@Numlock:I'm currently working on silencing my 1.6Ghz AthlonXP setup. For this, I will be using:* A Zalman flower CPU heatsink, but my CPU will be clocked as normal.* A Papst 8cm suspended fan to assist the flower with cooling.* Foam surrouding for my hard drive. This is found to be cheap and effective.* Use Nero DriveSpeed (in Nero Burning Rom) to lock the drive speed to 12x for near silent operation.* Mod the PSU fan to facilitate a switch between standard flow and variable resistor.I highly recommend http://www.silentpcreview.com as an excellent starter point, and the quietpc.com equipment has only ever received good reviews.My opinion on watercooling is that it can be highly effective, but after comparing the sound output of a watercooled rig and a Zalman/QuietPC.com rig - there is very little in it.Ruairi
@Numlock You can get your money PSU back if you want! There are PSU units which are more silent because they use no fan at all!http://www.siliconacoustics.com/tkpow300wfan.html (not really ATX form factor, but others exist who are).And if you're to buy a silent HD I can recommend to take a look at Seagate which are even less noisy than the Maxtor fluid hdds. I would be carefull with isolating the HDD though, the rise in temperature can be fatal in the long run. If you're HDD supports it, you can use the freeware tool speedfan to monitor it's temperature and control the fan speed as needed.Wanne.
I think that electrical tape means the IDE/floppy rubbon wires
i don`t belive in quieting each component..afterall.. the noise.. is a bi-product from naturalbehaviour.i think the sulution lies in a solid cabinett/case..
Now i just wish I could silence my GF3Ti500, its the noisiest thing in my case at the moment, I think.-dave
I see.. it seems to be that ugly kind of red tape... I'll try it with the dvdrom drive, thx !
A former employer set up the training rooms with maybe 25 sun workstations and it was pretty quiet. Thetrick is to put all the noisy stuff in a different room (in that case, computer closets between the class rooms)and just have monitor, keyboard, and mouse cabled through the wall.
As long as your hard drive support A.A.M. (Automatic Acoustic Management), you can use the IBM... Err, Hitachi Feature Tool to active it. http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm