I currently have an Intel 2600k cooled by an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 on an Asus P8P67 board, with several DSP audio cards, a passively cooled Nvidia GT240 and three suspended hard drives, in an Antec P150 case with a Seasonic 430 watt PSU (and one 12” case fan, I think by Zalman). The system is probably fairly low noise by most standards (the CPU cooler being the biggest contributor to noise I think), but I’m a recording musician and really need as near to silence as I can get. I’m wondering what the best way to achieve this is – keep the Antec P150 but buy a quieter PSU, CPU cooler and fan, or go all the way and buy a new case as well?
Not sure how the P150 compares to more recent cases, but I’ve looked at www.quietpc.com
and I’m very tempted to try a fanless solution with the Nofan/Nofen cases and CPU coolers, which I could combine with a Super Flower 500w fanless PSU (if I can find one in the UK that is). The only problem would be accessing the slots for my graphics and DSP cards, as the CPU cooler is so large. Or could I get a similar result with my current case by picking the right components? Any advice about a combination of PSU, CPU cooler and fans for as near to complete silence as is possible would be much appreciated.
I should mention that I’m also considering replacing my HDDs with one SSD and a large, quiet 2 or 3TB drive to further reduce noise.