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Silent PC's... Laptop vs desktop... performance vs silence... strategies?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by DogsoverLava, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Active Member

    Currently I'm recording on my 2007 vintage laptop. It was smokin' fast and powerful in 2007 and I have no issues with performance as far as recording goes with it now -- but it's very loud as it has two internal fans that I cannot turn off.

    Performance used to be a function of power - and power needs cooling - particularly in laptops. As I look to the future I know that a dedicated PC for recording looming - and I assume that if I want silent that I'll be looking at desktop -- but is this a given?

    Are there obvious strategies for Silent or quiet PC's that I am overlooking? How have some of you dealt with noisy computers?
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    For a computer, there is some noiseless fan you can use to replace those of origin. Just check if they are standard before you buy
    The other approach, is to put the computer in a cabinet with accoustic treatment in it.
    Or you the PC could be in another room or closet.
  3. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Active Member

    I'm also looking into either longer firewire cabling (with boosters) and monitor cabling as well as USB keyboard and mouse so I can put my laptop in the hallway and set up in the studio in isolation.
  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't recommand any long or booster for the firewire cable, because it may affect the performance.
    For keyboard and mouse, a bluetooth kit is the best choice because it works for a greater distance than other technology.
  5. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    No computer expert here, but I would think you'd need to be careful when putting your tower into a small dedicated space; in regard to temperature and ventilation, no?
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Entirely true Donny,
    Some hi-end cabinet are made for that with noiseless fans but they are expensive.
    I guess that if using SSD drives, you would only need to buy some computer noiseless fans and change them, to have a very silent PC..
  7. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I have an Antec PX 280 with an Enermax power supply you can turn down the fan speed if you want. It's very quiet. Just keep and eye on your temperatures at first so see what a good speed versus cooling ratio is. It would be cheaper to spend the the money on a great tower designed for noise reduction than a laptop as you can use the tower over and over throughout the years.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Most laptops run very hot. You do not really want the fans to shut down for very long. Either the GPU or the CPU will toast and then you are after a new computer.

    When a silent computer is needed because you HAVE to be in the same room as the source audio, then you are kind of looking at the desktop genre. The bigger cases can be built with many large slow spinning fans that more efficiently do the job than two tiny high rpm fans that barely keep up.

    To help with laptop heat, a chill mat of some kind is recommended and I have even set my laptop on those blue ice pads when I wanted cool and quiet.
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