Originally Posted by leimrod
Have Antec really cornered the market with Soundproofed cases? Is there any other manufacturers that make good quiet ones (apart from Zalmans fanless solution) If I had some options for quiet cases i'd be able to narrow down my choice.
The other side of the coin is the quieter the components to begin with, the less the case has to deal with. Most noise comes from fans, get quiet fans and you will have a quiet rig. The other big contributor is drive noise. Some drives are quieter than others, Samsung's Spinpoints are recommended for their lack of noise. Using resilient mounts, making sure the drives aren't exposed, providing baffling around them are all effective strategies for combatting drive noise. Opticals are difficult, unless you accept a door, but that door doesn't have to cover the front panel or control buttons.
Additionally, placement of the rig can make a big difference in how you perceive the noise it makes. Having a 'backboard' that absorbs and disperses sound energy can significantly reduce the noise. Same with providing resilient feet or mounts so any vibrations aren't transmitted into shelving or other furniture. Facing intakes and exhausts away from where you usually sit can even make a difference.