Looking for some recommendations:
Server box, running Microsoft Hyper-V with a bunch of VMs 24/7
Antec P182 case
Asus M3N-HT Deluxe motherboard
45w TDP Athlon x2 4850e
Ninja 2 (fanless) on the CPU
6 hard drives running RAID10 (single platter 250GB 7200RPM Seagates - can't hear them
Corsair HX520W PSU
Stock P182 fans top & rear, both on 'low' setting
The box is not under heavy load 95% of the time - mostly it gets hammered when I am deploying servers on it - which isn't that often.
I would like the system to be a lot quieter than it currently is. It would appear that most of the noise in the system comes from the P182 120mm fans, so I am looking to replace those.
The fans I am considering, which are readily available where I live:
1. Scythe S-Flex 800RPM or 1200RPM
2. Noctua NF-S12 500-800RPM (almost twice the price of the S-Flex)
3. Noctua NF-S12B 600-1200RPM (same price as 500-800RPM model)
I have heard some mention of certain fans vibrating badly when mounted at the top position in the P182 - and I am certainly not impressed with the noise signature of the included fans.
I have also been considering swapping the PSU for a Silverstone ST40NF or ST30NF - but would such a unit be sufficient for the above configuration, or would it just melt quietly at the bottom of the P182
Your comments appreciated.