Well i'm attempting my first ever computer build. After much research and component selection where I find myself stuck is on something I thought I would never care about - the case.
I'm trying to build something that will be as near silent as possible.
But also plenty powerful for all modern games. Certainly on a 24inch monitor - may also sometimes use my old 19 inch lcd as a second display.
Primary use will be online games like RIFT; LOTRO. Will prob have a bash at Crysis 2 sometime or other.
I've plumped for:
- an i5 2500k
- asus p8p67 evo gen3.0 1155 motherboard
-Nvidia gtx 570
(at some point in the future when game quality goes up and prices come down, i may want two in sli)
-8gb ddr3 1600 corsair
i'll also want one HDD and one small SDD
-possibly a soundcard?
Can anyone suggest a good case to house all this? Obviously affordable is good and it will need to be biggish for airflow I understand? But my main priority is for all this to run quietly!
Whilst i'm at it I still need to decide on a PSU and CPU cooler - any recommendations there also?
Barring a full size case( most people have no idea how big they really are) a mid tower case has more then enough room for the components you've listed.
The FD Arc Midi is a mid tower case btw and large enough for your gear.
20.28" x 9.06" x 18.11" LXWXH
COOLER MASTER CM 690 II Advanced = 20.80" x 8.40" x 20.10"
Nice case i have one also, however, it's not silent my Antec 902 is quieter and has more fans running in it.
The FD Arc will be quieter then any CM case gothems finest listed since it comes with 3 x 140mm speed controlled filtered fans.
Fractal Designs whole design principal is quiet computing they've built their reputation on it.
You don't need a big huge cooler for a SB cpu either.
They run cooler then the previous gen of Intel cpu's.
A nice quiet cooler is the Thermalright MUX-120 fans are under 20db and it's plenty for a 2500k.
Ram compatibilty is stellar i have all 4 dimms filled with Corsair Dominators = tall ram 52mm
I know i have one on my oc'd i7 860 i can't even hear the fans and i've added another they're so quiet.
Ambient room temp 25 C = highest core is 33C as i'm writing this.
The 212+ is a good cooler but the included fan is not quiet = have one on in another rig.It's in the mid 30's db.
Water cooling will not be quieter then the cooler i mentioned btw.
I don't care what anyone might comment you still need fans and a pump which all make noise.
I agree with some of the things you are saying davcon but it is not the actual case that makes the noise it is the fans, which can always be swapped and changed for others, at little cost and is simple to do.
So because of that in my opinion you should not choose a case soley on the basis that it comes with quiet fans, it is definitely a bonus, but you should also be making your decision on features, size and aesthetics aswell, as you can not change these like you can change the fans...but this is just my opinion.
The Thermalright MUX-120 is also a good suggestion, but it all depends on what sort of balance you want between noise and performance, if you would rather have slightly less noise and also don't mind having slightly less performance then go for the MUX-120.
True the 212+ is not a "quiet" cooler, but as the OP did not state his budget I included this incase he is on a tight budget.