GamersNexus: "This silent gaming PC guide will cover quiet case fans, bearing types, quiet CPU coolers, GPU cooling upgrades, and tips on how to make your PC less noisy."
using noctua fans on a h100 cpu cooler would be alot better along with noctua fans throughout the case
Always found expensive fans to be a waste of money. If you've got money to burn then fine, otherwise it's best spent elsewhere. A gaming PC is never really going to be silent, and I see little point in paying 10 times the price on some fancy name branded stuff that only does a marginally better job. I'm using a few £2 120mm fans, along with the ones that came with my case, don't think I've ever seen either my CPU or GPUs go above 55% when using custom profiles. Any extra hum is easily ignored when actually playing games.
My gaming rig is virtually silent. The humming from the 4 HDDs I use for storage (SSDs for system and gaming) now make the most noise. It stays that way even when gaming thanks to the Noctua nh-d14 and Gigabyte GTX670 Windforce x3. For the case fans, I simply use as many 200-230mm fans as you can cram into a Coolermaster HAF X and run them at low RPM (300). This is enough even when gaming during summer where I live. It seems crazy to use that many fans, but in my experience it is the high pitched whine from a fan running at high RPM that makes all the noise. With so many and ALL of them running at low, I just get a faint woosh barely audible over the background noise in the room. Certainly worth the effort since I can now game on it with my wife sleeping nearby and the "this more expensive component is not as noisy as the cheaper one" is a great way to convince the wife to get a better GPU :)
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