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The quiet diary
Jun 1st 2002
It's been almost a year since last, but I found this neat link that
I had to share. It is a noise
comparison of various fan models done by
Directron.com. Go check it out.
And be sure to check back here, because I have a new (noisy) computer
that I need to work on. See you then... :)
Aug 7th 2001
Got my water cooling stuff going again. The modified senfu radiator
seems to work very well. Doing a burn-test right now, and the temperature
seems stabe at 39.5 degrees celcius. I still have to find a better container
and some RedLine 'water wetter', but other than that I am fairly pleased.
Hopefully this system will last longer than the previous one...
After I clean up the mess I made putting this together I will see if the
pictures I took are worth putting up.
I'm done cleaning (for today), so I put up the pictures I took.
Aug 6th 2001
I went to the hardware store today to pick up some items for my new
water cooling system. Unfortunately they didn't thave the shutoff valves
I wanted to be able to build a closed-circuit system, so I'll just have
to build a system with a water tank first. I started by modifying my
Senfu radiator to fit larger hoses, as described
While I was at it I also replaced the fans with two very quiet slot
fans that I hooked up serially so that they will run on 6 volts.
I will post some pictures of this setup eventually. :)
I have also started building an inline temperature sensor as described
Tomorrow I will try to find an auto supply store that has the RedLine
Water Wetter (tm) that will keep the water in my system from becoming
Green Slimy Goo (tm).
Aug 2nd 2001
A couple of months has gone by since I gave up on my water cooling rig
and a lot has happened since then. I've discovered a few new things and
I'm now ready to give water cooling another try. But before I go into
that I'll have to tell you that I bought a
Koolance case! :) I bought one
with an non-watercooled PSU, because I wanted to have a HD and a GFX
cooler as well as a CPU cooler. The first thing that I noticed is that
the fan in the PSU was NOT quiet!! I opened it up and measured the voltage
to see if it was temperature controlled... It turns out that it wasn't even
temperature controlled. :( So I replaced it with a fan that *is* temperature
controlled from Directron.com...
Now the box is fairtly quiet, but far from inaudible. I also bought a
whole bunch of cyclone slot fans from Directron. When running at 7 volts
they are both quiet and efficient!
Now, back to the water cooling!
What really made me make up my mind to try this again was
Now if I can just build a closed system without a tank, I'll be happy.:)
And, last but not least; I have decided to upgrade my TiVo with a
80Gb Seagate Barrracuda IV. If they are half as quiet as they claim,
it should be an excellent hard drive for everybody with an interest
in quiet data storage.
Come back soon, I will. :)
May 3rd 2001
I finally got a digital camera so I can start documenting some of the
stuff I've been doing here. And today I started by documenting the decay
of my water cooling system as I replaced it with regular fan/heatsinks.
See the gross guck that grows in my water here.
Apr 8th 2001
Whoa! Water cooling done right is
here! What can I say?
I'm getting one of these cases as soon as I can. :)