I'm going to build a new system from scratch that has to be as close to completely silent as possible. It's not screaming high end, so maybe there's hope
Here's what I have so far:
Case : FK-330
PSU : Seasonic Super Silencer 400 (whatever new revision comes out)
(if needed, I'll change the PSU fan or volt it down.)
Cpu and Vga cooling : Zalman Reserator 1 + vga adapters (water)
Harddrives : One or two Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 or similar.
Motherboard: Asus P4C800-D (passive northbridge cooling)
Cpu: 2.4C (sweet spot for my needs)
Ram: some Crucial 3200 sticks
Gfx: GF 5x00 series.
I'm planning on getting a good dust filter for the front of the FK-330 and covering all other holes and leaks except for the PSU.
My intention is to create an airflow that only sucks in air through the front, by way of the rear PSU fan. This I hope will minimize dust collection. (although realistically, I'd have to filter the output too, to avoid "backwash", but then I dont think I'd get much air moved)
Now, all that's moving here are the hd drives and the PSU fan. Should be fairly quiet.
I'm a bit worried it'll be too hot, since there's still heat from the drives, the northbridge, the ram, the cpu (cooled) and gfx card (cooled).
I'm hoping the water cooling can take care of most of the heat from cpu and gfx, without having it escape into the cabinet, so it's mostly the ram, drives and NB that get hot. The PSU fan should be able to handle that. I hope
Any suggestions ?