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Passively Cooled PC
Build your silent PCThis instruction shows you how to build a performing silent PC, that remains cool under full load, without the use of cooling fans.
Step 1: Verify limitationsEvery design has its limitations. If the anwers of one of the questions below is Yes, this design is not for you.
Step 2: Choose your favorite CPUYou may choose any CPU, that has a TDP of no more than 95W, and a maximum allowable temperature (Tcase) of at least 70 degrees Celsius.
Step 3: Choose your graphics solutionAny graphics solution can be used. Unfortunately the most powerful videocards all come with fans, which generate noise. CPU integrated graphics are effectively cooled using the CPU cooler, but other solutions should also do well as long as there is lots of room for ventilation. Graphics components typically have much higher allowable temperatures than CPUs, which helps.
Step 4: Choose your mainboardThere are no specific requirement to the mainboard. However because cooling may be more critical than in a well ventilated case, it is advised to use a somewhat more advanced board. If available choose a version that allows a higher TDP than your processor requires.
Step 5: Choose SSD, RAM memory, power supply and DVDUse SSD storage instead of a conventional harddrive
Use an entirely passively cooled power supply
Use an external DVD player, connected over USB, that can be removed whenever not needed.
Step 6: Dimension your passive CPU cooling solutionFor the standard parts there are two options here:
The Mugen mounting brackets are compatible with the Scythe Orochi cooler - my own setup makes use of this combination.
In order to effectively cool 65W or 95W, a chimney that extends 25 cm to 45 cm respectively above the cooler respectively, needs to be constructed on top of the horizontally oriented Orochi cooler. For optimal results, the sides of the cooler should be covered as well. The chimney can easily be created using heavy paper and duct tape.
Step 7: Case designThe mainboard will be positioned horizontally. The chimney on top of the cooler will rise quite some distance above it. As far as I know there is no standard case available that supports this setup. This means you have to build something yourself, maybe re-using an existing case.
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Step 8: AssemblyAssembly is needed to finalize your PC.
Step 9: VerificationIt is advised to do the verification in the following order:
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