Don't know what you have for HDDs, so it's hard to guess. For the rest, my guess is the CPU fan and GPU are the loudest bits. Then, it's a tradeoff between the case fans and the PSU. You could always keep the case and try to retrofit for noise as you replace components. It should be pretty easy to isolate the noise components - just work your way down from noisiest to quietest.
- You can remove the gpu and run off of the iGP to remove the gpu noise from the equation.
- HDD noise is pretty easy to hear. Especially if they park in idle and then spin up when needed. See if it's seek noise or just rotational vibration.
- you can unplug the case fans to see their impact.
- you can use your mobo's fan utility or Speedfan to set up fan profiles for your case and cpu fans and monitor fan rpms.
- you can run Prime95 to isolate cpu fan noise.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll do some testing when I have a bit of spare time.
Also one thing I'm wondering about... How would cases like the R4 perform with cooling? From what I gather it's a bit more restricted in airflow to achieve that sound dampening. I'm not the sort of person that minds some noise. For example one of my friends has a HP business PC, I believe its the HP 600B MT, and I consider that pretty quiet. (Not much to go on I know
So I was wondering how would the separate case + fans option compare to the R4? Both would be quiet enough (correct me if I'm wrong), the R4 more so of course, but how would temperatures compare?
And I'm so sorry for all the questions
. I'm just trying to get a better understanding of all of this.