Quiet As A Library Whisper!

A lot of your fellow readers are discovering that it’s surprisingly easy and inexpensive to achieve major— major!— reductions in PC noise. In our ongoing "Cool and Quiet" series ( http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=21401323 ), we found that it sometimes only takes a simple $10 plug-in fan replacement to make a noticeable difference. But there’s a flip side, too: Some "fixes" don’t do much. I found a couple of dead ends in my search for a quieter PC, for example. And other readers, like this one, found that,sometimes, high priced parts don’t guarantee quietness:

Fred: I read with great interest your foray into the "Silent PC" issue ( http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=21401323 ) and thought that I might share my experiences with you.  I recently built my first computer from scratch and since it was designed to be a Home Theater PC (HTPC) noise was a serious issue.  Unfortunately I did not know how serious at the outset.  After putting the unit together, using very high performance parts, I was astonished at the amount of fan noise it created, especially since the case I used, by Coolermaster, was designed for HTPC use.
After some research I too replaced the case fan and cpu heatsink/fan with less than 20db fans.  The power supply is proprietary and is not easily replaced.  I did not want to risk removing the fan and heat sink from my new AIW 9800 pro card since it would void the warranty but I did consider a Zalman unit.  The Asus motherboard included a program for monitoring fan performance and cpu  and motherboard temperature.
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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.