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Brian Reed
02-09-2007, 01:01 PM
Thinking about replacing my desktop machine since my old PC is starting to show its age. One thing that's always driven me insane though is the fan noise my PC makes.

I don't need a lot of machine. I run Microsoft Word, Final draft, Firefox and World of WarCraft and not much else since PC gaming has become an apocryphal beast. I also already have an older PowerBook G4 laptop, so unifying my systems might be the way to go. Of course, I might just ditch both machines and buy a new Windows laptop. I haven't decided!

Jef UK
02-09-2007, 01:02 PM
Mine is very quiet.

mario
02-09-2007, 01:06 PM
Macs have always been vewwy, vewwy quiet. So, any of them is good.
If you desperatly want to still own something running with Wondows, buy a MacBook.
you can run Bootcamp on it (free) and install a fully working PC on your mac.

SteveFlack
02-09-2007, 01:10 PM
Macs have always been vewwy, vewwy quiet. So, any of them is good.
If you desperatly want to still own something running with Wondows, buy a MacBook.
you can run Bootcamp on it (free) and install a fully working PC on your mac.

All new Macs can run bootcamp.

-Steve!

Taki Soma
02-09-2007, 01:12 PM
it's this quiet

Lab-Rat
02-09-2007, 01:38 PM
I've been thinking about buying a Mac Mini...

Smokinblues
02-09-2007, 01:41 PM
i think most best buys have a mac mini out running on display. you can listen in person.

Thudpucker
02-09-2007, 01:45 PM
I prefer the imac personally, I want one bad. Just can't justify the expense, my PC is still working fine.

NickT
02-09-2007, 01:46 PM
I've got a new PC running next to a few years old PC, and they're not particuarly loud. Have you had problems with loud computers before, or just this one?

Brian Reed
02-09-2007, 01:48 PM
i think most best buys have a mac mini out running on display. you can listen in person.

But that would mean leaving the house... :scared:

allanpat
02-09-2007, 01:50 PM
one of steve job's biggest pet peeves is fan noise, so fan noise on macs is virtually nonexistant

allanpat
02-09-2007, 01:53 PM
I've got a new PC running next to a few years old PC, and they're not particuarly loud. Have you had problems with loud computers before, or just this one?

older PCs have notoriously loud fans. Within the past few years 'quiet-running' fans have become industry standard. However macs try to avoid fans wherever possible which is why they are much quieter than even the quiet fan PCs.

pornbot2.5
02-09-2007, 02:10 PM
Just about as noisy as a monitor.

the_wallcrawler
02-09-2007, 02:16 PM
I agree with all thats been said here. I have a G5 iMac and its completely silent. Only time I hear it is when a DVD spins up.

Smokinblues
02-09-2007, 02:18 PM
But that would mean leaving the house... :scared:

that restraining order on tibbitz hasn't gone through yet?

pornbot2.5
02-09-2007, 02:26 PM
one of steve job's biggest pet peeves is fan noise, so fan noise on macs is virtually nonexistant

Tell that to my G5 MacPro tower. That fucker is loud.

the_wallcrawler
02-09-2007, 02:28 PM
Tell that to my G5 MacPro tower. That fucker is loud.Or the G4 Quicksilver PowerMacs - also called the WindTunnels

Jim.
02-09-2007, 02:29 PM
I have a G4 mini and the only time it really kicks up is during WoW, but it's nothing compared to a PC.

Bill Nolan
02-09-2007, 02:55 PM
My iPod dock is sitting on top of mine. The iPod is louder when I plug it in. The only noticible sound the mini ever makes is when it spins a DVD/CD.

- B

alexlannin
02-09-2007, 03:15 PM
I don't hear mine much at all, just when I turn it on.