Silent PC Review has put together their recommendations on how you can build a powerful computer which runs very quietly. The recommended component list certainly lives up to a high powered gaming machine, a STRIX GTX 980, a 3.4GHz i5-4670 and 8GB of DDR3-1866 running on the Asus Z97-PRO. For cooling they chose an air cooler, specifically the Scythe Kotetsu as in their opinion most of the AIO watercoolers have loud fans on their radiators which defeats the purpose of this build. The enclosure of choice is the sound dampened Fractal Design Define R4 with a be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W as opposed to a passively cooled PSU as the excess heat would mean the rest of the fans would need to spin faster to dissipate it. Check out the full article for their alternative suggestions as well as the finished results of the builds.
"The first of our quiet gaming build guides for the season is an ATX tower featuring the highly efficient NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Join us as we plan, build, and stress test this beast, while trying to keep it quiet enough to satisfy our own high standards. A sneak preview: We managed to keep it under 20 dBA@1m under all test conditions!"
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loud fan on aio cooler? just
loud fan on aio cooler? just replace it with a better one
I think the more pertinent
I think the more pertinent problem with any sort of (mostly) silent liquid cooling often turns out to be pump noise.
Just get the right pump, like
Just get the right pump, like a D5 or DDC and mount it correctly and it will be dead silent!
Stay away from AIOs
Not bad for entry? Is this
Not bad for entry? Is this entry if may I ask. Or lets say mid range pc.
Used be amazed at what foam
Used be amazed at what foam dampening can do as well.
I even reuse it out of the mobo/GPU shipping boxes if possible.
Thin black sheets are my friend.
Thin strip of double sided tape on each side of the HDD.
How’s reduce clicks more noticeable with quieter PC’s these days.
Nice big pieces on the side case panels.
Any other notable un-used space inside the case..
Even cut out little bumpers for every single fan/part on the system.
NO hard plastic to metal contact is great.
It honestly adds up and since has been all I can do to make an already quieter PC, quieter..