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NewCasa
01-08-2010, 10:41 AM
Ok so I've got the upgrade complete, thanks to Fudd Rucker for all the help on it.

I don't know exact models of all things, but I'll give a list in a minute of what I do know. At this point, I'm interested in making the computer as quiet as possible. Right now I find it fairly loud, though that could be because I'm used to my little laptop.

Here's what I've got. Fudd Rucker, maybe you can add some details, if you remember?:

AMD AM3 Socket Quad core processor
Gigabyte AM3 Motherboard with crossfire capability. Doesn't seem to have too much onboard, except sound - not even wireless, from what I could tell. Board does have crossfire capabilities.
Lancool PC-K62 case
Gigabyte Radeon 4870 graphics card

So far everything's running around 40d Celsius or below, according to the Speedfan utility and I'd like to keep it that way, if possible.

Current cooling is as follows:

CPU - Not sure, but it's loud. Doesn't look stock but I honestly haven't looked to closely at it. I'd go for something quieter though.

Case - 4 120mm fans (all blue led, which is nice). One in front for draw, two in top and one in back for exhaust.

Graphics card - stock (very loud) fan with heat sink. I've underclocked this through Catalyst, but there was no change in the fan noise (or speed as far as I could tell)

So, given the above, what would recommendations be? When I first got the case I ran it with nothing inside, just to get an idea how loud the fans were and I don't really think they're the problem. I think it's CPU and Graphics card, but I'm certainly open to anything.

This is a bit of a hobby project for me so I'm not all that concerned about budget, though I'd like to be reasonable. If something's tons of $$, I'll just have to save up a little longer, that's all. I'd like to get this done right.

Thanks for your suggetions

Upper Decker
01-08-2010, 11:35 AM
Far as I know your system consists of
Phenom 955
Gigabyte 790XT ddr3 am3 board
4gb ripjaws 1600mhz
gigabyte 4870 512mb
Everything that was included was stock. Chip runs 3.2ghz.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=44398&vpn=CWCH50%2D1&manufacture=Corsair

That will fix the fan on the cpu.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48358&vpn=Twinturbopro&manufacture=Arctic%20Cooling

That will silence the video card.

Your case fans are whisper quiet 140mm 950RPM Lian Li fans so I know they arent the culprit.

NewCasa
01-08-2010, 01:46 PM
Far as I know your system consists of
Phenom 955
Gigabyte 790XT ddr3 am3 board
4gb ripjaws 1600mhz
gigabyte 4870 512mb
Everything that was included was stock. Chip runs 3.2ghz.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=44398&vpn=CWCH50%2D1&manufacture=Corsair

That will fix the fan on the cpu.

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=48358&vpn=Twinturbopro&manufacture=Arctic%20Cooling

That will silence the video card.

Your case fans are whisper quiet 140mm 950RPM Lian Li fans so I know they arent the culprit.

Thanks Fudd Rucker.

I really like your solution for the CPU, but I'm not sold on the VGA. What would you think of:

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42234&vpn=T%2DRad2%20GTX&manufacture=Thermalright
and
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35014&vpn=D0925C12B3AP%2D14&manufacture=Scythe

?

NewCasa
02-02-2010, 01:56 PM
Ok - went with the recommended. PC is not silent, but it's pretty darn quiet now. Took a long while to install everything, but it all went very well. That Corsair cooler is pretty nifty.

Thanks again Fudd!

Upper Decker
02-08-2010, 05:01 PM
So when you going to crank that chip up to 4ghz? It should be able to hit it no prob with an H50.

NewCasa
02-08-2010, 05:04 PM
So when you going to crank that chip up to 4ghz? It should be able to hit it no prob with an H50.

LOL! Doubt that I will actually. I was really only looking for the quiet cooling. I checked my temps over the weekend looks like everything is running at 30c or below and very, very quiet. Can't complain about that :)

Upper Decker
02-08-2010, 05:09 PM
That chip was designed to be overclocked lol. Set the multi to 19, up the voltage to 1.35 and you should be golden.

Scabtacular
02-09-2010, 01:42 AM
...ahhh....is it me or did someone miss the "FAN CONTROLLER" boat?

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=10224&vpn=RHK-SA&manufacture=Sunbeam

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=28420&vpn=RHK-EX-SV&manufacture=Sunbeam

I've enjoyed the 6 controller model for over a year now with not one but 3 Kaze 133CFM fans!!

Now THAT's LOUD!!!! Almost 50 DBA!!! I would be deaf without a fan controller!!!

Upper Decker
02-09-2010, 10:12 AM
Totally unecessary noise for air cooling hence why I jumped to watercooling.Gentle typhoons are the way to go or yate loons.And fan controllers dont mean squat when it comes to the blower design of VGA coolers as they just seem to get louder and louder each generation.

NewCasa
02-09-2010, 10:17 AM
Yeah I got a fan controller too - a Scythe Kaze. Just haven't set it all up yet.

I've always thought that the way to best control noise is not necessarily turning down the fans, but instead to get the cooling methods right in the first place.

Upper Decker
02-09-2010, 10:24 AM
I find fan controllers to be a waste of money in my opinion, just research and buy fans that will suit your noise level. No point in spending money on high end fans if your going to turn them down to the point where the noise is acceptable when you could have bought a quieter fan. Turning it down means losing CFM. Cable management + cooler orientation + proper static or negative pressure in the case is the proper way of doing it.

NewCasa
02-09-2010, 10:26 AM
I agree with you 100% Fudd, but to tell the truth I bought it more for the convenience factor than anything. This way I will have spot temperature readings available on the front of the PC. Also, it looks cool ;)

Upper Decker
02-09-2010, 10:32 AM
I was looking at something along those lines for themal readings, and yes your right - the dials do look badass.

NewCasa
02-09-2010, 11:23 AM
Got a question for you - what would be reasonable temps on my system? Just in case I do decide to overclock it.

Upper Decker
02-09-2010, 11:46 AM
High 20s early 30s for idle. 55 or so max under full load. Really dependant on room temps.

NewCasa
02-09-2010, 02:33 PM
Ok thanks. Running around 28-30 right now on idle. Haven't checked load, but I will as soon as I get the Kaze hooked up. Not going to be overclocking till I get that thing set up I think.

Cruel_Intentions
02-10-2010, 09:31 PM
Right now I have an E4300 C2D 1.8GHz CPU running at 3.2Ghz on air. My basic usage temps hover around 22-26 degrees (1.320 Vcore I believe). I run a VMWare Server 2k8 constantly and a bunch of other apps (movie encoding, etc) and temps don't usually get too high. I havent stress tested it recently enough to remember what load temps are tho.

Hans
02-11-2010, 07:45 AM
I get up to 65 C on my system when under 100% load. It can take that load for 24 hours without errors. I would not be to concerned with 30 C.