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Quiet PC for Torrid Thailand

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An old friend from another life asked about a quiet computer... and the end result is a PC that's been custom built to be quiet in the tropical heat of rural Thailand. Its components include an Athlon64 X2-3800+, EVGA nVidia 6800GS-256, Samsung 200GB HDD, and six fans in a modified Antec P150 case; still, measured SPL is just 23 dBA@1m. Quiet is in the details of this high heat optimized PC.

Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC

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Doug realized that to follow SPCR's advice of starting with quiet components to make a quiet computer, he'd have to replace most of the noisy components in his computer. He decided this would be too costly, and opted for a different approach: Build a case using pine boards and a design to contain the noise, with a little advice from SPCR forum members. Doug's successful DIY quiet system should garner a lot of admirers.

Jordan's Quiet DampTek'd Home Theater PC

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His mother turned into a digital shutterbug and wanted a bigger than a 17" screen to show and edit her photos. Jordan Menu used this as a good excuse to make a quiet Home Theater PC that could also play movies on the big 52" TV in the family room. In the process, the Nexus DampTekacoustic damping material also got a test run.

Kiwi Quiet P4 Cooling

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Peter Scott writes from New Zealand about his efforts to quiet a noisy P4 2.66A box. His article is a saga of experimentation and inventiveness, which seem requisite for a successful PC silencing project. Peter also shows us another variant of the HDD anti-vibration decoupling suspension technique we espouse. This article will inspire those for whom the latest "silent" gear is not available.

Fanless DIY Dual-P3 WC System

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Given the the absence of any decoupling suspension on the hard drive, Ami's fanless dual-CPU P3-500 Blue 42 can't be a silent system. But I think it must be very quiet and it must have been fun for Ami Rodan to build. It's another testament to PC silencing creativity — although some will quibble over the mixing of metals in the watercooling system.

Deep UnderVolt/Clock: 4.7W CPU PC

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A reader's account of the most extreme undervolted and underclocked system I've yet heard about. Mark Charlesworth created an auto-speed adjusting AMD XP1700+ system that runs with as little as 4.7W CPU power draw yet ramps up to full speed when needed. Read how he did it!

Ducted Zalman 7000CU w/Countercurrent Flow Cooling

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A uniquely ducted, heavily modified Zalman Z7000cu heatsink on an AMD Athlon 64-3000 are the lungs, heart and brain of Han Bijlard's new PC. Countercurrent flow cooling is the concept he implemented with a dual-Panaflo push-pull fan duct and three suspended Samsung hard drives in an Ahanix Black Knight case . The end result is a cool, quiet and powerful computer.

PC Cooling & Silencing... with a Cookie Jar!

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SPCR Forum member Bluefront has a thing about filters and ducts. He uses them to great effect in keeping his PC systems cool, quiet and dust free with a minimum number of fans. The Cookie Jar duct PC is his latest brainstorm. Bluefront says it is the quietest PC he has built yet, and probably the cleanest.

Newbie Silences a Dell OptiPlex GX-240

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Growing increasingly disenchanted with the noise of the Dell PCs that ended up in his office, Jonathan Horner did a google search that led him to SPCR, and "a new and exciting arena to explore." His newbie success story is likely to strike familiar chords with many readers. A Seasonic Super PSU and the recently reviewed fanless Heatlane Zen cooler are used in Mr. Horner's Dell silencing project, which also features the second OptiPlex GX-240 to appear in SPCR.

Fanless Heatpipe CPU Cooling System by FMAH

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A fanless CPU cooling system custom-made using heatpipes, a massive heatsink and a unique system configuration by contributor Fred Mah, fmah of the SPCR forums. The cooling power of this silent system is nothing short of impressive, able to handle the hottest XP without a fan. It's easily adapted to any type of socket CPU and makes all kinds of system setups possible. It's in the Cooling section but could also go into Systems. A very cool design!

Bluefront's Lanboy, Part 3: Acoustically Muffled Case Fan Box

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The Seasonic Super Tornado 300 is the subject of a SPCR review. The Tornado is one of the new Super family of high efficiency power supplies by Seasonic to which the previously reviewed Super Silencer 400 also belongs. How does the Tornado fare? Well, we have a new fan-cooled quiet PSU king. Here also is Mikhailtech\'s review on the SS Tornado 300. He likes it a lot too: "The Super Tornado is one of the best power supplies I have had the pleasure of testing... recommend it without reservations."...

Bluefront's Lanboy, Part 2: Ducting an Alpha for 90% Passive Cooling

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The second of a 3-part article on "Bluefront's Lanboy" describes the very heart of the computer, a solid aluminum duct made out of a Smart Choice Dryer 90 Degree Close Elbow that allows passive cooling of the CPU about 90% of the time. The first part covered the intake muffler and filter.

Bluefront's Lanboy: Muffled, Filtered & Ducted.

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Part one of a 3-part article about the theory, construction, and misc. aspects of an Antec Lanboy, complete with an intake muffler/filter, an exhaust muffler box, an aluminum duct to the Alpha heatsink on a P4-2.66. Carl Bohne takes his clean air very seriously; SPCR readers will be interested in the details of the air filtration system devised for this Lanboy.

Reykjavík DIY Quiet PC

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Our second multiple fan controller review is on the Zalman ZM-MFC1, a fairly sophisticated, capable device. How does it compare to the buget-priced Sunbeam Rheobus?...

Fanless Power Supply: Marko's Homebrew

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It was a bit of a tossup whether Marko's great project piece should go in the System section or the PSU section; in the end, we decided to put it in both. He first wrote about it as Quix in the SPCR forums, but now you can get the whole 9 yards in Marko's article about a DIY Fanless PSU PC.
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