It really depends on the application, but it really isn’t the noise factor that would push you to a screw. Reciprocating compressors are simpler machines and usually cheaper for the same available amount of horsepower. This also makes them easier to maintain. For a shop situation, you are usually better off with a reciprocating compressor. For a situation where you expect to run at full load often, the extra cost and complexity of a screw might be worth it.