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January 24, 2010 7:50:27 PM

Hi,

I'm trying to find a very silent case.

I've been using the Antec Sonata III for 3 years now and i really like the design. But I also saw the Coolmaster Sileo 500 that seems to ve very well isolated. If i could actually get the design and dust filter from the Sonata and the sound isolation of the Sileo 500, i'd be in heaven hehe

Any recommendations ?

trep-

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January 24, 2010 8:00:53 PM

A silent case needs to have huge fans and be very big...

-Huge fans can move the same amount of air as small cans whlie spinning much slower resulting in being very quiet. A big case is quieter because it usually has larger fans and doesn't require as much plus it muffles sounds inside of it since air currents are winning through it in small holes at high speeds.
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January 24, 2010 11:45:21 PM

Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about silent/quiet pc's that can help you make an informed decision:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/

Take a look at the menu in the right hand column. There is a link to recommended cases in the lower half of that menu.

There's also a link someplace there to an article about a silent pc that does not have any moving parts. It's what's known as a passive cooling system.
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January 25, 2010 12:05:40 AM

trep- said:
Hi,

I'm trying to find a very silent case.

trep-



You should check out the Silverstone Fortress 2. Looks to me like the only case in the market that can achieve BOTH great thermal performance and quietness at the same time. Has dust filter on every intake fan like you want it and is a positive air pressure design to boot. That almost gaurantees zero dust buildup. Acoustic foam pre-installed on every panel plus loads of other great features. I'm about to whip out my credit card to get one myself. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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January 25, 2010 8:55:33 AM

Id be looking into the antec p180 series, particularly at the P183.

its a great case thats good for modding and disturbingly silent. It has dust filters and everything

I have the mini p180 and am very pleased wiht it
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a b ) Power supply
January 25, 2010 11:37:13 AM

trep- said:
Hi,

I'm trying to find a very silent case.

I've been using the Antec Sonata III for 3 years now and i really like the design. But I also saw the Coolmaster Sileo 500 that seems to ve very well isolated. If i could actually get the design and dust filter from the Sonata and the sound isolation of the Sileo 500, i'd be in heaven hehe

Any recommendations ?

trep-
If you're looking for a similar size case, but quieter than the Sonata III, then look at the Antec SOLO (if you don't need a PSU) or the Antec Sonata Plus 550. Both are much quieter than the Sonata III.
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January 25, 2010 12:24:11 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the suggestions !

I was looking a the Silverstone FT02, but it looked a bit big. Looking at the dimension, I confirmed it hehe

So I took a look at the Silverstone FT01 instead and the dimension are smaller which is perfect for me. Any input on this one ?
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January 25, 2010 12:59:12 PM

The FT01 won't be silent like the FT02 because of it's design. There are also the Raven 1 and 2 which using stack effect cooling like the FT02, but it looks like they are even bigger than the FT02.
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January 25, 2010 1:59:33 PM

You can't have a very silent case and very good ventilation at the same time.
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January 25, 2010 2:13:42 PM

silent cases are usually bad and heats your system up

silent = slow fan speed = bad air flow = system heat up

go for a good mid level case with good ventilation
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January 25, 2010 4:23:30 PM

GhislainG said:
You can't have a very silent case and very good ventilation at the same time.



king game said:
silent cases are usually bad and heats your system up

silent = slow fan speed = bad air flow = system heat up

go for a good mid level case with good ventilation


BULLSH*T!!!

Im running a mini p180 with 2 120mm fans, 1 200mm fan, cpu v8, stock vid and stock psu, all at lowest possible setting

and getting really good temps.

Im Oceing with a pretty high vcore, and getting no higher than 58C under load.
video not above 54C

EDIT: And yes it is quiet
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January 25, 2010 4:35:26 PM

xbeater - What was the ambient room temperature when you measured? Which utilities did you use to measure temperatures? What programs were running when you took measurements? How long were the programs running when you took the measurements?
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January 25, 2010 4:36:20 PM

Yup, I agree. It's BS. He obviously hasn't seen a great case design like the Silverstone Fortress 2 or the Ravens or the Thermalright R1x.

However, you have a 65w Athlon II. Those chips run so cool you can stick a fanless heatsink to it and it won't pass 50degC under load.
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January 25, 2010 4:48:10 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
xbeater - What was the ambient room temperature when you measured? Which utilities did you use to measure temperatures? What programs were running when you took measurements? How long were the programs running when you took the measurements?


Well, here's mine

Sempron 140 OCed to 3510MHz @ 1.35v
Thermalright Ultima 90 FANLESSS!!!
ASUS 785g
2 x G.Skill 2GB PC12800
Cooler Master Cosmos S with the 230mm side fan off. The rest of the fans in stock configuration spin at < 800rpm.

Cool n Quiet = ON
C1E = OFF

20 mins of Prime95 (in-place large FFT's)
CPU core temp = 50degC
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January 25, 2010 4:50:49 PM

ambient = 20.5degC
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January 25, 2010 5:03:28 PM

The OP was asking about the Sileo 500 that's very quiet and basically the size of his Sonata III. I agree that a larger case can be cool and quiet, but not everybody wants a large case. I know that the Silverstone cases are very good, but they're quite large.

The P180 should be as quiet as the Sonata III, but not as quiet as the Sonata Plus 550 or the Sileo 500.
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January 25, 2010 5:22:58 PM

My Antec 1200, whilst not being particularly quiet, has never had any of the fans off minimum. Slow fans don't necessarily mean poor airflow. CHEAP fan spinning slowly, maybe...
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January 25, 2010 5:26:55 PM

I've been looking around at Silverstone and Lian Li.

I guess I posted quite fast and I shouldve added more requirement on my side hehe

Anyway, so far the cases i've been considering:

Silverstone FT01
Lian Li PC-10B
Antec Sonata Plus 550

You'll notice that the style is very "normal".

What is making the choice a bit harder now is:

Silverstone FT01 runs high temperature from video card (from the benchmark i've read).
Lian Li PC10B doesn't have dust filters
The build quality of the Antec Sonata Plus looks a bit "normal". Besides the foam on the side panels, nothing else is appealing to me hehe

Thanks again !
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January 25, 2010 5:31:20 PM

mi1ez said:
My Antec 1200, whilst not being particularly quiet, has never had any of the fans off minimum. Slow fans don't necessarily mean poor airflow. CHEAP fan spinning slowly, maybe...


Indeed, very pleased with the antec tri-cool fans. (used in mini p180)

Fans i would advice the most of all are:

sharkoon silent eagle

they have this special golfball texture on the blade. they move about twice as much air as any other fan of equal dimentions and at same rpm speed. Im using a 2000 rpm one on a fan controller, which is now running between 900-1000 rpm, and it is inaudible. (literally). Antec tri-cool 200mm is louder at 400 rpm

I still advice a case from the Performance series from antec. they are just really stunning. please just read an in depth review! (suggest spcr)

although if you want more silent, (which i cannot personally imagine), you can try loading it with only sharkoon fans.

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January 25, 2010 5:31:32 PM

trep- said:
I've been looking around at Silverstone and Lian Li.

I guess I posted quite fast and I shouldve added more requirement on my side hehe

Anyway, so far the cases i've been considering:

Silverstone FT01
Lian Li PC-10B
Antec Sonata Plus 550

You'll notice that the style is very "normal".

What is making the choice a bit harder now is:

Silverstone FT01 runs high temperature from video card (from the benchmark i've read).
Lian Li PC10B doesn't have dust filters
The build quality of the Antec Sonata Plus looks a bit "normal". Besides the foam on the side panels, nothing else is appealing to me hehe

Thanks again !



If you like your Sonata so much why blow money on a new case? Why don't you just install acoustic foam on it and you can have everything you want?
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a b ) Power supply
January 25, 2010 5:55:16 PM

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The build quality of the Antec Sonata Plus looks a bit "normal". Besides the foam on the side panels, nothing else is appealing to me hehe
I agree that it's a "normal" case, but it doesn't look cheap like the Sonata III.
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January 25, 2010 6:00:10 PM

I have a static problem with the front bezel of the Sonata III that took me forever to find out why the random reboot occured. This is a huge turn down from Antec for me. I don't remember saying i loved my Sonata III so much and there's a reason why I want to change it. Looking a the Silverstone and Lian Li, I know cooling, silence, look and solid product can be put into one case. Just trying to figure which one would suit me better.
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January 25, 2010 6:24:16 PM

GhislainG said:
You can't have a very silent case and very good ventilation at the same time.


Wrong, if you have a cheap crappy case with cheap crappy fans...then yes, but higher quality stuff will allow very good ventilation and be really silent. Larger fans can compensate for slower spinning and move same amount of airflow. Plus fan design quality and structure also can effect this. Eitherway, look at the corporate world...go into any office building with cubicles...there are hundreds of computers and it remains awfully quiet there? and all the computers being as small and compact as they usually are, are cooled extremely well and are unaudible
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January 25, 2010 7:12:35 PM

Have you looked at the Lian-Li PC-B10 or the Fractal Design R2?
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January 26, 2010 1:42:38 PM

That Fractal case looks very very interesting !

I cannot seem to find one in Canada tho, do you know about the availability of the product (and price too) ?
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2010 2:50:26 PM

You may be interested in this review: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2010/01/15/fractal-des...

Quote from page 4: "After we’d been so impressed by the Define R2’s build quality and noise reduction features its thermal performance is nothing short of a huge disappointment, but it’s not unexpected."
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January 26, 2010 2:59:07 PM

I've heard it might not be available on your side of the Atlantic- no idea if it will be in the future though...

I'm in the UK and it cost me £80... and it arrived today! I got it from ebuyer.com- you could give them a try and see if they'll ship it to you.

Seems that it's not universally popular though...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/273934-10-sexiest-case-ever]

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January 26, 2010 4:47:00 PM

Oh well...

I don't like the lights and stuff on PC, that's why i'm looking for something very bland and quiet (to forget it's exsitence basically hehe). Different people = different opinions !

So far, the Silverstone FT02 and the Fractal R2 have problems with heat (minor problems i would say). However, i cannot find any review for the Lian Li PC-B10. Anybody could point me out some benchmarks/extensive reviews ? From what i saw from other reviews, Lian Li didn't seem to have major problems with heat at all with their others cases hehe
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January 26, 2010 4:55:37 PM

Sounds like you want a classic black pc case that is quiet. The problem is going to be the quiet part. It is not impossible to achieve. However, it is difficult to achieve when excellent ventilation, airflow, and cooling are required. You would have to be willing to compromise.

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January 26, 2010 6:01:18 PM

I'm sorry, don't get me wrong here, i don't expect the best cooling and 1dba hehe.

I'm trying to pick the best case that will suit both, good sound isolation without causing thermal problems. On top of that, i'm trying to find a bland case that people won't notice at all.

I don't think the Silverstone or the Fractal could cause thermal problems, but if the Lian Li has everything the others 2 have plus better cooling, the choice will be easy.
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a b ) Power supply
January 26, 2010 6:29:17 PM

If you want a quiet case, then get a huge case with huge fans. Like an HAF 932.
HAF 932 is very quiet...if i didn't have an obnoxiously loud and hot 8800GTS GPU and a moderatly loud cpu cooler then the haf932 would be unheard because its fans are big, lets through air and you can slow them down to spin on lower rpm's and you won't know its on.
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January 26, 2010 11:15:21 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
If you want a quiet case, then get a huge case with huge fans. Like an HAF 932.
HAF 932 is very quiet...if i didn't have an obnoxiously loud and hot 8800GTS GPU and a moderatly loud cpu cooler then the haf932 would be unheard because its fans are big, lets through air and you can slow them down to spin on lower rpm's and you won't know its on.


That's what you get when you have an open meshed case with holes everywhere. The case fans on the HAF are near silent but inside, the components' noise leaks out in every direction.

You can have a silent build with the HAF if you pick your guts carefully but of course that puts a lot of limitations in what you can put into it.
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January 29, 2010 3:15:29 PM

Well, i'm leaning towards the Lian Li PC-B10 right now, but there's only one thing i'm not sure about the case.

The bottom of the case doesn't seem to have vetilation for the power supply. Considering most quality power supply will come with a fan, could this cause a problem ?
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a b ) Power supply
January 29, 2010 5:59:07 PM

well most cases have the option of top mounting the PSU so if it doesn't i don't think it will be a problem.
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