Review: Serenity Gaming PC

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14 Responses to “Review: Serenity Gaming PC”

  1. Scuba SM says:

    phisrow,

    I’m really interested in what you’ve got there… I’ve been dreaming about a DVR/Music server/gaming machine/workstation setup recently, but those extenders are giving me some thoughts on different options. Removing the computer to a different room kills noise, may allow for a larger system… Thanks for the link. Got any more info?

  2. oheso says:

    I have that same model case — Antec stock, not the mods. It comes with some nice sound-proofing touches standard such as vibration-isolating hard drive mounts. But the large cooling fan on the top emits noise, plain and simple. (It could be that the opening just allows the noise from the CPU fan out. Haven’t experimented to find out.)

    That said, I’ve got this thing right next to my desk, and it’s quieter than an old lug machine I’m working on that’s more than a meter away.

    The Antec noise is not objectionable. I can only hear it when I’m not playing music, and when the server room door is closed. (The Cisco core switches make a buncha noise, as do the 1L servers.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    The definite place for all things silent in computing is http://www.silentpcreview.com/ . The forum is a treasure trove of user hacks and mods. I’ve tried a whole range of low budget noise reduction mods. In the end I found one change far superior to all such changes though: moving the computer to another room and getting some longer cables. My workplace is now utterly silent.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I dislike that case, its not one of Antec’s better works.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Interesting company, but it is still cheaper to DIY. A better system can be bought and built through ncix.com…

    I can build a $2600USD serenity system for $1500CAD using better parts and still come out ahead using ncix

  6. Anonymous says:

    I bought a new gaming computer from this company (it’s a local company for me) and I have no complaints. I did a piece by piece set-up for the type of system I wanted after which they reviewed and tweaked to a set-up that would give me more power and actually save me some money. I am not sure about their customer service because as of yet I haven’t had to use it. Also check out the mineral oil aquarium computers they have set-up in their office. Cool stuff.

  7. Neil H says:

    I for one enjoy the fun (or horror) of sticking a bunch of brightly coloured PCBs together with some fans and a screen to make something that checks my emails and plays Crysis. Sure it’s a hassle to get it working sometimes but how else are you going to learn? Surely there’s an Instructable somewhere about soundproofing your box too.

    In fact it seems a bit odd to me that there’s many people that buy these high-end preconstructed PCs, most PC gamers I know take pride in their choice of hardware and have the nous to fix any problems they may have. Non-gamers really don’t need this kind of spec.

    I have to admit though, a quiet PC would be nice.

  8. icky2000 says:

    I had the guys at http://endpcnoise.com build my super quiet HTPC for me a couple years ago and they did a nice job. I’ve no affiliation other than being a happy customer.

  9. Lobster says:

    Doesn’t the sound-proofing trap heat as well?

  10. phisrow says:

    It is a pity that the nicer KVM extenders are such niche products. A featureful one(this is representative but not specifically endorsed) will allow you to extend a bunch of USB ports and one or more DVI connections over either copper or fiber anywhere from a few hundred feet to multiple kilometers.

    With the video signals and some USB ports for peripherals, flash drives, a CDROM if you really need it, at your desk, all plugged into a completely silent KVM device, you could have the computer be arbitrarily noisy and located in a closet or basement somewhere.

    Unfortunately, since such hardware is almost exclusively the domain of either rugged environment signage or Real Serious(tm) specialty server administration, it is produced in modest quantities, and costs a bundle. To the best of my knowledge, there is no mass market equivalent.

  11. StCredZero says:

    The esoteric secret to quieting your PC: a slight *under* clock allowing a reduction of voltage! Yes, that’s right, under-clocking. Let’s face it, only about 0.1% of the population has reflexes fast enough to notice even a 10% underclock. But just about everyone is negatively affected by unpleasant noise. (And yes, there is real science that shows this manifesting physiologically.) And thanks to physics, the slight reduction in voltage this allows can result in a significant reduction in heat. (Heat goes up as the square of voltage.) This means your fans have to move a lot less air, and they become a *lot* quieter.

    Someone should try some double-blind tests with under-clocked gaming machines, and see if “typical” gamers notice! (Most of the time, that last few percent tweaking is really about someone’s e-peen, and not about something substantive.)

  12. Anonymous says:

    This title was misleading. I was expecting to see a bitchin Firefly class casemod. For shame.

    • cjp says:

      You weren’t the only one expecting Cap’n Tightpants, but it’s just as well- the primary buffer panel would probably fly off this thing.

  13. yragentman says:

    they really must do something about that optical drive.

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