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post #11 of 20
Spending a bit more for a case that suits your needs is definitely worth it.
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post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jtvd78 View Post

I like the case and fan a lot, but there is a slight problem. There's only room for 2 hard drives.
As for buying a more expensive case, I want to stay under $75. That's my limit. Preferably, I would like to stay under $50.

computer case is one of those components that if you got a quality part, it never depreciates. unlike just about all other components for your computer it retains its original value over YEARS of service. i'd go cheap on a GPU or CPU before i'd go cheap on a case since i know 6 months down the road, there will be a new chip that is faster and cooler. but a quality case can go YEARS w/o a replacement that can match its performance. for example, I do not expect to see a computer case that will out perform my FT02 (for my purposes) till a worthy successor to the FT02 comes out (frontal accessible hot swop drive bays or 200mm instead of 180mm fans for example) even IF a worthy successor does come around, i'd still be using my FT02 for a number of other machines i might build. it's still a superior case to just about anything else on the market for my purpose.
post #13 of 20
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If everyone insists on getting a more expensive case, then I guess its the right choice. What are some better, more expensive cases.
post #14 of 20
I have a 300 used for my server.
Only fan in it is the top 140 mm fan undervolted on low speed. I did not plug in the LED's, so it is not an issue.

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IMO, Modify what you have if you don't want to spend the $$.

So you said:

Requirements:
Same size as Antec 300 (Preferably Smaller) Well, not smaller
Must have room for at least 5 hard drives Yup
Silent fans Can be modified
No lights Unplug the led's
Cheap you already have it
No side panel I guess you mean no window? Check
No crazy designs, keep it simple. This is a server, not a gaming rig. Yup, it is simple
Air filters would be nice, but they aren't required The 300 has a filer that works very well.

the 300 fits what your requirements are with just a little modification.
Edited by blupupher - 2/27/12 at 2:00pm
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post #15 of 20
generally speaking you can get a quality mATX case for around $100 to $130 as i mentioned earlier, the TJ08-E is one of the best performing mATX case on the market today. the 180mm fan on low setting is more then enough to keep your system cool and it's fairly quiet at the low setting.(definitely quieter then 4x mechanical HDD's biggrin.gif ) it has built in, easily removable filter so cleaning it wouldn't be an issue. the bonus is if you ever decide to build a game rig out of that box,(a few years down the road maybe) it's still more then capable in supplying cool air to anything you might be able to fit inside a mATX chassis smile.gif

remember a quality case should last you at least 3 or 4 completely different builds (before you got absolutely sick and tired of looking at the same case for 10+ years biggrin.gif )
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, I feel kinda stupid right now. Turns out, the light coming from my case is from 4 very bright, blue LEDs on the motherboard. I can't find anywhere to disable them in the BIOS, either. Could I just cover them in something like electrical tape?
post #17 of 20
Two Cases come to mind when at the $35.00-$50.00 mark

These cases have Solid construction, Quick tooless drive bays, bottom mount Powersupply with dust filter. Front dust filter. Room for plenty of fans and airflow if desired.

Thermaltake Commander $44.99 and $34.99 after rebate(gamer style case, very agressive looking for it's price range
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365239

Thermaltake V3 $38.00 and $28.00 after rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0323929

Both cases are basically the same with the Comander being a little more aggressive looking.

It comes with one silent 120mm Fan, then if you wanna add another
Enermax T.B. Silence 120mm Twister Bearing Case Fan $12.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0341409

I have the commander and the enermax fan in my backup rig. It's completely silent and it's awesome. The LED's in the Thermaltake fan are a very dark blue and are hardly noticeable. It comes installed in back of the case but I put it in the front. The dust filter in the front makes it almost invisible.


Your other option is to cut the LED's on the antec fans and use a fan controler. I have about 10 antec fans and the leds are simple to just snip the wire to each led. However If you use a fan controller it will dim the leds as you lower the power/voltage to the fans.
     
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post #19 of 20
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After looking into it more, most of the sound is coming from the CPU fan, not the case fans. Ill start a thread in the appropriate forum for recommendations on a new CPU fan, tho.

EDIT: Im sorry for my mess-up.
post #20 of 20
see, i told you to get new fans earlier biggrin.gif
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