Quiet Black HD?


#1

I have been trying to build a quiet PC.  I have used several cases including the Lian Li  PC61, the Lian Li PC P50 and the latest the Corsair 800D.  I have also increased the capacity of the Western Digital Black Hard Drives I used in each build from 2-500GB drives to 2-640GB drives and the latest 2-750GB drives.  On the silent PC front I am losing ground on each build.  It seems the 750GB drives generate more vibration than the previous drives.  Is it me or were/are the 500GB drives the quietest of the bunch?  Any suggestions, short of going SSD, on what drive will generate the least amount of vibration?


#2

Thanks all for the input.  In case anybody is interested, I switched out the 750 GB drives and put in a 500 GB drive and the vibration did not change!  So… I finally determined that the vibration from the HD was causing the plastic HD fan cover in the Corsair 800D case to make all the “noise”.  Removed fan cover - problem solved.


#3

Also remember when you mount the HD’s to try to use rubber gromlets or something like that. I use them on my HD mounting screws and it makes a ton of difference. It will cut down on vibration since the HD’s are mounted on metal for the most part. and even for the fans I put rubber between the fans and the case and screws. Now I get no sound from vibrating. The only saud I hear now is just the fan moving air and the HD when it is working hard like when loading games, etc…


#4

1TB WD Black is quiet enough. the silent fan i got is actually more louder then the drive in operation.

Avoid the old 500GB Green Drive if possible… they are slow.