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A completely silent computer
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-05-15 22:45:06

I've been trying to make my computers quieter for nearly three decades. Custom liquid cooling loops, magnetically-stabilised fluid-dynamic bearings, acoustic dampeners, silicone shock absorbers, you name it. Well, last week I finally managed to build a completely silent computer. Without further ado...

The Streacom DB4 is an amazing chassis and case, which I am considering for one of my next computer builds. This article provides great insight into building such a fanless PC, with links to additional articles about the system later in its lifespan.

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RE: Comment by werpu
By bhtooefr on 2018-05-16 11:37:51
Unless he needed six cores.
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Comment by ahferroin7
By ahferroin7 on 2018-05-16 12:33:29
There's all kinds of other things you can do too though. Some newer MB's can be configured to stop the chassis fans if things are cool enough, certain PSU's can do likewise. I forget the actual branding, but there's at least one really nice fanless ceramic CPU cooler out there that essentially induces convection currents across the fins because of its design.

You can of course also do any number of custom designs. A few years back, one of my friends put together a system that used a custom made, airtight, solid aluminum case that had external fins, and then stuck a bunch of peltier modules with heatsinks on the inside of the top of the case to transfer the heat to the case and induce internal convection currents. The whole system had no moving parts (he used a big passive CPU cooler and SSD's), was completely silent (the case was thick enough that it dampened the coil whine from the internal components to the point of being inaudible), and the whole thing ran remarkably cool (I think he had a 65W CPU, and it ran at no more than 50C most of the time, with the outside of the case rarely going above 30C).
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RE: OR...
By SitrucKram on 2018-05-16 13:08:55
And for those who want to perform serious computing, the Raspberry Pi probably isn't even close to an option at this point.
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No case walls
By jessesmith on 2018-05-16 14:13:57
Years ago I learned that it is often possible to run a completely silent system by simply taking the sides off the case and removing the fan. Use a SSD instead of a HDD and, ta-da, silent computer with virtually no tinkering or special equipment.

As others have pointed out, you can do the same thing with a Raspberry Pi, but it won't give nearly the same performance as just taking the sides off a typical desktop case.
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C64 and Amiga 500
By cybergorf on 2018-05-16 14:49:19
Computers are silent. At least that is what my first experiences with computers told me.
Except for the (optional) floppy drive my C64 was absolutely silent.

I seems noisy computers were just a unfortunate episode in history :-)
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Comment by ilovebeer
By ilovebeer on 2018-05-16 15:26:25
Nobody at this point should be impressed that someone built a silent/0db pc. It's old news and people have been doing it in various ways for many years. If you're going to show up extremely late for a party, at least don't pretend it just started because you finally got there.
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RE: OR...
By grat on 2018-05-16 15:40:14
... but for those wanting something a bit faster, get a 4 year old iPhone.
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RE[2]: OR...
By BallmerKnowsBest on 2018-05-16 15:57:52
> ... but for those wanting something a bit faster, get a 4 year old iPhone.

And if you need something faster than that, you can always get a decade-old Core2Duo...
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RE: OR...
By leech on 2018-05-16 15:58:44
Not sure why everyone pimps the Raspberry Pi. It's just not that great for most things. Though to be fair, it works great in my CosmosEx for my Atari ST computers. Even though the Pi is actually more powerful than any of them. :P
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RE[2]: OR...
By grat on 2018-05-16 17:53:35
I have a Pi with a wifi dongle, running openElec, plugged directly into a pair of amplified speakers. It mounts an NFS export from my NAS.

Controlled from my phone/tablet, it's a very nice music player.
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