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Old 02-25-2006, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Completely Silent Desktop Computer

I'm on a quest, for the COMPLETELY silent computer. It doesn't have to be powerful at ALL. Just for overnight stuff, I guess. I've sort of have a plan rigged up, but I'm unsure about some things, and need a little help...

Mobo - Doesn't really matter, as long as it's got USB support, spare PCI slots...

CPU - I'm thinking of using an older P2 Slot one. The ones with the passive heatsink and no fan. I've got two, so I might be able to make a dualy if I can find a motherboard that supports two...

RAM - Again, doesn't matter, not intensive. I've got some spare EDO around, if that's good enough...

Case - Probably going to be really cheap, I'll have it kept open at all times anyway.

Video card - Something old with passive heat transfer, maybe an old TNT.

Hard drive - Old 20GB I've got lying around. Anyone have any ways of making it sort of floating with no contact with the case to keep noise to a minimum? I've seen it done with bungie cords before, but I forget how they did it exactly.

PSU - HERE is where things get sticky. How can I rig a PSU so it doesn't need a fan? There'll be practically no load at all on it, and I was wondering if it is safe to take the fan out. How hot does a PSU actually get anyway? I'll have the case open at most times, so that should be okay circulation.

If I really, really, need to have SOME form of air circulation, I suppose I could try to rig up ONE of my really slow 120 mm fans to the case...

Anyone want to suggest anything else? Again, this isn't going to be used for anything demanding. Just web browsing, e-mail, music.
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