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 10/07/2003 04:30 PM
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fmerante
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Hi all.

I currently have this:

2 * Athlon XP 1700+'s @ 2GHZ (modded to AthlonMP 2400+'s)
Tyan s2460 motherboard
2 * 512MB Kingston PC2100 ECC Reg DIMMS
Promise TX2 IDE RAID Controller
ATI AIW 8500 128MB AGP
Hercules GametheaterXP
1 * Acer 16X DVD-ROM
1 * LG DVD-R 2X Burner
1 * MSI 48X CDBurner
1 * 40G WD 8MB Cache 7200RPM
2 * 80G WD *MB Cache 7200RPM in RAID o array (160G)

Pix here: http://www.geocities.com/fmerante/dualathlon.html' ">http://www.geocities.com/fmerante/dualathlon.html

The problem is that this machine is too damn loud!! I can hear it from three floors up!

I'm probably going to sell the components and "downgrade" to a single CPU solution that is hopefully a lot quieter.

I was thinking of an NForce2 based motherboard, Barton 2500+ and 1GB of PC3200 memory and keeping all my current systems' drives and peripherals. I figure what I''ll lose in CPU horsepower I'll gain in overall system bandwidth.

I've looked at replacing various components to reduce the sound level but the prices are out of whack. I'd rather replace the setup. My CPU fans alone sound like jet turbines. All other case fans are of the "silent type" Temps per CPU are around 35 - 49 C My case is a split case (CPU mobo on one side, drives on the other side. Sound levels should be good in that type of a case I thought.

Anyone else out there with Dual Athlons being deafened by their PC"

What did you end up doing to quiet things down.

Cheers

Frank
 10/07/2003 07:49 PM
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fmerante
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Thanks for the link. As for the $150.00 offer. Hmmm maybe in 5 years?

 10/07/2003 08:54 PM
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Ok, couple suggestions:

1. Your fans on the SK6's are upside down. They should be blowing into the heatsinks, not out. It won't make it quieter, but it'll make it cooler.

2. Lose the SK6's and the Deltas. It's no wonder it's loud... those Deltas are not exactly quiet fans.

3. I need some info on the case and fans you have... without that, I can't recommend what to do with those.

However, as a start, order two Thermalright SK7, SLK-800A or SLK-900A heatsinks and two 80mm fans. I like Thermaltake's SmartFan2, as it's manually or temperature adjustable from ~20cfm to 75cfm... However, if you just want quiet, a couple Sunon KD1208PTB2-6 fans should be perfect. They're not silent, but they're pretty quiet. I'd recommend 92mm fans and SLK-900As, but I doubt the fans would fit... in fact, the heatsinks may not even fit. I know they fit on a MSI K7D Master-L, but I haven't tried them on any other dually boards.
 10/08/2003 11:54 AM
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I have SK-7's with vantec stealth fans and it runs my 1.47 ghz athlons just fine (no overclocking though...)

I also 7-volted some of the case fans and replaced a loud fan in my PSU.
 10/08/2003 11:59 AM
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Yeah, Vantec Stealths or Panaflo L1As would be another option, but since fmerante is overclocking it, I'd rather be on the safe side and go with something like the 39cfm Sunons I mentioned...
 10/08/2003 01:18 PM
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I'm in the process of building a dual machine based on Athlon XP 2400's (L5 modded only) with AeroCool Deep Impact (heat tube based) heat sinks. These beasties are QUIET. It might help. Also, replacing your powersupply fans (or your powersupply) should help as well.

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 10/08/2003 02:11 PM
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Wow! Those Aerocools look interesting.

Just read a review here: http://www.viperlair.com/revie...cool...act/index.shtml' ">http://www.viperlair.com/revie...deepimpact/index.shtml

What do these go for and where can I get them in the Canada or U.S. ?

I wonder if they would fit on my Tyan s2460.

Frank
 10/08/2003 03:04 PM
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I'll second the recommendation for SK-7s with Vantec Stealth 80mm fans. I'm running a pair of modded XP 2100+ chips on a Tyan MPX board, and the CPU fans are very quiet. Case fans are all wired to the temp controlled fan output of my Antec TruePower PSU to further cut down on noise. Full-load CPU temps are around 50C, which is quite acceptable.
 10/08/2003 05:57 PM
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Just Brew It... your definition of "acceptable" is somewhat different from mine. I see 50*C full load temps and go ( )

Personally, I like running mine a bit cooler than that, but if it's stable, and it doesn't bug you, I suppose it's not a problem...

The Aerocools are available from www.3dcool.com and from Fry's... check pricewatch to see if anywhere else has them. They look like very good heatsinks, too. The only problem is that they're about as expensive as SLK-800s/900s (~$40), and the SLKs perform much better.
 10/09/2003 12:34 PM
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All you need is a case with airflow, so you can keep temps down. Make sure your case fans are'nt very loud though. best thing would be silent 120mm fans at 7v.

Get proper heatsinks that allow 80mm fans, not noisy 60mm fans. Put panaflo L1A fans on the heatsinks, and you are rolling. (sk-7 is a great heatsink, I use them with dual xp2400's)

You'll probably still end up with a noisy powersupply, but the situation will be alot better then what you started from.
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