A while ago I made some some entries to this forum regarding my plans to build or buy a silent PC. Another option discussed as well was a said to be silent barebone system.
After some extensive reading in a variety of sources â€“ and especially in this great forum â€“ I was close to going crazy but still managed to make a decision: As I didn't have the time, patience and willingness to take the â€žriskâ€œbut because I did sort of know what I wanted, I looked for a shop which would build and test my configuration for me and which would be easy to get back to in case of problems.
I found a store with reasonable prices, but I had to accept two facts: First, they didn't offer AMD systems based on socket 939 yet, and second, they didn't have much choice in all those categories relevant to silent computing (PSUs, fans, heatsinks and so on).
However, they seemed to know what they're doing and said they knew how to focus on building a silent PC.
Here's what I got:
Chieftec â€žDragonâ€œ Medium-sized tower with silencing kit from â€žbe quiet!â€œ
Asus K8V SE Deluxe
AMD Athlon64 3400+ (Because of the cool'n'quiet feature, the power consumption and the price)
Heatsink ArcticCooling Silencer64TC 12-23db(A), thermo control, 1200-2800 U/min
2*512 MB Samsung CL3 with Thermaltake Memory Cooling kit (copper)
2*160GB Samsung SP1614C
ATI Radeon 9200SE (128MB)
Creative Audigy 2 ZS
5 Chassis fans CoolerMate CMT-SF8 80mm 21db(A)
PSU â€žbe quiet!â€œ 450W 1.3 2L Blackline Titanium
Mainboard/BIOS: I've got Cool'n'Quiet and Quiet Fan enabled. The mainboard is controlling the CPU heatsink, however only in the sense that it's regulating the fan speed, it's not actually controlling it, because the fan runs so slow that the mainboard/bios complains.
The PSU is said to be able to control up to 3 chassis fans and lets them run a while after shutting down the pc in order to cool it down. However, this seems to be the case for all of the 5 fans. Although I have already had several looks inside the PC I am not quite sure how the fans are connected to the PSU. And I GUESS the PSU measures its own temperature only...
As the PSU is controlling the fans I cannot monitor their speed via the mainboard/bios either.
The harddisks aren't especially silenced, because the shop didn't offer any solution in that department. And the fans aren't decoupled (?) from the chassis either.
My judgement: I would have expected it to be even more quiet, meaning I am not 100% happy.
The biggest concern is the rather deep â€žhummingâ€œ noise which I guess stems from the two fans in the front of the PC. However, because there are those two harddisks and all those 5.25â€œ components, those fans should make sense.
I especially like the sound of the PC in standby mode (when the fans are still running), but what exactly changes in the transition to standby? Can I drwa any conclusions out of this?
And I am especially worried that PSU, fans and mainboard (including bios options) aren't connected and working together in the best possible way.
I don't know if any of you have any comments on this configuration or if you actually know those components (or at least understand my English), as I am living in Germany. But I would appreciate any comment ot hint towards further enhancements very, very much.
Sorry for this long story, but there are a lot of thoughts still hunting me...and I would be glad to find some help, tipps or just understanding here.