Sorry for the shouting, but it seems we may have gone a little deaf. It's all down to Advent's latest budget computer. The PQG-9002 is, we kid you not, one of the loudest PCs we've ever had the misfortune of encountering. Honestly, It's loud enough to wake the dead, then perforate their eardrums so badly it'd kill them again.
The source of the noise is a Cooler Master fan straddling the machine's AMD Phenom 9150e quad-core CPU. The chip runs at a relatively modest 1.8GHz, but for some reason its fan pumps more wind than you'd get from a subtropical stormnado -- even at idle. The result is a noise that's so obnoxious -- even in an office as lively as ours -- that it's impossible to work next to.
It's a shame, because the PQG-9002 could have been a fabulous piece of kit. That quad-core chip is a great all-rounder and it's complemented by a massive 4GB of RAM, a whopping 640GB of disk space, a dual-layer DVD burner and a gaming-capable ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics card that is, ironically, fanless. The best part is you get all this for a very reasonable £519.
We could recommend this PC, but only to those who are either deaf, have a fetish for bleeding eardrums, or are prepared to install third-party hardware or software to adjust the fan speed. You may place your order at PC World's Web site.