One of the three fans on my graphics card died the other day — meaning that whenever I used my computer under any load whatsoever it sounded like a buzz saw. Because I don’t do anything graphics intensive, and because I didn’t want to buy a new graphics card I cut the power to the saw-fan. Problem solved!
…caveat — now the rear-case fan is hissing!?
I think that my next build will need to be fanless.