I decided to replace my small home server (an Asus EEEBOX B202 with Atom N270) with something a little faster (not that I really need it, just for fun.) It's running 24/7.
The thing is made out of a Gigabyte GA-B75N motherboard, 2x2GB Kingston Ram, i3 3220T (for now with stock cooler, which is surprisingly silent), an ssd, and it's put into a Chieftec FI-01B
case with a Chieftec branded TFX PSU.
The problem is, the PSU is terribly loud. (And it has very bad efficiency too, but that'd be less important.) It is so loud that I can hear it from ca. 5 meters, even if the whole thing is stuck behind my tv set in a cupboard.
So I can't use it as is.
My options would be:
- Mod the PSU with a 8cm Noctua fan, not sure if it would have enough static pressure, and if it would fit inside the PSU (most likely not)
- Get a Seasonic SS-300TGW (or TGM, or the 350W version of it.). The problem is, these things are damn hard to find. Actually no shop has it in Hungary. And only found two sources from Germany, which would cost me about 80€ delivered...
- or scrap the psu and put in some pico psu thingy. The problem with this, it is not cheap either, plus they run hot and there's no cooling in the case at all.
- remove the cover of the psu and put a 120mm fan on the top vent of the case, and connect it to the psu...?
Btw, the whole thing consumes about 12W on average (even with this crap psu). sometimes dips to 9W, or goes up to 30-40 sometimes.Here's a pic
So I was wondering what would you recommend... I know virtually nothing about pico psu's. But I tend to get the seasonic psu. IT would probably be the better solution. Waht do you think?