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Very excited about this. Just built my first pc and I cant hear it running at all! I am really excited about this. I am new to PC as a high end audio source and by biggest concern was the noise that I am used to hearing from computers - fan noise, hard drive, disk noise.

I didnt want ot spend the money on one of the pre built "silent pcs" so I used reviews from slientpcreview.com to select a case, heatsink, fan's etc and I have to say that the end result is as quiet as I could have hoped.

All the parts came from newegg and ended up being cheaper than the lynx card it was built to run.

I will post a parts list later unless that is aginst forum rules. I dont want to come across as selling anything. I am just excited.


Still a lot more tinkering to do to optimize media monkey. Then I will be able to to some a/b comparisons to sonos and my universal disk player.


But I guess the real good news for now is that a pc can be built for about $500 w/o sound card that I cant hear in my listening room.


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Congratulations Jimmy!


Although you can't hear a peep out of your new computer, I bet it still keeps you up at night :)


I am very curious to hear all about your experiences. I discovered the silent pc site a few weeks ago. Perhaps your "report" might inspire some of us to try such an interesting and rewarding project.




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1 x ($79.99) CASE ANTEC|MINI P180 RT - Retail $79.99





1 x ($44.99) PSU PCPWR&COOLING|PPCS370X 370W RT - Retail $44.99





1 x ($7.99) CPU COOL ZALMAN|ZM-CS4A R - Retail $7.99





1 x ($57.99) HD 500G|WD SATA2 32M WD5000AADS - Retail $57.99





1 x ($50.49) MEM 2Gx2|GEIL GG24GB1066C6DC R - Retail $50.49





1 x ($74.99) MB GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+ RTL - Retail $74.99





1 x ($59.00) CPU AMD|A64 X2 5050E 2.6G AM2 RT - Retail $59.00





1 x ($44.99) DVD BURN PLEXTOR|PX-850SA 22X % - OEM $44.99





1 x ($54.99) CPU COOLER ZALMAN|CNPS 9700 NT R - Retail $54.99





1 x ($-7.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #2742$-7.99





And Lynx AES16.


I tried to go with low electric power consumption and big slow fans. The heatsink is a monster. I will try and post pictures if we can do that here.

The case is NOT pretty. but it is black and quiet. no heat so far.

I had originally planned on keeping music on nas at the other end of the house but I was getting drop outs so i moved the files on to the native hd last night. better.


Gonna let it run for a while. I have a 4 week old and house guests so no that i have it all together i wont be able to spend much time with it. but the real good news is that the folks at berkeley tell me that my new dac should ship monday!!!






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Yes, Jimmy, keep us posted on your results.


I am glad I saw your post, maybe I am overkill on the pc I was going to build too, alot of parts also sourced from newegg.com and endpcnoise.com





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Nice work! Bring on the Sonos comparison! ;P


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  • 3 weeks later...

The two items that I could have saved on for me were the slim case and the motherboard, but I was looking for something specific. I wanted a slim case that would look hi-end and not look like a pc. I had some people over and they did not even notice it was a pc and assumed it was a regular component:) The mother board has HDMI & DVI Output, Blu-Ray & Dolby Home Theater Support for possible future use;) Let me know how your turns out. I am using the Lynx L22 card and its awesome!


Almost forgot to ask you does yours get hot? Mine gets hot like the cable boxes!


FYI I added a small case fan and all if fine know. The oem case fan was about half the cfm.


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