I'm in the process of selecting a new PC. The model I'm looking at atm is a Mesh X-treme SLI, built-to-order.
The PC will sit in my room and whilst I don't care about noise levels during the day, I plan to keep the PC on at night so am wondering about how loud it might be during that period.
It's not going to be doing any real processing during the night hours or anything, I just prefer to keep my home computer on for a variety reasons.
Having owned a laptop for most of my computing life, I know very little about the ins-and-outs of desktops. I understand a computer such as this is very unlikely to be 'quiet' under normal operation. I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to help my cause however.. whether there is typically such a thing as a 'quiet' mode I can configure for periods of low activity, or any thing like that?
I have an alienware laptop that sounds like it's about to take-off when running.. not really a problem when I'm using it, but if it's in the room when I'm trying to sleep I normally have to turn it off.
Sounds like you'll need to click here and spend some money.
My builds always have Zalman HSFs, Accousti-fan Dustproof case-fans, Accousti-feet, Vantec fan and PSU mounts and, finally, some Accousti-mate case lining. I also use a quiet PSU and replace any graphics card fan with a large heatsink if it isn't already passively cooled.
This lot isn't cheap, especially when you throw in a silent or near-silent PSU, but peace and quiet is priceless.
Similar to stalion, virtually no noise from my system, if there was, then I would suspect an hard-drive or fan needs attention. Never happened yet though. The only thing that I do notice with my system and all the other add-ons, is the slight heat that is generated, if the system is left on for a good time, and that's not a real worry.