After having purchased a 560W thermaltake "quiet" PSU, I'm feeling badly burned and will no longer accept the manufacturers assurance as to the loudness of their own products.
This kind of thing used to be a specialty among PSU's (the Sharkoons and Zalmans of this world), but now I see that every Tom, Dick(head) and Harry is bandying the term about in an effort to hock their crap.
Honest to God, this PSU vibrates like a sex-toy inside my PC... sure maybe the fans are being quiet, but turning my PC case into a crazy humming subwoofer is not my idea of quiet.
So I ask the good people of boards to reccomend a quiet PSU, preferably one you've used yourself over a period of time.
I have a very quiet Sharkoon one here, but it's only 300W and apparently can't keep up with the stupidly high demands of recent hardware.
I think you can tell by the tone of this post that my noisey PSU has me ready to punch the head off someone