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Im looking for a computer case that is as quiet as possible and can handle sli 570's, an overclocked i5 2500k and not explode. What are my options? I loved the look of the NZXT H2 but according to numerous reviews its not good.

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post #2 of 10
That would depend on the RPM of the fans and whether or not you used a Fan Controller or not bud.

And depending on what GTX 570's you get will vary on the noise they put off. Really only way to get that is by watercooling to be completely honest. Otherwise you'll need an excellent motherboard with good spacing and low profile RAM or a small Hydro Series CPU cooler and a good Intake / Exhaust setup throughout your case.

HAF X gets my vote.
 
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Anything with lots of places to put big low RPM fans. My NZXT gamma is currently configured with a bunch of 900 RPM 120mm fans. When the CPU fan isn't running fast, it's very quiet. Any case with mounts for lots of fans should work fine as long as you pick out the proper fans, put a really large heat sink on the CPU with, ideally, a large low RPM fan (or pair of them) as well.

The biggest challenge is probably going to be quieting down the 570s. If you intend to leave their HSFs alone, you'll want to pick out versions with overkill cooling on them to begin with. like these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125384
     
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post #4 of 10
The HAF is wonderful for cooling potential, but is absolutely TERRIBLE for silence. You wanna look into a nice silverstone or lian-li case. Something with thick aluminium or steel construction, and as few separate pieces as possible. The unibody TJ07 is a great example. You also want to only have as many openings as are needed for fans, allowing you to slap sound-proofing foam onto the inside of all solid surfaces. Lastly, while liquid cooling is not necessary, it will certainly help for silence. The CPU would be fine with a conventional tower or self-contained-liquid cooler with good quiet fans, but the those 570s are going to spin their fans up like crazy unless you put them under water.


If that route is too expensive, you can also do as the post above says and go for a TON of really slow, really big fans. Perhaps even go with a bench instead of a conventional case. You wont be able to dampen the sound without investing money, so you have to prevent it from being there to begin with.

Or... if you want a really fun project, go with oil submersion and a oversized passive radiator.
Edited by Zero4549 - 11/3/11 at 2:37am
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Anything with lots of places to put big low RPM fans. My NZXT gamma is currently configured with a bunch of 900 RPM 120mm fans. When the CPU fan isn't running fast, it's very quiet. Any case with mounts for lots of fans should work fine as long as you pick out the proper fans, put a really large heat sink on the CPU with, ideally, a large low RPM fan (or pair of them) as well.

The biggest challenge is probably going to be quieting down the 570s. If you intend to leave their HSFs alone, you'll want to pick out versions with overkill cooling on them to begin with. like these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125384
Ill be looking at the MSI 570's with TF3 cooling.
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Antec Solo II? Just make sure to get intake fans to cool the 570s.
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Surprised nobody mentioned the Fractal R3. Those are built from the ground up to be silent and good for cooling. I am using it with a 560ti, i7 960, Noctua U12. Got an CM fan at the top and an extra NZXT white fan at the front, and it is still quiet as hell. And when I mean quiet, it really is dead silent. At first, I had to keep pressing the Power button again and again, as I was too used to using the noise my H80 makes to gauge whether my PC is on, until I realised the LEDs are lit up. The interior cool great as well. Just add in a top fan and a front fan. Reviews say the rear fan is noisy, but I left it as it is, and it is quiet as hell.

If you have overly long cards, 290mm and above. You can get the Fractal R3 XL, though the 570 TFIII Power edition should fit no problem in the normal R3. The H2 is bad as even though it is built like the R3, the HDD bays are made so the wires extend into the mobo area, making it look messier & the GPUs it can handle decrease in length, and the front fans get very little air when the panel is closed as the vents around it are pitfully small and little.

The R3 on the other hand, has a ton of airflow for something made for silence, and the amount and type of noise dampening material is great, The cable management aint too shabby either.

The R3 is a NZXT H2 with better quality and performance.

EDIT: you can always remove the unused R3 HDD bays and attach fans to the HDD cage, to improve air flow even more.
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post #8 of 10
the CM 690 Advance II would work, the nVidia is slightly more quite, due to the side panel but you should like green if you go down that way.

But what is your budget?
post #9 of 10
Fractal Case and MSI Frozr III. Silent yo!
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Twin Frozr II coolers are generally quieter than IIIs, but don't cool quite as well. The difference is the TFIII has a 'silent' switch to reduce fan speeds without the need of third party programs. MSI shows how it's done by putting out pre-overclocked cards and still keeping them cooler and quieter than most others.

Do you already have the 570s? Will you be overclocking them too? I wonder how quiet you can really cool two 570s and an overlocked i5 on air.
    
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