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Anybody out there who's done it?
So far i've replaced the power supply with a nice as-good-as-silent (12dB) one. It was quite easy to do, and doing it took some of the noise away, so i'm pleased with that part.
Now, i hear the fan that cools the CPU as well as the fan on the graphics card in stead. The CPU fan is a Glacialtech Igloo 2420 (21db) which was supposed to be silent when i bought it. Now... well, i really don't think it is. Where would you go to find silent alternatives? i don't care about price, it's all about reducing the noise and nothing else.
Then there's the graphichs card. A NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200. It has this little fan that makes a lot of noise built in on the card, and it really annoys me. Can anything be done about this? Can you exchange the fan with another one or something?
Anyway, what's a graphichs card really good for anyway? I do some photo and image work in the Gimp (sort of Photoshop), but i never play any of those 3D games or anything. Could i just tear it out of the box?
I admit i'm a hardware newbie, but i'm not at all afraid of pulling the box apart and collecting it again... where do you turn for information on this? Are there some sort of "low noise" standards like, say "energy star" or something?
Any and all help greatly appreciated :)
As far as my old tower with 15 fans, I stuck it in a closet with a door that closes, then drilled a about 2" hole (with a hole saw drill bit) in the sheetrock for the USB & monitor cable (with a wireless kb/mouse the only cable you need coming from the closet is the monitor cable). I also upgraded to a DVI monitor which gives me 15' of cable whereas an analog cable/monitor would need a booster for that length.
Now I keep all the noisy printers/scanners in the closet with the windtunnel machine and keep the door shut.
Zalman touts their 'Zalman Silent 400W Power Supply' as "Noise-free". Perhaps combining it with a 'Lian-Li Quiet PC Case'...or even a homegrown insulation job on an existing noisy tower interior might help...
The Zalman thingy isn't really quiet. It just adjusts speed, so that it's around 20dB in "noiseless mode" and around 30db in "normal mode". The NorthQ that i got is always 12-17dB, so it is really quiet.
I went browsing on the zalman site though (.co.kr). It seems they have something called "heatpipes and heatsinks" for the graphichs card, so i could tear off the fan, that's good news :)
Added: All the silent CPU coolers i can find seem to be around 20db or higher. Can that be true? I think i will need a case with a built in silencer-thingy then...
Btw. the guy in the electronics store told me that power supplies do come without fans now, although these are a bit expensive. I guess they have "heatsinks" in stead.
Also, i will dig into finding a better case. I've done a little reading around the web, and it turns out that the case isnīt just cosmetics. Some cases are much more silencing than others, i've decided to find the most quiet one.
I use them as wireless workstations in areas around the house where the wife would usually complain about the noise and loss of space. They also travel well if there's a monitor at your destination.
Curious to see what you dig up on the case. I haven't found any that get specific enough with zapping sound pollution to make a purchase.
It works so well that I'm going to have my fairly-handy husband build me something similar but better eventually....
Still, for that price i could rent a closet from my next door neighbour, get some really long wires, and get an electrician to install the whole thing :)
[edited by: claus at 12:18 am (utc) on Oct. 24, 2004]