I've been posting and reading SPCR and the forums for quite a while now, and after a lot of research am about to begin silencing my system. Affordability is important.
It's very loud at the moment, and the sound is severly interfering with my work.
- Pentium 4 'C' Northwood 3Ghz (with stock HSF)
- Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro2 motherboard (with noisy NB fan unplugged - still very stable)
- 512MB DDR400 RAM
- HIS 9800PRO IceQ (with Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer) (replaced dying and noisy GeForce 4 MX440)
- Western Digital 200GB 7200RPM hard drive (JB 8MB cache model)
- Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM hard drive (JB 8MB cache model)
- AOpen H600A Case
- AOpen 300 Watt PSU with 'Noise Killer'
Basically I've already purchased a very quiet 9800PRO with Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer to replace a GeForce 4 MX440 which had a very whiny (and dying) fan.
The hard drives are a significant source of noise. The PSU, when run by itself for testing, produced very little noise.
- 1x Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu
- 2x Arctic Cooling 80mm Fan Pro TC
The Zalman AlCu has gotten a lot of good press here, and from other sites. The Arctic Cooling Fan Pro TC doesn't seem to have a lot of experience at SPCR, but it is listed as relatively inexpensive on the recommended fans list, and seems to perform well here:
What do you think of my planned purchases? I know the Japanese Panaflos are better, but they're quite a bit more expensive.
As far as I can see the last great hurdle will be the hard drives, and I'll hopefully take care of that later, but for now I'm trying to reduce the CPU fan noise.
Also, the fan grilles at the back of my case look like this:
and the front fan grill:
Do they look reasonable? The rear ones aren't the best, but the front one is quite good from what I can see.
Thankyou in advance