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Building a Silent PC/HTPC

Posted on 05 May 2006 by

PCMagazine: Howto build silent HTPC rig

High-performance personal computers are thermal nightmares. As GPUs and CPUs have become more powerful, their heat output has skyrocketed. AMD’s top-of-the-line Athlon 64 X2 4800+ is rated at 105W, while Intel’s Pentium D 840 runs even higher, at 130W—as Paris Hilton would say, that’s hot. The typical way to dissipate all that heat? Throw extra cooling at the system—in other words, add more fans. Pretty soon, you’ve got more fans in your system than a B-36 bomber had propellers—and your system is as loud, too. You can’t control the heat output (without moving to lower-performing components), but you can control the noise. Read on to find out how.