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5 Simple Steps to a Quieter PC 430

~*77*~ writes "Silencing a computer can be a costly endeavor, but taking a few relatively inexpensive steps can have a drastic impact on the noise produced by the common computer system. Before starting on any sound reduction upgrades, analyzing a system to pinpoint the areas in need of the most attention will help determine the best course of action and the best way to spend any money."
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5 Simple Steps to a Quieter PC

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  • step 1. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 20, 2005 @10:27AM (#11728329)
    step 1: turn computer off.. aww c'mon, I'm not trolling.. if it were warm outside you'd all be on the same page.
  • Three more methods (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Sunday February 20, 2005 @10:29AM (#11728342)
    • Turn it off and go for a walk.
    • Bury it under your dirty laundry. (Always plentiful for a gek, right?)
    • Turn up the stereo.

  • by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Sunday February 20, 2005 @10:36AM (#11728375) Homepage Journal
    That's usually been the single source of the most noise in my systems. HD manufacturers need to make quieter drives. I used to be a hardcore Maxtor fanatic, but with three out of four drive failures (250 gig drives) in only two months, I am hunting for a new manufacturer. I bought Hitachis to replace the dead Maxtors but I am leeary of them since their technology used to be IBM and it only took one "DeathStar" drive from IBM to convince me that they made shitty drives. I can't stand Western Digital since I had three drives in a row fail from them over the course of a year and two fo those were replacements for WD drives that died before. One of them even smoked in my case when I installed it! Nearly caused a fire. Thanks WD but no thanks. So that leaves Seagate which I haven't had any experience with so far. I miss Micropolis who used to make super quiet SCSI A/V drives back in the 90s.
  • Duh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dr. Max E. Ville ( 821578 ) on Sunday February 20, 2005 @10:44AM (#11728410)
    "It's the fans! The fans are doing it!"
    No shit, I tought my mousepad was making the noise. How is this article nerd? Show me the nerd stuff! Show me how I can use new discoverys in quantum physics to cool my processor with just a few atoms of plutonium and a few household items.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 20, 2005 @10:54AM (#11728449)
    I switched from an Athlon and Duron desktops to two refurbished Thinkpads. Quiet, portable, cool.

  • by WhatAmIDoingHere ( 742870 ) * <> on Sunday February 20, 2005 @11:22AM (#11728573) Homepage
    Did you also notice that water was wet?

    Accure? []
  • There is no step 2 (Score:1, Insightful)

    by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Sunday February 20, 2005 @11:32AM (#11728614)
    Buy a Mac.
    No seriously. Dell Fanboys always want to point out how macs are expensive. Then we see article like this talking about how to spend loads of dollars to make your PC quieter.

    Next time a Dell Fanboy wants to make a price comparison, please throw in a couple hundred bucks for "quieting" that drone.
  • by LiquidRaptor ( 125282 ) <Matt@s i x 9 s . c om> on Sunday February 20, 2005 @01:35PM (#11729198) Homepage
    Curious here, it only took one IBM drive that was actively recalled to make you swear off the brand, even though everyother series of drives has been among the top. But it took you 3 drive failures to make you swear off Maxtor who has long been known for making shit drives?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 20, 2005 @03:54PM (#11729964)
    People just don't believe Macs are as cheap. If you go to the Apple Store and choose one of the first imacs you run into you get:

    17-inch widescreen LCD
    1.6GHz PowerPC G5
    533MHz frontside bus
    256MB DDR400 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
    64MB DDR video memory
    80GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load Combo Drive

    Then you go to the Dell site and spend the same amount of money and it certainly seems like you are getting more:

    17 inch Digital Flat Panel
    P4 540 HT 3.20GHz, 800 FSB
    512MB DC DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz 2x256M
    256MB nVidia GeForce 6800
    160GB SATA
    Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write

    It just *sounds* like you get a lot more for the money with the Dell.
  • by koreaman ( 835838 ) <> on Sunday February 20, 2005 @04:18PM (#11730105)
    When did I say I was going to buy an alien? Those things are more overpriced than Macs.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"