Hi all! First time poster here.
I very much enjoyed reading this article
Especially as I have built my first pc a couple of months ago and opted to go small too! Unfortunately, my noise levels are not as low as I would like
any advice to improve them would be much appreciated.
Unlike in the article, I opted to go with a slightly smaller case but the rest of the hardware is quite similar:
Case: Silverstone SG08-Lite
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14s Redux PWM
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 + 2x Noctua NF-A9 PWM
MB: Asus H97i-plus
GPU: MSI GTX970 Gaming 4G (a bit of case modding was need to get it to fit)
RAM: 2x4GB Kingston HyperX Fury 1600
PSU: Antec 520C
SDD: Intel 150Gb
HDD: Samsung 500Gb 2.5” (scavenged)
DVD: LG slim line DVD burner
My biggest noise generator is the CPU cooling, my PSU and GPU are quiet by comparison, at least on idle. I've tried a few things to reduce it, I replaced my low profile cooler from scythe with the Noctua NH-U9B which is pretty much the biggest cooler I can fit in the case thinking it would be quiet. However, I couldn't control it through FanExpert or the bios, the fans would constantly run at 100%. So I switched both fans on the cooler to 92mm PWM fans from Noctua and have them running at low speed (around 400 RPM) under 40 degrees. My case fan is also controlled through FanExpert, I have it set to turn off under 40 degrees.
With this setup, my PC is still audible at idle from the couch (about 3m away) when there is no other noise in my living room (no A/C, TV etc..) . Even if the only the CPU and PSU fans are running
Under load its noticeably noisier (of course!) but to the point where I can hear it on top of the game I’m playing. Granted, I don’t play loudly as my wife unfortunately doesn't enjoy the sound effects as much as I… to each their own constraints!
Also, Mike’s CPU temps are quite a bit lower than mine, I’m in the high 30s on idle and in the low 60s after a couple hours of Metro 2033 or intel XTU + Unigine Valley stress testing. Lowering temps would mean my fans would maintain lower speed under more load which would be good.
So should I change the CPU cooler to another model? Should I try watercooling? Should I just deal with it
I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
Again, thanks for the good read!