Ok, trying to find the lowest cost way to build a quiet, breadbox computer. Ideally, I could take the Q6600 and ram from my current big quiet computer (P150) and stuff it inside something ready to go.
First off, how quiet are Shuttles? They have some awfully small fans in them, but most Newegg reviews don't mention noise. Then again, most Newegg reviewers don't have quite the passion for silence that we do. In particular I had my eyes on this one (really would like the optical out): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6856101077
Second question. I wanted to keep the q6600 so I could have some transcoding power when I needed it, but I was planning on using a 320gb 5400rpm 2.5inch disk since it is quiet and has the storage I needed. Would I be negating the speed I am getting with my q6600 by using this drive? For everyday tasks it will be fine, but am I giving up a lot?
No longer worried about fitting a graphics card in my system since I don't game anymore on my PC (farewell youth).
I had thought about using the Zotac 9300 and building a mini-itx rig, but it looks like it would cost several hundred more than a shuttle and may not even be much quieter if I am trying to still have some power.
Any opinions my fine friends?