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    What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Hey guys, i have just fully personalised my pc and i think i have done almost everything i can to silence my PC

    I have done the following:

    Antec P182 with 2/3 fans running on low.
    Insulated with some foam on the side panels.
    Arctic Freezer 7 always on the lowest settings via control with SpeedFan.
    Changed the cooler on my GPU with Accelero Passive cooling.

    what things have you guys done?
    i am not keep on cutting the mesh off etc. and am pretty happy with my setup. although i got a blue screen last night as i left my computer on. not sure why tho. possible overhead? i was downloading...

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by vmong View Post
    Hey guys, i have just fully personalised my pc and i think i have done almost everything i can to silence my PC

    I have done the following:

    Antec P182 with 2/3 fans running on low.
    Insulated with some foam on the side panels.
    Arctic Freezer 7 always on the lowest settings via control with SpeedFan.
    Changed the cooler on my GPU with Accelero Passive cooling.

    what things have you guys done?
    i am not keep on cutting the mesh off etc. and am pretty happy with my setup. although i got a blue screen last night as i left my computer on. not sure why tho. possible overhead? i was downloading...

    You're passively cooling your GTX??
    Or did you just crack a 120mm fan on it?
    I've got 2 Nexus fans and a Sharkoon 1000 in my P182, with another 120mm Sharkoon 1000 on my T.R.U.E.
    My 260GTX's cooler is very quiet, especially when using riva tuner, and the HDD mounting in the P182 is lovely and quiet so barely any noise from them.
    I'm not sure as to the benefits of the foam stuff, what did you use and did you notice a marked decrease in noise?
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    I use the built in fan controllre to quieten the intakes, doesn't do much.

    Need to replace the cooler with something passive / silent
    Need to replace all fans with yate loons
    Need to put hard drive in a scythe stabilizer thing in a 5 1/2" bay (this is also due to space limitations for my watercooling plan)

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by format View Post
    You're passively cooling your GTX??
    Or did you just crack a 120mm fan on it?
    I've got 2 Nexus fans and a Sharkoon 1000 in my P182, with another 120mm Sharkoon 1000 on my T.R.U.E.
    My 260GTX's cooler is very quiet, especially when using riva tuner, and the HDD mounting in the P182 is lovely and quiet so barely any noise from them.
    I'm not sure as to the benefits of the foam stuff, what did you use and did you notice a marked decrease in noise?
    no no lol, they are insanely hot, my computer in my room has a 8600GTS the GTX is on my gaming rig.

    ahh how come you guys need so much cooling? my setup is going to be in my sig. but i pretty much use this computer (room one) for music, watching vids and occasional multi media editing..

    ohh liquid cooling is a step too far for me haha!

    oh i bought the passive cooler frm scan for the free delivery, but it was under £20, so i just though i may as well buy something to make it over £20 and this was the only think i could think of. it is :
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Akasa...ase-Midi-Tower

    tbh i dont notice any difference apart frm the fact that the side panels feel like they are going to bust open lol. i didnt really cut them right and it was too much hassle to redo them as they are "stick once" sheets.

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    I got my self some Pax mate a couple of quid off on today only and to bring an order up to £20 ( although in the end the order was £40ish )

    Ok where to start, As I modded an old server case to fit an ATX motherboard I'm not sure how much of the cutting I did was part of that and how much was for later silenceing.

    Cut out grills for front and back 120mm fans, rear grill was replaced by a 120mm akasa fan guard
    http://www.akasa.co.uk/images/produc...ard_chrome.jpg
    Pax mate (not sure if that had much effect but I've since found other uses for it)
    I've gone through a few different 120mm fans finding good ones
    Fan controller
    Suspended the front and side fan with elastic hair bands, to reduce vibration. http://www.thetutushop.co.uk/images/navyelastic.jpg
    I originally got a ACf7p mainly to reduce the temps of the pentium D I had but it was too noisey and got too toasty with the fan manually controlled and set low.
    I swaped to an Ultima90 and a 92mm PWM fan, both quieter and cooler than the ACf7p (the case it too narrow for a taller cooler with a 120mm fan )
    Later swaped cpu to a e6600 mainly for better performance but it's also lower temp so the 92mm fan speed droped more.

    On the GF's pc, new case, 120mm scythe S-FLEX fans, scythe cooler, replaced the psu fan with an S-FLEX.
    I temporarelly have the psu fan in my pc, cannot have it on anything but minimum, makes a heck of a racket if it's above minimum and shifts f all air as well.

    The case was cheap has hard feet which caused a bit of vibration on the floor, a disk of Pax Mate under each foot sorted that out a treat, also made a fan gaskit out of some thin strips of it.
    Pax mate, it's multi function stuff I tell you.
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    I just use the P180, 5x Yate Loon 12cm fan in my case, and my 4870 stock cooler at 17%, so quiet I could sleep with it running

    Rubber feet on wood floor -> minimum vibration.

    A lot of components could run at high temperature, so I personally think there is no point to put a fast fan to cool the CPU down to 60'C when it will run happily at 80 (max 100) with a slow fan.
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    hehe you guys have the p18X cases also
    also, anyone got more than dual SLI? i think that anything more than 2GFX cards is ... sad!! why would you need more than 2 GFX cards?
    surely they cant be that much better than dual ... or can they?
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Actually there is a use, folding or simular parrallel processing.
    Theres a dutch (? I think) university who built a pc useing a 4 way setup with 9800gx2 for lots of parallel processing. (8gpu's)
    Found the link
    http://www.dvhardware.net/article27538.html

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    yeah but folding is good and everything but why would a normal consumer build one for folding??
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Scythe Quiet Drive for my 74GB Raptor
    HAF-932 case fans - 3x230mm and 1x140mm large and slow spinning for good airflow at low noise.
    TRUE heatsink + 120mm Zalman F3 - strong heatsink means less airflow is needed for good performance
    8800GT + Arctic Cooling S1 passive - the side 230mm fan is more than enough airflow for it (peak ~60C)

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Not just folding but anything that requires a lot of parallel processing, of which normal consumers do very little.

    Which leads us to one conclusion, epeen!

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    What have I done to silence my pc...?

    Turned the music up louder!

    In all seriousness though, it was quiet enough to start with

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    water cooled my mobo's chipsets and mofsets, cpu and video card.

    very quiet now

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    Well I got myself a P182 case, stuck the stock fans on minimum and added scythe S-Sflex fans push-pulling on my TRUE and two around the top 3.5" drive bay to cool my graphics cards, set my 4850s fans to 40% since I cant tell the difference in noise between that and 20% and extra cooling is no bad thing. Stuck all my HDDs in the bottom on the rubber grommets so theyre not making much noise, and now if I could work out how to stop my physX card being so loud the thing would be totally silent i think :S. Anyone got any suggestions on shutting that thing up?

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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    just wondering is there a lot of difference between stock coolers and after market? i have arctic cooler and stock for intern due to the other fans and gpus fan i cant tell which fan is which?1
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    Re: What have you done to Silence your PC?

    My needs are fairly simple so I can get away with a passively cooled Nvidia 7100 which massively helps I don't have any case fans, the HSF on my E6600 is humunguous and disipates the little heat the CPU generates with minimum of fan rotation. I also invested in a good quality Coolermaster PSU with lovely big slow rotating fans to keep the noise down.

    As an aside, I hated the racket my PC used to make. Cutting a long story short, a I replaced the HSF twice, the PSU twice and the graphics card once before I found out that my hard drive docking bay came with a titchy 40mm fan that was on all the time. The noise it made... Took me a year to find this out though!
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