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    Make my pc silent

    Hi guys

    I have built a great pc about 2 montsh ago using an am3 720 processor.

    Now the temps are great using the stock cooler. I also have 1 exhaust fan and
    2 intake fans

    The intake fans are run on 5v, so are silent

    the outake fans and the cpu fans are what is making the noise i believe.
    the noise is not loud, but it is not what i would call whisper silent!

    I would really like a silent pc. Have you any suggestions for a silent cpu cooler
    and an exhast fan?

    I am considering this fan: http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1036586
    anybody got one? any good?

    However, my case is not large, so the cpu cooler cannot be more than about 14cm tall max.
    i am willing to sacrifice silence for performance...

    thanks a lot

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Quiet good fans - sharkoon silent eagle 2000. They cost a bit but are whisper quiet.
    Have you got a fan controller? Could be a plan. Also, for a quiet cooler you can always switch fans you know...

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    sharkoon golf ball are very quiet at low rpm, and I've had some akasa amber that I could not hear at all.
    I'd look at the psu fan aswell, make sure it hasn't started to get clogged with dust.
    Assuming you have good airflow in your case, you could get a scythe mini ninja and run it passively.
    Heat sink is £25ish, good case fans around a fiver each (I'd hate to spend over a fiver on a fan, but I am a skinflint) so you're looking at spending £30 - £40, assuming those are the things making the noise.
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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Sound advice ^^

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    The AKASA APACHE at full speed is not slient, it's the best 120mm PWM fan I've found so far and is very good on a cpu cooler in full PWM mode.

    The question is what case and what fans have you got atm?

    Go round your pc and stop fans, find out for sure which are the worst offenders in trems on noise.
    To stop a fan when it's spinning I find it's best to press on the hub, you can stick something in between the blades when the fan is stopped to keep it stoped, but don't do it when it's spinning as this could damage the blades.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    i have 2 akasa apatches and Pob's right they are not silent at full whack but they are still very quiet. I would definately recomend them.

    Akasa ambers are good too but i found that after 8-10 months of heavy use they get noiser

    Sharkoons are excelent, im still using a 1000rpm one in my case i have had for 4 years, its a bit noiseier than it was when i got it but not much.

    Enermax fans are good at low rpm (move good amount of air and are quiet) but not so good when they spin up.

    Xigmatek fans scale nicely but they seem to have a lot of air turbulence noise and the barings arent very stable.

    Im yet to try Noctuas because of the extra £5-8 over other decent fans but for my next system i think im gunna go for it.

    I would get yourself a Zalman fan controller and fiddle with that till you find a happy medium between noise and airflow.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Having picked up a Noctua NF-S12 I must say I'm not amazingly impressed by it, yes it's a very nice well made fan but I don't think it's worth that extra cost.
    The one I have also has some motor buzz at full speed, when the speed is reduced with the included adaptor the buzz goes away.
    However that is not what I'd expect from a high quality fan.

    I'm currently running an Apache fan on my Thermalright Ultima90 and I never really hear it.

    Although I must say that I find fan noise pitch more annoying than volume, the low pitch of a 120mm fan bugs me far less than the woosh of a graphics card blower or the higher pitch of an 80mm fan.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Remember - the sound of air at high speeds is unavoidable. It's the motor and the whine that is the killer.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Having picked up a Noctua NF-S12 I must say I'm not amazingly impressed by it, yes it's a very nice well made fan but I don't think it's worth that extra cost.
    The one I have also has some motor buzz at full speed, when the speed is reduced with the included adaptor the buzz goes away.
    However that is not what I'd expect from a high quality fan.

    I'm currently running an Apache fan on my Thermalright Ultima90 and I never really hear it.

    Although I must say that I find fan noise pitch more annoying than volume, the low pitch of a 120mm fan bugs me far less than the woosh of a graphics card blower or the higher pitch of an 80mm fan.
    So would you say stick with apatches and maybe run through through a a Vmod or controller??

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Well what I would say to the OP is what I said in my first post.
    The question is what case and what fans have you got atm?

    Go round your pc and stop fans, find out for sure which are the worst offenders in trems on noise.
    Buying stuff to fix a problem is pointless untill you've identified the exact problem.

    And I stick to what I said before, the Apache is the best PWM fan I've used so far, if you want a fan which is going on a PWM header and plan to use the PWM control of the motherboard then the Apache is a great fan, if you're just running off a normal 3pin fan header I'd look at something else.
    What will depend on what you currently have that is causeing you issues.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    I don't know if it's just me but I have a Sharkoon 'golf ball' at 1000rpm and, although it is silent , it doesn't seem to be pulling much air at all... Although everyone else seems to be having good experiences with them so maybe it's something wrong with my set-up. Anyway, just giving you a heads up.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    Sound advice ^^
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    Re: Make my pc silent

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhaoman View Post
    I don't know if it's just me but I have a Sharkoon 'golf ball' at 1000rpm and, although it is silent , it doesn't seem to be pulling much air at all... Although everyone else seems to be having good experiences with them so maybe it's something wrong with my set-up. Anyway, just giving you a heads up.
    I've just replaced a bunch of Sharkoon golf ball fans on my Antec P182 for exactily that reason. Anyone can make a quiet fan that pushes no air.
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    Re: Make my pc silent

    All very slow rpm fans move little in the way of air, fan speed and air flow are directly linked, the slower the fan the less air flow reguardless of make and model.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    When I wanted to go a bit quieter I replaced my enermax 2 fan psu for a seasonic silent psu which has one 120cm fan.

    I also added an akasa amber fan at the back of tower 80mm and one on the cpu heatsink. It lowered overall noise - the major noise now comes from my graphics card. Fan on it is noisy.

    Also my tower has a vent at the top with an 80mm fan. I turned it off.

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    Re: Make my pc silent

    to make my computer silent i have done the following:
    i got a really good heatsink (http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=967448) and i do have one of the noctua fans (http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=1040410) i also bought this for sound dampening (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Akasa...-to-Full-Tower) and i have an Antec P182 (http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=8863) I actually have three antec P182 cases, they quality is next to none and i can't imagine my comptuer without it now (i have one extra just in case) i got it free


    edit: i did have passive cooling (S1 Accelero) on my 8600GTS but i have put my 8800GTX in for now and there is no way that you can passively cool that..

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