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    Hi, I am trying to build a new PC that is as quiet as possible. What PSU's would be recommended in the 500 to 750W range? Of course I would like efficiency too and don't want anything known to be unreliable, but noise reduction is no.1 parameter.
    Thanks
    Jon

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    If you're looking for a quiet PSU, go for an 850W+ Corsair AX series or similar, where the fan stops at low loads. As long as you keep the load down (i.e. around the 500W mark) then it shouldn't spin up and be totally silent They're pretty quiet with the fan running, too, and damn reliable!
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    • #3
      Thanks Chris. Amazingly fast response. That is quite an expensive route to go though? They all seem to be up above 125 I am not ruling that out, but would be interested in a Plan B. Anything that would come in under 80?
      Jon

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      • #4
        650W TX650M should be good also (I'm a Corsair fanboy, I should probably admit that now! )
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        • #5
          I have the Ax850 and it's great, fan doesn't spin up during normal use, and spins without any noise during gaming.

          A even quieter 100% silent route is Seasonic X series, but they are even more expensive.

          You want quietest PSU, you got to pay for it. Perhaps you are asking for a relatively quiet PSU but don't need to be silent?
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          • #6
            Thanks both. Well silent would be nice! But it isn't a total essential. It's all trade-offs isn't it, unless funds are unlimited? I am looking at Fractal Z4 case and CoolerMaster TX3 CPU cooling for an AMD A10 processor in a Gigabythe GA-F285X-D3H mobo. I am not a gamer, but need quiet for recording and delivering webinars in the same room - using either webcam / lapel mike or video recorder - which both seem very sensitive to ambient noise.
            Jon

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            • #7
              I would go for a different cooler than the TX3 is it's a 92mm fan.

              A cooler witha 120mm or 140mm fan will be quieter!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by wuyanxu View Post
                A even quieter 100% silent route is Seasonic X series, but they are even more expensive.
                This, I love my X-760. Both seasonic and corsair are well worth the money when you consider 5+ year warranty
                Originally posted by jointhedotz
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                • #9
                  Enermax Platimax PSU's are silent

                  well can't hear mine!

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                  • #10
                    Corsair AX PSUs are fairly cracking but tbh most 80 plus gold or above from decent manufacturers should be quiet enough. With my ax650 I've never had it get to the point when I've noticed it being louder than a writing hdd.

                    I love my computer being as quiet as possible and would love to build a completely passive system with no moving parts but it starts to get expensive for the noise reduction below a certain point.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wuyanxu View Post
                      I have the Ax850 and it's great, fan doesn't spin up during normal use, and spins without any noise during gaming.

                      A even quieter 100% silent route is Seasonic X series, but they are even more expensive.

                      You want quietest PSU, you got to pay for it. Perhaps you are asking for a relatively quiet PSU but don't need to be silent?
                      The X series are the same as the AX series mate, afaik there are only 2 Seasonic units that are 100% silent and that's the 400w/460W versions

                      @ Freejon, I highly recommend going for the Corsair AX Series, excellent power supplies and you get great support. The New HX series are also silent upto a certain load (can't exactly remember) so you could check those out.
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                      • #12
                        Thank you to everyone.

                        Originally posted by Zaim View Post
                        The X series are the same as the AX series mate, afaik there are only 2 Seasonic units that are 100% silent and that's the 400w/460W versions

                        @ Freejon, I highly recommend going for the Corsair AX Series, excellent power supplies and you get great support. The New HX series are also silent upto a certain load (can't exactly remember) so you could check those out.


                        I will bite the financial bullet and go for the Corsair AX, and have also picked the BeQuiet Dark Rock CPU cooler. Thanks all for taking the time and trouble.

                        Jon

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                        • #13
                          Another +1 for Seasonic ranges, top notch quality and the X series is silent from what I've heard.
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                          • #14
                            Well i have only owned a few, but the corsair AX range dont even spin up unless under very heavy load, i have never ever heard mine spin up even when gaming and benching, and i have mine set to normal mode, but they are expensive, but with a seven year warranty with a company that has a very good RMA service should the worse happen, it is well worth it mate

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