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Silent Build - Need Case/Cooling

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August 17, 2013 3:33:24 PM

Already have an i5-4670K and an Asus Z87-A Mobo in an old generic case using 80mm fans that I'm looking to replace. Currently using stock Intel heatsink/fan, and an Antec 850w PSU, and plan on getting 1 (maybe 2 in the future) GTX 760 cards.

What I'm looking for is 1. a new case that provides good airflow and also stays very silent and 2. a (water) cooling solution for the CPU and possibly the GPU(s).

I'm thinking of starting to get my feet wet with water cooling, and not the closed loop stuff, so I would like a case that has space for the radiator and pump.

For case, I don't really want something that looks like a server tower (plain), but I also don't want to spend over around $150 (that's my case budget). I want this case to last, as I've had the last one since 2006, and has had 3 builds in it. Only reason I wanna change cases is so I have room for a radiator/pump and to get rid of those noisy 80mm fans.

For cooling, I've done some research and it seems like water cooling will be quieter than air if I OC to 4.5 GHz on my 4670k. If this is not true, let me know. I would like to start with a basic water cooling solution with a budget around $150, and possibly expand in the future. Since this will be my first water cooling project, I don't want anything really difficult that I can mess up and destroy my computer with.

1. Case that can support water cooling and is QUIET, but does not look like a server tower ($150 max)
2. Water cooling to CPU and maybe GPU that is QUIET, yet user friendly ($150 max)

Overall, $300 max for case and water cooling.


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August 17, 2013 3:42:35 PM

Im not really good with cases but i can help you with your cooling.

Since you need a water cooling i recommend this:
its not loud but its not silent..
Its one of the best on the market and meets your price range.

This one is on the quieter side
and meets your price range

hope this helped, sorry i couldn't help you with the case :L
August 17, 2013 6:50:37 PM

After doing more research, it seems like there is plenty I can look at to decide what cooling solution to use... so I guess I would like more options for case. I like the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 that Steven recommended. Maybe some more options to compare it against that people really recommend? I saw an "under $100" case review on tomshardware, but was looking for other options as well to make a good decision.