Hello Folks, Taji here letting you know all is well here in Egypt and that if you want to read about my experiences during the revolution that is happening as I write this then head on over to VoiceOverXtra and read my Article on the matter.
The article below is by a good tweep of mine and I’ve been hounding him for the past few months about completing it so you folks can get the benefit of his experience. Enjoy!
So, about six months ago now, I realized that to make recording voice at home less painful, I wanted a silent PC. The laptop I’ve been using for the last few years has a fan like a jet engine, and while I couldn’t quite hear it when I recorded with it in the room, I didn’t want to take the risk that I’d suddenly discover it on a whole bunch of audio.
This is a rather exhaustive attempt to record how I’ve pursued the lofty goal of building a silent PC for audio recording. First up, I’m going to be talking about my goals for the machine – what I want it to do – and how that’s translated into the parts I’ve chosen. I’m also going to put my cards face up on the table and show you the resources I’ve used to get information.
This is by no means the only way to build a silent PC – there are countless other combinations you could go with. But hopefully by showing you some of the resources I’ve used, and the choices I’ve made, it will help you if you’re looking at doing the same thing yourself.
The key criteria I had for the machine when selecting parts were:
- Silence. Above all else, I wanted the machine to be as silent as possible.
- Inexpensive. Where possible, I wanted to be sensible about spending money. If I can save a few hundred dollars, that’s like a bonus paid voice gig.
- Power-efficient. Ideally, I wanted to be able to keep my machine on 24×7, so I wanted to ensure that it was as energy-efficient as possible.
- Low heat. Heat’s important because the more heat that components produce, the more fans have to work to cool, and that means more power and noise.
- Ability to run games. The secondary purpose of the machine was to build a middle-of-the-road games machine. I’ll call out very specifically the choices that I’ve made to support this – it’s only one or two parts, really.
Silent PC Review: Amazing tool!
The key website I used as my starting point for research, and for advice, is Silent PC Review. They are INVALUABLE. So much so that I’ve donated back to the site since, for the time and effort that it saved me. For the relevant components, I’ve provided a link back to the Silent PC review page. You can also read the forum thread where I got some great feedback here.
So without further ado, let’s have a look at what I’ve chosen, and why. For the time poor, I’ve provided a short summary for the components I’ve chosen, along with a link to the Silent PC review.