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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 06:16 AM
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Well the quest for a quiet PC is what made me move to water cooling, then I realised as you did that the disk drives were by far the loudest thing, so now my internal disks are all solid state and I have a high capacity network drive hidden away in a cupboard where I can't hear it.

The PC-011 Dynamic is a great case if all the components inside it are quiet, but too many ventilation holes to be quiet otherwise.

This normally sits on my desk 2 foot from my head and it's absolutely silent except for some slight fan noise when I stress test it with Prime95
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 04:08 PM
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Oh, yeah... I forgot all about HDD noise. I've been all solid state for the last 6 years.

The HDDs were definitely the loudest parts of my builds back then.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-14-2019, 04:53 PM - Thread Starter
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So finally I set up the Meshify.
Not counting the hard drives: dead silent at idle, farily quiet on load since I can run the fans pretty low and get enough air going (a bit fresher than on the R4 with running 3 intakes and 2 exhausts at 6-700 RPM). The GTX1080 is the loudest thing on load as expected, so more than quiet enough for me on load.

And the drives aren't actually too bad (can hear them just barely at about a meter away), but since I want to go with a bigger drive anyway I'm setting up a NAS on another room and making the PC 100% SDD powered.

So good results overall, count me as a fan of the open case - silent fans way of going about building a silent PC. An updated, just slightly bigger, Meshify C (Meshify C2?) instead of an S2 would've been perfect though. Too bad they haven't made it yet.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-15-2019, 07:36 AM
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Been 100% SSD the last 7 years. It's totally worth it.
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