I'm currently looking to build a new computer and I'm wondering which case to choose
so far my current system is a antec III 500 with a p5q-SE with a Q9400 and a 9800gtx. I got a decent level of noise but i was wondering if there was any better case ?
Normally i wouldn't mind going with another antec III 500 but i already got a loose power supply OCZGXS700 so ill probably use that one and i'm also considering to get 2 video card in crossfire so the antec III 500 PSU won't cut it.
from your experience, any suggestion for a case without a psu that is also quiet ?
I've found the antec Sonata series to be good cases. Built two computers with them. Single back fan. Hard drive rack on the side to easy to swap out. Power supply I trust as the sonata comes with an antec earthwatts.
But if you don't need a power supply, why get a case with a power supply? I find the antec three hundred to be fairly quiet and still with powerful fans on low settings. decent overall case but it wouldn't fit something as large as a 5870.
Anyway, that's the extent of my experience other than with generic cases.
Since you have plans of multiple video cards sometime in the near future, its difficult (for me ) to understand your quiet case idea..!! Anyway, in case you just want to get a quiet case ( good airflow with very decent audio levels ), have a look at the ANTEC performance series..
They have baffled intakes, insulated panels and washable filters. Cooling is adequate. One caveat, the maximum size graphics card is about 10" long. Enough for a GTX470, but not GTX480. I did install a longer 10.5" card, but I had to nibble a bit of metal out of one drive bay.
For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg on 02/21/2010 and ones w/ double asterisks (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List meaning they excelled at both electronic and acoustic performance: