At work I run a completely fanless PC. Specs: K6-233, Asus P55T2P4 board, 32MB RAM, two parallelport I/O cards, a floppy drive and nothing else. It runs Linux Router Project from the floppy and acts as network print server.
I haven't looked at it for ages (literally), but it still does the job. Originally there was one fan in the PSU, but when the bearing got worn out, the secretaries were complaining about the noise, so I removed it. Since the box hardly needs any power, the PSU doesn't get warm even without the fan.
That would be too risky, I reckon.
Agreed. I wouldn't try to run an old gamer PC without fans, especially if it contains rare hardware that wouldn't be easy to get nowadays. In my old rigs I use two 120mm fans running on low RPMs. This ensures plenty of airflow, so no other fans are needed.
The problem is that in those older systems most noise was coming from hard drives.
Yeah, that's right. The oldest HDD I use is a 12 GB Seagate, and it really gets on my nerves. But it's nothing compared to those screaming bricks from the days before the 512MB barrier 🤣
I unplugged the power-supply fan in this little guy, so I think it qualifies...
What do you run on this box?