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Bury the thing!

So you've tried and tried to silence your PC, but despite all your efforts, it still makes more noise than you'd like. What's next, you ask? Why, bury it, of course.

Extreme Cooling has an article about a couple of guys who supercooled a computer using Flourinert and liquid nitrogen. They were able to overclock a 566MHz Celeron to over 1.0GHz before their CMOS got corrupted. This is a follow up to an earlier article where they overclocked a 366MHz Celeron to over 650MHz.

It should be noted that this system is entirely fanless, though the PSU is external. Additionally, with a little more Flourinert, you could run a top-of-the-line GeForce 4 card and a 2.2GHz P4, all without any fans. Now, given the cost ($1000 for the Flourinert alone!!) and danger (liquid nitrogen in your lap, anyone?) of building this system, I'm not sure this is a reasonable desktop PC. It is, however, a very cool system.

Make your own water cooling system

This article on describes a low-cost, DIY water cooling system. With lots of pictures, diagrams and explanation, this article is a great way to get that water cooling system you've always wanted.

Welcome to the Cooling Zone

According to their site, CoolingZone claims to be "the only comprehensive source of information and education for the thermal management of electronics. " While not focusing on reduced-noise, per se, CoolingZone does have a great deal of cooling-related information, including a magazine entitled, "Electronic Cooling" (which, at the moment, seems to be having technical difficulties)

Hard Drive Sandwich - Revisited

A thorough update of an article first published in mid-2001, HS Sandwich Redux discusses a unique, inexpensive DIY hard drive noise damper that also provides effective cooling. I have added refinements and enhancements developed since the original article was written. Some of this content is also discussed in Sandwiches & Suspensions.

Toolbox PC

A $20 Stanley toolbox, a MicroATX motherboard and a fair amount of elbow grease produced this case. The details are what make this case especially cool, from the vinyl-dyed CD-ROM to the custom case venting. This is one slick case mod.

Quieting the Enermax & other thermistor fan PSUs

The Enermax EG-365P-VE is a popular example of a thermistor-controlled, dual fan PSU. Despite the promise of whisper, its performance in the noise arena is ordinary, and it usually becomes one of the 3 core noise sources in a typical PC. This hands-on article shows how to reduce its noise output so that it is just a whisper, barely audible from even just a couple of feet away. The basic methodology can likely be applied to any PSU with a thermistor-controlled fan that is too noisy. But be careful of high voltages!

Hope for notebook owners