I have the antec 150 housing a Dual Core E6700 OC'ed to 3.2GHZ. Mostly love the case and plan on upgrading to a 2600K with 16G of RAM for recording and video work. The PS seems OK, but specs on more recent supplies noise specs are about half the dB's under 300 W or so.
Is it worth it to replace the current PS?
I do want it quiet for recording. It is a touch too loud now, but I have only the CPU fan and the stock case fan(set at the slowest speed out of three choices.) I really need the RAM and CPU.
Thanks for any advice!
PS - any recommendations on CPU heatsinks would also be welcome.....
I have a similar setup I use for recording check out the link and pics in my sig. I did swap the original Neo HE 430 PSU since it has only 4 pin CPU power cable and I needed 8pin for the Sandy Bridge motherboard (It might have worked but I didn't want to take chances). I consider this PSU to be fairly quiet, and suitable for a recording compueter. The fan shouldn't be noisy at all under normal i7 2600K recording load (what video card?).
I think you should try it out and see if it affecs your recording in any way. I'm guessing since its facing back and the mic will likly be facing the other way the chances are slim to none that you will ever notice it.
Coolermaster Hyper 212 is the 'cheapest most effective for its price' cooler = best value for money IMO. Obviously you can spend more and get one of the more exotic options - see the recommended list on this site.http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
anything on that list with 8.5 and up score is a solid choice.