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super quite Power fan?

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  1. zeo

    zeo Thread Starter

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    Hey,

    I was wondering if there are different types of power fans for a norm medi tower system. I mean like a quite one, super quite one etc?

    cuz at the mo mine is actually quite loud, louder then most other comps i've seen.

    Anyway I getting a new system built up that needs to be super quite, the ppl that are building the system up for me said that they only do one sort of power pack (with the fan) and its usually quite loud, but they can slow down the fan speed to make it alot quiter, is this possible? or will it have much of an effect on my new system?

    anyone got any advice/recomendations on which type/brand of powerfan i should get for my system, that will be super quite or as close to.

    New system vage spec:-

    P4 3.6mhz
    40gig hd
    512 ddr ram
    Gigabyte 1000 MB(something like that)
    CD/DVD CDRW
    Video card unknown
    all in a meditower
     
  2. mobo

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    Google searches like this will turn up hundreds of super quiet fans.
     
  3. zeo

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    sorry i acutally meant Power Supply fans
     
  4. Alex Ethridge

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    For me, finding quiet fans has been somewhat of a disappointment. I've had better success slowing the fan by using less-than-intended voltage.

    All fans in the computer are designed to run on 12 volts. I have wired all of mine to run in either 5- or 7 volts instead. However, if you are going to wire the power supply fan to 7 volts, I recommend you add another case fan, also wired to 7 volts, if you aren't going to run it in an always-open case.

    Personally, I run all my cases wide open so I don't need extra fans. But, that increases noise, too.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    There are a number of very quiet P/S models, PC Power & Cooling makes them, and I'm sure others do to. Normally, they use a thermally controlled fan to run slower when the heat load isn't sufficient to require full speed. You can also buy the thermostatically controlled fans and install one yourself.
     
  6. compilerxp

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    What is a P4 3.6Ghz? They are overclocking it for you?

    What are you buying this for?

    over spec CPU, very SMALL Hard drive, and an unknown video card? And their PSUs are loud?

    Perhaps you need to look at another dealer?

    Questions:
    1 - what are you planning on doing with your computer?
    2 - How much were you quoted for above system?

    For most people, a $700 computer is more than enough. 3Ghz does nothing for email and web pages.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    I have a 2.4ghz P4 as my primary system, and I don't lust at all for a faster rig. If I were spending more money, I'd put it into faster disk drives and video, not faster processors. :)
     
  8. zeo

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    ...

    ok.. forget the 3.6 it was jus something i heard on the phone while speaking to the guy, we jus leave that as a pentium 4 ok?

    the computer is going to be used as a reception comp in a shop.

    I wrote unknown gfx card because i literally dont know what gfx card to get for it yet, as it needs to be a specialised gfx card that connects to some optical video equipment, so i havent find out what the requirement for it is yet and when i do that will be the gfx card i choose for it.

    a 40gig hd too small? whys that? i know my home comp has a 120gig hd and it is a bit small for me but thats because of the stuff i use it for (the usual stuff.. p0rn etc..)

    a 40gig hd for the software it will be running is alot more then the sufficent.

    The system hasnt been built yet, its just with my expericence the psu fan is usually loud, and the shop requirment is for it to be super quite, so quite u wouldnt even be able to tell if the comp is on (or as close to as possible on my buget).

    the ppl i'm getting the system off are good and friendly, and my past exp with them has been v.good and they do the systems at computer fair price, so compared to a dell comp of the same specs it will be £555:1195 (and thats without dells coverage).
     
  9. myvicisslow

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    doesn't leaving cases open make a computer more prone to overheating since you disrupt the air flow of the fans? from what i've read, leaving the case on is the best thing to do.
     
  10. GwizJoe

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    I agree,the thermally controlled fan speed units are VERY quiet compared to a run-of-the-mill piece.
    But aside from the fan(s) sound issue,remember that there are a lot of sound-deadening materials that can be utilized to keep over-all sound down after the unit is built and installed.
    Rubber sheeting can be glued to the interior of the case,rubber washers and foam tape used for vibration reduction,lots of little things...

    You say it is going to be used in a reception area,will it be out in the open,under a desk,in a cabinet?

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    I don't like the idea of leaving a case open,either.A good case design,with adequate intake and exhaust fans should keep a unit well within safe levels.An open case is susceptible to errant dust,and debris and cannot maintain proper air flow for cooling.
    Although I will admit that there are a number of cases out there that go for looks and not function.In which case,having them open may be no different than having them closed up.
     
  11. JohnWill

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    Actually, no. :) If you monitor your MB and CPU temperatures with your monitoring software, then remove the case cover, you'll find that the temperatures go down, sometimes significantly. I've never seen one that went up, though I suppose there's one out there...
     
  12. mobo

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    You have to worry a bit more on the dust and dander though. keep and eye on the heatsink and fans for clogging..Especially if you have pets.
     
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    ..if you want quiet, go with SIS,

    daniel_b23804
     
  15. compilerxp

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    If you need basic computer functionality, look at an EDEN system by VIA... these can include onboard video and optionaly don't include a fan. These are roughly the power of a PIII-700Mhz. These are excellent for no noise systems.

    John Will: Hard drives tends to get more toasty when there is no air flowing over them...
     
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