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Given my components in sig,
where do I begin to modify things to make my computer tower
substantially less noisy, while maintaining most/all of the coolness
so I can keep the OC's up?

This is my summer project.

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First you need to turn down/off each fan individually and figure out what parts are causing all the noise. Based on you sig I'd guess the 6950 is probably making most of the noise.

If your case fans are also loud then you could replace them all or just buy a fan controller. Fan controller would be the best option because it gives you alot more flexibility.

If you find that the 6950 is making alot of noise you could replace the heatsink with a different one. The Gelid Icy Vision (must be revision 2) or Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus would be good options.
     
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post #3 of 16
The loudest thing in my case, by far, is my graphics card. I can't speak for the 6950, but if it has a loud stock cooler, you might want to look into grabbing an aftermarket one. It will be much quieter AND much cooler than stock.

What fans are you using on your H70? One of the biggest reason I didn't get the H70 when I built was sig rig was because it was consistently on the louder side of CPU coolers. Some people claim that their H70 is quiet. If that is the case, don't change it. If you do think its kinda loud, look into getting some fans for the heatsink. If you can find them, the aircooling forum loves Gentle Typhoons.
    
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post #4 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek;13307418 
The loudest thing in my case, by far, is my graphics card. I can't speak for the 6950, but if it has a loud stock cooler, you might want to look into grabbing an aftermarket one. It will be much quieter AND much cooler than stock.

What fans are you using on your H70? One of the biggest reason I didn't get the H70 when I built was sig rig was because it was consistently on the louder side of CPU coolers. Some people claim that their H70 is quiet. If that is the case, don't change it. If you do think its kinda loud, look into getting some fans for the heatsink. If you can find them, the aircooling forum loves Gentle Typhoons.

this will be the first time ever for me to modify the cooling,
I wonder how hard this will be to do without breaking my stuff.. confused.gif
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post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tralala;13307235 
Given my components in sig,
where do I begin to modify things to make my computer tower
substantially less noisy, while maintaining most/all of the coolness
so I can keep the OC's up?

This is my summer project.

devil.gif

Undervolt fans, i undervolted my fans from 12v to 7v and noise was easily halved. Maybe more
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post #6 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat;13307443 
Undervolt fans, i undervolted my fans from 12v to 7v and noise was easily halved. Maybe more

is that something I physically have to do,
or edit in software?
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tralala;13307454 
is that something I physically have to do,
or edit in software?

If your fans are connected to your motherboard you can usually adjust their speed in BIOS.

Otherwise you can use a fan controller or buy some of these. Like I said before I would go with a fan controller because its gives you the option to easily switch between maximum silence, maximum cooling, or somewhere in between.
     
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post #8 of 16
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its def the corsair h70 radiator making all the noise with the 2 little fans,
the rest of my system fans don't make any noise (except the gpu under max load)
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post #9 of 16
Then replace it with something quieter. Noctua NH-D14 is pretty quiet. You probably won't be able to make the H70 much quieter because due to the thickness of the radiator it needs a lot of forced air pushed through it to be effective. While the NH-D14 is pretty huge in its own right, the fins are widely spaced apart so that even a low airflow fan can easily push air through it.
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post #10 of 16
also, you may want to consider "soft mounting" the hard drive as when you have got the rest of the system quiet you will probably be able to hear it.

you PSU should be pretty quiet so you don't really need to worry about that.

look in to getting some new fans for the h70, and/or fan controller to slightly slow down the ones you have,

If possible, replace the stock cooler on the GPU, as GPU coolers are pretty well known to be loud.

If you really want to get in to the computing (and can afford it) I would definitely recommend an SSD, I brought mine when I went through a stage of being obsessed with silence.

if you haven't heard of http://www.silentpcreview.com/ I definitely recommend you check the site out, very knowledgeable people there
Edited by markp1989 - 5/7/11 at 10:56am
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