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    Default Re: Best, safest mild OC settings for lowest temps/best stability for recording studi

    I love Zalman fan controllers. I have the older ZM-MFC1 controller. Very reliable. I also have a bunch of fanmate controllers. Very useful for containing noise.

    To the OP: You have calibrated mics and spl meters. Why don't you do an rta and spl of the noise from your rig. This way you will have an idea if the noise is more concentrated on the upper or lower octaves and the level of the fan noise. It may give you an idea to how to address it and which one of the fans are the culprits that is tainting your recordings. High frequency noise may be addressed by the sound dampening material, but probably not for low frequency noise. Then look at the published db specs of the fan you are intending to replace it with, and see if it may address some of these issues.

    The H50 is an excellent suggestion as it is a very effective, relatively compact, self contained, sealed WC solution.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Best, safest mild OC settings for lowest temps/best stability for recording studi

    ^^^

    Yeah Bomb, I've been thinking about those same things. No matter though, I just need to build a machine closet close enough to the console to make cable runs but isolated enough to have the room quiet. It just starting to seem silly to keep trying to spend money and time running down the "silent" machine when it will never happen and the fix is so easy! I do love the idea of a really quiet machine, but in a studio with it in the room, there's really no such thing. At least that's where I've landed since I started this thread yesterday!
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    Default Re: Best, safest mild OC settings for lowest temps/best stability for recording studi

    The H50 is an excellent suggestion as it is a very effective, relatively compact, self contained, sealed WC solution.
    Definitely. Apart from switching all the fans to Noctua ones, this would make the largest difference over all I think. The fact that the radiator fan will replace both the CPU fan and in this case the front input (having the warm air go in the case shouldn't be that bad or one can reverse to have input at the back output at the front).

    It's a shame that the Atom processors with an ION chipset aren't up to the job. I'm assuming that if you require the power of a Core i7 then the Atom would be dreadfully under powered, even the newer dual core variant.

    Another suggestion to help with CPU temps: Is it possible for you to cut a blow hole in the top of the rack mount so that the HSF can draw in cold(er) air from outside the case? This will help temps no end. I've done the same in a couple of really short HTPC cases and used some cardboard tubing, similar to but thicker than toilet roll tubing, as a funnel or duct to make sure all air is drawn from outside and the duct is sealed to the blow hole with silicone/mastik .
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    Default Re: Best, safest mild OC settings for lowest temps/best stability for recording studi

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post

    Another suggestion to help with CPU temps: Is it possible for you to cut a blow hole in the top of the rack mount so that the HSF can draw in cold(er) air from outside the case? This will help temps no end. I've done the same in a couple of really short HTPC cases and used some cardboard tubing, similar to but thicker than toilet roll tubing, as a funnel or duct to make sure all air is drawn from outside and the duct is sealed to the blow hole with silicone/mastik .
    I'm on that one already. I'm putting a 120mm in the top pushing air down over the memory sticks, which are right in front of the cooler fan. I've experimented with this and it brings temps down 3-4 degrees. I've also decided to put the same fan over the the PCI slots where the GPU is to pull any heat out there. So, I'll have about 48 CFM coming in the front which is pulled by the two 80's in the back at the same rate, then the two new ones in the top should balance so I'm not sucking or pushing any air out the vents. I'm also thinking about making a plate to hold a couple of fans to mount to the rack ears over the the computer rack case to push cool air in there.

    We'll see!
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    Cool. Don't be afraid to dial the fans down a little. As long as you keep to the safe working temps of all components you'll be good. The most over looked component to cool is ofc the HDD. As long as that's under 45-50c that's ok. CPU will be fine up to 85c when loaded, GPU up to 90c load or no load, RAM... tricky, maybe 65-70c max, hot to the touch is fine but it should not burn you.

    It's surprising how heat tolerant components are. Even at their max thermal envelope you're talking 5+ years of trouble free usage.

    Water cooling might be a good project if you can save around 250/$400 to do it right. Three fans on the radiator and just the 80's sucking air out of the case should pull in enough air passively to keep the chipset and RAM cool. Having the GPU in the loop is also optional, keep it out if you want to get a huge OC or put it in to further decrease the need for ventilation.

    What ever you decide, let us know how you get on. Maybe post some pictures of your progress. Having a project log can be a good way to keep motivated and is a good record of progress.
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