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Old 07-14-2006, 03:36 AM   #11
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the Zalman VF-900 is very good. The Accelero is also a very nice alternative.
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Old 07-14-2006, 03:47 AM   #12
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Thanks for all your suggestions, it looks like I may need to go to water cooling!
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:41 AM   #13
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You don't need to go watercooling - that's just for keeping your components cooler than having the equivalent noise of an air cooling.

For silence:

A Zalman Super Flower HERE or a Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro HERE for the CPU

An Arctic Cooling Silencer HERE or a Zalman Super Flower GPU cooler HERE

For case fans:

Akasa fans, they do two series: Black Ultra Quiet and Amber, and their both silent.
Vantec Stealth fans are also very quiet.

For quiet hard drive: Samsung SpinPoint P120S, or one of the Western Digital Caviar drives


If you want a quiet PC, I would recommend going Socket 939, as the cooling solutions are much more developed.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:20 AM   #14
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For your information, water cooling is noisy. There's a pump in order to cool it. This thing ain't going to stay silent.
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:33 AM   #15
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In terms of DB can somebody tell me what is quiet/noisy???

Going on the PC being idle at the time, as if you have just switched it on and left it
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:38 AM   #16
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A typical ear can handle up to 80db. They can hear higher or lower.

And average water ppump can get you 30-60db.
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Default Re: Creating the ultimate silent pc!

A typical ear can handle up to around 140dB for a short period of time, and around 100dB for a long period.

Super loud, high performance fans can be around 50dB, normal fans can be around 30-35dB, and the quiet ones which I said can be between 18 and 20dB.

Noise is better measured in Sones, as some frequencies seem louder than others, and measuring for Sones takes this into account.
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:42 PM   #18
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Actually high performance DC fans can get up to 80dBa. The Scythe S-Flex and Yate loons are extremely quiet. You can pick up yate loons for 4 bucks each! http://jab-tech.com/YATE-LOON-120mm-...2-pr-3009.html They are one of the quiestest fans on the market. The panaflo L1A are nice too. http://jab-tech.com/Panaflo-120mm-L1...A-pr-2686.html But they are thicker than the yate loons and pricier. The yate loons are incredibaly cheap.
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20 DBA is the max you wanna go if you want a quiet computer, anything less is very good!
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I dont think you can water cool servers......
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