Originally Posted by Techbyte
I am wondering if the Hadron is still worth it. I really like the design and how small it is. The PSU is my only cause for concern. It sounds like I would want to swap the fan out for something quieter. The cabling is a whole different battle. At the very least I would remove the ghetto sleeving and take some black vinyl dye to the wiring. Sleeving would be preferred but I'm not sure if I would be up to all that.
Is the Hadron worth modding the PSU fan and cabling? On the other hand, I guess it gives me something to work on and make my own.
I just made this very decision a few months ago. I'm loving my Hadron Air, but the one real trade off to this case is the PSU. Inside and out. We, unlike some, are lucky enough to be looking at this case/PSU combo for near $100, where a few decibels is a fair trade off for the hardware you receive.
I have mine on a stand in a room with hardwood floors and leather furniture. There is -nothing- to dampen what comes out of that little box. My unvarnished opinion... the PSU is not loud. At all. Iv'e had plenty of ATX PSU's annoy me more. If you are sitting in complete silence you WILL hear it, but any noise at all: street sounds, a conversation, a movie, someone walking by, the video you're watching, etc. drowns it out instantly. If you keep your system cool enough, the PSU will never spin up beyond idle.
Only when I focus on it in complete silence (...like right now, LOL) does it ever become an annoyance. There we go... the AC just kicked on, and its gone.
I don't think replacing the fan is necessary. But hey, if you're gonna void that warranty all night long.... throw a Noctua in the shopping cart.