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Windows 7: Building your own computer

15 May 2012   #51
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
The Antec Solo or Solo II are designed with low noise in mind.

Lined panels to contain noise included.

Good low noise exhaust fan included.

Rubber grommets on drive mounts to contain vibration.

I just bought one 2 months ago; no regrets. See my review at Amazon on the Solo II.

It's well-built and fairly heavy.

The best single thing you can do re low noise is to make sure that the components you use that can make noise (HD, Power Supply, fans) are low noise to begin with---it is difficult and expensive to quiet noisy stuff. So don't buy noisy stuff.

You should confirm it, but I think that Corsair PSU may be one of the Seasonics in which the fan does not even spin until heat reaches a certain level----so that might be one less fan to make noise under ordinary loads.

If you buy the Solo II, mount the PSU upside down so its intake is right up against the vent in the top of the case.

Make a point of getting low noise fans if you buy any after-market fans.
Sorry about the bad link. All edited now! Just had a quick look at the Solo cases. Looks like the Solo 2's going to be the one!


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15 May 2012   #52
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post

Sorry about the bad link. All edited now! Just had a quick look at the Solo cases. Looks like the Solo 2's going to be the one!
I know nothing about Akasa fans and would stick with these brands:

Noctua
Nexus
Scythe

Unless I had a major over-riding reason to go with Akasa.

You can't really evaluate your cooling needs until after you build, so I would delay any fan purchases until you get the thing running and can check your temps and requirements.
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15 May 2012   #53
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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in fact one is sitting on my desk about 1 foot from me
Same. The only time I hear mine is when gaming, and then it is the fan on the video card and none of the fans in the case. Speaking of the case fans, it comes with a 120 mm (rear) and 140 mm (top) Antec TriCool's in it which I have both set to low. I also moved the one in the back to the front and replaced it with a 120 MM Scythe PWM fan so that it could be controlled by the bios.

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The Antec Sonata IV is very quiet, but far more expensive.
That's because it comes with the 620W Neo ECO in it which is regularly around $100 alone. Not sure how it compares to the older Sonata III, but I just recently went from the Sonata II to the 300 and everything runs 5-10C cooler in the 300.
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15 May 2012   #54
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Please give Corsair a strong consideration also available in white!
Corsair CC-9011011-WW Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, mATX, 4x Ext 5.25 Bays, 6x Int 3.5 Bays, 2x 120mm White LED Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x FireWire Front Ports at TigerDirect
Then stuff it with quality fans:
http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NF-P12-...109844&sr=8-20
Then just because it's there and extremely quiet when running Noctua fans or speed controlled Corsairs:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series...7109934&sr=1-1
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15 May 2012   #55
linnemeyerhere

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15 May 2012   #56
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

What's the noise like with the Corsair 400R?
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15 May 2012   #57
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

If you speed control the fans then the stock fans can be lived with. I run my Noctua's wide open and they're inaudible....just the way I like things.
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21 May 2012   #58
Chips

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Also there are tons of resources for this online.

Example, here is a great video on installing the Mobo (motherboard)


And on Seven Forums check out the Tutorials section:
Motherboard - Install in a case
Right, almost got all the parts for the computer. Do I have to only wear the static wrist band for the motherboard, or do I have to wear it for the entire build?
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21 May 2012   #59
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Right, almost got all the parts for the computer. Do I have to only wear the static wrist band for the motherboard, or do I have to wear it for the entire build?
If you are even going to bother with wearing one at all, wear it the whole time. I don't use them, and I don't know anybody who does. And I work on computers all day long.
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21 May 2012   #60
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Right, almost got all the parts for the computer. Do I have to only wear the static wrist band for the motherboard, or do I have to wear it for the entire build?
If you are even going to bother with wearing one at all, wear it the whole time. I don't use them, and I don't know anybody who does. And I work on computers all day long.
I use them, my colleagues at the company I work with use them, NASA employees use them, etc. Now you know (of) lots of people who do within electronics corporations.

BTW: most of the work done at the company I am working with is done with smart phone and PC technology.
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