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Case Recommendations? - Airflow, Quiet

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May 25, 2012 5:53:05 PM

Alright so I have almost everything figured out for my new (and first) build. Now I just need to figure out what case to use. I'm looking for a mid-tower case. It needs to have good airflow; I intend for every component in the case to be air cooled so a lot of heat may be dumped into the case. I am also going to be sleeping in the same room as this PC (as will my college roommate) so I need it to be relatively quiet. I know I can buy quieter fans, but I guess I'd just like the included fans and setup to be quiet enough (but maybe that's a poor approach). I also like the look of some amount of clear paneling on the side, but it'd not a deal-breaker. I also like the look of some amount of light in the case or on the fans, but I need to lights to either be capable of being turned off or not be very bright, since my roommate and I have to sleep with it.

And another side question I thought I'd bring up... In you opinion, which is better, positively or negatively pressuring your case?

Thanks! You guys are the best!
a c 111 ) Power supply
May 25, 2012 5:54:51 PM

First off, pc cases DON'T Make noise. The parts that make noise would be fans and hard drives. What you can do is get a case such as the CM Storm Enforcer and replace the fans with Silent Fans.
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May 25, 2012 6:01:01 PM

Well obviously the case itself doesn't make noise.... So is the better approach to just always buy silent fans? Why don't the cases come with quiet fans anyways? :p 

By the way, I was looking into NZXT's Phantom 410 (I like the way it looks) but was concerned if i would have enough airflow. Opinions?
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a c 111 ) Power supply
May 25, 2012 6:01:37 PM

Ever heard of the Fractal Design Define R3? Good airflow and it's quiet :) 
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a c 158 ) Power supply
May 25, 2012 6:39:11 PM

Another thing to think about is getting a fan controller so you can adjust the speed of your fans...slower for quiet and faster for more cooling.
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a c 124 ) Power supply
May 25, 2012 6:48:32 PM

I have an Enermax Hoplite, which has thick, heavy panels like many of the Antec cases (.8mm iirc). This cuts down vibration noise considerably. The front fan has a speed control knob, and LED illumination that can be set to display a number of different patterns, or be turned off completely. It has a lot of hard drive mounting options, including a 2-drive backplane, 2 slots for 2.5" drives, and a top SATA dock.
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