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post #1 of 8
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Just wonder how do you fight your case noise? Share your experience.

1) Fan controller

I feel like it's not the perfect solution... at least manual setups

2) Better fans

Recently I got a pair of Enermax 120mm to lower my noise. This is pretty decent fans and the noise reminds me of the air breeze.

3) dumping materials

Currently exploring this options...

4) whats the best silent case you ever had?
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post #2 of 8
I would say a fan controller helps.
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post #3 of 8
Well for one, fans make noise. If your looking for a silent PC you can look into passive coolers for your CPU and graphics .

Obviously fans with the lowest db you can find for some type of heat exhaust.

If you're going to have fans, find some type of vibration padding between the case and the fan. (neoprene works great)
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post #4 of 8
Don't forget the all-important sound dampening foam
post #5 of 8
Silent cases are typically the ones with less separate parts, less vents, thicker metal... Silverstone comes to mind.

Any interior surface that doesn't have a window or a fan should have some sort of dampening material on it, typically foam.

Fan controllers are AMAZING in conjunction with HIGH EFFICIENCY fans. quiet fans are great and all, but you can often get even better performance/noise ratio by putting a monster fan on a controller and dialing it back heavily (A 250cfm delta on a controller can put out as much air with much more pressure and less noise as a noctura, and it will likely cost just about the same in the end anyway. Plus you have the option of cranking it up if you are doing something really intensive)

Liquid cooling can get MUCH more cooling power out of the same number of fans. If you wanted to be really quiet and didnt care much for performance, you could likely build a nearly dead silent rig with just one good fan...

Along those lines, passive cooling IS possible. Its all about surface area and positioning.

Rubber screws, grommits, washers, and other forms of anti vibration can work wonders.

PLASTIDIP - seriously its amazing. Just soak everything in it! ok ok you know what I mean.

Efficient PSUs are important. They have fans.. making those fans quieter obviously helps. They also output heat. More efficiency means less heat and likewise less noise from cooling solutions.

SSDs eliminate the HDD clicks.

those tiny little stick on heatsinks can help a lot with safe-but-squealing components.

Cut out the mesh on the fan holes. Air resistance makes most of the noise of a fan.

Help some of that helps.
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Before I killed my old hardware, I had a pretty silent computer as my case sits on my desk and I don't like noise. It was in a CM 690 nVidia Edition case. I had only 2 fans on my 120mm radiator cooling both the processor and video card. They were very quiet fans and I had them running on a fan controller. I only had to turn them up for gaming and when I game I wear headphones so I couldn't hear them anyways

My radiator was screwed into the bottom of the case between the PSU and the HDD cage and I cushioned it with a few thin strips of foam. Also put a piece of foam underneath my pump which was incredibly quiet too. HDD's didn't make any vibrating noises as I used small bits of foam around the edges of them to cushion them against the cage they were in. Took the noisy 13.5cm fan out of the PSU and replaced it with a silent 14cm fan. Also removed the fan grill from the PSU.

After I had done all of that, the only sound was the gentle tinkling of the water in the res which couldn't be fixed without moving the res from the only place it would fit haha. Didn't bother me though as I quite like that sound anyways.

Now I have the CM 690 II Advanced and plan on doing pretty much the same thing.
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interesting...
passive cooling however is not an option for overclocking, unless you are connected straight to water pipe that would be a dream
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Originally Posted by Born4TheSky View Post
interesting...
passive cooling however is not an option for overclocking, unless you are connected straight to water pipe that would be a dream
Well that depends on a couple variables but in general yeah its not the best for OC.

You CAN however get some pretty wicked near-passive builds that will OC like champs, if you have the space and cash (and dont live somewhere REALLY hot).

And then theres submersion... but that gets a bit messy.
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