[mythtv-users] Re-finishing a low-profile case w/ silent parts

Quinten Steenhuis qsteenhuis at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 19:18:50 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 11:14, Quinten Steenhuis <qsteenhuis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 10:56, Clay <ctmythtv at pacbell.net> wrote:
>>>> They're no longer made but the Zalman cnps7000 series are low profile,
>>>> quiet, and cool well. I have them in a couple cases. One in a frontend has
>>>> been up 4 years+ and still quiet (no fan failures/bearing noise).
>>> I tried those, and they weren't quiet enough for me. I went with no
>>> fans and fins on my CPU and using Noctua fans for the case... they are
>>> nice but a bit expensive.
>> The few fanless designs I've seen appear to be HUGE. Are you using
>> this in a low-profile case?
> nope, but mine isn't huge. I'd have to check to see how big.
> Have you checked out:
> http://www.quietpcusa.com/
> http://www.endpcnoise.com/
> http://www.silentpcreview.com/

I've looked a good amount at silentpcreview.com, but found it hard to
filter for the low-profile solutions. Especially as reviews of my case
suggested it was hard to fit in some of the cooling solutions out
there, I've been reluctant to buy without hearing from other folks
actually building small/quiet HTPCS.

Maybe I need to take some more measurements inside the case. It's
really quite a small case--the DVD drive cables end up sitting over
the RAM modules.

For context: right now, I have to turn up the volume about 10 notches
higher when the MythBox is turned on than when I'm watching a source
plugged in directly to the TV. Especially noisy if I watch anything on
Hulu. Probably it won't take much to improve on that situation, but I
want to be sure to get something that's worth the time and $$.

Thanks for all of the help from everyone. I'd be happy to hear more
recommendations that anyone has about specific products they've used
in a low-profile solution too.

Replacing the HD won't help too much as this is a combined FE/BE.

Does it make sense to replace the heatsink too, if I replace the fan?
Or is it enough to replace the fan?

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