Well, I installed the Noctua and to my disappointment the fan is just a hair too wide to close the side panel, but more importantly there is still a buzzing noise coming from my pc
. After further inspection the only other noise coming from inside is the power supply. I opened the case and removed the small fan to see if that was the problem and the whooshing and vibrating noise went away but there is still an electrical noise coming from the PSU that I can hear plain as day from 8 feet away that's driving me mad.
At this point I have to make a decision to replace the stock PSU (it is 5 years old) or just scrap this and buy a new pc. I'm looking at a deal on a barebones Brazos nettop that is going for around $130 that I can just swap my SSD into, but it only has an AMD E-350 and 6310 gpu, so I would actually be stepping down in cpu and graphics performance (would lose vector adaptive for 1080i which is a huge deal to me) but also have a smaller, quieter, and lower power pc.
PSU selections for this slimline don't seem to be all that great, and going by reviews on Newegg they all seem to suffer from noise, exactly what I'm not looking for. The only other option I found that makes sense is getting a PicoPSU. It would run about $75 for the 160 watt+power brick model, almost as much as just getting a new barebones. I'm not sure if it is compatible with my motherboard but since I have a pretty standard AMD Athlon X2 setup I'm assuming it is. Do you think this PicoPSU which claims to be 100% silent would finally solve my quest for a quiet pc? If so do I need the top of the line 160 watt model or could I get away with something lower?