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The biggest difference sound wise I ever made was a quiet PSU and a fan controller.

My Corsair AX is dead silent, literally, the fan doesn't spin when no under load so there is no sound coming from it.

The fan controller in conjunction with my Scythe S-Flex fans are near inaudible when turned down. Anyone that says their fans are silent is lying, lol, they are just quiet to the point of almost being inaudible. That being sad, fan mufflers help a lot if you want your machine to be as quiet as possible. I had some on a rig of mine 4-5 years back, made a world of difference. Didn't keep them on future rigs because the fan controller does enough for me.

Optical drives are noisey pretty much regardless. I've had great luck though with burners in conjunction with dynamat around the housing and soft mounts. Even at high speeds it's significantly quieter.

Hard drives, I hardly ever notice them anymore. All my main stuff is on my SSD and storage on the Caviars Blacks and 5k300s. My Caviar green was loud though for some reason, put that in a different rig and problem solved, lol.
 
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post #12 of 15
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Starting with quiet components is the best way to get a quiet PC. Here's a quick and dirty list of quality quiet components. It's not a complete list, but what's on it is either best-of-class or near enough to it:
PSUs: Seasonic, Kingwin/Super Flower, and Nexus. Sapphire, NZXT, and others are supposedly also quiet/silent, but I haven't heard them and there's more to PSUs than just being quiet.
Case Fans: Enermax Magma, Globe Golf Gen II and III, Gentle Typhoons (fan controller), San Ace silent series (fan controller), Noiseblocker Multiframes, Noiseblocker BlackSilents, Thermalright X-Silent and TY-140.
Heatsink/Radiator Fans: Adda, Gentle Typhoons (fan controller), San Ace silent series (fan controller), Noiseblocker Multiframes, Thermalright TY-140s.
CPU cooler: Noctua C12, C14, U9P SE2, U12P SE2, D14 are all phenomenal. Thermalright's Archon and Silver Arrow are likewise excellent.
Storage: replace HDDs with SSDs.... or noisy HDDs with WD Caviar, Seagate Pipeline, or Samsung EcoGreen.
Optic Drive: Asus and LiteOn make good ones. Sony and Panasonic are hit or miss. Nothing will go at x16 quietly though.
Case: Steel and thick acrylic beat aluminum. Every time. Fractal, NZXT, and Silverstone make excellent cases for quiet builds. If Lian Li made some of theirs in steel, I'd recommend them too.

Thx!
The guide you put was very helpful.
Psu- Nzxt Hale90 850w
Case Fan: Enermax T.B. Silence Led fan or might go for the Apollish
Cpu Cooler- Probably will go for thr Havik140
Storage- Either a Crucial M4 128 or Samsung 830 SSD
Optic Drive- Asus 24x Dvd Burner
Case- Nzxt Phantom




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The biggest difference sound wise I ever made was a quiet PSU and a fan controller.
My Corsair AX is dead silent, literally, the fan doesn't spin when no under load so there is no sound coming from it.
The fan controller in conjunction with my Scythe S-Flex fans are near inaudible when turned down. Anyone that says their fans are silent is lying, lol, they are just quiet to the point of almost being inaudible. That being sad, fan mufflers help a lot if you want your machine to be as quiet as possible. I had some on a rig of mine 4-5 years back, made a world of difference. Didn't keep them on future rigs because the fan controller does enough for me.
Optical drives are noisey pretty much regardless. I've had great luck though with burners in conjunction with dynamat around the housing and soft mounts. Even at high speeds it's significantly quieter.
Hard drives, I hardly ever notice them anymore. All my main stuff is on my SSD and storage on the Caviars Blacks and 5k300s. My Caviar green was loud though for some reason, put that in a different rig and problem solved, lol.

My case, Nzxt Phantom has a built in fan controller so I hope the fans are compatible with it. And I already have a Samsung Spinpoint I bought couple months ago and will plan to buy an SSD within the next week or so.
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You can do much, much better for noise, size, and cost than the Havik140. It will be the loudest thing in your case by far. For the same price, you can pick up the Noctua D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow and have the best air coolers on the market. If you're patient you can wait for the PWM version of the D14 that's coming out (I'd guess Q1 of 2012).
    
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post #14 of 15
Zalman TNN 500 AF

if you can find them:)

silence = don't add noise to begin with:D

TNN + SSD + passive videocard = no noise at all.

if you want a more conventional solution, then silverstone FT02 or RV02-E will give you the best results if you are trying to build a game rig.
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check my rig. its totally silent. i mean, literally. no sound is heard even at 04.00 in the night. not even hissing from fans.

Unity...you didn't post a build log by chance for "Berserker" by chance, did you? I'm realllllll curious how you completely silenced a Haf X...i can only assume damp-foam and lots of other tricks....care to share ro a soon to be complete Haf X rig builder? biggrin.gif
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