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NZXT. H440 vs Corsair 350D for silent-ish computing?

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I am currently debating about either going with the Corsair 350D or the NZXT H440 for my next build. The H440 undoubtedly has the looks...but how silent is it really? That would be one main factor on my next build since my current build is kind of noisy even at the lowest case fans settings. Since the H440 is from the hush series I would assume pretty quiet? I'll be running an EVGA GTX 770 SC (never planning to run dual GPUs ever) and a Corsair H100i or Kraken X60 (what ever is on sale). Does anyone here have an experience with the H440 or the 350D? Needless to say I'll be overclocking both the CPU and GPU.
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Keep in mind that with "silent" cases have poor airflow. I had a 550D for a week before I switched to an Air 540...the Air 540 is quieter.
Edited by Trogdor - 3/21/14 at 9:47pm
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I'd rather have a quieter case in this case (pun totally intended). Maybe the 350D isn't a bad option since it appears to have a better cooing that the H440? As in less constricted vents.
Edited by cad2blender - 3/21/14 at 9:57pm
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I'd go for something more open, but invest in quality fans.
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What about a fractal arc mini r2? It seems to have more ventilation. I'd rather stick with a micro atx form facto. But if there is a good case around $130 I'll consider it. It doesn't have to be extremely silent but...nice and quiet.
Edited by cad2blender - 3/22/14 at 7:33am
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I think in one of the linus youtube reviews he mentioned that on the h440 you could hear it sucking in air from the front vents so that could possibly be an unwanted sound to you. They are both very good cases but I think I would lean towards the 350d or mini r2. I think of any of these cases, but especially the 2 matx cases its personal preference in style, they will both be as loud as the fans you use since they all have addequate cooling built into them, even the h440 except I heard one reviews (linus on youtube I think) mention that he could hear air getting sucked in from the front vent.

Check out the case clubs and on youtube check out linus' reviews and tastypctv (she puts rads in all her case reviews, such a plus). They both have reviews on the 350d, mini r2, but only linus has the h440.
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Hmmm...I'm going with the arc mini r2, might not buy the h100i and save up for a custom loop with a gtx 780 instead in the future. I'll save me some cash too, the R2 is a pretty affordable case for it can do. Thanks guys.
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Hmmm...I'm going with the arc mini r2, might not buy the h100i and save up for a custom loop with a gtx 780 instead in the future. I'll save me some cash too, the R2 is a pretty affordable case for it can do. Thanks guys.

There are some options for cooling be sure to read up in the cooling section. The swiftech h220/coolermaster glacier 240L are probably the cheapest ways into a custom loop. The failure rate is only 3% but there have been some failures mentioned in the thread. They will soon be releasing a more powerful version as well. The swiftech apogee drive 2 is also pretty affordable and has a stong pump as well, mcp35x.

Then there are actual custom loop kits too from manufacturers like EK and XSPC and others.

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