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post #1 of 15
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Things I'm willing to change:

CPU fan
Case fans
PSU / PSU Fan?

Here's my build...

Antec Sonata II Case (SmartPower 2.0 450W)
Asus P4T533 Mobo
512 MB Samsung RIMM4200 Dual Channel 32-bit RAMBUS
2.4 ghz / 533 fsb P4 Northwood.. using Thermaltake Volcano 7+ Heatsink
4 x IDE ATA hard drives
Pioneer DVD drvie
TDK cd-rw drive
floppy
firewire card
ati dual head video card



THIS THING IS WAY TOO LOUD FOR ME...

I do professional recording and mixing so this is a huge issue for me... If you can recommend the very best products for me to purchase, please do.

I don't want to go water cooling or anything crazy on this rig, just a nice quiet air cooled setup, at nearly any cost... I'm thinking zalman, but I'm so out of the loop as far as my choices...

Thanks
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post #2 of 15
The Volcano 7 is notoriously loud.

A BigTyphoon is very quiet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061



Keep in mind that you will have to remove the motherboard to install this cooler.

An Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 is a quiet cooler as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185114



This cooler installs in a few minutes.

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post #3 of 15
Well ill let others reccomend fans. However you cant easily change the PSU fan without getting a new PSU.. I would also warn you that going into the PSU isnt wise either.
post #4 of 15
Ok. Well, firstly, I would suggest removing the fan on the back of the case. Then, buy an flexible air duct/vent (make sure it matches the size of the fan on your CPU heatsink). Attach one end to your CPU fan, and the other end to the rear fan grill. This removes 1 fan from your case, reducing noise a bit, with no impace on your CPU temperature. (You could make your own.)

Secondly, buy a fan controller for your CPU fan. I would suggest this.

Now, if you're willing to spend more, read on. A 120mm fan will be quieter than a 80mm fan when they're moving the same amount of air. So, buying a new CPU heatsink which can accomodate a larger fan will reduce noise even more. I would recommend getting a Zalman heatsink. Again, use an air duct to remove the rear fan. Also, buy some really good thermal paste. This will let you have the CPU fan running at its lowest possible speed without your CPU burning.

Also, hard drives contribute to the overall noise of a computer. There are enclosures or accessories you can buy to reduce vibration, like this. That fits in the same bay a CD Drive fits in, but I'm sure you can make your own out of bits of foam.
post #5 of 15
Run with no fans and put your harddrive in your fridge? Easy

Jokes aside:
If you want REALLY silent fans, get some PAPST 120mm ones. They're extremely silent compared to how effecient they are.
Especially the PAPST 4412FGL
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post #6 of 15
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Hey, thanks for the replies....

Couple things, right off the bat....

The Sonata II has a built in ducting system, though I'm not convinced that it works very well.

This case also has some very nifty hard drive bays/trays that use rubber feet to acoustically decouple the drives from the case... I can't hear the drives at all, to be honest (that is, not yet)....

So yeah.. That Big Typhoon business looks like what I'm after. I'd love to see a link to an installation using my mobo (and I'm currently googling for exactly that)...

I'm not so sure I want to remove my rear case fan (80mm)... Unless I get some good test results, after replacing the cpu fan..

The fan controller that was linked to look pretty sweet.. Need to investigate that further.. Does it have a potentiometer or is it a preset switch?

Yeah I figured the PSU would be one of the big problem areas... Any thoughts on the silent psu's? With four hard drives, two optical, and a floppy, do you suppose I could find a silent psu that would stand up (I'm not O/C'ing this machine)....

The nature of the noise is the main thing.. It's all high pitched fan noise... I'd say it's 60% CPU fan noise and 40% PSU fan... The rest is VERY QUIET....

Cool.. Thanks again...

P.S. What kinda temps do people see with this processor?
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post #7 of 15
Yeah any CPU cooler with a 120mm fan can run quietly (as long as its not a Vantec Tornado )

The Thermalright SI-120 is a good cooler, on par with the BT IMO.



This is mine in place, one advantage over "bolted" coolers is that it uses a bespoke S478 type mount therefore you can remove the cooler without removing the motherboard

Just a thought you should consider

Oh and mine runs SILENT (except that god awful NB Fan!)
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post #8 of 15
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Looks good... So the BT doesn't mount up the same way?
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post #9 of 15
The Zalman fan controller is basically a potentiometer.

With my PSU, the wire for the built-in fan comes out with all the other power cables, which I just plug in. Does yours do that? If so, you can plug the PSU fan into the Zalman thingy as well.
post #10 of 15
For PSU's, Silverstone makes some VERY quiet ones. Also, for case fans, if money is no object, pick up some of the new SilenX ones

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product-power.htm

http://www.silenx.com/ixtremaprofans.asp
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