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5 Simple Steps to a Quieter PC

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the do-you-hear-what-i-hear dept.

Hardware 430

~*77*~ writes "Silencing a computer can be a costly endeavor, but taking a few relatively inexpensive steps can have a drastic impact on the noise produced by the common computer system. Before starting on any sound reduction upgrades, analyzing a system to pinpoint the areas in need of the most attention will help determine the best course of action and the best way to spend any money."

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step 1. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728329)

step 1: turn computer off.. aww c'mon, I'm not trolling.. if it were warm outside you'd all be on the same page.

Re:step 2 (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728337)

Dress up as a librarian and say "Shhhhhh" everytime it makes a noise.

Re:step 2 (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728405)

Well if you were my librarian from elementry school you would beat it with a meterstick. Ah the joys of the metric system.

Re:step 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728545)

I'd rather have a hot 22-year-old dress up as a librarian with those cute glasses...

I'll be back in half an hour. *grabs a pack of tissues before disappearing*

In case of Slashdoting (0, Troll)

Sophrosyne (630428) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728332)

Tips on getting a quieter computer...
1. Buy a Mac.
2. Make sure it's not a G5
3. ????
4. Profit

#6 (3, Funny)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728334)

..turn it off and go outside...

Re:#6 (1)

flashtoad (861151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728441)

It seems they promptly followed your advice... Either that or their efforts to silence their server made it overheat: "HTTP Error 500 - Internal server error"

Re:#6 (5, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728443)

Oh, I just do 'emerge -u kde gnome' and then go for a walk...

Re:#6 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728470)

Go for a walk? More like go into cryogenic deep freeze.

Re:#6 (-1, Offtopic)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728539)

Indeed, gentoo is the HEALTHIEST distro, one could say in fact, that it is OPTIMIZED for your health.

DUH?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728335)

This is all stuff people who read /. would have known anyway..... news? Where's the cool?

Do it in one step... (-1, Redundant)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728336)

...just turn it off

Re:Do it in one step... (0, Redundant)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728543)

Moderators: Please don't mod this down redundant. It was posted probably within seconds of the first post. The poster had no way of knowing the prior comment would say the same thing.

Cool, but... (4, Interesting)

nicc777 (614519) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728338)

how do I silence a noisy UPS. There is this humming sound, and it's especially bad when the PC is turned off. Any ideas?

Re:Cool, but... (5, Informative)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728382)

Ouch. That's probably the 60-cycle noice of the first transformer, and it's a bear to deal with after the hardware was designed.

Try plugging something in constant use into it that draws a little bit of current, like your nearby clock or lava lamp.

Re:Cool, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728384)

Try eating couple ear plugs, that should help. OR you could step away from the UPS. OR you could switch off the UPS when your computer is off.

Re:Cool, but... (5, Interesting)

glesga_kiss (596639) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728508)

how do I silence a noisy UPS?

Can you put it in another room and run a cable, maybe even install a dedicated wall plug? You could even put in a two-socket wall plug, put a blanking plate on the second and mount a serial port on it to hook up to the UPS. If you wanted to go nuts that is!

Step 1: Buy a Mac (-1, Redundant)

egrass (687609) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728340)

Step 1: Buy a Mac Step 2: Rinse out PC Step 3; Repeat

Re:Step 1: Buy a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728370)

My G5 iMac is freaking loud under heavy CPU load, so not exactly the best advice there.

Re:Step 1: Buy a Mac (0, Flamebait)

tylernt (581794) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728415)

"My G5 iMac is freaking loud under heavy CPU load, so not exactly the best advice there." You flunked 2nd grade, huh? "2. Make sure it's not a G5"

Re:Step 1: Buy a Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728438)

Where is that in the original post genius?

Re:Step 1: Buy a Mac (5, Informative)

grahamlee (522375) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728440)

I have to disagree here - I've got a pair of dual G5 towers, a 20" G5 iMac, a 17" G5 iMac and a dual G5 XServe - only the XServe makes a noticable hum. Now, the Sun E450 - THAT is loud :-)

Three more methods (5, Insightful)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728342)

  • Turn it off and go for a walk.
  • Bury it under your dirty laundry. (Always plentiful for a gek, right?)
  • Turn up the stereo.


Re:Three more methods (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728360)

Bury it under your dirty laundry. (Always plentiful for a gek, right?)
Wrong. We only have one set of clothes and we're wearing them.

Shuttle... (1)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728349)

Simple enough www.shuttle.com

Re:Shuttle... (3, Informative)

isecore (132059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728400)

Shuttles are very noisy IMHO. Two friends of mine has them, but they make more noise than my fulltower. Probably because they have high-RPM fans to push out the heat while my fulltower uses lazy 120mm fans that make hardly any noise while being more efficient.

Re:Shuttle... (2, Informative)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728491)

I have to agree. I bought a shuttle box years ago after every review site seemed to rave about how quiet they were. I got the thing home, put it together and was annoyed by the sound the thing made. My midtower box that I consider noisy as hell was just a whisper next to the shuttle. Naturally, it succumbed to the bad capacitor problem that many of them died from. I hear that the latest generation of shuttles are fairly quiet though. Not sure I trust that, considering it's coming fromt he same sources who said that the one I got was supposedly quiet...

Re:Shuttle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728535)

my sn95g5 is very quiet

Re:Shuttle... (1)

October_30th (531777) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728552)

Huh? I recently bought a Shuttle for our lab and I can't hear any noise unless I hold my ear against the case.

The only time the fan makes a lot of noise is when I switch on the computer. After a few seconds it goes completely silent as the fan speed is set to minimum rpms by the on-board thermal sensor.

Only 1 component needed to make it quiet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728350)

1 component needed to make your PC quiet.

1) Sledgehammer

This information brought to you by Giggling Marlin.

Bah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728425)

Why bother with a sledgehammer? Gravity works just fine!

My Roommate had it all wrong. (2, Funny)

psychoandy (797773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728352)

My Roommate was looking into making his computer quieter...
After reading up the latest in water cooling, and quiet fans he decided to buy a 14" box fan...

Sadly, that was quieter. Now I can show him the correct way to quiet his PC.

One Itty Bitty Article (5, Informative)

CactusInvasion (838662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728353)

You'd think he'd reference the guys who are diehard fanatics instead of the some guy who has 5 ideas. This [silentpcreview.com] is the place to find all the info, comparisons, and information for people who want more than just "you should think about changing out some parts in your system".

Silent PC Sites (5, Informative)

mparaz (31980) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728356)

The article is just a simple summary... check out Silent PC Review [silentpcreview.com] for really in-depth coverage.

Some hardware review sites are dedicated to cooling equipment. One of them is Pimp My Rig [pimp-my-rig.com] .

Personally, I replaced my Intel stock fan with the Thermalright XP-90 + Panaflo 92mm L1A. [paraz.com]

Cotton (1)

Neophus (861054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728361)

Pack it in a giant cottonball, then roll it under the bed.

My steps towards a quieter system (5, Informative)

zeth (452280) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728363)

I am fed up with the noise from my comuter, so I did the following.

1. Installed the BeQuiet sound elimination kit for Chieftec [www.gtek.se]
2. Got a better CPU fan [www.gtek.se]
3. Installed four Zalman 12dB(A) fans [www.gtek.se] in the chassi.
4. Enjoy the sound of nothing.

MOD PARENT DOWN: PROBABLY OWNS SHIT HE'S SELLING. (0, Flamebait)

eh0d is my daddy (825041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728387)

THIS GUY IS A DOUCHE BAG. SPAMMER. MORON SPAMMER. YOU ARE BERNARD SHIFFMAN.

Eh0D FUCK YOUED MAMA!!!!!

I
said
So!!!

Above poster is nothing but a hobbitt without a real way to sell shit, he is like those fat chicks web sites that aren't really good at all. fat bottomed girls do not make anything go round, cept eh0d's moama.

Re:My steps towards a quieter system (1)

MrZilla (682337) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728457)

What about your PSU?
For my system, a large part of the noise comes from the PSU unit. Did you but a silent version?

Also, are there any watercoolings systems out there designed for PSUs?

Re:My steps towards a quieter system (1)

zeth (452280) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728511)

I am currently using the standard PSU that came with the Chieftec chassi, but the next step is to get a better and quieter PSU also.

My PSU is actually reasonably quiet, so it has a low priority at the moment.

If you want to watercool your PSU you have to do it yourself I guess. Be sure to take caution when working inside the PSU if you are not proficient in that area.

Re:My steps towards a quieter system (1)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728488)

Does anyone know what those sound elimination mats are made from? could one use an alternative material with similar properties that can be found in any diy/houshold store?

Nick ...

I only buy Seagate Hard Drives (3, Informative)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728364)

The Seagate Barracuda line of hard drives is definitely the quietest mainstream hard drive out there. It's specifically engineered to be quiet. I find that the street prices are about $20-$30 more than for the cheapest hard drive of the same size, but to me, it's worth it!

Re:I only buy Seagate Hard Drives (4, Informative)

Skuto (171945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728389)

Current Seagate 7200.7 and Seagate 7200.8 are quite a bit louder than comparable models from Maxtor and Samsung.

What you say might have been true for the very old Barracudas, but it's sadly no longer the case.

Re:I only buy Seagate Hard Drives (4, Informative)

fontkick (788075) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728490)

The Samsung Spinpoint drives are also designed to be quiet - they call it NoiseGuard and SilentSeek, whatever that means. Basically they are really quiet. Every drive I've had starts out quiet and gets louder as the bearings wear out. My WD and Maxtors developed ear-piercing whines. And the new Seagates are not as quiet as the older models, but they are better than Maxtor or WD.

Re:I only buy Seagate Hard Drives (1)

neonstz (79215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728538)

What you say might have been true for the very old Barracudas, but it's sadly no longer the case

Very very old barracudas are noisy as hell (I've got a few 4 GB 7200 RPM SCSI Barracudas)

Re:I only buy Seagate Hard Drives (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728427)

Actually, I've seen just as many great deals on Seagate drives as I have on WD or Maxtor. There seems to be at least one a week.

Step 1 (4, Funny)

PhotoBoy (684898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728367)

Get the dust out of any fans in your case. In case of hairs/pubes twisted around the fan motor consider replacement.

To sum up: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728369)

1.Buy quiet fans.
2.Buy quiet case.
3.Buy fan controllers to make your quiet fans even quieter.
4.Buy a quiet power supply
5.Buy some sound insulation.

In a nutshell buy quieter things and your pc will be quieter. Quite a revelation there.

Buy Seagate HDD (1)

Reez (65123) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728371)

Much quieter PC since I replaced Maxtors and Western Digitals with 200GB ATA Seagates.

Put it in the closet (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728374)

For my studio I only let the cables in through a well insulated opening through the bottom of my closet. The computer is behind the door and the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and line in sit out. When you've got good microphones they pick up on the fan whirring and it's hard to take out later.

Ummm... what about the HDs? (3, Insightful)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728375)

That's usually been the single source of the most noise in my systems. HD manufacturers need to make quieter drives. I used to be a hardcore Maxtor fanatic, but with three out of four drive failures (250 gig drives) in only two months, I am hunting for a new manufacturer. I bought Hitachis to replace the dead Maxtors but I am leeary of them since their technology used to be IBM and it only took one "DeathStar" drive from IBM to convince me that they made shitty drives. I can't stand Western Digital since I had three drives in a row fail from them over the course of a year and two fo those were replacements for WD drives that died before. One of them even smoked in my case when I installed it! Nearly caused a fire. Thanks WD but no thanks. So that leaves Seagate which I haven't had any experience with so far. I miss Micropolis who used to make super quiet SCSI A/V drives back in the 90s.

Re:Ummm... what about the HDs? (5, Interesting)

arkhan_jg (618674) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728411)

If you're having multiple drive failures in one or two cases, I'd really recommend looking at the power supplies.

I have a case that killed a drive every few months until I twigged and replaced the PSU with an antec 350W. If the power rails are 'dirty' with fluctuating voltage, they can slowly kill a drive. This is a known problem with cheap PSU's, and it can be cheaper to spend a bit more on a quality supply than keep swapping drives.

Re:Ummm... what about the HDs? (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728483)

Hitachis are not that bad, i thought the same you did about Hitachi first, but i tried them out, 2 40 gb Hitachi drives, for 2 different servers. They runned smoothly for about a year, 24*7, not a problem. I Quited my job, and a friend is now in charge there. AFAIK the disks are still there. And they are IDE drives, i expect even better results with SCSI ones ...

If you really want bulletproof hardrives, just buy yourself a 2 gb Quantum BigFoot. It will just last forever.

ALMAFUERTE

Re:Ummm... what about the HDs? (0, Offtopic)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728519)

Quited? [reference.com]

Re:Ummm... what about the HDs? (1)

kryptkpr (180196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728493)

The problem heres is likely NOT the HDs.

Your string of "bad luck" indicates a problem with either woefully inadequate cooling (like choking the drive), or very dirty power. Check where you're mounting these drives, get some HD coolers, and invest in a good PSU. Are you using any molex splitters to get to the HDs? Splitters half the impedance, and some PSUs just can't handle that reliably.

I'm personally running an Enermax 465W and the voltages have been very stable.. running a 250GB Maxtor drive.

Re:Ummm... what about the HDs? (1)

AmigaAvenger (210519) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728517)

guess you haven't pulled apart a PS lately? all 12v lines connect to the same spot, they are soldered into the exact same glob of solder...

so it doesn't really matter if you use a splitter or put them all on seperate lines. hard drives don't draw enough amps for the wiresize to be a concern either.

Quiet PCs... (2, Funny)

Krankheit (830769) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728376)

I don't understand why people care about how loud a computer is. At the moment I have four Open/NetBSD machines running with humming HDDs and fans, and to be quite honest, it doesn't bother me. I can't really hear the fans and HDDs unless I put my ear on the case. Of course, Metallica is blasting.

Re:Quiet PCs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728396)

You may already be quite deafened. Conversely, someone who has just a little bit of hearing damage loses the built-in ability of your ears to attenuate sound somewhat, and what didn't bother them before suddenly irritates the heck out of them. But few people recognize that as a sound of hearing loss.

Frankly, I'm amazed at the number of geeks who fail to wear ear protection in the midst of huge amounts of hardware noise, especially in server rooms.

Re:Quiet PCs... (5, Funny)

gr3g (119302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728408)

If you can still hear the Metallica your computer isn't loud enough.

Damn music buffs... (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728469)

> I don't understand why people care about how loud a computer is.

Because you listen to loud music. I never listen to any music at all and consider any noise a distraction. With my homemade liquid cooling system and an LCD monitor I can hear nothing at all from the computer, which reduces the ambient noise to nearly zero. Living in a quiet neighbourhood (no idiots with loud stereos next door!), having a good heat pump (though wishing for a radiant floor heater instead), and a silent computer, can create an incomparable heaven of silence. That's when I can really start thinking.

A Real Sysadmin just loves that sound ... (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728513)

I Actually love the sound of computers (don't call it noise, it's not). Sunday morning, absolute silence, reading /., and the only thing i can here is my computer doing it's job.
And it's a pretty noicy one (4 bays, 1m Tall Full Tower, 4 Fans, a Sempron 2200 Overclocked to 2100MHZ, with a Really Big (tm) Cooler. I have 2 disks, 2 CD-RW, and i use 2 400w power supplys to power it all)

ALMAFUERTE

Just one big advert for BigBruin.com/geeks.com (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728377)

This "article" is just one big advert. All the links point to geeks.com, and no doubt BigBruin.com picks up a commission on all clicks/sales.

Re:Just one big advert for BigBruin.com/geeks.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728461)

Looks like Piqepaille dived into the hardware business.

Re:Just one big advert for BigBruin.com/geeks.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728497)

This "article" is just one big advert. All the links point to geeks.com, and no doubt BigBruin.com picks up a commission on all clicks/sales.

I hate ad-based revenue too, that's why I support the Internet by buying pr0n.

noisy PSUs (3, Interesting)

iamplupp (728943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728380)

In my experience the big noisemaker often is the cheap powersupply. I usually dismantle it and jack the fan to either 5V or 7V depending on the severity of the noisemaking. It pretty sure it voids the warranty though... :)

Re:noisy PSUs (1)

Bohemoth2 (179802) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728390)

Just put on some rammstien and turn up the volume!

Re:noisy PSUs (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728397)

For me, a noisy HD makes me sick. I have this seagate HD which must make some thuds as it gets activity. Heck it does not even want to die. It's now 6 years old with no bad sectors!

Re:noisy PSUs (1)

Neophus (861054) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728404)

What about them external psu's you get for Shuttle among other things. Are they totally useless on regular workstations?

Re:noisy PSUs (1)

zippity8 (446412) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728498)

You really want to be careful when you suddenly cut down the cooling to such a key part of your system without regard for the possibility of overheating.

There are quieter PSUs out there.

forgot harddrives (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728409)

i have 2 harddrives in my computer a 7200 rpm and a 5400 rpm and it seems to me the slower it spins the quiter it is. But be warned preformance loss will accure.

Duh (4, Insightful)

Dr. Max E. Ville (821578) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728410)

"It's the fans! The fans are doing it!"
No shit, I tought my mousepad was making the noise. How is this article nerd? Show me the nerd stuff! Show me how I can use new discoverys in quantum physics to cool my processor with just a few atoms of plutonium and a few household items.

Re:Duh (1)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728533)

Get me a toaster, a microwave oven, a couple of 20 megawatt YAG lasers, and i'll whip up a stargate in nothing flat!

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728562)

So could Macgyv^H^H^H^H^H^HJack.

#1 thing to make a Pc quieter (1)

UlfGabe (846629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728417)

locate the loudest problem, and fix it,

you will notice a significant difference in the noise. Because of the inverse square root relationship between intensity and distance, the smaller noises just dissapear.

Even dampening a couple dB causes significant improvement, or try moving the actual tower further away from you(cheapest solution)

Moving the computer in the closet. (1)

deragon (112986) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728419)

I am thinking of moving my computer into the closet and have only USB input devices connected to a USB router and a long VGA cable. Since I seldomly have to access the computer (I insert a CD say, 1 every 4 months on average), that might be a good solution.

And I live in Montreal, so heat generated in a closed closet would not be that much of a problem since my appartement is always cool, except for the hottest days of summers (I would then let the door open). But in winter, my computer is on 24/7 and it would simply generate heat that my appartement heater would generate anyway.

Better yet... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728450)

get another long USB cable to connect an external CD drive in case inspiration strikes more often. That aside, I wonder if you boot from a USB disk; it interests me that almost any important /dev can be connected via the rectangular port ('cept maybe graphics and sound cards?).

If more people use only USB (and perhaps ethernet) devices home computers will look much slimmer IMO, if only slower...

Worked for me (3, Interesting)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728487)

I got 3 pc's (1 linux desktop 1 linux "server" and 1 windows 2003 game machine) The noise from them is pretty bad especially the desktop wich is an old kayah or whater hp called them.

Anyway invested in two 5 meter kvm cables and a switch and voila. INSTANT dead silence.

Only problem is CD's but I only need them for games and nocd patches are the best.

As for heat. It is a large closet with bare concrete walls and a high ceiling. During the peak of summer it gets uncomfortable at head lvl but the PC's are on the ground and kept cool by just having some big fans blowing directly across the motherboard.

Frankly it is the easiest method of silencing and the most effective. Just don't do it with earlier windows versions as you will get insane from the constant hard resets. Oh and to be fair from the hard resets when you are working on a new kernel config.

Here are my 4 easy steps... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728431)

1. Write up a guide for easily silencing your PC
2. Get posted on /.
3. Get slashdotted
4. Comp is effectively silenced and reduced to a smoking pile of scrap metal

Man, *that* was easy!

I'll tell you how to silence it... (1)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728435)

...just do what they did at the end of Old Yeller.

Making PCs quieter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728446)

  1. larger and slower fans. 12 cm fans are better than 8 cm fans. Unfortunately not all pc cases and psu's allow or use 12 cm fans.
  2. Thicker pc case covers. The thinner ones vibrate more and are noisier.
  3. Underclock the cpu. Less power means less heat means less cooling which means less noise.
  4. Get a Mac Mini and use it as a remote terminal with the noisy pc in another room. I am currently in the process of trying this option.

switch to notebooks (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728449)

I switched from an Athlon and Duron desktops to two refurbished Thinkpads. Quiet, portable, cool.

summary (2, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728460)

use low noise/silent parts in your computer

So, the summary is... (4, Funny)

Gruneun (261463) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728467)

Buy bigger fans and run them at lower speeds to quiet your PC. What an exciting tidbit of technology insight!

The next article will discuss how to increase visibility in your office environment... by adding a lamp! Who knew?

Noiseless PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728475)

My PC is noiseless although is contains two fans: one in the power supply, one on the processor (Athlon XP 3000+).

Also the two hard disk drives are virtually noiseless.

If a mouse would sit before my running PC and would fart silently, you would hear it like a clap of thunder.

I can do it in 1 step (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728476)

Get a laptop, Im on a 1gb laptop with AMD64bit, blows the pants of my Desktop.

Im waiting on dual AMD64 with 2gb ram next, why do you need a desktop?

Re:I can do it in 1 step (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728500)

I got 3 years accident cover warranty for 99 , more than you ever get with your desktop. Duel screen, uses much less power and i get more performance, if you want more storage take yer 3.5" drives from yhour desk and put them in an external case and use those.

Far more productive now than I have ever been with a desktop, I also am going to run it on top of ESX VMware so I have a roaming and common install and no driver issues on linsux :D

Storage companies are focusing on small drives for the consumer market, not 3.5 Behemoths. You are so yesterday.

Desktops are so passay, theyre for the Toms hardware crowd that likes neon lights and stickers.

post a link to it on slashdot (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728481)

The reduced noice of the harddrive swapping after it comes to a grinding halt can cut down the noise by 50%.... Anyone have a mirror?

Nice story...very useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728486)

...but I was really expecting the daily story about the largest galactic flash.....

cpu fan speed control (2, Informative)

afaiktoit (831835) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728489)

If you're lucky enough to have a motherboard that can do it this program controls the fan speed based on temperature. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php [almico.com]

be quiet (1)

PerlDudeXL (456021) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728495)

I bought a 'be quiet' power supply. I don't really hear my box anymore.

What noise? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11728502)

No CPU fan (VIA)
No power supply fan (lightly loaded PS, see above)
$hit load of flash so no HDD.

= very quiet

Like a birdcage at night... (1)

My Iron Lung (834019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728505)

...just throw a towel over it.

In one step (1)

sp3tt (856121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728507)

Turn off the speakers.

More elaborate and practical advise (4, Informative)

Freggy (825249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728509)

For very complete and more practical information, reviews and good advise for silencing your computer I can really recommend SilentPCReview [silentpcreview.com] .

Avoid the fanless PSUs (2, Informative)

DreadfulGrape (398188) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728516)

(from article) Fanless power supplies are now available that generate zero noise, but none have found their way to the shelves at Geeks.com. These fanless power supplies don't follow the guidelines of typical design...

A point to which I can personally attest -- I bought the Antec fanless power supply, and it failed within 30 days.

Power supply (1)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728518)

Though mentioned in the article, the power supply actually has a larger impact on noise than the article suggests. I upgraded my stock 350W power supply to a TruePower 430 and it literally halved the amount of noise that my system was generating.

1 simple step (1)

jago25_98 (566531) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728521)

Put it in a box:

http://www.pctable.com/?siah_product_group=2&sia h_ product_page=1&siah_product_slot_id=48

Requisite server joke (4, Informative)

UserChrisCanter4 (464072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728546)

Let's hope that quieting my computer doesn't make it like these guys' server.

Seriously, though, system noise can be reduced pretty easily.

1) Get a heavy case. I was always surprised at the fact that my ex-girlfriend's Aluminum case was much noisier than my steel case, given that I have many more things in my case. Thicker materials (obviously) cut down on noise levels.

2) Get a good PSU. Besides the stability and reliability increase, it pretty much stands to reason that Random-Taiwan-Tech isn't going to be terribly concerned with the sound levels on a $35 PSU if it adds to the cost at all. Antec produces some cool thermal-sensing PSUs that will throttle PSU fan speed based on thermal levles. They also have special fan-only molexes that allow them to do the same thing to any other fans in the case.

3) Switch to the biggest fans you can. It takes fewer RPMs on an 80mm or 120mm fan for it to move the same amount of air as a 60mm fan. This goes for case fans AND CPU fans. Zalman makes some intriguing CPU cooling solutions that separate the fan from the heatsink, and thus use huge, slow, quiet fans. If you want to get fancy, rewire the fans so they operate on 7V or 5V input.

4) Never ever buy a mainboard with a fan on the northbridge. I absolutely hate this design concept. For one, the fans are very small and thus usually noisy. But most importantly, these things are the cheapest designs available, as the mobo manufacturers aren't looking to add major costs to their product. Consequently, they fail much more quickly than many other things. If you're lucky, they'll just up and stop spinning. If you're unlucky, they'll continue spinning, but with a strange squeek or hum as they march toward death. The counterpart to this is your videocard. If you're not planning on gaming, look at one of the lower-end videocards that use a heatsink only.

5) Cut down on vibration. Hard drives are kind of noisy, yes. In my experience, though, it's really the vibrations that contribute to the noise levels. Try to wedge some thin rubber washers between the HDD and the case when you're screwing it in. Some newer case designs actually use a system like this by default, and the noise level reduction is quite impressive.

Outside of these five is when you start getting into specialty areas: Putting noise-absorbing material in the case, using large heat-pipe coolers in place of fans on your video card, moving the computer to a closet and running long cables, etc. Honestly, though, if you follow the above recommendations, you should get something quiet enough that you don't need to worry.

A small tip. (1)

Anthet (462436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728559)

Keep the computer case closed. Yeah, I know its a pain to unscrew everytime you need to do some hack (read switch pci slots because the soundcard all of a sudden decided to stop working and for some reason it always works when you switch pci slot) but you get rid of an awfull lot of noice. So no more open computer cases.
And as a tip to that guy having trouble with pubes getting stuck in his computer:
A: Shave
B: Stop having perverted relations with your computer, I know the PSU looks might good at times, but cmon, it isnt healty.

Laptops? (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728563)

My laptop has a huge combination two CPU fan heatsink that generates a lot of noise. I fear that it's non-standard. Does anyone know good ways of silencing laptops?

Graphics cards (1)

MrDrBob (851356) | more than 9 years ago | (#11728566)

...especially the newer, more powerful, 2-slot (or even 3-slot) graphics cards. They are factory-equipped with a cheap and noisy fan, and it is best to replace them ASAP.
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