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Old 11-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Does a quiet case that has good air flow for OCing exist?

Does a quiet case that has good air flow for OCing exist?

I am looking for a full tower atx and have been interseted in the Antec Df-85 and the Cooler Master HAF X but am wondering if these are going to sound like a jet taking off. Are there quieter cases that can hold at least 2 HDD 1 or 2 SSD, DVD combo, fan controller, possible fan controller and flash reader?
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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What's your budget?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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What CPU and what clock speeds are you targeting? GPU?

For the most part you don't need a wind tunnel case to hit decent clock speeds on socket 1155.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Rosewill Thor V2 - three 230mm fans hooked into an integrated fan controller.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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I recommend Fractal Designs for fairly inexpensive cases built with quietness in mind.

I have a Define XL and the very heavy noise absorbent side panels seem to help a lot. There's also the Define R4 for a smaller version.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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Higher end InWin cases are SUPER quiet with a ton of airflow.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:22 AM   #7
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What's your budget?
Under $200

I was planning on getting a 1155 z77 asus pro or deluxe (possible sli) with an intel i7 3770k. I want to try to hit 4.2 - 4.4 on air noctua nh-ch14 + case fans.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:33 AM   #8
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Use the Silverstoe Raven 2 (around 180 USD) or Fortress 2 (around 250 USD). I currently use the Fortress 2 for my PC and am OCig a 960t X6 from 3 to 4 GHz. Cooling with a Noctua NH-D.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:22 AM   #9
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Silverstone FT-02
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4620/s...o-out-of-style
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:54 PM   #10
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I like the look of that one but just the fact that I am paying over 200 and they dont include usb 3.0 on the front pannel doenst add up.

I am just concerned that if I choose a more silent case that it will be too hot and not able to OC well.

What if I were to say that I am going to go with the following:

i7 3770K OC'd to 4.2 on Noctua NH-c14
ASUS P8Z77 Deluxe
GTX 670 4 GB SLI
ASUS Xonar STX
16GB 1600

Will an Antec 1100 work to cool all of that? Do I have enough room for everything? Will I be able to plug the fans into the mobo to use ASUS's fan xpert 2?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:02 PM   #11
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Good solid reviews on the Fractal Arc Midi. It really sweetens the song since it's now $56 at Amazon.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:23 PM   #12
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THOR V2
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4648/r...ng-and-silence
it'd be nice if anandtech included the thor v2 against the antec 1100 (the 1100 is shown to top the charts in performance for all of their recent case reviews). I think they changed their testing methodology too, so the numbers don't compare.

the thor v2 is a nice case, it's quiet, has a lot of cabling holes, and is cheap to boot (~$100)
the rubber grommets for cabling liked to fall out while I was assembling though
I think the thor v2 white looks ok too, but it's almost always more expensive

the fan speed is easily adjustable by the analog fan speed knobs on the front
i think it's only logical to attach intake fans to 1 knob and exhaust to the other, so you can decide on whether you want your case to be positive or negative pressure

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Old 11-17-2012, 06:26 PM   #13
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I like the ideas of full towers but I have always had a mid tower. Full towers just seem way way to big. That being said, I did like the NZXT Phantom 820 and started to take a look at the Phantom 410. I am hoping that someone has the 820 on sale this weekend. Still not too sure about them.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:47 AM   #14
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Does a quiet case that has good air flow for OCing exist?

I am looking for a full tower atx and have been interseted in the Antec Df-85 and the Cooler Master HAF X but am wondering if these are going to sound like a jet taking off. Are there quieter cases that can hold at least 2 HDD 1 or 2 SSD, DVD combo, fan controller, possible fan controller and flash reader?
Cosmos II ?


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Old 11-18-2012, 01:14 PM   #15
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I like the ideas of full towers but I have always had a mid tower. Full towers just seem way way to big.

[budget] Under $200
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Cosmos II ?
Please, no trolling. Cosmos II is ridiculously huge and way over his budget.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #16
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Any of the HAF cases with 200mm fans on the front and the top are whisper quiet if the fans speeds are set right in the BIOS.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:58 PM   #17
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Please, no trolling. Cosmos II is ridiculously huge and way over his budget.
But it answered his thread question in the title.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #18
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I like the look of that one but just the fact that I am paying over 200 and they dont include usb 3.0 on the front pannel doenst add up.

I am just concerned that if I choose a more silent case that it will be too hot and not able to OC well.

What if I were to say that I am going to go with the following:

i7 3770K OC'd to 4.2 on Noctua NH-c14
ASUS P8Z77 Deluxe
GTX 670 4 GB SLI
ASUS Xonar STX
16GB 1600

Will an Antec 1100 work to cool all of that? Do I have enough room for everything? Will I be able to plug the fans into the mobo to use ASUS's fan xpert 2?
New ft02 has USB 3.0
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:44 PM   #19
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No body mentioned Corsair cases , I use 500R with good results , its on large size for mid tower . it has built in fan controller (low, med, high) even on high its not bad , med is very quiet .
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #20
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I think OP's goals sound low enough that most decent cases can offer the requisite airflow, the only questions are what is quiet and what kind of styling OP prefers.

At lower budget I'd opt for the Fractal Designs cases. Clean looks, quiet, good reviews, what's not to like?

If the budget can stretch that far, I'd get the Silverstone FT02. Spectacular design, form and function. The only thing I wonder about it is why hasn't everyone else making serious towers copied FT02 already.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #21
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unless you are after super quiet with noise dampening materials and what not, anything with room for large slow moving fans will work.

Check out the inwin GRone.
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