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Quitest combo of CPU heatsink/fan, PSU and case

Hello,

I will be building a new system for myself soon and I'm trying to find the combination of components that will give me the smallest and quietest system possible given my component requirements:

Most likely, this will be my setup:
- 1 SSD drive for OS
- 1 2.5" drive for frequent-slow access like music etc

- I will also need space for another 3-4 drives which will be turned off most of the time. However, if I can reduce their noise when they are running that'll be bonus!

What is the combination of CPU heatsink/fan, PSU and case that will give me the smallest and quietest build??

Thanks
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  1. georgiosd said:
    Hello,

    I will be building a new system for myself soon and I'm trying to find the combination of components that will give me the smallest and quietest system possible given my component requirements:

    Most likely, this will be my setup:
    - 1 SSD drive for OS
    - 1 2.5" drive for frequent-slow access like music etc

    - I will also need space for another 3-4 drives which will be turned off most of the time. However, if I can reduce their noise when they are running that'll be bonus!

    What is the combination of CPU heatsink/fan, PSU and case that will give me the smallest and quietest build??

    Thanks


    Use this sticky here:http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. I don't find it entirely suiting but here goes:

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or after Jan
    BUDGET RANGE: For heatsink + fan + psu + case, probably £200-£300

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Power user - programming, virtual machines etc

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebuyer.com / overclockers.co.uk / quietpc.co.uk
    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK / Europe

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Small and quiet

    OVERCLOCKING: None
    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Small and quiet and space for 5 HDs (3x 3.5" and 2x 2.5")
  3. Best answer
    Antec's Sonata line caters to customers who want a quiet system
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Family=NQ==
    There's a list for you. You can pick one based on aesthetics and your budget and try finding it on one of your preferred sites :D

    I don't think it's worth it to get an aftermarket CPU if you don't plan on overclocking. But if you insist, here's a list that sorts heatsinks by noise
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    Here's a link with plenty of useful information concerning silent 120mm fans:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/09/28/what-s-the-best-case-fan/6

    This HSF and the accompanying fans are pretty quiet, as well:
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-010-NC
    So, there's my recommendation based on personal experience
  4. vznoobie12 said:
    Antec's Sonata line caters to customers who want a quiet system
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Family=NQ==
    There's a list for you. You can pick one based on aesthetics and your budget and try finding it on one of your preferred sites :D

    I don't think it's worth it to get an aftermarket CPU if you don't plan on overclocking.


    Thanks!

    Wouldn't the Antec P183 perform better (be quieter) than the Sonata?

    And what do you mean by getting an aftermarket CPU?
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