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post #1 of 34
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Heya everybody,

So I'm looking for a new case I want to be able to have on 24/7. It will be only 5 feet away from my bed so I want something quiet so I can sleep at night still.

So far I have these two in mind:
Fractal Design Define R3
NZXT H2 H2-001-BK

So far I'm leaning the H2 because of the weight, I don't want something nearly 30 pounds empty, however that won't make a difference once the case is in place as I won't be moving it much.

Which would you guys recommend for something silent, and has decent temperatures? I won't be overclocking a ton, just something moderate (4.5 if I go Sandy Bridge, something similar if I go Bulldozer, or 3.8ghz on current Phenom II's).

I may want to SLI/Crossfire in the future, but that's a huge MAYBE, as I really enjoy a single card without problems.

Are there any mATX cases that would fit the bill? Or perhaps other non "silent" cases that I can just modify to be silent?

Oh, and I want to keep the budget under $120. I'll consider the corsair 600t but only if it's REALLY worth it and quiet.

I know it will be impossible to get completely silent but I wanna get the best I could get for that budget.
Edited by Kvjavs - 5/14/11 at 4:23pm
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post #2 of 34
Bit-tech's review compared those two cases and found the Fractal outperformed the H2 in cooling performance. Otherwise, it doesn't appear there'd be much difference.
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post #3 of 34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by suitaroh;13505664 
Bit-tech's review compared those two cases and found the Fractal outperformed the H2 in cooling performance. Otherwise, it doesn't appear there'd be much difference.

Thanks. I saw another review that showed the H2 wasn't that bad as Bittech said it was for cooling.

Also, are there any reviews that compare the noise levels? Everything I find is just temperatures.
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post #4 of 34
I think the H2's alignment for hard drives is a big drawback.
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post #5 of 34
The silence aspect of the chassis will depend almost entirely on the fans you choose to use. The sound dampeners and front panel do help, but to an extent. The stock Fractal fans are pretty quiet.
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post #6 of 34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by faraz1729;13506030 
The silence aspect of the chassis will depend almost entirely on the fans you choose to use. The sound dampeners and front panel do help, but to an extent. The stock Fractal fans are pretty quiet.

But lets say we had another case with the same 120mm fans in the same orientation... would that foam still help?

I don't mind if it's a bit louder when I'm awake and gaming, because I have headphones on and turned up. It's when I'm sleeping I'm concerned.
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post #7 of 34
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What do you guys think about the Corsair 600t for a "silent" case as well? I'm open to other suggestions, I just was thinking about the NZXT H2 and Fractal R3 because of the sound dampening foam.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139003&cm_re=corsair_600t-_-11-139-003-_-Product
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post #8 of 34
I like the 600t, my haf 922 is similar in fan set up, and the 200mm aren't loud. But why get the 600t when you can get the 650D?
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post #9 of 34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tpatcher;13516201 
I like the 600t, my haf 922 is similar in fan set up, and the 200mm aren't loud. But why get the 600t when you can get the 650D?

Too expensive. The 600t is pushing it as it is for price.
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Go with the fractal.
     
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