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How to make my current rig (near) silent?

post #1 of 5
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My sig rig currently has the following cooling configuration:
Case: Antec 300
Fans:
1 x 140mm Antec TriCool (stock)
1 x 120mm Corsair H50 stock fan
1 x 120mm Antec TriCool (stock front intake)

Right now my rig is softly audible. Would it be possible to make this thing (near) silent? If so, what sort of hardware would I need? I don't want to switch cases, so I'd like to do what I can with what I have first (I'm willing to get new fans though).
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have you tried switching all the fans to the low position on the switch?
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Find out which fan is making the most noise and focus your attentions there by undervolting or replacing it.
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I just wrote how I managed to get almost_completely computer - http://www.overclock.net/silent-comp...l#post12295679

I would focus on extremely low RPM fans, 500-900RPM, only 120mm and above, if your willing to sacrifice the OC for less noise I would personally also replace the fan on H50 and you should be able to lock your fan to 30/40% fan speed on GTX460.

You can also switch 12V fans to 5V by a little mod..
post #5 of 5
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

My GTX 460 is currently running with a fan speed of 28% at idle. All my TriCools are on low and they don't seem to be making much noise. If I put my ear to the rig with the side panel off, it seems like the H50 fan is making the most noise. What would be a good but quiet fan? I've been looking at the Scythe GentleTyphoon AP-14 as well as the Akasa Viper.
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