I have increasingly become more bothered about noise levels of my pc, which unfortunately I wasn't the most bothered when I first built this one, so I haven't started with the ideal anything for a quiet pc. I thought I would show you what I have done so far and see if there is anything glaringly wrong with my system!
The specs of my system is:
Core 2 Duo E7200 with an artic cooling freezer 7 pro cooler
4x1gb sticks of OCZ gold pc6400
Ati HD4850 with Akasa Vortexx Neo cooler
500gb Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ
320gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
Antec Sonata 3 case
Hiper 120mm case fan
Now what I have done so far is change the graphics card cooler to the Vortexx Neo as the standard one, well could only be described as a hurricane! I now have much better temps and run the coolers fan at 900rpm on the desktop and 1400rpm in games. When at 900rpm it is only just above being stalled, but it really is quiet at this speed and keeps the GPU at 60C.
From there I made the cardboard shoud as you can see in the pic. The standard earthwatts psu kept on ramping the fan up so I decided I would do a shoud for it. Really has helped so much, the fan hardly ever picks up any extra speed, plus I have removed the fan cover on the back to give the least resistence. This has increased the CPU temps by ~2C but its worth it.
Now the problem I have is the cpu fan keeps having to speed up to keep my cpu sub 50C on the desktop. Now I think this is because I don't have enough case flow. All I have is a single 120mm cheap fan running at 850rpm. Now I did some testing last night and I am definitly going to remove the fan guard on the back of my case as that is adding a lot of wind noise. Would also getting a higher quality fan allow me to move more air for the same noise?