first of all, great site!
I am planning to buy a new computer and my primary goal is to make it as silent as possible
with some modding if needed (replacing fans...) and of course small. Performance is not that
much important (web + image creation, text processing), therefore I can change processor
type to achieve quiter performance.
Currently I have a PII 266, 196RAM.
I have a few prebuild computers in mind and some questions regarding each.
1) Elite EZ-Buddie (Celeron 2500 or athlon barton 2500)
http://www.ecs.com.tw/products/pd_list_ ... tion_id=21
+ I guess 80mm fans on cpu and back work silently enough?
Or is the changing sound annoying?
+ It looks neat and nicely built, plus good air flow
-Any ideas how to silence that fan in external PSU? Rubber mounted fan in PSU?!?
Is this fan as loud as those small fans in notebooks (compaq P4)?
2) Asus terminator P4 with celeron 2500
http://uk.asus.com/products/desktop/ter ... erview.htm
+ one plus is option of two 5.25 units plus floppy
- Well, internal PSU, don't know which type + looks like it doesn't have a lot of
3) Asus Pundit
- just two PCI
- I don't know how loud fans are.
4) VIA EDEN
+ fanless, + low rpm PSU = very quiet
- motherboard + CP2699 or cp1800 costs a little bit more
- just one PCI slot!
- not much of a computer power upgrade
Which of the above do you think is the most silent and most easily modified for further
It needs to have DVI output (agp card?). + TV tuner
What do you think about Matrox G550 without fan? Or should I just buy some silent vga cooler
/remove fan of a radeon 9000 I already have?
Is it possible to mount them on such small systems' inner sides?
Turning PSU fan off!:
All systems: 512 mb ram + 20gb 5400rpm or 80gb 7200 drive.
Thank you in advance for your answers.