The studio computer got a couple much needed upgrades today. I replaced the comically large rack mountable server case I had installed it in with a (still large, but) more reasonably sized more traditional tower case. ALSO upgraded were the system fans in the case. At times when the CPU was under particular strain, you would not be blamed for mistaking the sound of this PC with a leaf blower. Now, with the ultra quiet Noctua fans installed, it's almost quiet enough for you to wonder if it's actually running! The colors Noctua chose for this series of fans, tan and brown, are definitely... distinct. I'm sure they would look amazing in a custom PC built with wood panelling. Fortunately, I'm more concerned with performance than looks (and there aren't many LEDs inside my computer case), so it doesn't bother me.
This is the before:
And this is the after:
Dave Burt is a career audio engineer and is currently working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer.