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    Does anyone know where i can get either a Media Centre PC case which lies Horizontal like a DVD player or if those are not available anormal standing case Which is SILENT
     
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    Yup - loads availabe to suit all budgets/tastes etc.

    Yes they can be made silent if you choose the right components

    Anything in particular you were after?
     
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    I currently have an AMD 64 3500 Processor, Asus A8V Wireless Edition Motherboard, 1GB Ram, Geforce 6800 GT Graphics Card, Asus Ice Star Processor fan, floppy drive plus seperate DVD-Rom and DVD+RW. All houses in a HUGE metal coolermater case.

    It was built for gaming but i now have my XBox 360 so i am now interested in changing it to a media PC with TV tuners.

    Asu Ice Star fan HAS to go as it sounds like a plane taking off. Thinking of swapping my 6800gt with a mate for his 6600gt and him giving me £120 which i spend on Media Centre

    The case is too big and was looking for a slightly smaller one which can lay horizontal like a dvd player but if not maybe just a much smaller standing case, that looks really cool

    Budget.... For a new case, Processor fan, Media Centre software and a TV tuner about £200

    The PSU i think needs changing aswell
     
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    if you go for a passive 6600gt then you'll need something the size of the Silverstone LC17
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    That would leave £130 ish for TV card(£40-50)/CPU Cooler (£20-40)/MCE2005 (£75)
     
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    Anything in Silver as that looks horrible
     
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    That silver one doesn't look as bad and the price is quite good but i like the look of the one i posted a link to
     
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    The case you linked to only takes half height cards. Apart from that it's a superb piece of engineering.

    I bang on about the LC17 all the time, see here for some pics and set up info of my system.

    For the cost you won't find a better case. It's roomy, runs cool and above all, can be made practicaly silent.

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    Actually the case looks quite nice. How much will one of these set you back?

    For the cd-drives, say i put a black drive in a silver case will the black be visable or is it a metal flap that comes down when you open the drive?
     
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    Can you answer my question about the LC17 above, cheers
     
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    The drives are hidden - theres a strip of aluminium that stick to the drive drawers to disguise it.
     
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    That's cool, i am very interested now. I aaume i can get everything else i have into it? How do i go about making it virtually silent.

    Like i said, i am using the Asus Ice Star which is very lould. Maybe i should use the one that came with the processor?
     
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    A big cooler with a slow running fan will keep it quiet.

    Look at (in no particular order) Zalman CNPS9500, Noctua NH-U9 + 92mm fan of choice or the Thermalright SP/SI 120 + 120mmfan of choice
     
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    How do they compare to the ASUS Ice Star which i hate with a passion

    Is there anything else i will need?

    Can you recommend a couple really good Freeview Tuners
     
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    I'm not familiar witht eh ASUS Ice start - all 3 of the coolers listed I've used and get excellent results once setup properly.

    TV Tuners - SweetspotMCE / Blackgold (same card different names) are good cards. Win Nova-T are cheap at ebuyer(?) at the moment and worth a look.

    Other things you might need - depends on how quiet you want to go and how deep your wallet is I guess
     
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    Quiet as possible i guess. Maybe 40-50£?

    I guess i could get a quieter Power Supply
     
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    You won't go far wrong if you follow the spec of my MCE machine, esp. the PSU and undervolting the case fans.

    For CPU coolers, as mentioned the Thermalright SI120 or XP120 are good if you can fit one in, if not the smaller SI97 or XP97 are good too. They don't come with fans so you have to buy seperately.

    Thermaltake Big Typhoon is also a superb cooler if you have the room, and they've just released a smaller version, the Mini Typhoon.

    Aerocool have just released the Dominator, with a huge 140mm fan which should be quiet. Another cooler which comes highly recommended is the Akasa Evo120 especially if used blowing towards the rear case fans.

    The Asus Ice Star is an OK cooler, but it needs the fan undervolted to make it quiet(ish). Do this using a fan controller or if your board supports it, Speedfan, to control it automatically.

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    If you turn the ASUS under half way on the dial the Processor will overheat very easily
     
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    And this is an AMD 64 3500? Something's wrong there........it runs at nearly 5000rpm at full voltage.

    OK, ditch it and get something more appropriate for the job. :D

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    Will do :smashin: How else can i make it quieter? Is it possible for a quiet/silent Power Supply
     
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    PSU's; if you don't want to spend silly money, then I highly recommend the Fortron FSP PSU's with the 120mm fans. Not the last word in power output, but stable and well priced. www.komplett.co.uk sell them.

    At the higher end, I can only recommend the Nesteq PSU's. I use the predecessor, Elan Vital, and it is totally silent. I've never heard the fan spin up at all. The only 'downside' is the price. www.mediapc.tv sell those.

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    They are certainly not cheap. The one i got is a 600 wat and cost under 30£ so i think it is quite poor
     
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    i've got the all copper Zalman CNPS9500, and it is quite beautiful and very quiet in the right installation, mine is able to amply cool my cpu even though the fan is slowed by 2 resistors in line, (it is totally undetectable in my pc) only proviso is that i'm not sure if replacement fans can be easily sourced - but then at that speed they should really last


    http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/intelcooling/cnps9500
     
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    Cheers

    I am going for the LC17 Case and Windows Media Player OEM.

    Will this case be able to take an ASUS A8V Motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 Processor and a Geforce 6800gt aswell as a TV Card or two.

    Not sure how big my power supply should be and how much i should be reasonably spending on one which is as quiet as possible
     
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    :D Bump

    Any advice and the best places to buy them
     

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