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New computer case (quiet)

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April 6, 2010 10:23:10 PM

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 ?

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a b ) Power supply
April 6, 2010 10:52:53 PM

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.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
April 6, 2010 11:24:32 PM

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..
a c 147 ) Power supply
April 6, 2010 11:31:23 PM

For good quiet computing info and reviews, go to

From personal experience, I can recommend the Antec SOLO.

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.

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a c 142 ) Power supply
April 6, 2010 11:38:20 PM

The Antec P series (P183 and P193) are specifically designed to be very quiet.

P183 $140
P193 $175

For just $70 more than the price of the P183, you can add one of the best, and certainly the quietest 600+ watt PSU on the market.

her's some reviews for a OCZ 700 (7.5 performance rating) and the Antec CP-850 (10.0 Performance Rating)

For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at / prices as per newegg on 02/21/2010 and ones w/ double asterisks (**) made it onto's Editor's Choice List meaning they excelled at both electronic and acoustic performance:

Antec SG-850 - 10.0 ($220) **
Antec CP-850 - 10.0 ($110) **
XFX 850W Black Edition 10.0 ($185)
Corsair HX850 850W - 10.0 ($180)

Antec TruePower Quattro (TPQ-850) - 9.5 ($150)
Corsair TX850 - 9.5 ($140)
Seasonic M12D 850W - 9.5 (NLA) **
NorthQ Giant Connector 850W - 9.5 (NFS)
Etasis ET850 - 9.5 (NLA)
Silverstone Zeus ST85ZF - 9.5 (NLA)

Enermax Revolution 85+ 850W - 9.0 ($250)

Thrmaltake Toughpower XT 850W - 8.5 ($216)
OCZ Z Series 850W - 8.5 ($200)

NorthQ Black Magic Flex 850W - 8.0 (NFS)
Coolmax CTG-850 - 8.0 (NFS)

SilverStone Decathlon DA850 - 7.5 ($230)
Enermax Galaxy DXX 850W EGX850EWL - 7.5 (NFS)

SilverStone Strider ST85F - 7.0

Silverstone Element ST85EF 850W - 6.0

NFS - Not For Sale / NLA = No Longer Available
April 7, 2010 12:52:32 AM

thanks for all the info guys! ill be sure to check that out :) 
April 7, 2010 1:04:58 AM

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