[Ardour-Users] Motherboard hints and tips?

Wilson, Jed S jed at wilson.org
Thu Jan 31 09:36:31 PST 2008

Can someone post a few relatively authoritative links on "quiet" computers
-- i.e., those one can have in the same room as recording microphones.

I can use my laptop now [very quiet], but would eventually like to have a
desktop/tower that won't generate the vast quantities of noise I'm getting
now from my current multi-fan wonder].

Aside but related:
I realize "recording microphones" is a very general statement [e.g., SM57
behaves differently than a very sensitive condenser/ribbon].  Ideally one
would have an isolation booth.  However, at present for me this is


> On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:44:47 -0600
> "Brett Clark" <brett.clark at zirous.com> wrote:
>> I recommend spending the extra money on the variable
>> speed fans.  They may cost $20 - $30 dollars, but they will be much
>> quieter.
>> Same with the CPU cooling fan.  The one that comes boxed with the CPU
>> is probably the cheapest one that they could come up with.
> I can't agree more with this.  I have a system that started out as a
> prepackaged "quiet" PC based on a Pentium III CPU.  I upgraded to a P4
> a while back, and now the only piece that's original on it is the case!
> I knew the original PIII power supply wouldn't fit, so I got a quiet
> PS, but hadn't realized that the stock P4 fans were so bad.  I finally
> went and got a Zalman CPU fan and was amazed at how quiet it is.  The
> loudest noise now comes from my hard drives.  (I went with a lower-end
> graphics card to avoid a fan on it.  I really don't need a whole lot
> of GPU power to run ardour!)
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