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Hey all,

I've been wanting to build a quiet Mini ITX system for a while now, and finally decided to go for it.

I don't have specs fully fleshed out, but I am pretty set on an i5-4690k and some form of GTX 970.
If thermals and acoustics allow, I will run a light OC on both.

The big question now is the choice of case. SPCR has a series of mini ITX builds, which I found a good point to start on.
I would prefer a small case (like a Cooler Master Elite 130) to larger ones (like a BitFenix Prodigy), but I value acoustics over size.

One other caveat is dust. My apartment is quite prone to it, so I would like to have dust filters on my intake fans at the very least.

Budget-wise, I am hoping for the system minus OS to come in below $1200.
I would of course be fine with it costing less, but can spend more if it is worthwhile.


Based on the above, are there any cases that stand out to you for use in my build?
I appreciate any comments, I would really like to get this one right! Thanks!


Edit: Figured I should expand a bit more on the size issue:

A case like the Cooler Master Elite 130 is limited in terms of CPU cooling (short air-cooler or water cooler with 120mm radiator and a single fan), and may have issues with sufficient cool air to the GPU. All of this would lead to a louder set-up, as the few fans in the case would need to do more work.

I imagine there's a sweet spot between small size and adequate thermal/acoustics, and that's where I'm hoping you have experience in!
Edited by cegasaturn - 1/13/15 at 10:51am
post #2 of 5
I just got a gtx 980, and it's the quietest card I've ever used with proper airflow. It's the EVGA one so the airflow is kind of weird I'm still working out how to arrange my case to get it to run silent with the side panels on but I might not even bother since it's pretty great looking. I think I'm going to upgrade to a lian-li pc05s when it comes out so I can see it.
post #3 of 5
I have a Caselabs Mercury S3 build that is cooled on air and is all but silent. I use dual 140 fans in the front and dual in the top, all intake. I exhaust from the rear via an AiO. The 140s are all running at low speed, the case has no trouble cooling a 4790K and a 290X VaporX
post #4 of 5
it depends on how you install it and the parts you purchase, but the bit fenix prodigy can be made pretty quiet.

the problem you run into with small ITX cases is exactly as you surmised. too small and you hit airflow issues which of course leads to temp issues which leads to more noise. Furthermore many of the small cases are sorta flimsily made, making vibration noise a serious concern (the elite 120 used to suffer from this, i'm not sure if the elite 130 does, but i suspect it does)

so you can do one of two things. you can go with a small mATX case or a large mITX case.

I would rather go with a large mITX case like the prodigy, keep the parts small, work hard on the cable routing. replace the fans, maybe get a real fan controller. The new nvidia cards are a blessing to silent enthusiasts. Especially if you're not afraid to mod. I'm planning on using a gtx970 in my build, and if it proves too loud i'll replace the cooler with an Arctic Accelero of some sort. either way with the right card you should see a very quiet profile.

the real scare for you should be coil whine. it is for me in my current build.
 
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i agree that it easier to make a case with more fans quieter. you can also set up smaller cases with pwn fan's,so you only here it when it needs the extra air. i;ll be setting my node up this way.
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