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Shh... silence is golden
NEC ValueStar W
The W in this entertainment PC's name stands for "Water Silence" but "Whisper quiet" would be just as accurate.
The Vista Media Center PC wraps a liquid-cooled hard drive in sound-absorbing material to produce ambient noise of just 25 to 30dB - quieter than a nearby human whisper - so you can hear the movie, not the machine. The ValueStar W comes configured with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 22in LCD, and a combo Blu-ray/HD DVD drive (get 'em while they last).
Availability: only in Japan