I want to build a new machine to replace my current VMware ESX server (small form factor Dell Optiplex), but I'd like to maintain the quietness of it. Is it possible to build a machine with a dual socket XEON or Core i7 motherboard AND have the quietness of a desktop computer? If so, any pointers or recommendation on components to get?
P.S. - In other words, I want to avoid this new machine sounding like it belongs in a data center.
You could build a custom liquid cooling. Parts you need are the reservoir, cooling blocks, tubing, pump, radiator, cooing liquid, and case fan to put the radiator on. You could also get noctua coolers, or two closed loop h100i's.