The little laptop computer that I now have is far to noisy to do editing and/ or recording with. I am looking at building a desktop PC for my AA 3.0.1. I want it to be as quiet as I can get it. I am looking at PCUSA.com and they list these options for noise reduction:
|Sound Absorbing Foam on Side, Top And Bottom panels||$35.00|
|Power Supply Gasket||$5.00|
|Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts|
Which one is any of those features would help the most?
Here is the rest of the specs in the computer I am looking at (it is costumizable so any suggestions are welcome):
|PC-9--1|| - Super Gamer Series: AMD AM3|
It's relatively simple - for really low noise, throw out the HDs and replace them with SSDs, which are silent - that will make a huge difference to the noise level, all on its own. Then put in a quiet PSU with a large, slow fan, and put a quiet cooling system on the processor - one with the maximum amount of real-estate outside the case. You need the largest area you can to spread the heat over, so you can use the slowest fan on it. Use fan speed regulators, and monitor the temperature; you might be surprised at how much you can slow the fans down without excessive heat build-up. You can purchase 'quiet' cases, and sometimes these are worth it. With a bit of care, it's not too difficult to build a PC these days that's so quiet you can't tell it's turned on - even in the middle of the night when ambient noise is at its lowest.
Don't go mad on overclocking - it really doesn't make that much difference to the speed Audition will run at for normal tasks, and it will increase your heat dissipation from the processor considerably, so the fans have to run faster and louder.