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What's the best way to measure noise for when it's fully done?

edit : I can most likely have a friend lend me some professional gear, but I'm wondering for alternatives smile.gif

edit 2 : @geggeg can you helpz?

I would purchase a DB meter.

Keep in mind that if this build is as quiet as you say it is going to be the noise floor of the room is going to have to be controlled as it should fall below general background noise. Keep in mind also that when measuring you will need to keep the distance the same.

I think it would be interesting if you built the computer and got a DB reading and then added a level of sound dampening and then took another reading.....repeat as necessary. It would give some good data for people who want to take some steps to making their rig a bit quieter.
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What's the best way to measure noise for when it's fully done?

edit : I can most likely have a friend lend me some professional gear, but I'm wondering for alternatives smile.gif

edit 2 : @geggeg can you helpz?

You might be able to get an app for a smart phone for measuring sound levels, mayhap even free. As silvrr pointed out, keep your sound measurements at the same distance from the computer. to build on that, take measurements at the same time from two or three different distances, such as 12", 24" and 36", make sure the computer is running at the same load every time (such as loop the same program), and make sure the ambient temperature is the same (or record what it is at the time) when you measure. Silvrr's suggestion to mesure sound levels before and after adding sound deadening measures would be interesting to see.
     
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This is all something I can do, my buddy can probably lend me one of the cheaper readers while I build and I will be testing with him in later with professional equipment, he's a professional sound engineer. He's done sound for like Celine Dion already.
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Subbed. Very intriguing.
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i'd be interested to see if it gets quieter then my build.

i'm willing to buy testing eq to see if we can set a bar for this one. oh yeah and totally subbed. i love <10db projects.
 
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i'd be interested to see if it gets quieter then my build.

i'm willing to buy testing eq to see if we can set a bar for this one. oh yeah and totally subbed. i love <10db projects.

Ambient is usually <50, but if you mean 10 above ambient, sure wink.gif
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Ambient is usually <50, but if you mean 10 above ambient, sure wink.gif

ambient is typically 20-30db but it does depend a LOT on where you live and if you have AC or something on. So yes, in some places it can be as high as 50db. last I checked with VERY amature equipment (this was why I offered to buy some better sound recording EQ and set a bar for you, as i'm not sure how accurate it was) the background noise when i built my rig was hovering around 20db. When I was done with my rig it failed to increase the noise in the room measurably when running prime95. The trick to VERY quiet rigs (something i've learned in 20 years of building systems) is to prevent your fans from creating the SAME sound wave frequency. you see two fans who are spinning the same speed from the same manufacturer and product, will typically "add" their noise together. So you keep "similar" fans to a min, mix up the type of fans, and then whenever possible mix up the speeds they spin at. This prevents the noise generated from "adding" together, and makes a quieter whole.

5 identical 10db fans spinning together at the same speeds will usually generate close to 50db of noise. 5 different fans spinning at different speeds usually will generate their noises at different frequencies and will not HARMONIZE and increase the total noise from the rig.

That's an affect i took advantage of in this build. I have 4 noctuas, 2 sets of 2 different models, with only 1 pair of noctuas spinning the same speed (different models though), I have 3 phantex with all 3 on separate fan curves. The result is unless i hit max RPM on the fans, and let them harmonize, they don't make any audible noise when spinning. There are NO mechanical drives in this system, the fan on the psu only spins when the psu is hot. 2 of the phanteks only spin when the internal case temps break 50C, the gpu fans don't spin as long as the gpu is <40C, and then the fan curve on the gpu fans is such that i've managed to make it so that they are basically impossible to hear over ambient. The cpu fan never spins up over 600 RPM (or atleast the cpu has never been hot enough to make it start to spin faster for the fan curve to ramp up the speed) and usually is spinning around 450RPM, at both speeds the cpu fan cannot be heard.

I did try to record the noise this pc made once i ironed out all the bugs, and i couldn't record a single sound from it from a foot away. It was clearly quieter then the ambient room noise. I could get a noise if i stuck the mic in the case, but no one's ear is going to be inside the case.

Anyway there is always many more tricks to making a quiet pc, and I don't think I know all of the tricks, but noise level IS a passion of mine, so i'm completely stoked about your build. REALLY want to see how quiet it gets and better still what type of overclocks you get. I know my build would have been louder with a better clocking CPU, which would have made it very hard with the not specialized not quiet cpu case I chose to quiet the build down.
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So which FD case are you getting? Trying to copy me with a Nano S? Lol
 
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I've learned the trick to making your computer quieter is to increase the background noise. For example, I used to think of my computer as kind of noisy, then I moved to where I have an ac unit 3 feet away from me, and now it's dead silent.

 

Interesting tidbit about the fans. I have a lot of the same, all running at a very similar RPM.

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Yeah ... very interesting. I have 7 Cryorig fans in my pedestal all on the same Aquaero port ... so they are all (technically) running the same speed. Is there a way of mixing their speeds up?
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