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Ok, so I'm looking for a new case. I have an Antec 1200 as referenced in my sig, and quite frankly I've grown pretty tired of it. The case just cannot block any sort of sound, and I have trouble sleeping unless I shut off the computer completely.

I will be getting the following components, along with some of my previous ones in the sig:

GIGABYTE X79-UD7 mobo that I bought from one of the members here.
i7 3820 processor
Nvidia GTX 680 (haven't decided which company yet)

and finally I also want to get a Corsair H100 cooler.

So, which case is very quiet from personal experiences? I need a case that is quiet, and will be able to fit all the listed components. I looked long and hard at the Fractal Define XL case, but I found out that the 240MM rad will not fit. I might still get the Define XL, but what would be a good air cooler for the 3820? I'm thinking of OC'ing to at least 4.5 ghz.

Thanks.
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Corsair 550d might work, but I'm not 100% sure about this.
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Check out the fractal design define r3 full tower case, quiet, stylish... And comes with built in sound proofing! This will be my next case biggrin.gif


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The Fractal Define XL would have been my choice for such a system. With a full tower, you don't have any kind of space constraint, so i don't really see any reason for using a closed loop watercooler.

From the data i have seen, dual-tower air coolers will handily outperform the H100 at low noise levels. And since this is supposed to be a quiet system, the performance advantage that the H100 has when screaming away at 2500rpm+ is irrelevant.

The current kings of the air cooling world are the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, the ever popular Noctua NH-D14, and, specifically for socket 2011, the Alpenföhn K2. The last one has its heatpipes spread over a large baseplate, which hurts performance on smaller sized cpus, but works nicely on socket 2011.
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The Fractal Define XL would have been my choice for such a system. With a full tower, you don't have any kind of space constraint, so i don't really see any reason for using a closed loop watercooler.
From the data i have seen, dual-tower air coolers will handily outperform the H100 at low noise levels. And since this is supposed to be a quiet system, the performance advantage that the H100 has when screaming away at 2500rpm+ is irrelevant.
The current kings of the air cooling world are the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E, the ever popular Noctua NH-D14, and, specifically for socket 2011, the Alpenföhn K2. The last one has its heatpipes spread over a large baseplate, which hurts performance on smaller sized cpus, but works nicely on socket 2011.

Ok,I've decided I'll just stick with air cooling then. Of the 3, which one would you recommend? I wouldn't mind the Noctua, but I heard memory heatsinks have a problem fitting with this cooler.
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Check out the fractal design define r3 full tower case, quiet, stylish... And comes with built in sound proofing! This will be my next case biggrin.gif
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I actually was looking at the Define R3, but I have a nightmare of a time working with smaller cases because of bigger hands. I want the extra space that the XL comes with.
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Ok,I've decided I'll just stick with air cooling then. Of the 3, which one would you recommend? I wouldn't mind the Noctua, but I heard memory heatsinks have a problem fitting with this cooler.

Noctua and Silver Arrow are equal though the Noctua is a bit smaller than the Silver Arrow. You should not have any troubles with the fan on the Noctua or Silver Arrow is you position the fan a bit "up" on the tower. For sure you will be fine with the Noctua.
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Ok,I've decided I'll just stick with air cooling then. Of the 3, which one would you recommend? I wouldn't mind the Noctua, but I heard memory heatsinks have a problem fitting with this cooler.

This ram fits under all coolers.
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Ok,I've decided I'll just stick with air cooling then. Of the 3, which one would you recommend? I wouldn't mind the Noctua, but I heard memory heatsinks have a problem fitting with this cooler.
Noctua and Silver Arrow are equal though the Noctua is a bit smaller than the Silver Arrow. You should not have any troubles with the fan on the Noctua or Silver Arrow is you position the fan a bit "up" on the tower. For sure you will be fine with the Noctua.

The Noctua it is then. I've decided to pick up some sticks of the G.Skill Ares series to offset any problems I might have with memory heatsinks.
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Check out the fractal design define r3 full tower case, quiet, stylish... And comes with built in sound proofing! This will be my next case biggrin.gif
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The R3 is a mid tower. The XL id a full tower.

@OP, memory problems are bound to occur. I'd recommend the NZXT Havik 140.
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