With every new generation of cards, there will inevitably be a bump to the best available fanless cards (which is as good as it gets in terms of quietness), though it will tend to lag by 6-12 months. Therefore, generally I would recommend looking for the best options available to you while filtering on fanless cooling, or take a look at the active-but-quiet ...
So after the extended research I found the following evidence:
10 minutes of constant load test by Toms Hardware :
Asus Strix GeForce GTX 960: 35 dB
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC: 35 dB
ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 960: 36.5 dB
MSI Gaming 2G GeForce GTX 960: 34 dB
And the rest of makes in yet another Toms Hardware test:
Asus GTX 960 StriX OC: 35.8 dB
Gainward GTX ...
There are a couple Cooler Master, Corsair (AX and RM) and EVGA series power supplies that disable their fan under low load.
My recommendation: EVGA SuperNova 550 G2 (220-G2-0550-Y1)
Within budget ($80 at newegg)
EVGA Eco Mode: Fan does not switch on until PSU load is above 25%
550 Watts, which is just above your calculated optimal.
80 plus Gold for ...
Chromebook would be ideal for this.
I have the asus c300 chromebook and installed linux on it, works perfectly.
You can see a review of chromebooks here: http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696
It's silent, has long battery life and is cheap.
You can see how to install linux on a ...
The more powerfull (TDP (thermal dissipation power) in watt) the computer, the more you need to cool it down. You can combine one or several of these:
You can pick low energy components (CPUs). You can further underclock the CPU or undervolt it so it consumes less energy, hence heats less. Usually when the technology makes a new step (transistor size ...
Based on the currency you selected and information I gleaned off your profile I'm assuming that you live in France and want to be able to buy a laptop that could be shipped to France.
Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 320 €545,99 (MSRP: €720,99) @ Newegg
Features an i7 7th Gen 7500U. If you're not familiar with the Intel lettering system, U signifies that the laptop ...
If you can find it in Europe, get the ASUS Laptop VivoBook E403SA-US21.
This laptop is fanless. On top of that, it uses a solid-state drive instead of a typical spinner, so you won't even get access sounds out of this thing. Literally the only noise coming from this machine would be what you ask it to put through its speakers.
Does it perform? In my ...
While this may not be the best solution depending on your case airflow, the Arctic Accelero S3 may interest you. Passive cooling is more common on server components, but the Accelero S3 is a GPU heatsink that can support 135W TDP, or 200W with its "Turbo Module" (but it's just a fan, which rather defeats the purpose of the heatsink). While the Twin Frozr V ...
I'm gonna go with the following recommendation list, including the mobo, to show you how I imagine it fitting into a situation like the one you're seeing:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/8nn4Cy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/8nn4Cy/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD A10-7890K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Amazon) ...
I found that in general most 960 cards from various brands all run at similar noise levels. The EVGA 960 (4gb) runs fairly quiet when under 60 degrees celsius, but will start to be noticeable if not similar to other cards when above that temperature.
When it comes to cards being maxed out in usage, the MSI 960(2gb) seems to be quieter than several other ...
It appears that the Be Quiet 500W Straight Power 10 is a reasonably priced very quiet PSU - it is 10.7 dB loud on 50% load and 15.6 db at 100%, due to enormous, for PSU standards, 135 mm fan and very low max speed which is 1200 rpm1. It's currently $9 above the budget, but I think it's definitely worth it.