My reasons are severalfold; I guess by now I can be honest and mention most of them...
For one, I had gotten, supposedly, used to the high noise; been a heavy overclocker since the late 90s, have run my fair share of 7000rpm Delta black label cooled CPUs, multiple loud hard drive RAID arrays etc. and pretty much got the point where I had finally gotten sick and tired of all the noise. I think many people keep accepting the noise and accepting the noise and more and more until they reach a breaking point when it finally hits them, "Holy $h1t my computer's loud!!!!"
The next part was also partly from having felt that I needed to attack something new. I'd been overclocking for so long, as if, "been there, done that," and I felt that if I can keep the performance up, while cutting down on the noise more and more, that makes me that much more of a capable system builder. To overclock hard is one thing--to overclock hard while not permanently rattling my ear drums, that's another. I guess you could say I was seeking a greater challenge.
The next step was actually happening upon SPCR itself. I found a very open-minded community, well-mannered as someone else mentioned, with its own special niche on the internet that I felt very comfortable being a part of; I felt I had found a place that not only would be a good source of learning for me, but that I really could give back to, given the chance. I've spent enough years benfiting from the wisdom of others; it felt like my turn to really give back, in a bigger way than I could with my own measly web site, NgTechnik. With SPCR, I can provide knowledge and people would come for it, instead of me trying to put it in front of them and saying, "Here, eat it."
There's many, many reasons to want to silence. Besides the critical items I already mentioned, I also wanted to combine my passion for high fidelity audio with my passion for technology, and I sought to build a uniquely good sounding system on the very affordable side that would integrate the advantages of using a PC as the source, for example jukeboxing a library of music as large as I want without having to get up and swap discs, avoiding one stage of potential jitter issues, etc. After a whole lot of learning, from SPCR, primarily, coupled with some outside research (into sound cards with lockable sampling rates on the digital output that bypassed Kmixer), I was able to build a computer that had sufficient performance to handle 85% of my daily computer needs (e-mail, IM, WWW, music) that makes negligable amounts of noise (so as not to affect the music listening experience) and acts as a very good source for my audio, by providing a jitter-free source (because of the way music is ripped directly off CDs, computers avoid the potential jitter issues that crop up on regular compact disc platforms), at least up until outputting to the external DAC. There's much more to discuss on this front, but I don't want to stray significantly off topic.
I'm just offering a few more reasons to NOT run a loud machine (particularly since it really isn't necessary in 99% of cases). If your usage does not rely on a multitude of extremely fast, hot hard drives (how many applications do home users have that need this? Hardly any...), then, even overclocking, quiet computing is quite attainable.
Contributing Writer, SPCR
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