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April 17, 2007 10:28:40 AM

I am planning to upgrade my machine soon (ish) and fancy OC'ing an E6600. My current case is years old... it has served me well and is on it's 3rd build... but I fear it may not provide enough cooling for OC.

Looking at the Antec Nine Hundred, looks a sweet case and all the reviews look good. So a couple of questions to any one who has one.

What do you do about a floppy drive? Call me old school but I like to be able to boot up from a floppy when it all goes pear shapped.

Secondly, how quiet is it with all those fans? I intend to build as near as possible quiet machine.. will these fans need replacing for something quieter?

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April 17, 2007 11:28:34 AM

I think it is a great case. Great cooling and low temperatures. Easy to work with.
I highly recommend it.
April 17, 2007 9:14:22 PM

The only reason why I will be purchasing a P180 over this is because It seems the 900 is really prone to excessive dust.
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April 17, 2007 9:35:10 PM

I was wondring about that, there seems to be quite a bit of meshing in the front bezel but not much strainer/filter to stop the dust from being sucked in.....
April 17, 2007 10:31:40 PM

Got a link (Newegg) to those cases?
April 17, 2007 11:15:48 PM

I pondered over the potential dust problem too, but I'm going to open it regularly anyway and inspect for cleaning. I decided I'd rather have better cooling, and it looks great too.

Its so fustrating having half a computer just sitting there without a couple of vital parts...roll on sunday!
April 17, 2007 11:33:46 PM

Yeah, the 900 is a great case. Dusty, but great. I picked mine up from a CompUSA for $65 after rebate. I suggest this case, but make sure to look for a good deal online somewhere.
April 17, 2007 11:34:43 PM

would budget be your concern? if not then i really do suggest the p180 instead because it truly s very very quiet ( with fans turned to low that is). you can put the hdd at the bottom and then use the top hdd cage to make a windtunel if you purchase another tri cool fan or other quiet fan. cooling is very adaquate and with the 3 stock fans on low, and everything else passive ( i turned my vcard and zalman fans off) your computer is truly inaudible... cept for the hdd clicking. but thats what some ppl told me to strive for.

if you really do want quiet over other things the 900 wouldnt be my first choice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

quite amazingly the p180 is cheaper than the 900
April 18, 2007 12:12:13 AM

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I keep my 200mm on high and all the rest on low


Same here. It's a great case. Pretty quiet on low. The P180 would be better if you really want it to be quiet though. The P180 still gets pretty good airflow too.
April 18, 2007 12:48:14 AM

I have it and just recently installed a microatx motherboard it and everything was a breeze, i saw temps drop on my X1800XT by 10 or more degrees. More probably because my last case was a temporary deal. Regardless the case is quiet enough on low to have 1-2 feet away from you without bothering you. If you set your case on the floor you can turn the some of the fans like the rear 120m and top 200m to higher speeds. Unfortunately things can get loud quickly if you turn the front to on medium or higher but they provide enough airflow on low anyway. The psu is mounted on the bottom and was easy to route all the cables and such.

Sorry for the long reply but i love the case and it will definitely be with me for as long as it can last.
April 18, 2007 1:06:02 AM

Mostly agree with what has been said.

The 200mm fan is very quiet. The rest are quiet on low, audible on med. and loud on high. For this reason I've added a fan controller to allow me to adjust without going inside.

It does collect dust but given the airflow that is to be expected. I've never owned a case with dust filters but I can't imagine cleaning and drying filters is quicker than blowing out a case periodically. Plus as mpilchfamily has stated that would impede airflow.

The airflow is amazing. If I put my hand in front of the case it is cool from the air flowing in. That air passes over the hard drives, motherboard, cpu hsf and out the back and top still feeling cool; and that is with the 120mm fans on low. The only air coming out of my case warm is the 8800 gpu.
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April 18, 2007 1:07:01 AM

You might want to look at this link: http://www.bjorn3d.com/read_pf.php?cID=996
It compares the Antec 900, Antec SOLO, and Lian-li G70 for noise vs cpu and vga temps.
The net is that at the same noise(46 dba), the temps for the three cases are similar. The 900 can be the coolest, but noisiest. The SOLO can be the quietest, but can't cool as well.
---pick your poison---
April 18, 2007 1:07:40 AM

Few comments, what's the diff between the 180 and the 182? Additionally, which keeps the case the coolest? For someone that cares less about sound and more about coolness. I keep my comp in an alcove beneath my desk that I'm afraid will get way too hot once i put a oc'd comp down there.
April 18, 2007 2:16:06 AM

182 has cable management...I dont think the other P180/180B have that feature.
April 18, 2007 4:51:28 AM

Cable management? Like places to hide the cables? Same exterior case?
April 18, 2007 5:46:31 AM

yes... behind the mobo tray.
April 19, 2007 11:40:38 AM

it also has watercooling holes premade, plue the top and rear fan controls are located at the back of the case so you dont have to keep opening the side pannel like i do to change them * deep breath*


alllssooooo the p182 is a uber polished mirror like chrome finish. you can read all about it here :

http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling/showdoc.aspx?i=296...
April 19, 2007 12:46:13 PM

I was surprised to notice how much noisier my antec 900 case was when I started it up. the fans are far quieter when turned to low as mentioned and the large top fan is quite silent. However, I noticed right away after my old cheap Antec case which was fully enclosed, I could hear the OS hard drive activity a whole lot more. It's an old seagate 80gb hard drive which I'm sure is louder than average anyways, but it's far more obvious in the 900 instead of an enclosed case. If your hard drives are not particularly loud, then I am sure you would be happy. being such an open case, it is not really designed for noise baffling, but it flows air so well that there's not enough turbulence or obsruction to make excessive noise.

I also have to agree with others assessment that the feeling of the front fans drawing in cool air is very impressive, especially even on low fan speed setting. It's comforting knowing that now my hard drives are actively cooled. I have not yet added a side panel (optional) tricool fan but I will eventually.
April 19, 2007 2:22:28 PM

If you would read the article that one is the P182 Special Edition which costs like $230 at newegg.com. Unless looking at yourself is your cup of tea $230 is hardly worth it for a case that size. For $230 you could find many other high-quality Lian-Li or Cooler Master cases. The non SE P182 is a gunmetal color that runs about $170. The only new thing with the P182 is obviously the color and cable organizers behind the motherboard tray. Hardly worth the $40-($70 after MIR) premium you would pay over the standard P180. When a little extra time and $5-$8 zip strips would get it done.

What will be sexy is the new P190 with more space more fans and the same sexy sleek design, that could lure me in to getting a new case.
April 20, 2007 12:12:27 AM

oohhh p190!!


whats that gonna be like?! :?:
April 20, 2007 1:01:28 AM

The P190 will be longer and wider but the same height as the P180. It may have the capability to house two standard size psu's but that may be something like the P192 and the P190 maybe for a single psu.

It will have two 140mm exhaust fans, one in the back and one on top. It will also have a 200mm side intake fan and 120mm intake fan in the front. It's quite simply a bigger and badder P180.

The P190 was due out early 2007 but its been delayed for reasons concerning the dual power supply setup. So some of that info i listed above maybe change for certain models of the P190, we will see soon though.

P190 Pictures at Cebit 2007
April 20, 2007 4:45:46 AM

cool thx for the info ^^

that may just be my next case!! =O

cm stacker over here = x_x
April 20, 2007 5:31:20 AM

Late in the coming but to the OP, The case fans are pretty quiet when on low and you have tons of air flow even when they are on low. The graphics card however (a 7800GT/OC) is waaaaay loud and not muffled at all by the case.
There are no filters provided with the case so dust is an issue and
I was disappointed with the amount of room in the case. It's a great case but there are better ones out there.

If noise is not a problem or dust and you want a cool system, this case is the one.
April 20, 2007 6:38:42 AM

I've got a question regarding the 900. Does it have a mobo backplate to route wires?
April 20, 2007 7:55:21 AM

So I would remove both side panels, punch a hole in on either end where i'm cable routing, and the panel will fit back into place.

What i'm asking, how much clearance is there between the side panel and the metal plate i'm punching a hole through?
April 20, 2007 8:14:46 AM

I see. It's good to hear the other panel comes off, if theres clearance i'll likely make "arrangements" to effectively render wires invisible. Hehe, I'm gonna have one holy case :p 
April 20, 2007 1:41:11 PM

There is enough space typical of any other case where the cables can fit but the will be flat against the motherboard tray.
April 20, 2007 5:18:58 PM

Anyone know if there's sound muffling items out there? Like dynamat for computers? Someone had posted up some sound baffling stuff before but I can't remember the site.
April 22, 2007 1:36:30 AM

Hi, first post, but have been reading a lot. I have then Antec 900 and doing a new build. I purchased a Zalman ZM-MFC 1 Multi Fan Speed Controller for the system. While installing the controller, I discovered that 4 of the 6 connectors are small 3 pin connectors. However, all of the fans that came with the case have large 2 wire (red/black) power supply connectors. Can someone let me know the best way to matte the two connectors together please.

Thank you,
Mike
April 22, 2007 3:09:48 AM

According to the site for this adapter, it says the following:
"You will not get RPM monitoring but your motherboard bios will be able to adjust the fan speed if your bios allow it."
Does this mean that with my RPM fan controller, it wont be able to control the RPM's? Or is it simply for monitoring the fan speed? I don't think I want that to lose the ability to change fan speed. If it wont work, should I buy all new fans for the case?
April 22, 2007 3:35:52 AM

Excellent, no this controller does not monitor the speed, it just allows for adjustments! Thanks for the help, I'll order 4 of these tomorrow. Thanks for all the help. I am going to love my new system.
April 22, 2007 4:00:28 AM

Just to let you know if you want to achieve any real cable management on the 900 be prepared to drill some holes in the thing. The motherboard tray does not remove unless you want to drill out some rivets and replace them with screws as I did. It looks like Antec cut costs by doing this. There is even a half-produced hinge for the tray that you have to finish constructing yourself but it is do-able. It's not nearly as loud as my old Antec Sonata case with 2 180mm fans in it. It keeps everything very cool and I've really haven't had a problem with dust even though I have a cat. The floppy is a little tricky to install, but looks fit and finish when done correctly. I also put a clear blue led fan in the side with a small blue cathode just above my HDD's on the right side. The Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro or 7 are awesome choices for this case.
April 22, 2007 9:28:10 AM

cool pic. I got the noctua for my new build. Are you using the 200mm fan to push and the 120mm to pull? or are you sandwiching the airflow onto the cooler?

Another question, you don't have drill out the rivets to access the area behind the mobo do you?. Someone else mentioned that you can just drill holes and tunnel behind the whole thing.

Good thinking with the fan controlling, how do those work anyways? Do you run all the fans molex's to the unit and run a power extention to that? I'm assuming that, if so, how would you recommed routing wires for that?
April 22, 2007 3:25:16 PM

Yes, I bought the following fan controller and report how I like it...main negative reviews were that the blue led lights were too bright:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I will post a review how I like my system once I get it going. I also purchased this for the processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have just to order the processor today (waited a week for the price drops) and the cables for the fan controller. Thanks again for all the help, haven't built a system in 4 years and my P4 2.4 has finally stopped playing all the new games :D 

I love this site and people posting successes and failures really helped my buying decisions.
April 22, 2007 9:57:21 PM

For the nine hundred this is a good controller.

It already has molex connectors and matches the case well.

April 22, 2007 11:01:34 PM

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Could you take a higher res pic of how it looks on your antec? hehe.


I think you were talking to me.
April 22, 2007 11:52:38 PM

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Does it get the antec case fans any lower than the switch on them does? And i still cant really tell by the pic. Is it a nice snug fit in there? Hey I have the same dvd drive too. Its nice :) 


It is hard to say if it goes any slower. One thing I liked about it over Vantec's next model up is that it won't go so low as to stall the fans. I would steer away from controllers that have a range from 0v.

The gap is a little large at the top.
I've attached another picture. Last picture though, my wife is starting to look at me strangely and said something about a geek; as I looked around curious what she was talking about.

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