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May 16, 2012 5:11:01 AM

Hey guys, I'm about ready to finish up my build. I just have to finalize a case basically. I am looking for a case that will fit everything with room to spare, possible SLI in the future, want it to be reasonable quiet (don't want an air plane in my room), and of course I want to make sure all my components stay nice and cool.

Here is my build.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

-My first option is the Corsair 550D (however I just had it brought to my attention is can run quite warm, so I thought I would put an extra fan in the bottom, not sure if this will be enough)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-My second option is the Corsair 500r. A great case, has good cooling, lots of space and great cable management. My concern with this, is just the noise aspect.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-My third option is the new Coolmaster HAF XM. It was just recently suggested to me. The cooling seems pretty nice, not sure about the cable management or the noise yet. But it is plenty big and it looks good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the help in advance,
Alex

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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 6:28:30 AM

first thing,the case does not makes noise but the fans does.for a dead silent solution get a quality cheap case and swap out the stock fans.i would suggest a $100 case like phantom 410 or 400r and swap out the stock fans with quiet fans.if you are going with phantom than you need this 200mm fan-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
both phantom and 400r are good in cable management.
for quiet 120mm fans,my suggestions are-
cougar 120mm fan-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
noctua nfp12-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gelid gamer wing-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
prolimatech pro-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
blademaster 12cm-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
silverwstone fm121-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 16, 2012 8:31:48 AM

Wouldn't the Coolermaster HAF Xm be pretty quiet cause of the bigger fans?
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 8:35:04 AM

as i said the fans are responsible for noise level.if it has low db high CFM fans then it's good.
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May 16, 2012 8:58:26 AM

k thanks, do you know if there's anyway to check the stock db of the cases or fans themselves? I notice that all the fans sold show their db level.
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 9:03:16 AM

visiting the review sites will help you.
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May 16, 2012 9:08:48 AM

awesome thank you very much. I've been looking for a while now.
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 9:13:00 AM

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a c 158 ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 11:29:30 AM

If you really want to quiet your PC, then you have to lessen fan noise. One option is to buy quiet fans for a premium price. Another option is to buy a fan controller and good, inexpensive fans. Blast the fans when you need the cooling power and crank them down when you want quiet. I personally use a Scythe Kaze Master Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the readouts, voltage ranges, quality, amount of control with the knobs....great fan controller. I use Yate Loon fans that I got 4/$20: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa.html
Review on the fans: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/yate_l...
If you're getting a Corsair case, then I would say that you could just use those on a fan controller.
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May 16, 2012 11:41:03 AM

Can you hook a controller up to any fan? (for example stock fans) Also how do you know when you would be able to turn them down without risking the components getting too hot? And are Corsair fans quieter then others? I've heard a couple reviews that the Coolermaster HAF XM were pretty quiet as well.
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 12:04:22 PM

Rugger said:
If you really want to quiet your PC, then you have to lessen fan noise. One option is to buy quiet fans for a premium price. Another option is to buy a fan controller and good, inexpensive fans. Blast the fans when you need the cooling power and crank them down when you want quiet. I personally use a Scythe Kaze Master Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the readouts, voltage ranges, quality, amount of control with the knobs....great fan controller. I use Yate Loon fans that I got 4/$20: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa.html
Review on the fans: http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/yate_l...
If you're getting a Corsair case, then I would say that you could just use those on a fan controller.

+1 to that fan controller,i also suggested the same in one of my post.
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 12:05:27 PM

hopz said:
Can you hook a controller up to any fan? (for example stock fans) Also how do you know when you would be able to turn them down without risking the components getting too hot? And are Corsair fans quieter then others? I've heard a couple reviews that the Coolermaster HAF XM were pretty quiet as well.


yes you can control your fans.corsair is not very well know to make quiet high performance case fans.
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a c 158 ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 12:07:46 PM

Fan controllers almost always have 3-pin fan connections for fans. You will be able to hook up any fan as long as the fan has a 3or 4-pin fan connection. I can't think of any fans that don't have one of those connections.

Your mobo mfr likely has a hardware monitoring software that will come with it. Use it to monitor temps. If nothing comes with the board, then you can use something like Speedfan or HWMonitor. I use Speedfan because it gives me the ability to control my GPU fan speeds....something I can't plug in to my fan controller. Another great feature about the Kaze Mastr Pro is that it also has temp sensors. Place the temp sensors in a potential hot spot to monitor temps inside the case.

Corsair fans....quieter than others? It depends on the fan and and the fans speed. One of the reasons that I got a fan controller is the Corsair H80 water cooler...the two fans on it were rated for 2600RPM and sounded like tornadoes on startup and coming out of sleep mode. Put them on the fan controller and have them turning at about 1000RPM....nice and quiet.

You're not going to be able to have a perfectly quiet PC with amazing cooling....you have to find a balance. Fan controllers allow you the control to adjust that balance of cooling/quiet depending on your needs.
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May 16, 2012 12:15:41 PM

Thanks guys, I'll definitely look more into fan controllers. If I wait to see how long the actual build is, would it be difficult to put in a fan controller after I completed the build?
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a c 158 ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 12:23:58 PM

Fan controllers are easy to install and configure.
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May 16, 2012 12:32:32 PM

Cool, thank you for the help and suggestion.
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a c 158 ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 3:36:44 PM

Glad I could help - Hope your build is cool and quiet!
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May 16, 2012 4:16:55 PM

Fan controller + large case fans.
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a b ) Power supply
May 16, 2012 4:27:33 PM

^correction,fan controller+quiet fans.
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May 18, 2012 1:45:52 AM

Best answer selected by Hopz.
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