Quiet computers are those that make little or no normal operating noise, incidentally or by design. Most desktop computers emit a constant whir, and sometimes roar of noise, from fans as they spin, disk drives (hard, CD/DVD) as they spin and read and store data, and from electrical transformers as they hum and whine. Sound is also emitted by speakers, but this is intentional, and usually considered desirable by users, if not by coworkers. Many users find computer noises distracting, even irritating, more so as they increasingly listen to music and videos on computers, and use IP telephony. Ergonomic (human factors) research in noise pollution, usually in the workplace, shows that noise harms user concentration and productivity, more so where many computers operate in confined spaces, more so where no effort is made to improve acoustics. The market for quieter computers is growing worldwide, more in Europe.

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The Silent PC
Investigates the acoustic aspect of information technology ergonomics and the market for acoustic comfort.
Silent PC Review: SPCR
Reviews, news, information on quiet, low noise, and/or silent computers and components, silencing methods, DIY modifications, full systems, and their energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Build a Silent PC
Instructions on how to build quiet computers that still perform well, with all steps needed.
Sells Quiet and Fanless PCs and quiet computer parts since 1999. Located in Battle Ground, WA.
King Young Technology Co., Ltd.
Makes SUMICOM: SUper MIni COMputer; very small, low power, silent. Taipei City, Taiwan.
Makes, configures, sells silent PCs, with Linux and other open source software. Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Mappit A4F Fanless Computer
Makes, sells fanless PC system based on VIA Mini-ITX motherboards, special design interior and aluminum case. Schneider Elektronik GmbH and Co. KG. [English and German]
Noise Insulation Case
Detailed study of project to build a highly sound insulating wooden case for a tower PC, about 150 photos. English, Finnish.
Pogo Linux, Inc.: Quiet PC Guarantee
Makes and sells Linux workstations that run below 32 dB, smoothly with no vibration, are stable and handle high loads with no overheats. Tukwila, Washington, USA.
Puget Silent Professional Workstation
High performance, reliable, full size desktop computer, ships in 3-5 business days. Puget Custom Computers. Seattle, Washington, USA.
Quiet PC
Sells worldwide, systems and parts: power supplies, cases, case fans, CPU coolers, video card coolers, sound proofing, hard drive enclosures, motherboard heatsinks, case feet, cables, adapters. Malton, UK.
Sizo Silent Systems
Makes, configures and sells fanless computer systems.
Tranquil PC Ltd.
Makes and sells quiet and small silent PCs. Manchester, UK.
VeryPC Ltd.
Provides green computer systems, other support and services: Apple and PC networking, network, bespoke equipment, contracting. Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Wikipedia: Quiet PC
Encyclopedia article, with links to many topics.
Makes low power, fanless, diskless, silent, open source, subscription-based desktop PC. subsidiary of PConRails LLC. Menlo Park, California, USA.
Cool and Quiet or Anti-Extreme Overclocking Experience
How to quiet graphics card, lower heat output, and keep performance up. X-bit Labs. (February 27, 2004)
Searching for the Very Silent PC
Small article explains market, and why it exists. CNN.com. (November 10, 2003)
Building a Dead Silent PC
Short article, with links and many reader comments. Slashdot. (October 21, 2002)
How to Build a Dead Silent PC
Article of instructions. Predecessor to website: Build a Silent PC. hardCOREware.net. (October 10, 2002)
Shhh! Constructing a Truly Quiet Gaming PC
Short article, with links and many reader comments. Slashdot. (October 31, 2001)
Silent Computing
Short article on desire and means for silent computing. Low End Mac. (July 10, 2001)
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