Long time since I've visited this forum, still very thankful for all the people helping me out six years ago
I've built my current silent desktop PC removing fans from CPU, GPU and Case, adding passive cooling components, modding P182 case by blocking all grills except for those in the bottom, and adding a chimney for decent natural airflow. This PC has been running ever since with no issues, temperatures steady. There is just one fan left in this build, inside the PSU located on separated chamber which I call “the cave” in the case. Also that PSU is modded by switching its fan to a more quiet model.But this is now six years old build…
Time for some updates, wouldn’t you say? I’m looking for recently released silent components, passive models if available. I'm about to change everything except for the case (and its chimney). I need some GPU performance for video editing, not for gaming, and all the components have priority on low wattage. Good GPU/CPU underclocking settings would be nice to have for regular use.
So in general no need for awesome performance, the low temperature matters more to me, yet having an option for running it hotter while editing videos. The GPU might be the key issue… Today’s requirements on the performance have probabaly left behind all the passive cooled options(?), but I hope it’ll be the only noise source on my next build. I’ve been thinking about an #Asus with some nice underclocking settings.
I'm hoping that I still won’t need any case fans (natural airflow with chimney on this case has really proven its power to me). A huge copper cooler on top of my CPU could also be reused. No budget set, and this may take time. Any tips would be welcome, starting from a new low temperature motherboard.
Why I'm posting this help request here, and not just picking the recommended components, is that my case is quite special. I'm fallen in love with it, but it also matters for picking the right components as the airflow is only from bottom to upwards. I'd rather not use any hot components below the ones which can't handle heat (gpu is an issue again...). Any tips for me, please?