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Windows 7: Complete guide to making your PC quieter.

28 Feb 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Complete guide to making your PC quieter.

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Stop, relax and take deep breaths. If shutting down your PC, and bringing a halt to its grinding whirrs, hisses and juddering clicks, ever gives you the same sense of relief as finishing a gym session, then it's time to drag your PC to the sound doctor.

As with fast cars, there's a conventional expectation that powerful computers have to sound like they're trying to break the land-speed record, but with a bit of understanding about airflow theory, and a few bits of specialist kit, you can transform any PC from a furious elephant into a sleeping kitten.
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Complete guide to making your PC quieter | News | TechRadar UK
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01 Mar 2010   #2
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

. . .pull the plug
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01 Mar 2010   #3
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
. . .pull the plug
Ultimate guide to making your PC quieter
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01 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
. . .pull the plug
Exactly!
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01 Mar 2010   #5

 
 

My old Medion computer was like a hover when it started up. Normal running was ok but when you started to do photo editing and video you really had to try to close you hearing down. It was supposed to be a Media computer. definately would not be any good in the living room. This one is nice and quiet, have to look at the lights to see if its running.
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01 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm a very big fan of quiet PC's. Back in the day when money was limited and I tried to build for the cheapest price possible, my machines were quite noisy. Then, I purchased a Dell for home which was very quiet. After getting used to having a powerful machine that was quiet...I was unwilling to accept a noisy PC.

For me, quiet PC's are the result of
#1). Quality cases and materials. Many of us here are fortunate to have nice cases, but they make a huge difference. My quietest cases are my Antec Sonata II's...but my Antec P182 is not much noiser. Also, the rubber grommets and such within the case dampening the hard drives and other case vibrations makes a significant difference.

#2). Quality power supplies. Again, many of us here are fortunate and have nice power supplies...but the fans in the cheapo PSU's are often the cause of much of the machine noise.

Coolers and the like can make an impact. But these are often necessary..especially when overclocking is being performed. For me, I like to stick with the stock cooling on my intel CPU's as it's very quiet...but it obviously does limit how far I can push the box.
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01 Mar 2010   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

My old XP machine sounds like an aircraft carrier compared to my new computer....lol. It was really bad when I was ripping CD's.
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01 Mar 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noob View Post
My old XP machine sounds like an aircraft carrier compared to my new computer....lol. It was really bad when I was ripping CD's.
Same here. Dumped my old xp machine. It was quite annoying. Took out the hardwares and kept them in the store to collect dust.
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01 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I take out my two 120mm fans, my computer can't be heard. The corsair H50 and Radeon 5770 coolers and Corsair 750W HX power supply fans are all ultra quiet. I'm planning on replacing the fans in the future with some quieter ones.
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01 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I blast metal while I am at my computer, so I really don't care how loud it is. (Though I would be a little worried if it get louder with some grinding)

However, if I ever work on others computers I would take this into account. Good read, even if I just skimmed it (yay for pictures!)

~Lordbob
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