How To: Make Your Loud PC Whisper Quiet

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jonbach

The concepts outlined in this article are good and still applicable, but will only get you so far in building a quiet (or even silent PC).   We recently launched a silent PC, and there are two things we had to do in addition to the concepts above.  1)  We had to take a good look at WHERE the heat was being generated in the system.  Many fans in PCs today are performing no useful function -- they're providing airflow where it is not needed.  Especially with modern PCs, there are only a few hot spots where heat is being generated.  We use a thermal imaging camera to allow us to hone in on exactly where we need cooling.  2)  We cherry pick components.  There is a HUGE variation in noise level even across supposedly identical components.  We can make the Serenity PC another twice as quiet with this technique.

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technoviking

many of these measures i've tried.  the fundamental thing is trying to make a cheap case quiet is both expensive and ineffective.  just buying an antec p182 type case and slapping all the base components in would have probably yielded a superior or equal baseline result.

 

you cannot add baffled intakes on a cheap case easily. or change all the panels so they are made of layered materials that yield nothing but a dull thud when tapped.  even nicer cases ring like a bell when tapped, they are made for looks, not silence. 

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