Well, now I am ready to put another PC together and I have a good idea of what parts I want to use by reading the SPCR recommends and browsing some posts, but it always seems that after I buy the parts that there is a better (quieter maybe) part that was too new to be on the SPCR recommended list and I did not know about so I did not know to search for it in the forum.
Yea, I agree. This is "stupid".
The best thing to do seems to be to post your future system components and ask for some advice here.
So is there a way to find out about the most current user recommended parts other than just browsing the forums?
No, unfortunately not.
Is there a list posted, or does anybody keep a list of user recommended parts?
If not then is it ok to got to each forum section and ask what is the current best parts recommended by SPCR users? I would think that this would be the most asked question and you would rather not have users keep asking it.
This is a common problem. All this repeating is not efficient but must be OK as long as there is no other option.
I remember this kind of thing happened a lot more (endless repeating of the same "newbie" questions, on the Hydrogenaudio forums (about lossless and lossy audio compression). Now I checked back again after a lot of years. They had like 1 or 2 sticked post in each forum and in these post there are links to a wiki page about the subject with the latest recommendations.
They let people (forum users) that wanted to edit the wiki page acquire a password for editing from forum administrators. This could be done in a separate thread that has a link from the stickied thread with the wiki page link.
Some silent storage hardware you should not miss
I have fixed so the relevant post to read is displayed first. If you want to read the whole thread remove the "&start=" part of the URL link.
The quietest 3.5" INTERNAL drives (1TB)
Now I think the best and quietest 3.5" hard drive is WD 1TB (5200 rpm) and Samsung 1TB (7200 rpm). The Samsung is technically more impressive from a silent perspective since it is harder to silence a 7200 rpm (faster) drive than a 5200 rpm drive (= 2.5" hard drive speed).
New longer guarantee RAID versions of these might come soon too but they are usually louder or on par from a silence perspective. Also they are more expensive of course.
I guess the new Pioneer and ASUS DVD is a good bet for the least noisy "new fast" DVD drive at the moment. Help me with some good and silent DVD+-RW.
recommend sata dvd burner?, A comparison table of drive noise
New ASUS DVD's
HD-DVD (Reader only I think)
DVD-RW (Standard All have ASUS QuieTrack)