Do-It-Yourself Systems

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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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.

Katana's Mean Machine: Quieter than a Fish Tank

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James, a.k.a. Katana Man, recently assembled a new system with some of the latest and greatest components for silent PC enthusiasts. The foundation was a D8000 mid-tower case from Coolcases, modded even more with E.A.R fan grommets and AcoustiPack panel damping. Other components included a new 120mm fan Fortron PSU, Thermalright SLK-900U, Zalman ZM-MFC1 multi-fan controller and a BIT Micro Solid State Hard Drive. The result is a speedy system whose noise level is so low that his "fish tank and flourecent lights are starting to bug" him.

Quiet MP Dual-CPU Workstation

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Leo Quan, a graphic designer and visual artist, tells us about his trials and tribulations with a new topic for SPCR: The challenges of cooling a dual-Athlon, dual-hard drive workstation quietly. Leo applies PC silencing concepts freely, modifying them to his needs, and goes the whole 9 yards with a slew of mods. He gets very close to his elusive goal and, in the process, comes up with an effective new silencing technique for noisy hard drives.

Boxing & Watercooling to Silence

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Michael Greene first boxed and watercooled his 1.4G Athlon system, then upgraded to a XP2000+ with three 5-gallon pails of water, ran into mold, and finally found the perfect solution in an all-copper Chrysler radiator for $5 on eBay. Michael's PC watercooling and quieting story.

Rusty's Quiet In-Desk PC

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Computing enthusiast Rusty took a wholly different approach to the issue of PC noise: he built his right into the desk! While it may not make the big computing companies scramble to define a new desk (not desktop) form factor, Rusty's inventive techniques will surely have quiet computing enthusiasts poring over his fine work. His article is a preliminary work, mostly a visual exposition; the author hopes to fill out the details in time.

PC in a Breadbox

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The marriage of a VIA EPIA 5000 Mini-ITX based system and a translucent blue breadbox from IKEA results in a small desktop PC that looks like a cousin to the iMac. Naturally it is extremely quiet, having only one fan at 4.3V (in the flex-atx Seasonic PSU) and a single platter Seagate Barracuda IV suspended with elastic. Read about the PC in a Breadbox.

Ultimate Underclock & Undervolt Project

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New contributor Leo Velikovich shares an impressive PC silencing project which involves underclocking and undervolting not just an AMD XP1700+ but also a hot GeForce 4 Ti4200 video card. Is it the Ultimate Underclock & Undervolt Project?

Fanless (or Not) with TKPower 300 & VIA C3

Do-It-Yourself Systems | Power
Partly a review of the TK Power 300 power supply and partly a DIY quiet computer project, John Coyle's quiet computer project utilizes many components and techniques discussed in Silent PC Review: the above-mentioned PSU, VIA C3 processor, quiet Seagate Barracuda IV hard drive, Zalman fan mounts, Panaflo 80mm fans, variable fan speed contro, drive decoupling by suspension, etc. A worthy first article!

Building a Mini 'Quieter-than-a-Whisper' Linux PC

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Our first member contribution (!!!) is an article that describes the construction of a slim-line Linux PC that is "quieter than a whisper". Check out this article by new member author Mike Poniak!

Silencing a P4-1.6A oc'd to 2GHz

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Recently, after reading about the higher efficiency of Intel's 0.13-micron Northwood core P4s, I found myself asking: Can a P4 be made to run silently at 2-GHz using non-exotic, inexpensive techniques? Attempting to answer this question was a great excuse to succumb to the siren call of speed glorious speed - once again. A long, detailed article part DIY, part review, part op-ed. The short answer, BTW, is YES!
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