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How noisy is your HTPC

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by sraper, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. sraper

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    Just curious. It is obvious that a HTPC must be quiet and there is a lot comment here about how to achieve this. however how noisy is it really? Surely everbody here is has an SPL meter, how else do you configure your audio side to match the visuals of your HTPC with projector/plasma :)

    So why not get those meters out and let us know how quiet or noisy it really is :)
     
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    My analogue meter only goes down to 60db, my PC sure isn't that noisy. High 20s low 30s is probably a realistic noise level to aim for. I don't worry about PC noise that much these days since my projector is about 40db.
     
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    bugger your right! I posted the original message during a boring bit at work.

    Now that I am at home I have just dug out my spl and tried it out on my very noisy PC and I can just about get 55db reading on the scale!
     
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    Mines as quiet as a quiet thing :)
     
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    I have one annoying fan noise, it's a quietpc Athalon CPU fan, quieter than my old one, but still has slight whiring! May also get a slight sound from my Radeon fan, but can't really tell.

    PJ is the main source of noise, but Roland is working on a mod, and I'm building a cabinet to put AV gear and PC in, so soon it should be nice and quiet!
     
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    mines fairly noisy, no idea what db level, as i ain't anything to measure it with....but the main fan is the worst.
     
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    My noisiest component is the DVD drive.
    I now rip latest/current/most watched DVD's to hard disk and play them from there.
     
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    My HTPC is probably up there with the quietest PC's :), although this is due to the fact I have no fans in the PC (ATI heatskink+heatskinks for the P3-550mhz cpus). No doubt I will have to look into other ways when I want a 1ghz CPU....
     
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    The CPU fan is the worst offender for me. I've put variable resistors on all the fans, added soundproofing and even built a hushbox. The things still audible during quiet bits.

    The details are Here.
     
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    I've just checked your HTPC specs from your site and noticed you're running an Athlon.
    Just go to www.quietpc.com and buy the Flower heatsink kit.
    After that you'll find the PSU will be the noiisiest piece of kit.
    Unless you buy one of their quiet PSU's as well :)
     
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    Interesting. How long does that take, then?
    Presumably you don't get any pauses at layer changes, either.
     
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    Varies. Normally about 20-30 minutes.
    I just keep about 3-4 of my latest/most popular films on hard disk.
    You can then either put the vob files into a playlist and away you go or, using PowerDVD 4, you can open "the disk" from the hard drive and still use all the menus as normal. Some disks struggle this way. Phantom Menace will not budge past playing the menus, but others I've tried had no problems at all.
     

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