I've bought the following components for a low spec system intended for browsing across 3 monitors. They will first go into a budget metal case while I set about building my custom quiet design.
Scythe Infinity/Mugen CPU Cooler (Socket 478/754/939/940/AM2/LGA775) 1 Â£26.99
Corsair Flash Voyager 1GB USB2.0 Flash Drives (CMFUSB2.0-1GB) 1 Â£8.99
Abit IL9 Pro (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard 1 Â£41.99
GeIL 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400C4 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX22GB6400UDC) 1 Â£31.99
Corsair VX 450W ATX PSU (CMPSU-450VXUK) 1 Â£37.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.80GHz (800FSB) - Retail 1 Â£41.99
Samsung SpinPoint S 160GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD161HJ) 1 Â£28.99
Asus GeForce EN7300TC 512MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail 2 Â£51.98
I've never experienced any quiet PC components, but experienced many PCs that sound like jet engines. i've only been reading up for a few days.
My design is based on simple airflow management, the cpu and gpus will not have fans, and i'm hoping a single case fan will do the job.
The air exit and all the mobo socketry are at the top, this is desirable also because it will give my workstation a clean back face (it will be in the middle of my room)
Here is my current design idea:
The psu is at the front because the leads might not reach the DVD if it was at the back. I'm hoping the psu will be nice and quiet.
Comments appreciated. Will it work. One fan @800rpm?