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Putting together a new build and would like to keep it as quiet as possible without compromising cooling. Are the Noisemagic Novibes III and/or the Akasa HDD Cooler/Suspension kits worth it? Is one better than the other?

Here's what I'm looking at:
3.4ghz Core i7 2600k
Thermalright Silver Arrow
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Seasonic X Series X850 PSU
2xMSI GTX560 Ti Twin Frozr II OC
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
NZXT Phantom Corsair 600T w/mesh side panel
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 8GB (2x4gb) 1600
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
WD Caviar Black 2TB (probably x2)

On a separate note, does anyone know if the fans that come with the 600T are quiet or if I'd gain much by replacing them with, say, Noctuas?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 12
Instead of trying to isolate HDD noise, just get an SSD for the OS and a WD Caviar Green for storage.

As for the Corsair 600T fans, the 200mm fans are rated at 24 dBa. Keep in mind, you can only replace the front 200mm fan with another 200mm fan. The top 200mm can be replaced with 120mm fans, but I would suggest something other than Noctuas. There are better choices for the $$$.
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post #3 of 12
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Thanks for the reply. Definitely going with the SSD, and have a Caviar Black otw (is there much difference in dBa between that and the Green?). Would you have any recommendations on the fans instead of the Noctuas?
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post #4 of 12
The Blacks are some of the loudest hard drives.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by jrocks84;13461700 
The Blacks are some of the loudest hard drives.

Agreed. I just realized how loud it was when I was tinkering with a different desktop.

SSD+Green is the way to go or better ways to mount faster mechanical drives.
    
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post #6 of 12
I've tried one of those 5.25" bay noise reducers for a conventional HDD. It helps a little. If you have the space for it, and don't want to toss out the drive altogether to replace it with a SSD, then go for it.

I'm using a SmartDrive type enclosure with a WD Black HDD in my wife's computer.
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrocks84;13461700 
The Blacks are some of the loudest hard drives.

Thirded. Blacks are fast, but loud. It isn't even because they spin faster than the Greens either, but because they are tuned for performance, their seeks are really loud.

Dalz, since you are thinking of having 4TB worth of HDDs, sounds as if you are using them for media storage. You should definitely get Greens (or Samsung F4 2TB).

Oh yeah, BTW Newegg has the SeaSonic X750 for $120 shipped with coupon code EMCYTZT453 today only (5/11). It is sufficient for your rig, and would save you $80 over the X850.
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dalz;13459942 
Thanks for the reply. Definitely going with the SSD, and have a Caviar Black otw (is there much difference in dBa between that and the Green?). Would you have any recommendations on the fans instead of the Noctuas?

Yeah. The Blacks make much more noise. If HDDs were cars, the Blacks would be Mustang Cobras and the Greens would be Toyota Prius'.

As for fans, leave the front 200mm and use any Scythe fan with the S-FDB bearings (S-Flex, Kama Flex, or Gentle Typhoon) for the 120mm spots..
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post #9 of 12
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Crap... thanks for all the input. I should have done more homework on the noise levels for the Blacks. I just received one today too (haven't ordered the second yet). I'll have to see about exchanging it. I've had some loud HDDs for the past few years and am tired of the noise.

And of course I didn't check in yesterday and missed the sale on the Seasonic 750. I had picked the 850 for extra headroom in case I add a few more drives and/or swap video cards later on. (Water cooling is a remote possibility too, though hoping to keep this one on air.) Would I potentially be too close to full load with the 750 and the extras?

I'll have to start looking into those 120mm fans, too. Love getting all the great feedback - thanks again everyone!
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Core i7 2600K [4.8x100 @1.395v] Asus P8P67 Deluxe 2xMSI NGTX560 Ti Twin Frozr OC G. Skill Ripjaw X Series 1600 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vtx 3 MIOPS, 2xWD Cav Blk 2TB Samsung SH-S223 Win7 Ultimate Dell U2410, Dell 2407WFP 
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MS Natural 4000 Seasonic X850 Corsair 600TM Cyborg RAT 7, Logitech G500 
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Core i7 2600K [4.8x100 @1.395v] Asus P8P67 Deluxe 2xMSI NGTX560 Ti Twin Frozr OC G. Skill Ripjaw X Series 1600 8GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vtx 3 MIOPS, 2xWD Cav Blk 2TB Samsung SH-S223 Win7 Ultimate Dell U2410, Dell 2407WFP 
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MS Natural 4000 Seasonic X850 Corsair 600TM Cyborg RAT 7, Logitech G500 
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post #10 of 12
You might want to look at the Fractal Design cases instead of the 600d, theyre designed with noise dampening foam inside. Plus, they look absolutely amazing.

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=48
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