Small Desktop or Mini Computer

My current desktop computer has some fan noise that is annoying when listening to music at low volumes in my small office.

I need a very simple puter for searching the internets and listening to music.

Any good suggestions? Would like to keep it under $300 and I don't do gaming or movies on this one. Only need 1 HDMI out, and I already have a 32" monitor.

Thanks folks,
Eric

Comments

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,100
    A new $10 fan?
    Got Dayens?
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    But a Noctua fan of what whateber size you need.

    I’ve used Silverstone, Antec, SilenX and all sucked compared to the quiet I get from Noctua fans. I’ve been running some of them 24/7 for the last 10 years and never had a problem w em.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    Interesting...a new fan. Will investigate.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    If you do decide to go w a new PC, and don’t need a ton of storage or gaming as a requirement lolk at Intel NUC. Silent and small and should work great as a secondary music source.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    If you do decide to go w a new PC, and don’t need a ton of storage or gaming as a requirement lolk at Intel NUC. Silent and small and should work great as a secondary music source.

    3 year warranty too. Impressive.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,100
    Yep, this. Noctua > everything else
    But a Noctua fan of what whateber size you need.

    I’ve used Silverstone, Antec, SilenX and all sucked compared to the quiet I get from Noctua fans. I’ve been running some of them 24/7 for the last 10 years and never had a problem w em.

    Got Dayens?
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,360
    edited January 15
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • machonemachone Posts: 930
    Quantum Byte with wireless keyboard/mouse and Windows 10 for $200.
    You can pick one up from Amazon.
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,360
    The Asus EEEBox has a couple USB 3.0 ports also if that's important.
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Yep, this. Noctua > everything else
    But a Noctua fan of what whateber size you need.

    I’ve used Silverstone, Antec, SilenX and all sucked compared to the quiet I get from Noctua fans. I’ve been running some of them 24/7 for the last 10 years and never had a problem w em.

    @Clipdat @EndersShadow Is the Noctua easy to install? Also, how do I know which size to get?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,100
    Let me know the model of computer you currently have, and what fan it is that's making the noise, and I'll tell you what size you would need and how easy it would be to replace it.
    @Clipdat @EndersShadow Is the Noctua easy to install? Also, how do I know which size to get?

    Got Dayens?
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    edited January 15
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Yep, this. Noctua > everything else
    But a Noctua fan of what whateber size you need.

    I’ve used Silverstone, Antec, SilenX and all sucked compared to the quiet I get from Noctua fans. I’ve been running some of them 24/7 for the last 10 years and never had a problem w em.

    @Clipdat @EndersShadow Is the Noctua easy to install? Also, how do I know which size to get?

    Easier than the sub you built by 2000x.

    4 screws and a connection to the motherboard that’s a molex type connector. Beyond easy!
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • stevepstevep Posts: 34
    It's next to impossible to hear my music when I turn on the mini computer in my basement office.
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    Oh, you meant mini as in small, I get now. :)
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    Thanks for the recommendation of the fan. I just purchased the Noctua and shall see if that helps.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    Thanks for the recommendation of the fan. I just purchased the Noctua and shall see if that helps.

    I know it will! Good call!
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,890
    Noctua fans are awesome for being quiet...also fans from the company BeQuiet especially the Silent Wings series...also deadly quiet for how much air they can push.
    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,100
    "Noiseblocker" fans are also great.
    nbrowser wrote: »
    Noctua fans are awesome for being quiet...also fans from the company BeQuiet especially the Silent Wings series...also deadly quiet for how much air they can push.

    Got Dayens?
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,079
    I have an HP Slice... These are the ASUS comparables.

    https://www.asus.com/us/Mini-PCs/VivoMini-Products/

    I got mine with a SSHD which makes it totally quiet. The only time I hear it is when the DVD opens and spins up.

    I run my ROON core on it and have it hooked to my HT and my 2 channel DAC...
    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7702 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo BDP-103D | Sony PS4 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 64" Plasma | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A23 x2 Amps Parsound Halo A21 Amp & P5 Pre | Marantz SR5011 AVR | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's| Usher BE-616 Center|KEF T100 Surrounds | SVS SB2000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Bluesound Node 2 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC |Samsung 50" SUHD TV

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node | Audioengine P4 | Peachtree Nova 125SE |

    Closet | SDA SRS 2.3's | Monitor 5B's Yamaha M80 | Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2385
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,079
    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7702 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo BDP-103D | Sony PS4 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 64" Plasma | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A23 x2 Amps Parsound Halo A21 Amp & P5 Pre | Marantz SR5011 AVR | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's| Usher BE-616 Center|KEF T100 Surrounds | SVS SB2000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | Marantz SA8004 SACD | Bluesound Node 2 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | HP Elite Slice PC |Samsung 50" SUHD TV

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's |Marantz 2252B |

    Office Bluesound Node | Audioengine P4 | Peachtree Nova 125SE |

    Closet | SDA SRS 2.3's | Monitor 5B's Yamaha M80 | Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2385
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,166
    Did you get the fan installed @Conradicles?
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Parasound HCA-1205A; Arcam rDac; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine Mini, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    No I just ordered it today. Will report back...
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 4,166
    edited March 5
    Well,if it doesn’t work I will also way that I got an intel NUC i3 off eBay with 8 gb of ram and a 120 gb SSD off eBay for about $250 several years ago and it serves as my music server and family computer and it works great. Doesn’t get a whole lot of use as a computer but it’s on 24/7 as a server and no problems...
    HT Rig:
    Denon AVR-X4200w; Parasound HCA-1205A; Arcam rDac; Mains: Dynaudio Emit 10 + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, PSB Imagine Mini, Boston VR-10 center, NHT Super One CI surrounds, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    Ended up with an Asus Chromebox. Extremely happy with this inexpensive solution so far...

    The new Noctua fan worked OK, but that old computer is just too loud.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    Let me know how that Chromebox works out.... I've been debating one for a portable streaming device paired with a lil headphone amp...
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,360
    I've really been eyeing those i-3 NUC's. Not sure there's much advantage over my EEEBox though, except for a faster CPU which I probably don't, but I like the somewhat smaller footprint and I could get a burgundy lid to match my acoustic paneling :^ )
    ____________________________
    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    I almost pulled the trigger on the NUC, but thought I would try this 1st.

    @EndersShadow will give some feedback soon. Next step is try to figure out the best app to play flac files from an external hard drive. I am so computer audio illiterate LOL.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,528
    I almost pulled the trigger on the NUC, but thought I would try this 1st.

    @EndersShadow will give some feedback soon. Next step is try to figure out the best app to play flac files from an external hard drive. I am so computer audio illiterate LOL.

    MediaMonkey (the free version) is a quality product.... and its free....
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,627
    Totally impressed with this little booger hiding on the right side of the picture under the Music Hall.

    Note the CPU monitor is a 32" Dell (looks like a 15" in the picture LOL).

    Those Yamaha monitors are huge. I have all new caps and resistors for them to be installed in the near future. This was a spare room in the basement that gets good use now.

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