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I currently have an nzxt phantom and although it looks great i may need to replace it. I'll be going to uni is October and so this brings up a few issues.
Firstly it's a bit showy, the phantom clearly looks like something expensive (although it seems many of my friends couldnt tell it was a computer) and clearly theft may be a issue in uni halls (although they'd have a job physically carrying it away).
The other issue is sound, I am very sensitive to sound and clearly ill be living in a reasonably compact space, and i like to leave my computer on. The loudest component in my setup is my PSU rather surprisingly, and i think the reason it makes any noise at all may be due to sound leaking through the mesh side panel or maybe mounting.

So here are the cases I'm considering replacing it with;

1.Lian-Li PC-8FIR - I won this in CC and am hoping this may be a suitable replacement.

2. Fractal Design R3 - looks a little more low key but still nice and looks like it might perform well acoustically? I'd probably get it in white.

3.Silverstone Raven RV-02 - still full tower so presumably no compromise on cable management and a window rather than mesh so better acoustically

4.Lian Li PC-P50R - Just a better looking version of the PC-8FIR I think

Price isnt really an object given the value of cases I could use to trade to get this. The system put in the case is the same from my sig rig. I may want to go crossfire in the future but thats the only small consideration.

Main focus = Acoustic performance

Thanks in advance for your help
    
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don't know if this will help at all
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...a-iv,2946.html
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that is quite useful and makes the raven look quite attractive, cheers
    
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don't know if this will help at all
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...a-iv,2946.html
Dang that Colossus is a sweet looking case

edit: wow I'd get the silverstone 2. The 90 degree mobo orientation makes so much sense :O
Edited by WALSRU - 6/13/11 at 5:34am
   
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Originally Posted by WALSRU View Post
Dang that Colossus is a sweet looking case

edit: wow I'd get the silverstone 2. The 90 degree mobo orientation makes so much sense :O
theres a raven 3 now

(edit) Just a quick thought though I have a mushkin psu in my phantom and with the fans turned down it's virtually silent. omly real complaint is for it's size there is a lack of radiator space
Edited by Greenback - 6/13/11 at 6:08am
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he goes really in depth with the R3, and i must say it looks great and the acoustic material inside seems to be of good quality.

he also has a rant about the NZXT, but just ignore that bit if you dont care.
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post #7 of 11
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raven 3 isnt as good acoustically as the raven 2.
cheers for the video on the fractal design r3.
@ Greenback, the psu i have is meant to be one of the best acoustically from the reviews i checked beforehand but unfortunately its still audible in the phantom. I dont think the psu is really the issue unless I fork out a load of money on a seasonicX.
    
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he goes really in depth with the R3, and i must say it looks great and the acoustic material inside seems to be of good quality.

he also has a rant about the NZXT, but just ignore that bit if you dont care.
I think the only thing he misses with this is if you look at many cases they are similar once you take the plastic off they are metal boxes the only case Iv'e seen with something different is the silverstone ravens
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Serious considering the raven02-ew now, but dont know whether to go for black or white?
    
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White, stand out from the crowd of black towers
   
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