Then perhaps tests should be conducted less anally in tightly controlled rooms or from 3cm away?
As I said, Sound DB is logarithmic but also HIGHLY perceptual based on distance.
So this whole thread about sound is moot and a waste. The fact is unless you have one in your case and decided using your own ears if its too loud then it would be hard to make a clear judgment on the sound level. There is a degree of trust and common sense though when listening to others opinions and as such a genuine 60db would be extremely loud for gaming and only good for a test bench.
As Computer Rig Builders we should be expert enough to make a computer ALL things. Quiet / Cool / Fast / Good looking
If we fail on that then we may aswel buy OEM and have done with it.