One of my personal favorites at GITEX 2011 was the display of NoFan, a Korean company who make completely fanless CPU heatsinks. Now as you can guess from the picture below, the heatsink itself is pretty big, which is why NoFan also create custom casing in order to accommodate there huge heatsinks. And for the ultimate noiseless system, they also create a fanless PSU, lbeit one that only goes up to 560W.
Right now NoFan makes three custom PC cases, two of which are mATX and a mid-tower ATX case. The star of the show are undoubtedly the two circular fanless CPU coolers which combine 4 heat pipes, linking into 180 “ice pipes” made of pure copper and mirror-finish aluminum plating. The fanless coolers only support a maximum of 100W TDP at the moment, but that should be enough for current and future CPUs as both Intel and AMD strive to create low power and heat processors.
If you want to create a mid-level system, their 560W PSU should suffice, and for an HTPC enthusiast, the NoFan components are a dream come true as there is literally no noise from the CPU cooler or PSU. Given a decently quiet graphics card, the only sound then should be the occasionally mild sound from the HDD. No need to worry about dust either! It’s sad that they don’t have a distributor here in UAE yet, but let’s hope for the best!