How to Get a Quiet PC

Most computers are noisy, but follow these guidelines and you can have a quiet PC. Whether you're building one from scratch or modifying an existing one.


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    Choose a low power CPU, the most important (VIA C7 rather than Pentium IV).
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    Underclock the CPU via the BIOS if you can. You may need a high-end motherboard for this.
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    Choose a solid state HDD (called SSD).
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    If you can live without an optical drive (maybe just use a USB drive), do so.
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    Get water cooling professionally done.
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    Don't get a graphics card with a fan.


  • Laptops are sometimes quieter than Desktops, but not always.
  • Netbooks are often quieter than laptops.


  • Badly installed water cooling systems, or faulty ones, can damage a computer. Stick to well-known brands and be sure that you have done everything correctly.
  • In order to get a quiet computer without causing damage to it, you will have to sacrifice performance for silence. If you are planning on doing hardware intensive gaming, or lots of video transcoding, you will either have to pay for a water-cooling system, or use components with low heat output.
  • Unless silence is an absolute must, don't bend over backwards to accommodate many changes. If you can get it down to the point where it is fairly quiet, and not disruptive, it is fine.
  • Absence of fans can fry the CPU if it is generating enough heat (usually synonymous with drawing high power).

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