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Hi overclock.net forum users!

i decided to buy a new case and i'm seeing these "silence optimized cases" like the 550d.
i'm also getting another hd7970 so i will have 2 of those, which means there is going to be a lot of heat..

is a quiet case going to restrict airflow and cause poor cooling inside the case? should I get something like the 500r instead?
post #2 of 21
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Hi overclock.net forum users!

i decided to buy a new case and i'm seeing these "silence optimized cases" like the 550d.
i'm also getting another hd7970 so i will have 2 of those, which means there is going to be a lot of heat..

is a quiet case going to restrict airflow and cause poor cooling inside the case? should I get something like the 500r instead?
No quiet cases don't necessarily restrict airflow etc. My favorite "quiet" case of all time is the Fractal Design Define R4 series of cases. I owned a white windowed version, loaded it up with fans, stuffed a 956BE and 2 7770's, red LEDs and CCFL's and temps never got too hot at all and stayed pretty dang quiet to boot
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Not really, switched to a Fractal Design XL R2 from a CM 690 II and from my W/C setup I removed my RX-120 and my temps stayed the same.

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Physics. In a broad sense yes. You can't have good cooling without airflow. Airflow makes noise,no matter what you put it in. The key is to minimize airflow noise,but still allow enough airflow.
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If you will be using your rig in a recording studio, definitely get a silent case, otherwise just get any design you like.

Larger fans are less noisy, while providing the same cfm with smaller higher rpm fans.
Go for 140mm for your case fans.

my Elite 430 case is right beside my keyboard, but I only hear my harddrives.
I used low rpm 140mm fans on both cpu heatsink and case fans.
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Physics. In a broad sense yes. You can't have good cooling without airflow. Airflow makes noise,no matter what you put it in. The key is to minimize airflow noise,but still allow enough airflow.

^This. Its always a compromise. A case built for silence will never have the same performance as a case built for maximum cooling.

That is not to say you can't have decent cooling and good acoustics. Sound dampening. large, slow running fans help but what will really make or brake a silent rig is the components them selves and the coolers used on them.

What kind of 7970 are you using. Blower style cooler work better in poorly ventilated cases (but are noisier) while open designs dump the heat inside the case thus needing better case ventilation (but thees are usually quieter then the blowers).
    
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^This. Its always a compromise. A case built for silence will never have the same performance as a case built for maximum cooling.

That is not to say you can't have decent cooling and good acoustics. Sound dampening. large, slow running fans help but what will really make or brake a silent rig is the components them selves and the coolers used on them.

What kind of 7970 are you using. Blower style cooler work better in poorly ventilated cases (but are noisier) while open designs dump the heat inside the case thus needing better case ventilation (but thees are usually quieter then the blowers).

i'm using the xfx r7970 black edition
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I can make my case into a silent case if I chose to. Being silent doesn't mean you are restricted by cooling.
 
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quiet cases just have sound blocking foam on the doors and have alot of rubber blocks things like the PSU, HDD's and fans mount to so they don't vibrate the case.
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