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Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #2: NCASE M1 Edition

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Our second mini-ITX gaming build guide is centered around creating a powerful yet quiet system inside the ultra small, limited edition NCASE M1 case. Don't let the wee photo fool you; the M1 is less than half the size of the Rosewill W1-S case you've seen recently in a similar photo on these snippet pages.

Journey to a Silent MicroATX Gamer

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Another new quiet gaming PC build guide, this time featuring a Zotac GTX 970 in the unusual Corsair Air 240 MicroATX case. It is a journey, complete with scientific side trips to explore airflow impedance and its effects on cooling and noise.

Quiet Mini-ITX Gamer Build Guide

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A quiet system in a smaller form factor is our followup to the Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide posted in the last couple of weeks. It is another high performance rig, one quiet enough to be just about inaudible even atop your desk. Your family will never know that you're gaming on this machine unless your sound effects are on speaker and they can see the action on your monitor.

Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version

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The new Fractal Design Define R5 arrived in our lab while we were finishing our original Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide article. Lacking time to do a full case review, we swapped the R5 in place of the R4 to get a practical assessment of the improvements the new case brings. In the process, we managed to drop the full load noise of our Quiet ATX Gamer to under 17 dBA@1m.

SPCR's Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide

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The first of our quiet gaming build guides is an ATX tower featuring the highly efficient NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Join us as we plan, build, and stress test this beast, while trying to keep it quiet enough to satisfy our own high standards. A preview: We managed to keep it under 20 dBA@1m under all test conditions!

Build the Perfect Lab or Office Workstation

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A tutorial on building the perfect (quiet!) workstation for your office & lab by new contributor Bartek Plichta, a specialist in acoustics and linguistics.

Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

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A high efficiency fanless PSU is a great starting point for an ultra quiet yet powerful modern PC. In our latest system build guide, we explore case and configuration options, share our observations about how a fanless PSU changes PC airflow, and walk you through the fine details of a full fledged PC build with a fanless Seasonic X series PSU.

Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

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The relentless downward pressure on PC component prices has made it possible for enthusiasts to assemble ever more powerful yet inexpensive systems. In our hands, $1,000 is enough to assemble a PC capable of pretty high performance game play at astonishingly low noise levels. We showed you how to assemble a Silent SFF Gaming rig a few weeks ago; this time, it's a mid-budget gaming system in a mid-tower case that is even quieter, at least at lower loads when you care most about the noise.

Silent SFF Gaming PC Build Guide

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Gaming PCs consume more energy, put out more heat, and run louder than mainstream machines. There isn't much we can do about the power and heat of high-end gear, but we can certainly help gamers build quiet system to fulfill their needs. Since they are typically louder to begin with, gaming systems have the most benefit from SPCR know-how. For our first gaming system guide, we show you how to build a small factor gaming system that is well cooled and impressively quiet yet powerful enough to run modern PC titles smoothly at high resolutions.

HTPC Home Server

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A final home server variant in a Silverstone GD-03 Home Theater PC case, with a horizontal layout designed to go into a shelf below a TV. This is the final chapter in our Silent Home Server Build Guide.

Gaming/Home Server: HD 5780 + 9 HDDs

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We turned the nine-HDD system into a gaming rig with an overclocked HD 5870 with Gelid Icy Vision cooler and an OCZ Vertex SSD. Can it still remain silent? YES!

Mid-Tower Home Server Configurations

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Our Silent Home Server Build Guide continues with configurations using a mid-tower case and an ATX motherboard for even higher storage capacity with the same ultra-low noise objective. Includes a detailed how-to on creating a multiple elastic cord suspension system to reduce noise from 6, 9 or 12 HDDs.

SFF Gamer/File Server V2

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A HD5770 card with a stock cooling solution proved to be far too noisy for our taste, so we tried a passively cooled HD5750 with a simple silent fan mod. Success! Part of the Home Server Build Guide.

Six-HDD SFF Server Test Results

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Detailed outcome of the acoustic, thermal, power and use test results of the SFF Home Server. Part of our Home Server Build Guide.

SFF Home Server Configurations

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A small 21-liter iteration of the Silent Home Server, still capable of handling six 3.5 inch desktop drives. Part of our Home Server Build Guide.

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