Hi everyone, my computer is making an awful lot of noise and I just recently found this website - I hope someone out there can help me...
The specs (wrt noise generation) are:
ThermalTake Volcano 5
Get rid of this first. It's probably the greatest source of noise. Look around this website in the 'recommended' section. Personally, I have very good experience from 2 german manufacturers of silent parts, but I don't know anything about their availability outside of Europe. But here are the addresses anyway:www.aconto.dewww.ichbinleise.de
TNT2 M64 with a tiny fan
WD ATA7200rpm (40GB)
chassis fan attached and running
The videocardfan and harddisk are probably the second sources of noise.
The noise that the harddisk produces during seek actions is not too difficult to reduce: A suspension system as described on this website will do the trick. The whining noise that's always there is much more difficult. Purchasing a really silent disk like the Seagate Barracuda IV is of great help, other disks like your WD would have to be encapsulated to be quieted down. Boxes like that exist, but are expensive.
The videocardfan is a bit difficult, because removing the heatsink+fan voids your warranty, but if you're prepared to do that, some quiet vidcard coolers exists. Zalman produces some very interesting stuff, not cheap.
The steps I am considering right now are disconnecting the gfx board fan and the chassis fan, but I'm not sure how much that would help. I am also giving some thought to replacing the CPU fan (I'm using an AMD XP1500, so I don't think I could get away with just a heatsink, though).
Before anything, start with replacing the CPU HSF. Look around this website and the recommended manufacturers' websites, and be amazed how much a difference a quiet CPU cooler makes. It will however, make you more critical about other sources of noise. It made me end up with a watercooling system. No noise, but an empty wallet