Up For Debate: Crank It Up To 11 - How Loud Is Too loud For Your PC?

Written by Ed SW on Mon, Jan 2, 2017 11:00 AM

So here's one for you to wrap your ears around. Do you guys really care how loud your trusty rig gets? What's the perfect sound level for a PC? So this is one that there’s a lot of people out there who really care about and are willing to invest a lot of time into, but our question is, are they in the majority? If your PC gets the job done do you really care how loud the guy gets? Let’s break this down for a second yo.

So there are more products than you can count on the market today that have the aim of soundproofing your rig set in their targets. You’ve got soundproofing for your cases, cases that come pre-soundproofed, top of the range/expensive-as-hell super silent fans, there’s liquid cooling over regular cooling and every graphics card company you can think of has their own, unique, “best” way of keeping your fans quiet.

It’s obviously a huge business and there are people buying these things, but are these things that only the elite PC builders go for? Or those that have a butt load of money to splash out on it? You could argue that it’s be a better choice to put this extra money into getting better hardware.

Does it really matter how loud your PC gets if it stays cool and can run the things you’ve tasked it with? Surely if you can’t hear it over your game that's enough. Or even beyond that, as most of us have a trusty pair of headphones for our gaming experience, does it really matter that it sounds like it’s powered by a petrol engine?

Then again, it can be be one of those annoying ticks, the whirring of bad bearings spinning away in their metallic echo chamber, dragging your whole experience down. Is it worth investing that extra bit of cash on having your PC go into stealth mode?

Well you’re just going to have to let us know. Which sound level do you think is acceptable? Do you mind that your PC starts vibrating when you boot her up? Would you splash the extra cash just so you can have your perfect silent gaming experience? Lay it on us man!

What Is The Loudest Your PC can be?

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16:50 Jan-07-2017

except my PSU,all the other fans are set up to be silent but PSU destroys them :(

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12:51 Jan-04-2017

Frankly speaking, I don't care(It can be as loud as it want to be) cause i wear my ATH-M50Xs(Pretty good at noise cancelling) all the time while gaming.

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10:53 Jan-04-2017

I voted for jet powered as it really doesnt matter for me.
I have an EVGA gtx 970 card which isnt the most silent of its type.
And i use msi afterburner to force the fans to rotate all the time, even when idle, to rotate at 65%
This makes a bit of noise, i know that, but i honestly dont care.
Btw, my cpu is watercooled by a corsair H55, and that one is also not the most silent :)

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19:22 Jan-03-2017

Noise is a MAJOR thing for me. I hate my PC making a ton of noise. I actually bought a new CPU fan and a PSU solely for the purpose of my PC making less noise. I hate nothing more than being in a game and hearing a loud humming noise coming from my PC. I don't use headphones since most hurt my ears, so I have to rely on speakers, and if my PC is making more noise than my speakers, that's when I have a problem. First world issues, I know. :P

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13:07 Jan-03-2017

how loud is too loud for me? Loud enough that my PC flies away... I don't mind loud.
How loud my PC gets? Well the GPU fans rarely turn on as I have frame capped my games to 60 or 75fps within the drivers and my CPU fan usually runs at 30% so that's pretty quite, but my case fan is loud as ****, that's why I got a new case with new fans, which I'm yet to put my PC in...

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11:24 Jan-03-2017

Well, when you started your gaming on a jet-like laptop, you don't care anymore ^_^

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12:02 Jan-03-2017

Once you hear silence under load, you will be amazed and the more you hear that same low noise pc (-20-30db) you want even more silent :D

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04:23 Jan-03-2017

My speakers are way louder than my rig when gaming anyway, so even a jet-powered PC wouldn't bother me that much. And I'm thinking of investing in a tube amp and a pair of good headphones, so with that on my head it could probaby lift off and I wouldn't care xD

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02:46 Jan-03-2017

Anything above 45dB starts go get somewhat distracting for me, my gaming pc (closed) at idle is maybe around 15dB but on full load is around 35dB.


While net pc (also closed) that has old 560Ti that have strange fan problems (maybe even coil whine) is loud even in idle around 35dB while on full load it goes up to 50dB.

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22:22 Jan-02-2017

It's not too loud, even after intense gaming. I'd say around 30ish decibels.

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21:53 Jan-02-2017

I wonder how much correlation there is between this and wether people game with a headset or with speakers. I personally hate gaming with a headset, and therefore want my pc being fairly silent.

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20:47 Jan-02-2017

Corsair 120AF quiet edition fans are not quiet.

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20:19 Jan-02-2017

My gpu had a fan problem 1 and a half year ago and i the cooler works only 100% now i can't change it.It's pretty loud but I wear some decent headphones and it dosent bother me at all.At least the gpu wont go over 73 C,before it went even to 90C

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21:22 Jan-02-2017

You could solder a resistor on the red cable for the fan, it will run less fast, but it will be more silent

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17:42 Jan-02-2017

As long as it performs well, and is cool enough, I don't really care how loud it gets.

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17:40 Jan-02-2017

considering that my case is essentially open space and my two loudest fans are the GPU ones, my PC sounds like a small refrigerator and looks like one too. my cpu cooler fans (Prolimatech Vortex Aluminum Series 140mm Red LED) spin at the medium speed so they flow more air than stock fans did at max and quieter while doing so. my odd fan out (AeroCool DS 120mm Red) is just an extra top exhaust fan and added light.
watercooling, optimized airflow in and out with these fans and case is worth every penny.


on a side note, ill be going to custom watercooling on my next case (air 740) so i can use more of the metal fans and get it even quieter.

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17:01 Jan-02-2017

mine can go up to 67dBa at full fan speed but at idle it is like 25dBa. But i like to have my cpu as cool as it can be so i let fans go up to 58dBa. that is with 2 fans pulling air inside case and one exausting and one stock on my hyper 212 evo (that is always at full speed but i dont care about it because it is really quiet). to sum up i dont really care about silence i am all about performance.

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16:13 Jan-02-2017

I have the NH-D14 with a tripple fan setup (2 noctua fans and one bequiet purewings 2 as exhaust mounted at my case). The middle fan makes a lot of noise, even with the silent adapters (running at 900rpm). Unfortunately there is no pwm, so I am either forced to live with it, or remove it. I used to place it on the top, but I'm not sure if 1. it improved thermals, 2. it improved sound.

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14:25 Jan-02-2017

I like to keep my PC at 40dB or lower.

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14:05 Jan-02-2017

above 30dB is annoying.


Lmao once i had the FX6300 stock cooler which ran at 7500+RPM, could hear that thing past 3 doors x)
this thing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXliNXaNDhc

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13:54 Jan-02-2017

My PC at full throttle is around 52 dBa. I don't care how loud it is. All that matters to me is static pressure and airflow xD Oh btw, this is liquid cooled and still is that noisy if i want it to be :P

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13:41 Jan-02-2017

i bought a H100 AIO watercooler from Corsair with 4 sp120 fans (2 push 2 pull) all running at 800rpm and my cpu never goes over 49c

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