I really need your advice as I don't know how to proceed. I aimed at making a decent silent pc and for this I have used:
- Antec Solo II
- i5 3350p, AsRock B75 Pro3, 2x4 GB RAM, 1 SSD, Seasonic 360 Gold
- Thermalright True Spirit 120 Rev A
for CPU cooling
- MSI Geforce 650ti
- for video card
When I first started the system it was very noisy. So I just unplugged all the vents and started adding them one by one. The sound was:
- antec back fan - quite ok, on low setting
- Seasonic - basically can't hear it
- MSI card makes terrible noise for around 30 seconds (they have some anti-dust thing that makes the fan spin backward) and then is acceptable. Not extremly quiet
- CPU fan makes the most noise
Then I entered the bios and set the CPU fan to level 1. This made things a bit better but I saw that even on level 1 the vent on the cooler is at ~1050rpm while I was expecting it to be at 600.
My questions to you are:
- would the stock cooler be of same silent level as this TrueSpirit ? If this is the case, I would return TrueSpirit as it doesn't really seem quiet to me and as I don't OC the temperatues won't be a problem. 80% of time I use the PC for software development, so if stock cooler would be silent, it would be ok for me.
- I was thinking of getting Asus 650 Ti (This one percisly as the Direct CU II is too expensive for me: http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX650_TI1GD5/
) but then decided to go with MSI as from revies it seemed as silent as Asus's Direc CU II cooling system. The MSI stays at idle at 30% of speed fan (this is the bottom value) and to be honest, I think that the noise is more done by the air going thru the radiator. I can stil exchange my MSI for the Asus in the link. Unfortunatelly I can only find reviews for Asus with Direct CU II and I have no idea how noisy the regular Asus 650 ti is.
Anyone tried Asus ? Should I exchange my MSI with the Asus, or Asus might be even worse ?