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  1. Rad

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    Anyone recommend a decent quiet power supply.

    I'm not fussed about changing the fan speeds or anything like that, I just want a quiet PSU.

    One that controls the fans itself would be cool.

    I run one HDD (possibly going to 2), 2 CD/DVD's, floppy disk, Radeon card that requires power, then the normal internal fans.

    Any idea ??

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    I'm using a 400 watt Zalman PSU from KustomPCs. Very nice, very quiet. It has active fan control.

    I haven't got any experience with other PSU's but I'm sure someone will recommend an alternative.
     
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    Cheers,

    The Zalman was one of the ones I was looking at.
    It's quiet enough not to be annoying then ??

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  5. Rad

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    Cheers for that.

    Any ideas on cases, I need something black that'll look the part stacked onto my hifi seperares.
     
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    To fit in with your other gear you're probably look at something along the lines of an LMP case (www.lmp-pc.co.uk)

    Cheers
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    I thought about that one but ideally I need 2 DVD bays as I backup a lot of stuff :)
     
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    This Coolermaster might do the trick: http://www.coolermaster.com/case/p620.htm

    Looks to be the right sort of shape, and has two external 5.25" bays.

    Overclockers.co.uk (I should really start asking for a commission from these guys) have the silver variant for £82.

    Cheers
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    It's very quiet. In normal use - I sit about 10 ft away - I cannot hear it at all.



    Again, try KustomPC's. I'm using the Accent HT200 which is a nice looking case with two drive bays. Also came across these the other day. I don't know how much they are but they look very nice indeed - only one drive bay though.
     
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    That looks the business.

    Very nice.

    Cheers,
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    I modded a standard 300w psu by replacing the 80mm fan with a Papst 20db one. That made a lot of difference. QuietPC do a Zalman equivalent. It can be a cheap alternative to a new quiet psu. Mine's in it's second htpc now and still going well.

    HTH

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    might give that a try.

    I'm not really sure what's making the most noise right now, is it the pc or the 8 foot high inflatable santa that my girlfriend bought for the living room. lol :D

    I knew she was mad but this thing is crazy. :rotfl:
     
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    it appears to be my cpu fan that's making all the noise.

    I have a micro atx motherboard so space may be an issue, any ideas what to replace it with ??

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    I bought a large heatsink with 80mm fan (coolermaster CP5-8JD1F-0L ) and replaced the fan with a 20db version. It works well with my 2600+ AMD.

    So find the largest heatsink and fan that will fit, as the heatsink will help dissipate the heat, and a large fan running slower will help to cool it.

    The XDream is noisy, but good value for just the speed controler. :)

    Quietpc.com do various quiet fans, but you may only need an in-line resistor to slow down the existing fan. It works out quite cheap that way.

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    Cheers for that.

    Is it easy enough to replace he heatsink, I won't damage the chip will I

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    I've replaced heatsinks a few times recently, and each time i replaced the thermal compound to make sure I had a good contact.

    As long as you're careful how you unclip and refit each time, you should be OK. I've done all my swaps with the mobo still in the case, and had no problems. Make sure you use a good fitting screwdriver (or whatever tool you use) in the heatsink clip, and you shouldn't go scooting of over the mobo and damage anything. :)

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    Cheers mate,

    There's that many diffenrent ones to choose from though, I'm thinking of just getting one off of ebay for £20, I can't really see the point in spending £50 on something I'm never gonna look at.

    Where did you get your coolermaster one from ?

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    ebuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=48547

    Only £7.33 + postage. Should work fine for anything up to XP 3200+. I think it's around 29db as standard, though slowing the fan down will make it quieter. Quietpc do resistors and variable fan speed controlers that are quite cheap, so you could experiment to find a good compromise between temp and quietness. I just replaced the fan with a 20db one, and put the original fan in another pc.

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    Cheers again.
     

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