It's only been 10 days that I opened my forum account, but I was reading SPCR reviews since July 2012, when I was building my new PC.
At that time, I was looking for silence and found all the great info here, with the review of casing and PSU, etc.
And it's time, to post my build in the Gallery.
I wanted something as much silent as possible, but keeping low budget (for passing the "wife's approval"
I went mATX, because it was cheaper than mini ITX and I did not really need the smallest build.
I was also convinced at that time, that mATX case would give me a better airflow, thus less heat and less noise.
(This thought completely changed, now that I am planning my next one, ITX size.)
I got the Temjin TJ08-E, because of it's review here, as one of the best in it's category.
I took a silent PSU from Be Quiet.
I removed the HDD cage because of anoying vibration from the HDD. And I suspended the HDD on the top. (also after reading info on SPCR and looking at new ideas)
Basic internet, mail, family small videos and thousands of pictures to keep in the right place. No heavy processing, no gaming.
I remember, back in 2004, I had this little noisy box.
A Shuttle with P4 and small PSU fan that was running like crazy, on hot days. It was even less noisy with the case opened.
This is how it looked on the first day.
Then, below, after I removed the cage and cleaned a bit the cables.
Temjin TJ08-E Thierry core i3-3225 HD4000 8GB SSD 128GB BQ Straight E9 400WQ.jpgCPU stock fan:
Yes, I am still running the stock CPU fan.
That's a shame for a guy on SPCR forum, I guess.
I only hear when it get out of idle 1.6Ghz, and wakes from 1200rpm to 1400rpm.
I wish I was able to tweak my steps, like Abula explained to me
. But my motherboard has a very limited Bios setup.Case fan:
I had problem with the front 180mm fan, because it would not run correctly from the motherboard fan header.
On the TJ08-E, there is a switch on the side for low and high flow. If I switch to low, it just stop spinning.
On "high", it runs at 600rpm. And I still hear a nice "woosh" airflow.
At that time, I had a replacement sent from SilverStone, thinking it was a fan problem. Nope, it was not.
Then I bought an adapter to connect directly on PSU, but it was not more silent.
I left it like this.
(Now, I understood from my forum readings, that I could have use a FanMate, to try a bit better.)PSU
The PSU is very silent, almost no spin.
Yes, it's overkill. 400W for a small i3, SSD + HDD. I can't get 80W drawn from the plug, at full load.
At that time, I thought it was the best model for my need and for silence. (Sure it's silent! for what I use)HDD noise
The annoying vibrations from the drive were forgotten, after I suspended in the top of the case.
After last week readings and talkings on the forum, I ran some test for temperatures and power, without the front fan.
I am thinking of my next build, with smaller ITX, possibly passive cooler, etc. So I was curious to see how it could go on this case.
I need to put all in a table, and I'll post here.
After 13 months of happiness with this enough-silent build, I realized how big size and big power I was "wasting".
I could have gone other ways, for more silence.
I am still learning a lot here, for a better next one.