Looks like a good quiet build, could very well be silent from a seating position of 2m+. You would need something to control the speed on the stock fans. Also, selecting a good quiet hard drive will be very important in keeping the noise down.
Would it be better if I buy other case fans (if so, which ones)? Also, should I change the fan on the CPU cooler, or isn't that necessary?
I have found a fan controller, but the problem is that I can only pick one 5.25" device to put in this case (and, I think, in most HTPC cases). So I would have to choose between a DVD (or Bluray) drive and a fancontroller. Or is there another way to control your fans in a convenient way?
Another thing I was thinking about was putting a SSD (Crucial M4?) in the build. At the moment I have a WD Caviar Black as boot disk, a WD Caviar Green as data disk and a Samsung F4EG as data disk. The Caviar Black is a 7200 RPM disk and the two others are 5400 RPM disks, which is noticeable. If I pick the SSD as boot disk, will the other disks be constantly spinning or only when I use them (i.e. watch a movie, listen to music, ...)?
I don't know if it is possible, but perhaps there is a way to isolate the noise of the hard drives?
And my last question (of this post
), is there a difference (in noise production) between the Scythe Big Shuriken and Scythe Shuriken? Apparently the Shuriken is taller than the Big Shuriken so I think the Big Shuriken would be a better choice in a small case.
By the way, excellent English. Better than quite a few who speak and write it natively, haha.