I've recently been testing out fans and reconfiguring my P182 setup.
My computer is nearly inaudible.
This is my setup. (wish I had a pic)
-E6600 (stock) -> Ninja + 5V YateLoon BL(south side)
-Antec Tricool (undervolted 5v and set to "L" on the controller) top exhaust
-sealed rear exhaust fan hole
-8800gt -> S1+turbo module
-2 HDs in bottom chamber, both with a silent hd enclosure, placed in horizontally in that bottom cage.
-bottom chamber HD intake fan -> 5V YateLoon BL
-one side panel removed
I don't have any intake fans in the upper chamber. They didn't make a different for my setup because I already had an open case. Many people suggest sealing the top exhaust on the P182, but I figured heat rises, so why not just seal the rear instead, and make a bottom to top exhaust from my Ninja.
And I noticed that undervolting your Antec Tricool to 5V and setting it to "L" on the controller makes it one of the silentest fans ever. Minimal cfm of course. Only caution is that everytime the computer turns back on, the fan won't spin on it's own until you manually spin it's blades to get the rotor moving. But it's not an issue for me because I leave my computer on 24/7.
On Idle, cpu is around 40c, video card is around 38c, HD is around 41-43c, system is around 39-40c.
On Load... I'm not too sure. Because my fans are hooked up on a fan controller which I crank up the fans before I play any games. Still quiet but definately audible. My cpu might go up to 45c and my video card up to 48c while playing games and my fans are set higher. But I figure if you have a loud CD spinning while you're playing games, it would defeat the purpose of keeping your system silent during games, so might as well crank up the fans and make some noise.
My comp is on idle most of the time, and I'm quiet pleased
Cool.. Well let me have another crack at it and see what I come up with..
Thanks for the advice from everyone.. This silent PC "sport" is quite addctive..
Definately addictive. You end up buying so much stuff to test out every option you can think of. Have fun, don't go bankrupt, and good luck