if you want quiet power supplies look for Engelking. Yes, they are pricey as hell, but they come in many variations, even completely without a fan and half-height (where you should mount a passive cooler or a waterblock!!! on one of the surfaces to remove the heat). They seem quite low regarding their watt ratings, but believe me, these figures are strongly below what these babies are capable of. Generally you can multiply their figures 1,5 to 2,0 and you get the Enermax-rating
For silent computing nothing beats watercooling though. I managed to run my overclocked 1800+ with an overclocked GF3 on passive cooling and remained below 60Â°celsius while under full load (i.e. gaming, Morrowind). The loudest thing in my current setup are my harddrives, even the keyboard IÂ´m typing on makes more noise than my pc. Just make sure to get a high-quality silent pump (I recommend Eheim, a 1046 is sufficient for CPU,GPU,Northbridge and a huge radiator).
I'm using the 8045 with a pcpowerandcooling silencer fan run on 7 volts and it's very quiet and plenty cool. Basically the noise from this is air flow noise, and you won't get lots of air movement without some air noise. Anyway, I don't remember the temp it runs, but I think it's around 52c. Oh, it's an athlon xp 1600 also.
For CPU cooling I like the Zalman Copper Flower coolers. I was interested in the Nexus power supply after reading the Silent PC review; they rate it as being even better than the Zalman power supply. Unfortunately there don't seem to be any US distributors.
A forum community dedicated to home theater owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about home audio/video, TVs, projectors, screens, receivers, speakers, projects, DIY’s, product reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!