The last desktop I bought from Dell (Dimension XPS) was much noisier than I would have liked. I am planning on buying a new desktop soon and would like to consider noise level when configuring a system. I did not find much relevant info on dell.com.
Is there a way to judge how much noise a particular configuration will make when configuring a system on dell.com or hp.com? I'd be even OK with a way to simply compare various configurations to each other (this config is more loud) if absolute numbers are hard to obtain. I do not need the system to be super silent. I just don't want to be surprised when I plug it in.
Also, are particular product lines known to be more quiet than others (dell stuido, xps, various models of hp Pavilion)? I need something with an i7 processor and at least 8GB of memory. Everything else is not super important.