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How loud is your primary computer?

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It's silent
  5945 votes / 17%
It's only audible under load
  9145 votes / 26%
It's a constant, minimal buzz
  5849 votes / 17%
It's mostly quiet, occasionally noisier
  4483 votes / 13%
It's not quiet, but not loud enough to annoy
  3488 votes / 10%
It's louder than I prefer
  3255 votes / 9%
It's far too loud
  850 votes / 2%
It's a 4.3 on the Richter scale
  1220 votes / 3%
34235 total votes.
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How loud is your primary computer?

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  • by FatLittleMonkey (1341387) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @02:34PM (#46092627)

    Wouldn't the last option be funnier if it was just


  • by multimediavt (965608) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @02:44PM (#46092759)

    ears are only useful in meatspace, vestigial organs for the average slashdotter


  • by sackbut (1922510) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @03:26PM (#46093293)
    I don't have a computer...
  • by Antipater (2053064) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @04:08PM (#46093783)
    Perhaps they simply wanted a nice slice of toast?
  • by rts008 (812749) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @04:25PM (#46093955) Journal

    Hear! Hear! (or not)

    Same here. If I actually hear a computer running, then everyone else in the building has already evacuated to the bomb shelter, trembling in fear at the world-ending THING they can hear coming...and here I sit clueless about the upcoming disaster, posting to slashdot. :-)

    I used to lament my hearing loss until several years ago when I tried a hearing aide.
    After hearing the conversations around me for the first time in several decades, I promptly removed it for good. (I have an unreasonable fear that stupidity might be contagious when exposed to large amounts of same)

  • by wagnerrp (1305589) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @04:42PM (#46094165)
    Well as long as they're not insensitive...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @08:43PM (#46096197)
    If the water is freezing on its trip through the radiator you put outside, you aren't overclocking your PC enough. :P
  • by mjwx (966435) on Tuesday January 28, 2014 @11:45PM (#46097147)

    Then why in the world would someone "Pump up the Jam"?!

    Perhaps the jam was needed on the second floor?

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @09:45AM (#46099203) Homepage

    Pump's make far less noise than fans.

    Please pull out your apostrophe key and burn it.

    Apostrophe does NOT mean "watch out, here comes an 's'".

  • by DeTech (2589785) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @11:41AM (#46100159)
    Except of course in the sentence... "watch out, here comes an 's'".
  • by Fluffeh (1273756) on Wednesday January 29, 2014 @10:35PM (#46106641)

    There is only one man, who would dare give me the Raspberry! Lone Starr!

  • by doti (966971) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @03:02PM (#46112767) Homepage

    Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say what one more Goddamn time!

  • by SomePoorSchmuck (183775) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @07:24PM (#46115541) Homepage

    Sadly, just about every "water cooled" computer requires both. Water cooling is rarely anything more than a way to put your air cooling in a more convenient location.

    True, but when you can actually have the air cooling with much larger surface area in a convenient location, you can do much better than to just stick a radiator and fans inside or on the side of the case.

    I use water cooling to almost silence my gaming "rig". I built a chimney of sorts behind my bookshelf, and have an array of passive radiators hidden there. Also the pump is at the bottom of the chimney, in foam padding. I have a fan at the bottom, and it is being controlled by the water temperature, but the ~250W (guesstimate) that my GPU and CPU dump into the water while gaming can be cooled fairly well with just the chimney effect. It's fairly inconspicuous too, since on the side of the bookshelf the visible bits are the reservoir at the top, the air intake with fan and two tubes coming out of holes at the bottom.

    The PSU, chipset, SSD and HDDs need to be cooled by air in the case, so I need fans, but they can turn at a fairly quiet 600 - 800 rpm. In addition to the PSU fan, I use three fans to have slightly positive pressure inside the case, but I could probably do with just a single one if I took the effort to modify the case and make most of the case airtight so I could control the airflow better. The HDDs are suspended and sandwiched, but I think they wouldn't be too noticeable even without the extra soundproofing.

    I sunk a fair amount of time and money into this (one needs quality components), but the silence is golden. Maintenance, however, can be a bit tedious because of the amount of coolant that needs to be bled and replaced. Also cleaning all tubing and connections is a chore. With the coolant split into 6 parallel flows for the radiators, filters, monitoring sensors and ports to help bleeding add up to quite a few fittings.

    The setup would, of course, be pure overkill if the whole system wasn't in a silent space, but my "office" is an old studio with good soundproofing, so there isn't too much ambient noise. Computer fans do not bother me in more noisy environments, but they really started to bug me in that space. Now if I could just do something to the electrical noises my the components and display make...

    Sounds like a very well-thought out setup that you've fine-tuned over many hours of work. I bet it really impresses the girlfriends you bring over.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!


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