Not outlandishly irritating, but it sure could be quieter.
Up until recently, I was using a Compaq Deskpro EX desktop with a Celeron 600 MHz processor. That computer was very quiet, and with a separate high-end graphics card and plenty of memory and hard disk space, it ran everything that I needed to run.
However, since I know computers don't last forever, I decided to order a new Dell Optiplex GX620, since I figured this would be my last chance to purchase a new computer that has a floppy drive and serial and parallel ports.
This is a reasonably quiet computer, but not nearly as quiet as the Deskpro was. It supposedly incorporates a new heatsink/fan design, and BTX case layout, which is supposed to make it run quiet and efficient. However, I suppose that if I had ordered the tower model and put it on the floor, I probably wouldn't hear it, but since this is a desktop and right in front of my face, that is why it seems kind of loud.
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