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Quietest Chassis for SLI

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September 2, 2011 6:22:27 PM

I've picked out all of my components here, I'm just trying to find the proper chassis for this build.

I'll be running 2x Lightning Xtreme GTX 580's in SLI, with a 2600k cooled by a Corsair H80 or H100 (depending on which case I choose). Maybe even the Noctua NH-D14, but I'm afraid the huge size would restrict airflow for the GPU's.

I'm looking to find the most quiet chassis for these components, while still providing enough airflow. I've been looking at the Fractal R3, NZXT H2, some Lian Li cases with dampening, as well as the Corsair 600t and 650D (which aren't marketed for silence).

I'll more than likely be installing aftermarket fans to achieve the quietest sound, probably Noctua NF-P14's and NF-P12's.

I'd appreciate any recommendations! Thanks guys.

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September 2, 2011 6:57:06 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.

First things first, don't get the H2! It's acoustic/temp performance is pretty terrible, according to this review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4347/nzxt-h2-not-quite-qu... So I would advise staying away.

It would seem the Fractal designs Define R3 is an excellent case, but I have no experience so IDK.

But honestly, I woulf think it's gonna be difficult to get 2 GTX 580's to be quiet on air, no matter what.

If you are looking to spend a bit on the case, the Antec Performance One P193 would probably be a good choice also: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (or the P183 if you dont like that side fan http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-P183-Case-... )
Seems to be a nice well rounded case. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2009/06/16/antec...

Well, that's my thought on cases. Cheers!
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