Maybe the answer isn't building a PC. Why not just use your smartphone or iPod to drive your powered speakers or A/V receiver for music and get a Chromebook for browsing? Lowest power solution, noisefree, and pretty cheap.
Same questions as everyone else has and why does it need to stay on all of the time? Switching things off is the best way to make things silent and low power.
Thanks, actually some other reasons I wanted a PC are:
- need spreadsheets and prefer multi-monitors, keyboard and mouse.
- need to run PC-only apps
- can pick music from iPhone/iPad and have it play on the computer which is connected to the speaker. If the computer is offline then this won't work. I think a AV receiver could work for this purpose (AirPlay) but I think that requires the music files on the mobile device, whereas a PC can stream the music files from a server elsewhere.
Well I went to the computer store and saw a small cheap i3-based Acer desktop. I couldn't hear much noise from the computer in that environment, so I took a chance and bought it. Turned it on at home, ehh, not...quiet....enough...