OK, so I'm in the market for a new keyboard and I'm looking to get my first mechanical in years. My only mechanical keyboard experience has been a tenkeyless Model M space saver, which I am now using again since my Steelseries Apex has been crapping out (keys are worn out and sometimes catch when pressing, that's what I get for wanting pretty lights for cheap). I love the Model M, but it's just so loud.
I picked up a cherry switch tester and 9 switches. I was really hoping that the Clear might be the solution, or maybe a white since it's isn't as loud as some other clicky switches, but they aren't quite doing it for me. I guess maybe I was expecting a smoother feel out of them, but the keystroke on my Model M seems smoother if you can believe that.
I guess I'm just looking for some recommendations. Like, should I just try a full keyboard with clears or whites and see if it's different, or should I just skip cherry all together? Or should I just make my wallet scream in pain and get a Topre :). Brand isn't really important. This is more about the switches.
If it helps any, I do a fair bit of gaming. Some FPS, sometimes MMO's, Macro keys aren't important. I never used that stuff on the Apex anyway. I want a nice typing experience and some noise is ok, just not Model M or MX blue level of noise.
I'm also not opposed to building my own keyboard. Hell, that actually sounds like fun :).