#2 rig: Office / server / workCPU
: AMD Athlon II X3 400e (undervolted quite a bit, but at stock speed)Heatsink
: Scythe Mugen II w/ the stock fanMobo
: ASRock A785GMH/128MRAM
: ATI 4200 IGP (128+512 RAM)PSU
: PicoPSU + 65W delta brickHDD
: 2x 1500GB Samsung EcoGreen + 2x 160GB Samsung 2.5" (system and an "external" drive)Case
: Antec P180b (yes, first version, only mod: fan cover doors removed)Fans
: 8cm Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 for the chipset, 8cm SilentMaxx for the twin 1,5TB'sExtra cards & Stuff:
- the external drive and an external slim DVD-RW runs off a powered USB Hub
- the two extra fans are actually running off a second, measy 5-10W brick
This is my 24/7 workhorse. It operates as a fileserver and an office PC. Also, before this, I used an Asus M6800Ne laptop for this, that has an over-engineered cooling and if controlled with Notebook Hardware Control, is passive cooled ~98% of the time. As such, one requirement was clear: silence. Now, I do have a bit of a tinnitus, but I live in a part of a city where the nights are dead silent: no bus, no car in range of tens of miles, people are mostly sleeping, and even if they are not, these are detached houses with thick, mostly sound-absorbing walls.
The 5W brick was called into service because the SilentMax fan made the system restart at large loads. Most likely this is because I modded the MOLEX connector from the usual 12V-ground to 12V-5V. This is not an issue with a 2-300W gaming PC, but the PicoPSU did not seem to like it. So I added in the 5W brick, and just to be sure, used the fan connector with an actual controller this time.How silent it is?
The 8cm sharkoon does not even have to be controlled: you only hear it if it is in the open and you are closer than ~1m. In the P180 it is OK by all counts. The SilentMaxx is actually a quite good fan once controlled, and that is shocking from a transparent blue fan. Still, it is old, the bearings are a bit shot, so this is the only part that I can hear at times. The HDDs are silent enough - and not worked 24/7 - so the system is actually pretty close to my ideals. I still need to replace the SilentMax fan for a proper 12cm one, but I think that's it.office - 1 - open side
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