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Is it possible to buy a powerful but quiet build yet? I know these haswells have come out so I look to you for advise. I think that the Noctua fans on my pc are too loud, I can't sleep with it on. I generally want to be able to sleep with my PC switched on. For reference I want to build something that's quieter than my playstation super slim
    
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I suppose that depends how you define powerful. If you find noctua fans loud though, that's not a great start.

If you're willing to spend, you can build a watercooled rig with lots of radiator space and the fans on a low (sub 1000 rpm) fan speed. That would make it reasonably quiet. A watercooled rig in something like a Corsair 550d will also be reasonably quiet, but it can get pretty hot in those cases, and that can limit a computers 'power.'

Comes back to how powerful you're aiming for I guess.
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Do you own your house and have an unlimited budget? You can basically have as much power as you want with zero noise.

Otherwise it depends on how powerful. You could put together a system cooled by one slow case fan if you're willing to run with low-voltage i5 & a passively cooled PSU & 7750.
    
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It's been possible for quite some time now. I'd venture to say it's not the Noctuas in your build that's making the most noise but probably your graphics card and the cpu fan. Those stock Intel socket 1366 fans were noisy and the stock 5000 series ATI fans were even more noisy.
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