Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Someone recommend cheap, quiet PC please!

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Someone recommend cheap, quiet PC please!

    Hi guys,

    I'm after a cheap as chips silent PC. Was thinking about the VIA C3? Spec needs to be as cheap as poss, don't need a special vid card (can use onboard), don't needed masses of memory, want a small but silent HDD.

    Don't want any case fans - don't need CD drive, just floppy will do.

    BTW - why isn't there a for sale section where members sell their PC stuff? :S Or am i missing something?

    Anyway if anyone can recommend Case/PSU/CPU/Memory/HDD whack it down! Was thinking an old Shuttle? Don't know how quiet/cheap they are!

    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    3,050
    Thanks
    248
    Thanked
    33 times in 31 posts
    • amjedm's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus A8N-Sli Premium
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 4200 S939 + Scythe Ninja rev A
      • Memory:
      • 2GB Corsair DDR PC3200
      • Storage:
      • Samsung T 160GB Sata in Scythe Quiet Box
      • 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
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG 22" WTQ?
      • Internet:
      • O2 8MB (Standard)
    There is a for sale section - it's under Hexus Smart Shoppers (right at the bottom of the page).

    Do you have a rough budget? Can tell if you need to find used items or new ones.

    I don't know much about the VIA kit or the Shuttles but can help with other recommendations.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Hi there!

    Well there are a few on eBay going for around and under the £100. Probably used is going to be best for what I want.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ITX-EPIA-M1000...QQcmdZViewItem

    Spec doesn't need to be as good as that!

    Main requirements:

    - Low power useage
    - Cheap
    - Silent as possible!

    I'd rather have a silent PC rather than a faster one.

  4. #4
    Senior Member chrestomanci's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    1,602
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked
    94 times in 78 posts
    • chrestomanci's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus AMD AM4 Ryzen PRIME B350M
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 1600 @ stock clocks
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb DDR4 2666MHz
      • Storage:
      • 250Gb Samsung 960 Evo M.2 + 3Tb Western Digital Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Basic AMD GPU (OSS linux drivers)
      • PSU:
      • Novatech 500W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Sugo SG02
      • Operating System:
      • Linux - Latest Xubuntu
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ 24" LCD (Thanks: DDY)
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTTC
    You might want to check out a basic Dell PC. The cheap ones are very cheap and we have some here in the office and they are practicaly silent.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Really want a VIA CPU as they run with a lot less power and much cooler than an Intel or AMD processor.

    Also, would like it to be a small design case! =]

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Lancashire, UK
    Posts
    145
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I have a VIA EPIA 5000 fanless with the 533mhz CPU in a Cubid 2688 case. I have no fans at all and the only thing making any sound is the 2.5" hard disk (which I still find irritating but haven't tried to quiten yet) Haven't had any problems with het, it runs very cool & quiet.

    These go pretty cheaply on ebay I recall but the 533mhz proc isn't very quick. Mine runs XP Pro with web services and a web site but is regularly struggling to cope with peaks.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Would you be looking to sell it mate?

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Lancashire, UK
    Posts
    145
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by ytrebil
    Would you be looking to sell it mate?
    Bad timing I'm afraid - I am looking to upgrade but don't have the cash at the moment.

    There are some new, faster VIA boards becoming available now so you might see a few more of the older ones coming up at good prices.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    Okay thanks mate. Just trying a checklist of what hardware makes a PC's noise...

    - Case fans
    - CPU fan
    - Hard drive

    Anything else?

    I assume with shuttles, being only 1 case fan, it is pretty quiet and it doesn't use a CPU fan - what is a good quiet hard drive?

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Lancashire, UK
    Posts
    145
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    There's a good source of discussions & reviews on keeping it all quiet at http://www.silentpcreview.com

    Does the shuttle really not use a CPU fan? I thought they generally came without a CPU and you added one and your chosen cooler? Is this a specific product you're talking about?

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    172
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts
    I read up on Shuttles (SFF) ages ago but from what I remember, they use some ICE system which is a way of cooling the CPU using a clever heat transferring system and a single exhaust fan which aids cooling the CPU.

    Maybe if you used a VIA CPU in a Shuttle you might not even have to use the single case fan??? No idea!

  12. #12
    root Member DanceswithUnix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    In the middle of a core dump
    Posts
    10,005
    Thanks
    496
    Thanked
    1,032 times in 876 posts
    • DanceswithUnix's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus X470-PRO
      • CPU:
      • 3700X
      • Memory:
      • 16GB 3200MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Linux, 1TB Games (Win 10)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix RX Vega 56
      • PSU:
      • 650W Corsair TX
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Fedora 30 + Win 10 Pro 64 (yuk)
      • Monitor(s):
      • Benq XL2730Z 1440p + Samsung 2343BW 2048x1152
      • Internet:
      • Zen 80Mb/20Mb VDSL
    I have a Shuttle SK21G on my desk. I think it is the cheapest Shuttle currently available, and with a Sempron 2600 CPU and the Cool-n-quiet turned on it is very quiet.

    Noise sources are:

    92mm temp sensitive cooling exhaust fan (pulls air through the CPU heat pipe radiator as well).
    PSU fan, I think that is 40mm and is right in the middle of the pc.
    Hard drive.

    Quietest hard drives around are Samsung.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Ultra Cheap Mobos
    By Matt1eD in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 16-02-2005, 07:31 PM
  2. Best place to buy really quiet, cheap 80mm fans!!
    By johnnr892 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-02-2005, 11:48 PM
  3. Recommend a CPU Cooler: Cheap, Silent, Cool
    By [R4A]Bigman in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-01-2005, 01:03 PM
  4. What size PSU would you recommend?
    By subucni in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 13-07-2004, 06:07 PM
  5. cheap, quiet psu?
    By dgr in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 14-11-2003, 09:26 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •