I’m doing more book length reading at my computer and the power supply fan noise just had to go. I’d estimate that the power supply was making about 75% of the total system noise. Maybe 15% was CPU fan noise, with the rest of the noise split among the video card fan, case fan and hard drive.
I wasn’t going to go full freak and build a liquid cooled rig. Since I just wanted a large reduction in noise, I focused on the power supply, which was the core of the problem. After a bit of research, I found a totally silent power supply: The Seasonic 460 Watt X-Series Fanless Power Supply. This thing is not quiet. It’s silent. 0 dBA.
I bought and installed this unit and WOW, although it costs much more than commodity-class power supplies, the drastic reduction in overall system noise is very worth the added expense (in my opinion). I just wanted it so that I could concentrate more effectively, but maybe some of you could use this for your home theater computers or studio sound recording rigs, etc.
I’m going to try the cheap and allegedly good Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus as an alternative to my stock Intel Core 2 Quad heatsink and fan. Apparently, this Cooler Master unit is very quiet at the lowest (600 RPM) speed, which is how it would run on my system most of the time.
That’s all I have planned for now. My case and junky Radeon 3650 GPU fans hardly make any noise at all, so I’ll just be leaving them alone. And I’m not ready to shell out for a solid state drive just yet.
If you want to take this a bit further, without going to liquid cooling, you could use a solid state drive and a passively cooled video card, which are both completely silent.
Just a quick note on passively cooled video cards: There are plenty of low performance / silent video cards out there. But I got curious about how far gaming cards went with passive cooling. As of right now, the king daddy of silent gaming video cards is the PowerColor SCS3, which is a Radeon HD6850. You have to see the heatsink on this card:
HAHA. Good luck fitting that thing in your case. Anyway, that’s all the quiet computing trivia I have for you this morning.
Disclosure: I have no relationship with any of the companies who’s products are mentioned in this post. I am an Amazon affiliate.
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