Going to build me a quiet miditower, for which I have bought a Silent Systems SilentDrive HD-noisekiller, Silent Systems "Q Technology" Ultra Quiet PSU, and one of zalmans processor coolers. I'm only gonna have one hdd and a cd-rw in it, the rest will be in the noisy one, that has been put in a place far, far away from where I work...
Now I wonder if it matters what kinda case i buy? I'm planing on buying a cheap one.... Or do u recommend a special one? Does it really matter? Should i buy some dampening material to the inside of the case? Or is the "quiet" components enough?
well, if case sensitivity is enabled then it does matter, especially passwords are almost always case-sensetive!
ok. case certainly matters a lot because you never know what board you will be putting in. the board can have the CPU socket at a real painful positions or IDE connectors real close to the edge that makes it clumsy to connect them, and blocking the air-flow that would have helped cooling the system.
I had to cut a part of the slot1 P-III heatsink with a hacksaw because it interfered with the hard disk, which couldnt be placed anywhere else in that crappy baby-AT case! You certainly dont want to do such things!
Usually, a larger case solves all the problems, its spacious, the distances for the cables and air to traverse are decent and gives a good impression like you have a BIG system to your friends!
Go for a case that is large enough to accomodate all te devices you plan to use, a mid or full tower ATX case with 3~5 5.25 inch drive bays, at least 3 3.5 inch drive bays and the backplate having sufficient standoff holes to supports almost all the motherboards.
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