acoustiproducts.com, pcsilent.com, etc. Yes, I've checked them. I was looking for some personal opinions or recommendations from our members, and not just the sales pitches these web sites throw at you. Thanks for the tip though.
I figured on going with one of those Zalman flower coolers for the cpu. The idea of putting water inside a computer always scared me. The first thing on my list though is finding a good case! I'm a little too lazy to bother with trying to mod a case to make it quieter, so I just want to buy a good quiet case out of the box. Oddly enough, the loudest component of my existing setup is my vid card fan. That little sucker is loud as hell. I'm gonna have to find a giant heat sink to slap on there instead of a fan if I use it in my next case.
I went with the side of my case being open, two 2500 rpm fans, one for the cpu, one that blows over the cpu fan then a 1'6x1'6x2' sound enclosure around the case made of plastic laminate on 3/4" particle board and acoustical tile liner within with 2" slit at back top for heat to excape and a 6"x8' dryer vent to draw cool air in the case positioned to center on the 2nd fan from 8' feet away. I drop the front panel of the sound enclosure down to the floor for drive access, then back up again. The 2 inch slit at back allowed too much noise to escape so use a baffle system to muffle that sound. Kind of a car muffler approach.
Last edited by evetsrim1; June 6th, 2003 at 05:23 PM.
My comps are in my bed room too and I built my latest XP2200+ comp as a "quiet pc".
It has a Thermaltake Silent Purepower 420W PSU.
3 Case fans are Ys-Tech 20 dBa 80mm.
HDD is a Maxtor DiamondMax + 8 - very quiet.
Copper Heatpipe heatsink with an akasa 60>80mm adapter and coolermaster Led fan(<25dBa)
It runs at 50C core temp on an ABit KD7E mobo. But it's in a pre-modded case with a neon light. I think really it needs a better ventilated case, this one only has one fan in front, one top blowhole, and one at the rear. Compared to my TBird though it hums quietly in the background and I can sleep through it no problem.
PS - That's the internal diode btw, the socket temp is usually around 41C.
Last edited by Aunty Em; June 6th, 2003 at 06:13 PM.
PC #1: AMD Barton 2500+ | Jet 7 Cooler | ABit KV7 KT600 | 1GB Corsair PC2700 | Maxtor 40GB Diamond 8+ x2 | 80GB Maxtor SATA HDD | 128MB ATi Radeon 9200 | Thermaltake Xazer III Case with window | 420W Thermaltake SilentPower PSU | 2K Pro SP4
PC #2: AMD 1GB @ 1.33 | ABit KT7a v1.3 | 512GB PC133 | Maxtor 40GB Diamond 8+ | 64MB ATi Radeon 7500 | 2K Pro SP4
Zalman has lots of VERY good products (CPU, chipset, and VGA cooler, fans fan controllers, and power supplies). Theyir P4 cooler is one of the best coolers on the market and dead silent.
AMD Phenom II x4 945 3Ghz | ASUS M4A77TD | 2X WD 1TB SATA 2 hard drive | 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 | nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS | ATI TV Wonder Theater Pro 550 | Antec P-160 case | Antec 650w Earth Watts | LG Blu-ray Super Drive | LG DVD RW | Windows 7 Pro
Antec Sonata or Antec Performance II SX835II (Case)
Panflo or Zalman Models for case fans
Seagate Barracuda IV or V models for hard drives
Next I need some advice on a cool running CPU so all this low air flow stuff doesn't cause a BIG heat problem. Does anyone know which tends to run cooler, AMD or Intel CPU's, and which particular speed/core or whatever do I need? I haven't bought a CPU since the P3 700's were mainstream so I'm outa the loop. Thanks for the help
If you do not plan on OCing or OCing to aggressive levles the Zalman copper coolers do a great job of cooling the cpu effectively. The Zalman coolers do not do well if you plan on overcloclking. For quiet aggressive overclocling water cooling is the only way to go.
XP 1900+ AGOGA Stepping
COOLERMASTER AERO 7 LITE
KINGSTON HyperX 512MB PC2700
Abit Siluro FX5200 128mb