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 Post subject: Coolermaster HAF for a 'silent' pc?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:14 am 
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Before you laugh me out, hear me out please.

I have an aging system in an antec 300 case.
Wanting to make it quiter i bought the corsair 550 silent case - but now i think i made a mistake and that i would be bett served by the haf - and changing components to make a quite system.

Most silent cases i see rely on fans for airflow - and dampening to seal the sound in. I suspect the fans have to work hard in order for components to cool down.

With the HAF its Got huge fans that can spin slowly - i could also get noctua fans instead.

Get a mb with heat sink- my evga has a fan - and its loud.
Get a haswell 65W cpu.
Get a ssd.
Get a passive cpu cooler.

Basically, ive eliminated all sources of sound from within the enclosure.

Thoughts? Or should i stick go my corsair 550d and get the components ive mentioned?
I just feel the components are going to get stifled in the heat....


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 Post subject: Re: Coolermaster HAF for a 'silent' pc?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:41 pm 
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Welcome to SPCR. Lots of people have built quiet/silent systems with the 550D with much higher power loads than your proposed system. As you point out - start with quiet components. Then, put them into a quiet case. Don't know if I'd bother with a passive CPU cooler when you can use a fanned cooler that you won't hear.

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 Post subject: Re: Coolermaster HAF for a 'silent' pc?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:40 am 
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I will post back after I get the HAF - I figure I'll give it a try.
FWIW, putting my noisy components into the Corsair 550D seems to lower the noise level by about 3-6 dB while raising the temperature levels by 20C.

I've got a Haswell based system on order. I'll run it without a dedicated video card, and turn off all the fans but one on the CPU and one exhaust fan and compare that with the Corsair 55D with the same silent components and report back.


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 Post subject: Re: Coolermaster HAF for a 'silent' pc?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:28 pm 
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Have fun with your build. You may find it runs quieter and cooler with MORE low rpm fans than with just one fan at higher rpm. As with any build, it'll take some tweaking to dial it in.

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