my current system isnt annoyingly loud (aside from the video card fan on full) but I'd like it if it was a bit quieter
CPU: i7 860
Heatsink: Titan Fenrir xmas edition
Heatsink fan: What came with the heatsink, fan says TFD-12025H12ZP, but it looks nothing like what searches for it turn up. Audible at ~900RPM, approx 60CFM @12v, 17CFM @5v (filled a 30gal trash bag in ~4 sec/ ~14 sec)
Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-UD3L
GPU: Sapphire HD 4870 1GB
RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB
+ Kingston HyperX 8GB
HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB + 2x Samsung SpinPoint F3
PSU: Antec NeoHE 500
Case: Thermaltake Soprano
Case fans: 2x Thermaltake TT-1225 (although searches show the TT-1225 are transparent, and mine look more like these
) ~1500RPM, I measured the airflow at approx 34CFM (filled a 30gal trash bag in ~7 sec) The one I tested felt like the bearing was getting old
I believe the case fans are the loudest when idle, but the CPU and GPU fans are louder when running at full speed
I am planning on getting an Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo
for my GPU
I'm not sure which fans to get for my case and CPU heatsink, possibly Yate Loon or Scythe Slipstream (likely from here
), or maybe an Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 since I can get it at the same place as the GPU heatsink
What speed fans do I want for this noise level, and will I be able to get quieter fans for a similar level of cooling?
Should I continue to use the fan brackets that came with my case, or remove them and use soft fan mounts?
I am also considering buying/making a bracket to mount my hard drives + a fan in my extra 5.25" bays so the drives wouldnt transfer vibrations to the case. Can anyone recommend one or give me tips on the design?