New Case: Experiences or Opinions Wanted

Great ventilation and really low noise. Is it possible to find both in a case? I like the layout of the Lian Li V1000 plus and the ventilation aspect, but am concerned about the noise level due to the perforated case. Are there better choices for a gaming/video production rig? I am gearing up to start my build so please provide your opinions!
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  1. Oh man, there are lots of excellent cases out there depending on your budget. Kinda depends on what look you want as well. I will only speak about experiences I've had with cases because I don't want to speculate about others.

    I currently have the Coolermaster Wavemaster case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119023

    And I also have the Thermaltake Armor Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133154

    They're both great cases, but the Thermaltake Armor is the bomb. Vents VERY well and seems very quiet to me. It's a full tower, but I like the room it provides--which also helps with ventilation.

    BUT, I've also seen excellent reviews for the Antec P180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129154

    And the Antec 900
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Can't go wrong with any of these, but the most quiet will be the Thermaltake Armor and the Antec P180.
  2. Dude I so wanted an Armor case but didn't have the money. The case I have now is nice but a little small for a liquid system.
  3. Yes, you can, within limits. I use an Antec Solo which I am pleased with, and it is quiet with the fans on low. If you plan on using a 8800GTX, be aware that the card is extra long, and will require removal of a bit of one drive cage to fit. I found a nice review of the Antec 900 with a comparison of the solo, 900, and lian-li G70. http://www.bjorn3d.com/read_pf.php?cID=996 . It shows the trade-offs between fan speed, noise, and temperatures(cpu, gpu, case).

    If you want the quietest case with acceptable temperatures, then you probably can't do better than the Solo. dba=40.

    If you want the maximun in air cooling, then you can't beat the 900 on high fan speeds. dba=58.

    For a compromise where the dba=46, you could pick the solo on high, the lian-li at medium, or the 900 at low.
  4. I have not heard of the Antec Solo. I'm going to check that out.
  5. derf get the p180, i got it and it pwns all.
  6. Oh not it doesn't. :lol: My Thermaltake Armor Full-Tower pwnzers.

    The Antec p180 has great reviews, I just like more room with a full tower. Otherwise, I seriously considered the 900 and the p180.
  7. Have 4 units at home. Kandalf - Really Big, reasonably quiet good airflow.
    P180 - somewhat of a pain in terms of cable management - especially with big psu. Very solid sound control. Airflow adequate but stock fans are real loud. replaced with scythe s-flex 1600 for max air and still took about 10 db off the sound.
    TJ09 (latest) Big- great cooling but more than modestly loud due to the center fan open to the side air vents. I still need to get some sound dampeners for all the peripherals and fans - maybe even line interior walls. Last is Armor Junior...no help for your issues because it is only used for a mid level general duty pc. Might want to look at the specs of the new Coolermaster 832. Reviews are very good for noise and air flow. Good luck.
  8. Quote:
    Oh not it doesn't. :lol: My Thermaltake Armor Full-Tower pwnzers.

    The Antec p180 has great reviews, I just like more room with a full tower. Otherwise, I seriously considered the 900 and the p180.


    Ahem!. My Mozart TX pwnz0rzz j00 =)
  9. Depending on what you want, you could look at the Thermaltake Tsunami. It's pretty quiet. Also, take a look at the Gigabyte Poseidon. Good ventilation, and it's silent.
  10. Quote:
    Depending on what you want, you could look at the Thermaltake Tsunami. It's pretty quiet. Also, take a look at the Gigabyte Poseidon. Good ventilation, and it's silent.


    x2 on the Tsunami. THermaltake has great choices.
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