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    Reducing PC noise

    Hi, my PC is not so up-to-date but it's working OK for me. The only annoying thing is it's so noisy, so I'm determined to cut the noise off! I've got AMD athlon XP 3200+ with a default Asaka CPU fan, the rpm is around 2200. There are also two 80mm case fans, and I think these are the major sources of the noise. I've heard that 120mm fans are generally quieter, so I decide to change my case. So the these are my requirements:

    1, CPU cooler for AMD socket A
    2, Case with at least two 120mm fans

    Any recommendations?

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    Jeeze Socket A!!!

    K the only one I could find after a quick search
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/SEODynamicPa...sp?ModNo=44945

    Dba is 28 so may well be quieter than the stock..

    Case well what do you want to spend?
    Phong 2 from PC World still stands high in the budget cases

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/pro...H/JNH70/570554

    Has external fan control for the 140mm front fan and 120mm rear fan on the front panel.

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    Thanks DratUK, but I'd rather try something other than Akasa on the CPU cooler, it's kind of a bias... because my current one is Akasa and quite noisy. For cases I want to keep budget around £25 - £40

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    Forgot to mention, I don't need a PSU included with the case for I've recently got a Seasonic 400W already.

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    • DratUK's system
      • Motherboard:
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    K will keep looking.
    Ebay might be the only resort, all suppliers i have looked at no longer stock Socket A coolers.
    Cases
    http://www.xcase.co.uk/p/290397/jean...er-no-psu.html
    Phong 2 again but for £30.00

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=446040

    Akasa Zen

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=402904
    Antec RC 534
    All have 120mm or greater fans. The 534 is pretty quiet.

    CPU Cooler
    Quietest I could find
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ARCTIC-COOLING...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Zalman cooler - will fit socket A

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=377055

    Some other Zalman and NorthQ Scan sell will also fit Socket A - check the Technical Specs.

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    • DratUK's system
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      • Memory:
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      • 120Gb OCZ Vertex 2 Sandforce, 1TB WD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit Jetstream 670
      • PSU:
      • Enermax 720
      • Case:
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    Well spotted! Now slightly emabarrased that I didnt search a bit closer . Sorry redflyingpig, could have sent you on a wild goose chase.

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      • Memory:
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      • Storage:
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      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia 6600 256MB + Cooling Mod
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Noisetaker 485 (fanless) - lower chamber P180 fan doing the PSU cooling
      • Case:
      • P180 (modded - easier cable routing, front and rear grills cut)
      • Operating System:
      • XP Pro
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      • LG 22" WTQ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DratUK View Post
    Well spotted! Now slightly emabarrased that I didnt search a bit closer . Sorry redflyingpig, could have sent you on a wild goose chase.
    Socket A coolers aren't easy to find on Scan's page

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    Il put a vote in to go with zalman, really good coolers just remember that when fitting coolers to socket A chips your fitting directly onto the cpu die (if i remember correctly) so its very easy to damage it.

    as for case fans i would say the best option are the sharkoon golfballs

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=290840

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=373995

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    I went for a Thermalright SLK 700a http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=601863 and a Vantec stealth 60mm plus some artic silver when I needed to renew my 2500+ cooler.

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    I belive you can fit 80mm fans to the SLK700 heatsink. That would be a better option than the 60mm ones.

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    I've got the same CPU and yes it's getting on a bit now. The cooler in my sig is the one I have been using for 2 years without any problems and it's very quiet at 2/3's full speed
    AMD Athlon XP 3200+(Coolermaster Aero 7+)
    ABIT NF7 - S Ver 2
    1024mb Crucial DDR3200
    Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128(Arctic Cooling VGA)
    2 x Seagate Barracuda 80 GIG HD
    Samsung Lightscribe SH - S183L DVD Writer
    Silent X PSU
    Windows XP SP 2

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    AMD Athlon XP 3200+(Coolermaster Aero 7+)
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    The first thing you should do is identify which fan is causing the noise. A few quid on a new fan or a quick cleanup and spray with WD40, etc may solve the problem. Tightening the screws holding them to the case may also help quieten them down.

    To find out the source of the noise, disconnect the case fans one at a time. If its neither of these, then, very carefully use a pencil to slow down the CPU fan and graphics card fan - push down gently on the fan hub until it stops spinning, but only do this for a split second.

    Also, make sure that it's not actually the hard drive making the noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
    I installed one the other day and am using an 80mm fan on it

    It was previously in my nephew's system and it was using a 80mm fan so really

    I'm positive it's not an SLK800 as that's too heavy compared to the SLK700

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