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If you want a high powered pc with quietness included why not just go water and get a 360 rad. And the H60 coolers run REALLY quite while keeping temps under control.
 
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post #12 of 18
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If you want a high powered pc with quietness included why not just go water and get a 360 rad. And the H60 coolers run REALLY quite while keeping temps under control.

I don't really see the point when I can install few quiet case fans and get superb air flow + at lower cost and less time to waste. In addition to that, I won't have to find a new case, as this one does not support water cooling.

30dba is not exactly very quiet in my terms. <10dba is what I am looking for, like NF-S12B FLX at ~6dba with ULNA
Edited by Kauke - 2/1/12 at 10:23am
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oh well thats really quite lol tongue.gif
 
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post #14 of 18
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I plan to install 1 or 2 Noctua (or other) case fans to move the air. Haven't decided what to get yet.
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I don't really see the point when I can install few quiet case fans and get superb air flow + at lower cost and less time to waste.
Then you aren't trying to build a silent PC.

Being the case, why would you get a CPU heatsink without a fan? The two components that generate the most heat and require the most cooling are the CPU and GPU.... by far. By having fans on them, you do the most to improve system stability.


i.e. Having a good case airflow is moot if your CPU/GPU are not cooled enough.
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/1/12 at 1:08pm
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post #15 of 18
unless you own a TNN 500AF, there is really very little point in trying for "silent" system. just build a quiet system and be done with it. it's amazing how much you can cool with even as low as 30cfm on a cpu/gpu heatsink and 30cfm fans are practically silent
post #16 of 18
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Next stop is HDD.

I was planning to buy 2 x Caviar Green HDDs and set them in RAID1. However, it looks like WD green drives fail like no one else and are not recommended in RAID array due to access times as RAID controller will drop the drive from array?

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If you install and use a desktop edition hard drive connected to a RAID controller, the drive may not work correctly unless jointly qualified by an enterprise OEM. This is caused by the normal error recovery procedure that a desktop edition hard drive uses.

When an error is found on a desktop edition hard drive, the drive will enter into a deep recovery cycle to attempt to repair the error, recover the data from the problematic area, and then reallocate a dedicated area to replace the problematic area. This process can take up to 2 minutes depending on the severity of the issue. Most RAID controllers allow a very short amount of time for a hard drive to recover from an error. If a hard drive takes too long to complete this process, the drive will be dropped from the RAID array. Most RAID controllers allow from 7 to 15 seconds for error recovery before dropping a hard drive from an array. Western Digital does not recommend installing desktop edition hard drives in an enterprise environment (on a RAID controller).

Is this true? I have no idea why WD says that Greens are not compatible with RAID 1 yet their external HDDs use Greens. Is this WD specific or not?

1.5-3TB is what I am looking for with lowest plausible noise and faster access times.

Another option was EcoGreen F2 or Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 but they too have bad access times.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1216-page5.html

<15db would be ideal.


EDIT: After some research, I believe my best option is Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001? They claim to support RAID 1, are fairly quiet and offer superb performance.

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1232-page5.html

Idle: 16db
Seek: 16-17db

Any speculation on what would the surface noise be like with the Design XL case? Is it realistic to expect <10db?
Edited by Kauke - 2/2/12 at 3:21am
post #17 of 18
instead of worrying about access times on large drives just get an SSD for your critical files. OS, programs, etc. even my 5400 rpm drive isn't THAT slow, i doubt you would really notice a difference between 7200rpm drives outside of synthetic benchmarks. depending on what you're using it for of course. i would recommend samsung, haven't had a problem with either of mine. not sure how they compare to other drives on noise. would like to see a drive noise comparison. right now, browsing the internet the loudest thing in my computer is my hard drives.
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Originally Posted by Kauke View Post

Next stop is HDD.

Is this true? I have no idea why WD says that Greens are not compatible with RAID 1 yet their external HDDs use Greens. Is this WD specific or not?
1.5-3TB is what I am looking for with lowest plausible noise and faster access times.
Another option was EcoGreen F2 or Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 but they too have bad access times.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1216-page5.html
<15db would be ideal.
EDIT: After some research, I believe my best option is Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001? They claim to support RAID 1, are fairly quiet and offer superb performance.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1232-page5.html
Idle: 16db
Seek: 16-17db
Any speculation on what would the surface noise be like with the Design XL case? Is it realistic to expect <10db?

green drives use low power motors and spin up VEEERRRYYYYYYY SSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWLLLLLYYYYYY.

if you want speed and silence, you have to pay for it. get a SSD for your main drive, and put the rest of the crap on the 3TB storage drive. don't put porn and warez on your SSD:D
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