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Making a quiet PC.

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Pulsar, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Pulsar

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    Hello,

    At the moment I have a shuttle ss51g PC that I use as a HTPC. It is a little noisy, so I may be building a new PC. I have read a number of threads on making quiet PC's, but don't know where to get the specific parts from. The parts I need are:

    Case
    Motherboard
    PSU
    Graphics card cooler
    CPU cooler

    I want to get the quietest PC possible, without spending megabucks. I already have a Radeon 9700, 512 PC2700 Ram, A P4 1.8 Ghz, DVD Drive, CD-RW, 60 GB Barracuda.

    Thanks for the help.

    Rob
     
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    Rob,

    Before you buy anything from overclockers, my (painfully learnt) advice is to visit:

    http://www.romulus2.com/feedback/chart.php?1

    and see what people have to say about various companies that sell the goods that you are looking for...

    Regards,

    Matthew
     
  4. Pulsar

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    Thanks for the info guys, I will start my research now. If anyone has info on current special offers, that would be great. Also any recommended pieces of kit?

    Cheers

    Rob
     
  5. Adlopa

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    Or perhaps look at the many, many threads here for some ideas on simple (and not so simple) ways on making your Shuttle less noisy. My modded SS51 barely makes a whisper
     
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    Maplins have the Zalman flower cooler on offer at £19.99, and they have the Quiet PC power supply for £59.99 which is in fact cheaper than buying from Quiet PC. I have both these items, along with a fanless graphics card (Radeon 9000) and a fanless mobo, and I've flashed the firmware on my DVD drive to slow it down. Now the only thing that makes any noise is the hardrive, which is not really noticeable (it's a Seagate Barracuda) but I may invest in a Quiet PC QuietDrive unit, which is also cheaper from Maplins.

    Oh and don't forget orders over £30 don't get charged any postage at Maplins, and they are very quick, next day for me every time I have used them.

    :)
     
  7. Pulsar

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    Thanks Mixmanx, I have a Maplins 2 mins down the road, i may pop by and have a look.

    Adlopa, I have looked into this, but I also want to expand my PC, and need more PCI slots and drive bays. I do love the SHuttle though....

    Cheers

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    *More* PCI slots? What on earth for? One should be enough for anyone...
     
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    So thats the capture card take care of, where does the audio card go?

    Do you mean AGP?
     
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    I use 4 PCI slots in my PC - SCSI card / Sound Card / IDE Raid controller and my Network card.

    You can never have enough slots :D
     
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    Well thanks for the answers. I will need at least 2, 1 for PCI sound, and one for DVB card.

    Rob
     
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    After having a quick look around, I think I may use a Zalman Flower CPU cooler, a Quiet PC 300w PSU, and a motherboard heatsink. I can't find anything to use on the Radeon 9700, can anyone help? Also, does everything else sound ok?

    Cheers

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    You need a Zalman ZM80HP.
     
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    Also if your going to buy a Flower cooler make sure its the all copper one, otherwise the Thermalright SLK800 and a 92mm Panaflo is the best of the lot.
     
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    Go on then John, where can I find one of them?

    Rob
     
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    Maplins do then i'm sure
     
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    Hi John,

    I think our posts crossed, where can I find the Radeon 9700 cooler?

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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    Am sure Maplins have then if you have one locally
     
  20. Pulsar

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    nfordenfield,

    I have looked on the Maplins site, and can't see them. Do you have a product code? I have a Maplins less that 5 mins away, so i will pop in tomorrow.

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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    Sorry no code just saw then in there next to the coolers. Give the store a call frst to save a wasted journey.

    My MP-1 modded 9700 will have one on it - come on postman...........
     
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    I have been doing my research over the last few days, and have put together the following system. What do you think?

    The 300w power supply from http://www.quietpc.com/uk/psu.php

    The AMD flower cooler from http://www.quietpc.com/uk/cpucool2.php

    This case from http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=44356

    This or any other Nforce 2 mobo http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=44193

    An Athlon XP 2400 processor, my 60GB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, my 512MB PC2700 RAM, my DVD and CD-RW drives and my Radeon 9700.

    I understand that my PC2700 RAM is slightly underspecced, but apparently there isn'tr a great difference between that and PC3200 in performance terms. I want the PC to be as quiet as possible, but still have good performance.

    Please feel free to suggest better parts than what I have listed, this is a very rough list that I intend to modify. Also if you can suggest cheaper places to get the bits from, then that would be great.

    Many thanks.

    Rob
     
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    I've got one. Whilst it isn't silent, it is certainly very quiet. Quieter than the Enermax it replaced. The enermax was the old version without adjustable fan speed.
     
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    Hi nutcase,

    Can you try to be more descriptive with how loud/quiet the PSU is?

    If you can compare it to a console such as the Xbox, PS2 or gamecube that would be great. Do you use any other quiet/silent PC parts? Anything you can recommend?

    Cheers

    Rob
     
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    I put in an Antec Truepower 430. It certainly seems no louder than my Papst 80mm exhaust fan, which is around 19db I think. I would place it at the same noise level as my DVD player/Gamecube ie if you are sat listening to a movie at around 4ft away there is no way you would hear it!

    My ThermalTake Volcano drowns it out unfortunately though :(
     
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    The top case on that page is the one that I have. It is very quiet - the fan on the flower cooler is noisier than the PSU or the case fans (temperture controlled by the PSU.) It may be possible to get quieter but it is inaudible above the 28dBA of my PJ so I really don't have a need to make it any quieter.

    HTH,

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  29. Pulsar

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    If the flower cooler is noisier, what else could I use?

    Cheers

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    I suspect that you could get a quieter 92mm fan to replace the Zalman one - though it would probably be worth building it first and seeing how the noise bothers you. My HTPC is pretty darned quiet - the flower cooler fan is on the lowest setting on the FanMate (<1500 rpm) - I was just trying to indicate how quiet the PSU/Case fans are...

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