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Recommended aluminium (or light) case with good sound dampening. Input appreciated.

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Hey guys. I changed my original post as I rethought and found I'd rather get general input and reccommendations from you guys on this issue.

I want to have a light cabinet, preferrably aluminium, that is silent as well (and I know thats not a given). I want to be able to move my case easily to the livingroom for some bigscreen gaming on my projector and dont want to have to move around a heavy steel cabinet like my 14+ kg's Antec 1200. I need to have at least 160.5 mm's clearing to fit my TRUE 120 CPU cooler. I also need to have some room for some hd's, but not too many as I'm downsizing my setup, and 292 mm's room for my Asus Directcu II Gtx-580.

I looked at the Lian Li PC-B12B, but some sites claim its got a bad airflow issue. Is it possible to combine airflow, sound dampening and weight in a sensible way? I'd rather spend a few dollars to achieve this goal, to mention that part of the equation.

Any input is greatly appreciated!
Edited by Chris Ihao - 12/3/12 at 12:32pm
    
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check out a Fractal Design R4. it supports up to 170mm coolers, has sound dampening material on the inside. the only problem with it is that it is made of steel, and ways around 12kg. i would check out something by Lian Li for a lighter case.
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check out a Fractal Design R4. it supports up to 170mm coolers, has sound dampening material on the inside. the only problem with it is that it is made of steel, and ways around 12kg. i would check out something by Lian Li for a lighter case.

Hey. Yeah, I heard good things about the Fractal Design cases, and the R4 looks neat. The only thing holding me back is the weight. My current 1200 is a bit over 14 kg's, and while I'm fairly able bodied I feel its a hassle to bend and pull out the case from underneath the cramped deskspace it normally sits. Its simply put not good for the back to move around with all the added weight of components, and as I want to use it in mulitple sections of the smallish apartment I think that a lower case weight is the way to go.



I actually think I decided, having looked over quite a few alternatives tonight. I will go for the Corsair Obsidian 550D case, as its only a whopping 7 kg's, and it has got good feedback where I have looked. Here is a review by Silentpcreview: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1255-page1.html.

When an added area of usage is that my stationary PC doubles as a home studio PC at times, and that I need to have little noise when recording (and the missus dont like it loud either btw), it seems like its the right case for me right now.

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