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I'm thinking about building an HTPC since my current fileserver is running out of space. This would do double duty as fileserver and HTPC rather than my original plan of just waiting for the Boxee Box to stream from the server.


One of my concerns is building a quiet system. It's been a while since I built a computer and the one's I've built in the past are definitely noisier than I would like in my tv room. So my question is: how quiet are you guys able to build your systems?


I have an Xbox 360 and that is louder than I would want this system to be. I also have a PS3 slim that is barely audible and would be an ideal benchmark for a HTPC to match. Do you think that's possible? The components I'm thinking about are linked below (I hope, not sure how the newegg wishlists get linked) if you care to look at them.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=10618234
 

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I'm thinking about building an HTPC since my current fileserver is running out of space. This would do double duty as fileserver and HTPC rather than my original plan of just waiting for the Boxee Box to stream from the server.


One of my concerns is building a quiet system. It's been a while since I built a computer and the one's I've built in the past are definitely noisier than I would like in my tv room. So my question is: how quiet are you guys able to build your systems?


I have an Xbox 360 and that is louder than I would want this system to be. I also have a PS3 slim that is barely audible and would be an ideal benchmark for a HTPC to match. Do you think that's possible? The components I'm thinking about are linked below (I hope, not sure how the newegg wishlists get linked) if you care to look at them.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=10618234

Wish List does not work... brings us to a login screen. Can you just post links to the individual parts?
 

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You have to share the wish list for others to see it. From your new egg wish list, check the one you want to share and click the button 'Make Public'. Then go to the list and provide us with that link, as it may have changed.
 

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Wish List does not work... brings us to a login screen. Can you just post links to the individual parts?

I was afraid of that; I was hoping that making it public would allow others to see it, but apparently I still did something wrong. Here's the list:


nMediaPC case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811204035


hec 350W 80PLUS power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817339029


Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103688


ASRock 785G motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157168


2GB Kingston DDR3 memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134637


2x 1.5TB WD Green drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136513


I thought about getting a cheaper motherboard and getting an ATI 5450 to get 7.1 LPCM and bitstreaming, but most of the content I'll be watching will probably be AC3 and can be handled by integrated graphics. I'm not worried about Blu-Ray as I use the PS3 for that.
 

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Speedfan configured my system is more or less silent. I can't hear it unless everything else in the room is turned off.
 

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The only thing is making some noise in my HTPC is my PS and one small fan to circular some air inside my case. I used SSD, heatsink GPU, passive heatsink for the CPU cooling. IMO it is perfect set up for HTPC, if you want close to silent.
 

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I have three fans in my HTPC:


Athlon 240's fan

Scythe SFF21E running @ 50% w/ SpeedFan

Corsair CMPSU-450VX PSU's fan


On a scale of noise from 1 to 10 (10 being loudest), I'd say it registers a 1.5. With all of the traffic outside to the VERY nearby airport, it's dead silent.
 

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the bulb fan in my rptv is louder than my htpc.
 

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If there is nothing else on in the room, I can hear the fans on my HTPC build. But even the refrigerator all the way in the kitchen drowns that out. Under normal viewing I can't hear the HTPC at all.
 

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Well this is encouraging! I guess I was most worried about the PSU fan since you can't really control that. The PSU on my Linux file server is pretty loud so I keep it in a closet to keep it quiet.
 

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I just spent $100 on 5 fans to make sure I could not hear my htpc.


Go for the best, Noctua!


I have 3 SATA HD's, Blu-ray burner, HD-DVD player, an Nvidia EVGA 8800, northbridge and southbridge cooling (Evercool VC-RE that are completely silent) and overclock my cpu to 40% above it's stock and a 650W power supply..


Oh, I forgot, it's watercooled and in a sound proofed case.
 

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The only thing I can hear from my HTPC is the HDD. If I ever get my SAN done, I'll do the hybrid PXE/iSCSI boot, with NO local HDD...
Completely diskless.
 

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I just fixed one of my old PCs that broke with some basic PC components very similar to yours.


I bought an Athlon II X2 3.0Ghz and the simple aluminum stock CPU cooler AMD included is almost silent. It makes less noise than the comparatively expensive (but 5 year old) Zalman CNPS7000 cooler that it's replacing.


I'm using the integrated graphics from a passively cooled AMD 785G mainboard, so no noise there.


I'd see if you can find some reviews on the power-supply. Right now I have mine running on a 650 Watt Corsair PSU, which is reported as (and is) really quiet (but is way overkill for the machine).


The loudest thing on my PC is the hard-drive seeks. I'm using a 7200RPM SATA Seagate that's about 3-4 years old now. It's normally silent, but the seeks you can hear.
 

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Oh, couple comments that might be useful....


- Check out NewEgg's "Combo Deals". NewEgg often has alot of them, and if you're not set on an *exact* item, you can often get a combo deal with a completely comparable item. (e.g. Those Athlon II CPUs probably have combo deals with a bunch of 785G mainboards.) You often save a 10-25 dollars on a combo, or can get slightly better components for the same price.


- The Athlon II X2 is a great CPU. (Huge upgrade for me since I had a 32-bit single core Athlon XP before.) But check out the Phenom II X2s as well. They're only slightly more expensive, but have a bit higher performance and can often be unlocked to be a full 4-core chip. They use a bit more power, but AMD's Cool & Quiet tech seems to keep power consumption about the same for all chips when they are idle.


- I bought 2GB of DDR3 also... but consider 4GB if you plan to run Windows 7 64-bit.
 

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Once you start ISO's you will be wanting HD audio if you like it on actual disks like from your PS Slim. Then 785g won't cut it. An ATI 5450 should get you more than 7.1 lpcm.
 

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Moved to a Silverstone case (SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case) ... hard drives were very noticeable. I was running all media off my htpc with backups on my whs. Had I known the changes below, I'd went with a smaller case... I'll more than likely make this case my whs sometime in the future.


To silence my htpc:


Changed the case fan to link depot (removed on fan). Have no idea why they are silent, they were cheap... maybe a good batch or something.


Changed the psu fan out to a link depot. I don't recommend since you basically throw your warranty out the window. Did not originally buy this psu for work as a htpc.


Removed all hard drives and went with: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- from MicroCenter (love that place). Went with the 320 so I can place my main computer backup on it once a week (already backup to whs with acronis).


Now, I'll pull all movies off the whs (have a 1 gb lan) and perform the backup of movies / music folders from the usb on my main computer (basically copy the file over to the hd).


Any rate, you can't hear my htpc... that hd is dead silent... only way you hear it is put your ear within 5 inches of it. With the hd gone, the temp in the case dropped to nothing (another plus of no hard drives). If I still heard noise, I'd turn off a fan... but I hear nothing.


Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-117-_-Product

Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-197-_-Product
 
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