My new, but not so quiet PC

Just bought a new PC on Nov. 5, 2003. I’m very happy with it, except I find it noisy. Done some reading at various websites about noise, and even went as afar as replacing the processor heatsink with a Zalman CNPS7000A-ALCU, removing 1 of the 2 fans in my Enermax power supply. Of course all of this accomplished nothing other than making me waste time and money.

So, I took the side-panel off today and disconnected all of the case fans (5 of 7 are currently running). Still noisy. The Zalman has a speed control for the heatsink fan, so I turned it up and down to get a feel for the sound of the fan. That definitely wasn’t the source ( and the fan lives up to its reputation of being quiet). So, I did the unthinkable and stopped the fan on the power supply. It makes more noise than the Zalman fan, but still not that much.

Thinking to myself ‘ now what?’, I finally remembered there was 1 fan I still hadn’t given any thought to… the one on my video card. It’s not particularly larger (I have an AIW 9600 Pro), but as soon as I stopped it, the noise went away!!! Did I ever feel stupid wasting all this time to figure that out!

This fan must be spinning quite quickly to make as much noise as it does, so now it’s time to do some research and figure out how to quiet it down!