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Hey all,

So I recently moved my storage server to my living room and it's way to damn loud so i am going to build something new and go for as silent as possible.

Did some searching and found the Fractal Design Define R5 Silent and i really like that but not sure how good it actually is. I also was looking at the Thermaltake Suppressor F51 No Window


My only real requirements
-ATX Motherboard compatibility (IE no M-ATX or ITX)
-Minimum of 6x 3.5" bays (ideally 8+)
-Silent
-Minimalist design, IE no flashing LEDS, its going in my home theater, i want it to be low key.



as a bonus it would be nice to find one in a desktop style case rather than a tower so i can put it in an A/V rack but thats not a huge deal
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Finding a horizontal case for your need might be tough. I assume most of the sound you are trying to dampen comes from the HDD's? In that case you need something fairly well closed off. Most horizontal cases that provide room for the number of HDD's you have are going to be vented well. I would go with something like the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent (no window). It's a tower and you would need to buy the optional HDD mounts to accommodate your need, but it's got decent aesthetics (in my eye) and will provide some noise dampening.
post #3 of 7
R5 is your best option. Most other cars are not same quality or are much older.
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I think a Silverstone Grandia SST-GD08GB is what you might want
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Originally Posted by Dapple View Post

Finding a horizontal case for your need might be tough. I assume most of the sound you are trying to dampen comes from the HDD's? In that case you need something fairly well closed off. Most horizontal cases that provide room for the number of HDD's you have are going to be vented well. I would go with something like the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent (no window). It's a tower and you would need to buy the optional HDD mounts to accommodate your need, but it's got decent aesthetics (in my eye) and will provide some noise dampening.

Yeah looks pretty decent, shame it only includes 2x hard drive mounts, i think at that point id be better off with the R5

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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post

R5 is your best option. Most other cars are not same quality or are much older.

Yeah i really like the case over all, just wish it came in a desktop format so it would fit better in my home theater but its not a deal breaker, i think so far this is my most likely option

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Originally Posted by CSCoder4ever View Post

I think a Silverstone Grandia SST-GD08GB is what you might want

not bad, doesnt look like it has any sound deadening to speak of though, also looking at pics of it, it looks like it will get crowded real fast in there with a bunch of drives
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post #6 of 7
Not really any desk top options out there... and with needing that many 3.5" bays, it kind of hampers your choices more. I gotta agree with everyone else here that aesthetically and practically, short of going with a custom case like Mountain Mods or CaseLabs, the R5 is your best bet.
post #7 of 7
Just started the exact same thing
and.. started with an R5 (limited edition white and gold)
unfortunately.. the one i bought was missing the 3 bay...however.. i figure i can get 2x5 bays in there smile.gif
i had kind of settled on a phanteks enthoo luxe OR i found an older NZXT H630 but the Fractal came up and ticks all the boxes.. although necessary i had a spare 360 rad, pump, res, water block.. and wanted to use it all up
Picked up a used Asrock board which should look nice, and a celeron, with a 8 port raid controller
    
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