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I built my new gaming pc. I need to do some overnight work that uses the crap out of the cpu, so the cpu fan probably has to run faster. Even on idle, this pc won't let me sleep. I contacted EVGA and they gave me a firmware update to make me lower the settings on my gpu, so it's running at 30-35% now, which is more quieter. The only problem left is just the general noise from the case.

I have a CM HAF 922 case, so this case has a lot of airflow. People have considered me to get sound absorbing foam and to get a 2nd fan for my cpu heatsink for a push/pull config, so the cpu cooler works much quieter, since the 2nd fan does some work to make the 1st fan work less. My cpu cooler is the hyper 212 evo. I don't like the fan it comes with much because I don't like the noise it produces. It's not loud, but it's not quiet enough for me to sleep, unless I can supress it with something, maybe that will work.

I am just looking to lower the noise level of my pc of at least like 5-10+ dBA. Will sound absorbing foam and adding a 2nd fan to the cpu cooler do the trick? What fan should I add to the cooler?

~Thanks for the help.
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Turn off the computer when you go to bed. That is what I do. If you can't do that then move the computer to a different room.
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Turn off the computer when you go to bed. That is what I do. If you can't do that then move the computer to a different room.

This, or Nyquil.

There's some really quiet fans out there from what I've read.
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Not too sure you will lower the sound level by adding a second fan to your cooler. What temps are you getting while your machine is working at night? Can you go into BIOS and lower cpu fan speed while maintaining acceptable temps?
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If your motherboard can control the fan speeds try making a fan profile to lower the fan speeds at night to make it more quiet. I know asus boards can do this, but I am not sure if other boards can. If that doesn't work you might want to look into getting a fan controller to be able to slower the speeds of the fans when you don't need the extra cooling.
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post #6 of 53
You can try Yate Loon fans on the cooler, or Nexus, or Gentle Typhoon. Probably a couple Gentle Typhoon are best. There were some Cougar fans on newegg need trials.
What case fans are you running that are quiet enough?
Might be easier to go to a Thermalright Macho.
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I need to leave the pc on for overnight work. My mobo allows me to put all fans on low setting, which I did. It is just the cpu cooler that bothers me a bit. Case fans are quiet, and gpu fan won't become more quieter, but it is a bit loud. I can't change out the gpu's fan, but if I put sound absorbing foam on the side panel of my case and other areas, will it help supress the cpu fan and gpu fan noise?

It's not the sound of the fan being moved that bothers me, it's the sound that the cpu fan and gpu fan make when they are on. The sound of massive air being pushed and pulled through the case also is a bit annoying. The cpu fan is at 1000 rpm, which is low, but the evo fan is different than like a case fan and it sounds annoying. The gpu fan is a really small fan, so it sounds annoying when it is working.

Will a noctua cooler change anything or another cpu cooler like the xigmatek aegir have any effect? It's worth the money if they work.

I was thinking that sound absorbing foam can supress that air noise and some of that weird noise by the cpu fan.

I have 2 200mm CM fans and 1 120 fan. They are quiet to me. IT's just the gpu fan and cpu fan that bothers me. It's also the sound of air being pushed and pulled through the case. I was hoping I can supress the gpu and cpu fans with sound absorbing foam, since they are inside the case.
Edited by Mazchazo - 1/8/12 at 2:49pm
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I am just looking to lower the noise level of my pc of at least like 5-10+ dBA. Will sound absorbing foam and adding a 2nd fan to the cpu cooler do the trick?

No.

What are the rest of your components? Anything overclocked?

Quieter = slower fans = less airflow.

The "problem" with the Evo fan, if it is anything like the normal 212+ fan, is that even though it is PWM, the range is on the high end and it never gets slow enough. Your fix is to get a fan with a lower PWM range, so it can slow WAY down if the extra cooling isn't needed.

Also, for the sound of air being pushed/pulled through the case, you need to slow down the case fans and/or get a new case designed to be more quiet like a Fractal Design Define R3 or Antec Solo II, and run those fans slower too.
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No.

What are the rest of your components? Anything overclocked?

Quieter = slower fans = less airflow.

The "problem" with the Evo fan, if it is anything like the normal 212+ fan, is that even though it is PWM, the range is on the high end and it never gets slow enough. Your fix is to get a fan with a lower PWM range, so it can slow WAY down if the extra cooling isn't needed.

Also, for the sound of air being pushed/pulled through the case, you need to slow down the case fans and/or get a new case designed to be more quiet like a Fractal Design Define R3 or Antec Solo II, and run those fans slower too.

This is pretty spot on.

A case like.. well most of the CoolerMaster series, are not built for silence, but for airflow, therefore you're going to have louder fans from the get go.

Your best option for much quieter operation of to first get a quieter case, as Zap suggested, the R3 and the Solo 2 are excellent options, as are the Antec Performance One P280 and P182.

Additionally, for CPU cooling, you have two options really, either getting quieter fans, brands like Noctua, NoiseBlocker and Arctic Cooling are all good starts, or getting an entirely new cooler. Some good options would be the Noctua NH-U9B SE2, Noctua NHD-14, heck if you want pure silence for your CPU cooling you can grab a Thermalright HR-02, it's a completely passive heatsink.

If you have the money for it, snagging an Antec P280 or Fractal Define R3, and getting the Thermalright HR02 would be your absolute best option.
    
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I wish I can return my HAF 922, but it's too late now. I guess I can sell it and get a new case, but cooling is a priority of mine, would a case like fractal design r3 have good cooling performance?

My case fans are lowest as they can go. When I am far from the case, I do not hear any air being moved, when I am like 10 feet away, I hear air being moved. I can return the cpu cooler though, so it's not too late.

My components are

Haf 922 case
EVGA 560 ti gpu
seasonic x series 750w
asrock z68 extreme3 gen 3 motherboard
500GB seagate barracuda HD
G. Skill Ripjaws RAM 2x4 GB
i5 2500k cpu
hyper 212 evo cpu cooler

I did overclock my cpu to 4.0 Ghz. My temp is 28 celsius on idle.

My problem will be fixed if I change out the cpu cooler and take out the gpu and put back in the gpu when I want to play games, but taking out and putting back in the gpu isn't a good solution.

Is it possible if I cover the case in anyway? Like put a box around it? I got the box that the case came with and put it on it lol. It's quiet with the box on. Temps arent bad either lol. All less than 40 celsius. Doing this made me realize sound absorbing foam might work, but then again the box is more effective at killing noise, so the foam probably won't work.

I will NOT use the cpu under full load and my gpu will not be needed, i can use onboard graphics.
I found this Xigmatek Aegir that says it works at 20 dBA max. It's cheaper than Noctua
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087&Tpk=xigmatek%20aegir


~Thanks for the help.
Edited by Mazchazo - 1/8/12 at 6:18pm
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