im useing a qtec desktop case and have modded its psu fan to 7v and put a zalman cooler on the cpu wich is running at the lowest possible speed, also i have given the cpu a little less power so itl be a little cooler.
Smaller fans tend to produce a whinny noise which is more audible than lower fans. This is normally because the fan is smaller and therefore to shift a lot of air it needs to sping faster. anything less than 80mm tends to be noisy.jcee said:I will sell the MSI therefore.. Before anybody argues that nothing will be perfect, here some (new) ideas that I do have...
1) The smaller the fan, the more noisy
Not sure how true this is. A lot of it depends on the flow of heat through the case and how well heatsinks can take heat away from heat sources2) The smaller the case the more difficult to cool and to handle all the heat
Indeed3) The more fans the more noise..
Shuttle use their ICE system which is basically a set of heatpipes which take heat from the CPU directly to the rear of the case and a fan then blows air over this. My friend's shuttle runs an P4 550 and it is very quiet (not silent)Conclusion:
1) No doubt, Shuttle and MSI do great jobs building their barebones but in the end they cannot overcome physics.
The CPU is the main source of heat. Making sure that you have a decent heatsink / fan combination here is the most important thing[/QUOTE]The source of all problem is the heat which comes mainly from CPU and from gfx board.
There is a balance between silence and heat. If you want a silent case, you have to be prepared to run it a little hotter than if you wanted a well cooled case. A decent heatsink on a high power CPU will take away heat quickly and therefore be better than a bad heatsink on a lower power CPU.It seems to be better to reduce heat at first, before trying to get rid of it. The less heat the better.. the better to control,, the less fans/ventilation
There are some pretty decent fanless cards out there. I have seen a Geforce 6800 and Radeon 9600XT. I use an old (£30) radeon 9200SE which is fine if you are only using the machine as HTPC.Use the slowest possible gfx board, no active fan, no extra Mhz
I would say use whatever you need. There is no need to install a P4EE inside a HTPC case. Be sensible and run an older processor if this is all you are using it for.Use a CPU that gives as low as possible heat.
Use a CPU that gives as low as possible heat
I would say use whatever you need. There is no need to install a P4EE inside a HTPC case. Be sensible and run an older processor if this is all you are using it for.
What's the projector doing on the roof, projecting the Bat-sign in the sky? ;-)r32godzilla said:Ok guys heres some photos of my setup. The case is obviously not pretty but behind the cupboard door who cares? It does the job nicely Would love a Plasma TV but at the moment my trusty Panny 80cm TV does the job. I still have my Panny AE700 projector to mount on the roof so once thats done I can output to HDMI so it should be awesome.