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PC upgrade for SILENCE! = are these parts this a good choice?

post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
Hello.

I want to drastically reduce noise levels on my system. The PC is 4 years old but i only need it for school work and browsing.

ALL STOCK. The loudest parts:
Graphics Card : GeForce 8800GT
CPU : Intel 8400
Power Supply: LC6600 (its 4 years old though)

i want to upgrade the coolers of the graphic card and the cpu, and buy a new PSU.

I've been suggested this:

GPU cooler: Accelero S1 rev.2
CPU cooler: Arctic Freezer 13
PSU : XFX Core Edition 450 W

Are these the best options on their price range? for LOW NOISE ?


I've seen some people saying Arctic Freezer 13 is way worst than the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. how do they compare? The price difference is not much here in Portugal.



Any help is welcome, thanks smile.gif
Edited by NateCordova - 9/25/12 at 9:31am
post #2 of 53
It's a pretty good list, I think you should consider a few things, however. Those arctic solutions are generally really good.

As for the cpu cooler I would recommend you also have a look at the the Cooler Master Hyper 412s, cools a bit less, but is quieter. If you have the money the BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2 would be perfect for your needs. Really quiet and cools really well (which means you can make it even quieter by lowering the fan speeds).

Finally the PSU. The XFX is quite loud at full load. You might want to have a look at the Nexus NX-5000, which actually is quiet.

I hope that helped! Also using accoustic foam on the inside of your case might help.
post #3 of 53
The freezer 13 is smaller than the 212, so it doesnt cool as good. The Freezer 13 Pro is bigger and uses the same fan size as the 212 plus, so that woudl be the better comparison.
Both Arctic Coolers do use better fans though for quiet operation. For your 65W CPU this should be more than enough.
Another good option would be the Enermax 40 TB, wich uses a way better fan than the CM 212. Better yet would be the bequiet Dark Rock 2 or Dark Rock Advanced C1 if you can find them for a decent prize.

I mean, you can use these components for your next build, so the money is not wasted.

PSU: get a bequiet Straight Power E9 400. This is a good FSP design and its virtually inaudible.
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post #4 of 53
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Thanks for the help!

CPU:
-The Coolermaster Hyper 412s is within budget.
- Enermax 40 tb is this one ? http://www.pixmania.com/pt/pt/10777318/art/enermax/ventoinha-ets-t40-tb.html
-The Dark Rock C1 is out of budget since its over 50 euros here, a lot for a cooler.

Which is quieter, Enermax TB-40 or Coolermaster Hyper 412s?


PSU:
-As for BeQuiet Straight Power E9 400W, there's only one store in portugal that sells it here, weird. They might not have it in stock but i'll try.
-The Nexus i don't think i can find it in Portuguese Stores, can you get me a link of some cheap international store with low shipping?
post #5 of 53
yes thats it. they should be similar in Performance. the enermax Fan is better though as far as noise quality goes. its also pwm so you can Run it @800rpm via pwm wich should be almost inaudible.

As far as the PSU goes, believe me, it doesnt get any more quiet than the BeQuiet E9, unless you get a fanless PSU.
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post #6 of 53
I don't know whether the Enermax or the Cooler Master cooler is quieter, since I don't have any experience with the Enermax one, nor can I find any reviews about it. So I think you'll have to make a decision going by the looks, price and availability. I can give you this review to consider, though: [=http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3120/cooler-master-hyper-412s--hyper-412-slim-review-finally-a-mugen-2-killer]Hardware.info 412s review[/].

I have been unable to find the NX-5000 on any internationally shipping site, it seems pretty hard to come by in other countries, guess I'm lucky where I live. You can buy the BeQuiet psu Elohim suggested from Amazon though. And their psu's are very highly regarded so that might be a good buy too.
post #7 of 53
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Allright that almost settles it. Just one thing left.

It'll be:

CPU: Enermax 40 tb to install on a Intel 8400
GPU: Accelero S1 rev.2 to install on a GeForce 8800 GT
PSU: BeQuiet E9 in place of a LC6600

I just need one more thing left. i need a new case, the one i have is a Coolermaster 330 currently missing a side panel (yes, i took it out, and somehow i lost it).

I've read that the best cheap option for low noise is the Coolermaster Silencio 550. Is it a good choice?

I hope with all these parts my pc will be dead silent, because I can't study for college in loud computers!
post #8 of 53
Both the Cooler Master Silencio 550 & 650 are good choices if you want a quiet case
post #9 of 53
yeah the 550 seems to be like the cheapest case with noisedampening. I'd put a second fan in the fron though, (Enermax TB Silence would be a good/cheap choice, again.

Depending on the Prioice I'd prefer the Fractal Define R3 or R4 though.
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post #10 of 53
you really should reconsider if you actually want to spend $ on upgrading the 8800. that card is OLD and wont really be worth spending $ on. you'd better off saving up for a mid grade modern GPU instead.
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