Do-It-Yourself Systems

Katana's Mean Machine: Quieter than a Fish Tank

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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

Do-It-Yourself Systems
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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