Do-It-Yourself Systems

Bill's Recycled, Fanless, Silent Woodbox Computer

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An English electronic engineer who likes making things, Bill Todd made many modifications, and created a new wood case to take this modest old Pentium III system far along the road to silent nirvana. His ingenious journey involved recycling and creating of all kinds of parts including old electronics heatsinks, home-made damping gel packs, scraps of plywood, and even wheels from an old scooter. Two years after he first assembled this passively cooled system, it's still working silently away, even after a leak in a gel pack next to the hard drive.

Superquiet Superclocked DIY Core 2 Duo System

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Chris Thomson returns with a Core 2 Duo upgrade of his quiet PC, greatly overclocked with carefully chosen high performance parts, modified judiciously, and meticulously ducted for maximum airflow and cooling with minimum noise. It's another magnum opus on the current state of DIY, enthusiast, air-cooled, high performance, silent computing.

Jani's Big Quiet Wood Case PC

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Here's a DIY quiet PC project story by a Finnish teen who has the distinction of being the youngest SPCR editorial contributor to date. The project involves another custom-built wooden case (not the first at SPCR), exotic woods, a cardboard box, and some help from Jani's father.

Quiet DIY OC'ed Pentium D 830 System, Part Two

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Chris Thomson returns to SPCR with Round Two of his Pentium D silencing saga. As before, Chris does a great job with systematic documentation, and this time, he incorporates the feedback on his original DIY article from many forum members. By identifying names, their comments, and the way these comments were used for further improvements, the article also becomes a showcase of the SPCR spirit: A community sharing in exploration and discovery.

Quiet OC'ed Pentium D 830 System

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Chris Thomson built a system around a hot, overclocked Pentium D 830 dual-core processor with a total system power draw of 327W AC and managed to quiet it down to true whisper levels by applying ingenuity and drawing judiciously on the infobanks of SPCR. The great attention to detail makes this one of the best documented DIY articles we've posted.

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!
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