Firstly - this is a great site, really opened my eyes when I furst stumbled across it as to how to get rid of the Leaf Blower in my PC.
I'd appreciate some advice on how this system might work. I had a go at getting my current PC a bit quieter - all that convinced me of though is the need to go the whole way on the quiet PC with every component if you REALLY want to remove the vacuum cleaner noise
Anyway what I am looking at putting together is:
Case - Antec P150
PSU - Antec Neo HE 430 (as included with P150 case)
CPU - Athlon 64 Venice 3500+ with Zalman CNPS7000B Cu-AL cooler
Fans - included 120mm Triflow at rear plus 96mm extra fan at front (Nexus or Panaflow)
MB - Asus A8N-E, with "screamer" 8000 rpm Northbridge cooler replaced by passive Zalman NB47J
HDD - Samsung SP1213C 120GB
Video - XFX 7800 GT
Mem - 2gb of Corsair PC3200 (or another decent brand)
Some parts are a recycled from my old PC - mostly the Zalman CPU cooler and the HDD
A few notes -
- I know about the Asus / Neo PSU issues, will be making sure I have the latest rev of the Neo
- I bet I will chicken out on the passive northbridge cooling of the motherboard and attach a 40mm fan to the Zalman
- I think the XFX 7800 GT will obviously be far and away the major source of noise till I get a better fan on it (Zalman or Arctic Silencer). I am not so worried about doing this as I construct the system though, as it is heaps easier to get the GPU card out later for modding, than it is to have to re-affix the CPU heatsink or get the motherboard chipset cooler off.
Now for the advice part
- Is the front 96mm fan really needed? Perhaps a fan zip tied to the HDD cage would be better?
- This is a pretty "done to death" topic, but perhaps the case airflow + the passive Zalman Northbridge cooler will be enough?
So hopefully this will turn out as a nice quiet PC. Does anyone think I could be running into any problems here? Or any advice on what could be done better on a similar budget?
PS The PSU duct mod as done by Ralf Hutter is definitely my first DIY task for this computer once running!