Its strange that lots of the quiet PC products come from germany, but most of the europeans on here are scandinavian... ...anyway, enough idle thoughts must get back to work
I am certainly not Scandinavian and aint seen many in this forum either, I am from the UK.
Germany are renowned for their engineering in europe! Its one of the best.. They are the one of the best car manafacturers in europe (possibly the world, but Americans would always dispute this, LOL
) including Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagon. Probably the best domestic appliances too including washing machines, frigde-freezers, hoovers etc..
This is why they make a lot of nice fans too, Its a real shame, even I live in europe I have the same problems understanding them and trying to buy or get more information about a certain product.
I have installed the Zalman cooper cooler CPNS6000 series, and 3 Zalman 92mm silent fans, they are all running at the minimum setting. It has reduced my PC noise to about half. But its not still not quiet enough for me to sleep with it on. You still hear quite a bit of air turbulance, but it's a more pleasent noise than the high pitch whinning I was getting from my previous setup. I will upgrade to the new king of HSF reviewed by this site soon.
SOME FIGURES ZALMAN DON'T PRINT:
Zalman 92mm fans shifts 40cfm in silent mode (20dBA according to them, I doubt this very much), and shifts 56cfm in normal mode (36dBA). This is a reply from Zalman themselves on their forums.
I wished Athlon XP CPU did not run so hot, so it would be much easier to build a quiet pc, or possibly even a silent pc, Intel P4 owners are lucky. I wished I bought a P4 to start with as it only came to a mere £70 more. I am spending a lot more in the long run, specially trying to keep things quiet and cool.