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post #11 of 53
budget? and how quiet do you need it to be?
silence isn't cheap and you got a rough start with a HAF.
RV02-E + passive D14 or SA or HR02 + rheosmart6 would solve your problem.
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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?

Better cooling = more noise, or a lot more money and compromises. You can't just magically get better cooling + less noise.
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I did overclock my cpu to 4.0 Ghz. My temp is 28 celsius on idle.

28ºC is icy cold. To put it in perspective, normal body temperature is around 37.5ºC. Thus, if you touched your CPU at 28ºC it would feel cold to you. If you think 28ºC is too hot, you need a new hobby.
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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.

What? No! It just kills your "precious" airflow. How it made your PC quieter is that it attenuates ("makes quieter," not blocks) sound. Anything between you and the fans in your case will attenuate sound.

One of the reasons the cases Munkypoo7 and I have suggested are considered "quiet' is because they do not have the open fan grills that your "gaming" case does. If you look at the pictures, you will see that from the front (the side facing you) you cannot see the fans. HOWEVER, the cases do allow for some airflow because of vents on the sides of the front.
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I will NOT use the cpu under full load and my gpu will not be needed, i can use onboard graphics.

If you are only overclocked to 4GHz on a Sandy Bridge CPU, can use integrated graphics and your CPU is already idling at 28ºC, I fail to see why you need all that airflow.

If what you say about your system is true and you don't really need the GPU, here are a few simple steps to making your PC super quiet.

STEP 1) Unplug all your case fans. Yes, ALL of them.

STEP 2) Remove your graphics card.

STEP 3) Replace the fan on your 212 Evo with a super low speed PWM model, and enable the quietest fan profile in BIOS.

STEP 4) Enjoy the quietness of your system.

Here are a couple of fan recommendations.
Arctic Cooling AF12PWM 300-1350RPM $10
Scythe Slip Stream SY1225SL12LM-P 200-1300RPM $13
I would actually choose the Arctic Cooling model because judging from the fan blades it would have higher static pressure than the Slip Stream which will make it a better CPU heatsink fan, while the Slip Stream would probably make for a better case fan.

Something you need to know about CPU temperatures is that under normal (AKA not overclocked or overvolted) conditions, your Intel CPU can operate normally under extremely high temperatures. Doing a quick web search, it appears as if the Tjunction is 98ºC (max allowable temperature) and the thermal throttling limit is 95ºC (temperature at which your CPU will force itself to underclock to stay cool). It is generally accepted that overclocking lowers the max safe temperature, but not by a whole lot except for extreme overclocking.
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post #13 of 53
Earplugs. Seriously.

If you can't silence the hardware, you could always place a small barrier in front of the computer, shunting some of the noise from reaching your bed, but the layout of your room will affect how well this works. You can also run a box fan or A/C unit that has a more balanced white noise sound, but it all depends on why the sound bothers you in the first place. Sleep and people are fickle.
    
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post #14 of 53
See if you can find an aftermarket cooler for the 560 ti, Try changing fans on the Hyper 212+ You should be able to find a pair of Yate Loon slow fans for $15. Should give good air flow with out any perceived noise.
Aftermarket video card coolers are more difficult.

Remenberred an old ghetto fix. Since its noisy I assume your video card has one fan either 80 or 92 mm or squirel cage. Add a 120 mm fan blowing air into the video card fan, increasing air flow should cool the video card and reduce fan rpm. If it works a duct might be added to improve cooling.
post #15 of 53
Here's my tips:
The GPU fan shouldn't be a problem, at 35% speed you should barely notice you have one. At least I do with my GTX580, even at 50% speed.
What might help you - you already had the right idea - is some sound dampening material, which comes both cheap and efficient; check this out:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/3039/noi-02/FrozenCPU_Noise_Dampening_Material.html

I would suggest to change your CPU cooling, but that wouldn't be cost-effective. If I were in your shoes I'd go for quitier fans instead. I can recommend the Gentle Typhoon AP-15, but if you love silence when you sleep as much as I do, then those could be still too noisy.
No one suggested this, but you could get a fan controller as well! This would allow you to lower the rpm of the fans with a correct temperature on your CPU. Giving your idle temps you have [more than] enough room to rise the temps safely while making your sistem dead silent.
Hope this helps you mate thumb.gif

EDIT: One more thing; should the GPU fan be unbearable even after all that dampening, this might be right for you: http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/376/accelero-xtreme-plus-ii.html?c=2182
Many customers reported high performance and low noise, plus the fans are PWM controlled so you can control them easily.
Edited by d3viliz3d - 1/11/12 at 6:17am
post #16 of 53
1. buy a $20 fan controller
2. Attach fans to it.
3. Turn down knobs.
4. Download freeware like MSI Afterburner to manually turn down your GPU fan or make a custom fan profile. (check temps while doing this).
5. look into a new fan for the hyper.

Do not spend money on case dampening. It will do nothing for fan noise, and it may even cause the case to retain heat thus kicking the CPU fan into even higher rpm. Dampening is the last touch on an already quiet setup, and its affect is minimal.

you don't need a new case. You can make that case quiet.
    
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post #17 of 53
Try using the the fan control software from Asrock. I had the same problem with my CPU fans being noisy and that solved it for me.

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post #18 of 53
What are these tasks that you are doing overnight? You might want to think outside the box here and see if your low power tasks might be accomplished by a NAS or a very low power second computer. If you run a gaming computer 24/7 just to download torrents then it would be cheaper in the long run (via electricity savings) to get a NAS that supports file downloading (torrents, ftp etc) or a very low power nettop if you are running low power applications that can't be run on a nas. Trust me, if you are serious about silencing a PC it's not easy to do and the temptation to keep buying one more part to further silence things can lead you down a rabbit hole of lost cash. When building a high power quiet computer you really have to plan it out from the start with a quiet case, all quiet fans, and a fan controller. Only after you do that do you then take it to the next level and start putting sound dampening foam in it. I have spend a fair amount of money silencing my gaming PC with noctua fans, fan controllers, sound dampening foam, etc, and while it is quieter, I still wouldn't sleep in the same room as it (that will depend on how sensitive you are though).

But if you want to try a quick fix, do what's been mentioned and try a fan controller. This is going to give you the best bang for the buck impact on your noise levels.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone who replied. Let me go over a few key things. I do need my gpu. This is a gaming pc, so I do need high air-flow during the day. However, at night the computer work I need to do, does not need extensive graphics power, but it does need some cpu power, so I need this pc for it. I have used MSI afterburner, fan control, etc. All case fans are at the lowest setting, gpu fan is at a low setting. The cpu is at a low setting too, but it makes this annoying sound on low. My problem is the cpu fan. If I can change out this cpu fan, I am good to go. putting a box on the pc works too lol.
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Originally Posted by d3viliz3d View Post

Here's my tips:
The GPU fan shouldn't be a problem, at 35% speed you should barely notice you have one. At least I do with my GTX580, even at 50% speed.
What might help you - you already had the right idea - is some sound dampening material, which comes both cheap and efficient; check this out:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/3039/noi-02/FrozenCPU_Noise_Dampening_Material.html
I would suggest to change your CPU cooling, but that wouldn't be cost-effective. If I were in your shoes I'd go for quitier fans instead. I can recommend the Gentle Typhoon AP-15, but if you love silence when you sleep as much as I do, then those could be still too noisy.
No one suggested this, but you could get a fan controller as well! This would allow you to lower the rpm of the fans with a correct temperature on your CPU. Giving your idle temps you have [more than] enough room to rise the temps safely while making your sistem dead silent.
Hope this helps you mate thumb.gif
EDIT: One more thing; should the GPU fan be unbearable even after all that dampening, this might be right for you: http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vga/376/accelero-xtreme-plus-ii.html?c=2182
Many customers reported high performance and low noise, plus the fans are PWM controlled so you can control them easily.

Yes. I just need to change out the fan. Thanks for this. How do I put on that graphics card cooler. Do I actually take out the gpu fan and put that on instead?
Edited by Mazchazo - 1/18/12 at 5:01pm
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