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#1 xPETEZx

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:36 AM

Hi All,

 

Been a long time since I created a topic on here, but I need some advice.

 

The server in my signature has been getting on my nerves in terms of noise.

To reduce this, I consolidated some HDDs so reduced the amount of spinning rust from 7x HDDs to 5x HDDs.

I then also got some sound insulation foam and replaced the case fans with silent versions.

Its made a huge difference. The case is almost silent.

 

The only component making any real noise is the Power supply fan. The PSU is a PC&P Silencer (lol) 610W.

 

I was considering either: A) Replacing the fan in the PSU or B:) buying another PSU.

 

What silent PSU which can deal with 24/7 operation would you recommend? By using a PSU power calculator, I recon I need 390W. So min PSU would probably be a 500W unit.

 

Thanks for reading!


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:20 AM

Hey Peter,

 

My short list would include;

 

Rosewill Capstone-550

 

Seasonic SS-520FL (fanless, completely silent - but very pricey)

 

Kingwin Absolute Platinum AP-550


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

if all you have is a file/ media server and thats all it is used for you can use a lot less PSU...

 

My server has 6 hard drives and a 430w Antec Green and soon I'll be switching to a Corsair CX-430 modular... both dead silent


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

I say mod it! :P



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:00 AM

I run a Cooler Master 550 which makes almost no noise. The CPU cooling fan is louder.

Past experience has shown me that CM PSUs are very quiet.



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

Thanks for the replies!

 

The server is a little more than just file server, it runs a whole bunch of VM's too. It also has a TV card and acts as a DLNA transcoder.

So its CPU dosent sit dead idle, it is in use.

 

I am tempted to mod the PSU.... it has been such a fantastic unit. It has literally been off for no more than a couple of days at time over the last 5 years. 

 

Anybody modded a PCP&C 610W before? My google found some other forum topics discussing doing it, but nobody posting bad saying they had done it.

 

My only concern would be that the fan I fit dsoent keep the unit cool enough...


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Media: | Win 8.1 Pro x64 | C2Q Q6600 | 4GB Corsair Dominator | Gainward GTS250 512MB | Intel DP35DP | Samsung SSD 256GB | ASUS Xonar D2 | PC Power & Cooling 610W | Antec Veris | Onyko TX-NR515 + Tanoy SFX5.1 | Sharp LC32U700e |

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:37 PM

What is the model number of the fan?

 

Take a look and see what fan is fitted and you'll probably be able to find its specification on line.

 

You then need to find one with a similar specification that runs quieter.

 

I think it may be an 80mm fan? Something like this may do the job with a little less noise?


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:35 PM

Corsair CX-430 modular... both dead silent


I wouldn't be so sure about this..

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:46 PM

Seasonic SS-520FL (fanless, completely silent - but very pricey)

 

THis would be a very good choice if OP can afford it.

Otherwise mid the current PSU.


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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:59 AM

Think getting a Noctua fan is best, that is what I replaced all the other case fans with and I am really really impressed! They are DEAD silent but still move a fair amount of air. 

 

I will take a look at the PSU tonight and see if I need a 3 pin or 4 pin fan. I imagine its probably 2/3...


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Media: | Win 8.1 Pro x64 | C2Q Q6600 | 4GB Corsair Dominator | Gainward GTS250 512MB | Intel DP35DP | Samsung SSD 256GB | ASUS Xonar D2 | PC Power & Cooling 610W | Antec Veris | Onyko TX-NR515 + Tanoy SFX5.1 | Sharp LC32U700e |

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:35 AM

Think getting a Noctua fan is best, that is what I replaced all the other case fans with and I am really really impressed! They are DEAD silent but still move a fair amount of air. 

 

I will take a look at the PSU tonight and see if I need a 3 pin or 4 pin fan. I imagine its probably 2/3...

 

Noctua inside a PSU? Sounds like a plan!


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