I hate computer noise but I love computers and it was time for a new computer purchase. My first approach was to buy everything passive (GPU, CPU, PSU) but apparently there are not many components that fit those constraints. Instead I went for semi-passive components that only run their fans if necessary. I chose:
- low power CPU to not generate too much heat
- gigantic CPU cooler to eliminate the need of a fan
- just one big case running on very low rpm to transfer heat out of the chassis
Booting up is a bit noisy because the GPU fans and the HDDs throttle up. But after a few seconds it is almost completely quiet.