Silent computing is something I had never thought about before today. Well, not really anyway. I mean it has occured to me in the past that, “Gee my computer is loud,” but past that I never really put much thought into how loud it really is or how much it actually annoys me.
Today though all of this did occur to me so I went to Newegg.com after reading this article on a fanless power supply. After going there I attempted to create the quietest computer I could, sans harddrive and graphics card. Sans harddrive for two reasons really. First, I have a perfectly good harddrive from Western Digital I would frankenstien I actually built this computer. Second, the quietest drives out there would, of course, be the massive flash drives that are parading as “hard drives” these days. While I, like everyone else, would love to own two or three, I like most, can’t afford to have one for the hell of it. Sans graphics card because I don’t know where to go with that. I have never owned a graphics card that was new or fancy enough to have a fan built onto it. Second, how loud are those anyway? Third, whats the best ATI graphics card, sans fan, that you can buy?
Given all of that, here is the list of hardware I came up with, what do you think? Can you do better? All Linux compatible of course.
Enjoy the Penguins!