Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th May 2006 22:46 UTC
Apple "Although Apple's machines are more expensive than PCs, one Wall Street researcher says the price of a Mac isn't that much more than a comparable Windows-based computer. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that his research shows an average price difference of only 13 percent for desktops and 10 percent for laptops, once you factor in the same components that Apple uses." Run, Forrest, run!
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RE: The noise factor
by Barnabyh on Wed 17th May 2006 18:12 UTC in reply to "The noise factor"
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Maybe without all your cooling extras the machine would be quieter?
And if it's really important one can always buy a Lian-li or similar case with noise absorbing foam.
If one looks around a bit and takes advantage of special deals - planning ahead- on mailorder you can still get a top case for around 100.

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RE[2]: The noise factor
by rayiner on Wed 17th May 2006 21:23 in reply to "RE: The noise factor"
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They're not cooling extras. They're replacements for inferior stock components. The Lian Li cases, being aluminum, are useless for quiet systems. Steel-frame plastic panel cases or aluminum/plastic composite panel cases, like Antec's P180 are much better. You don't have to spend a lot to get a quiet case, $50 is enough, and a great case won't eliminate the noise of loud components (though the P180 does a great job of supressing HDD seek noise). The real benefits come from replacing the following components (in roughly the order of benefit):

1) CPU heatsink/fan. There is a tremendous difference between the fast, 60mm fan on a stock heatsink and the slow 120mm fan on an aftermarket one.

2) GPU heatsink/fan. There are no acceptably quiet GPU fans. The best bet is to get a passive heatsink for the GPU (which is incidentally what Apple uses on most of its GPUs).

3) Case fan. Some cases come with reasonable fans. Most do not. Case fans tend to run at full speed all the time, so they contribute to the constant background noise of the machine.

4) PSU fan. The PSU fan really only kicks in under load, but can add an annoying background noise. Good PSUs tend to come with good fans, and its important to have a good PSU anyway, for stability reasons.

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