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How to silence my pc?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by GentleG, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Hi All / Opus

    It's been a long time since my last post in this forum. I have been hanging around in some other corners of RO :)

    I'm satisfied with my pc, everything works, allmost no crashes anymore, so digitally speaking, everything is fine.

    Now it's time to silence my pc a bit more.
    It doesn't have to be noiseless, I just want it more silent.

    I guess I'm looking for advice on what PSU / case I should buy.
    I'm currently running an AMD XP 1600+ on an ASUS A7VE (kt266A)
    I want the new psu / case to be compatible with a new cpu / motherboard for the future (when 3Ghz P4 gets cheap).

    Any suggestions?

  2. Hypothesis

    Hypothesis Guest

    Hi GentleG,

    Check this out : http://www.dynamat.com . They make some serious computer silencing materials. I haven't tried them myself yet, but I've heared that it works great... (they guarantee up to 9dB down !)

  3. Tore Nylund

    Tore Nylund Guest

    Hi Gentle G. Well, I've just built my DAW in a Chieftec( Dragon Midtower) case and I thought that it wasn't silent enough. This is what I did.
    I bought a Enermax PSU, I bought Magic-fleece and covered the inside of the case, I bought new case fans (Papst 12 dB) and finally I bought "No-vibe" HD mounting kit for the HD's. So now My DAW is quite silent.And now I'm happy.
    If you want it better than that I think that you should go for a water-cooling system. Since my CPU fan is silent I didn't replace that one. Maybe you should listen if your own CPU fan is noisy.
    Good Luck
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Check this out http://www.elias-audio.net Fats
  5. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Thanks for the replies

    Main source of noise in psu at the moment, case is enhancing it... after that I guess the hd's, not sure

    So enermax is the psu I should go for???
    if so, which type? (I need lots of watts)

    I currently have a aluminium bigtower, should I upgrade?

  6. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002

    A few good solutions are to look into silent omponents like PSU and fans, which by themselves cut down a great amount of noise; a second inexpensive step is to tighten every joint and screw securely so that it doesn't vibrate, then seal each little hole or slit with some tape or foam: I lined the side hatches of my case with some 3mm thick foam and used it as a "shock mount" for all moving parts like drives, cd, drive bays and PSU.

    Then I moved the PC inside a wood case that is part of my working desk (kinda like the elias Fats suggested, but I built it myself) in the control room with a glass hatch on the front (sealed with foam trims) and air exhaust (with silent fan) and cabling ports on the back; the inside is lined with sonex foam. Although it's not completely dead silent it's dramatically more silent than the nude thing.

    One suggestion: if you move the PC inside some sort of cabinet be sure to have proper air circulation for cooling as any kind of foam that cuts down noise will raise the temperature in such a small cabinet, expecially with Athlons that are known for their high temp operations (I could almost dry my hair in front of the CPU and PSU fans of my 1800XP :D :d: .) and in the long run, or in the summer it could lead to some damage.

    Hope this helps


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