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I too have a Mini P180, and while I find it fairly quiet, it is still audible from across the room. I too only have the top fan going, on a low setting, but it is still the largest source of noise in the case - I need to find an adapter to bring it down to 7v to make it bearable, I think.

Other than that, though, this case is fantastic. The Mini P180 is the best case I have ever had for dampening mechanical noise from hard drives and electronic noise from various components. My only other complaint is that it is a negative pressure design, and requires a fair amount of dusting.

One thing I found really helpful for controlling the dust was to zip tie a 120mm fan filter to the rear exhaust fan position, it keeps a ton of dust out of the case with the 200mm fan being the only case fan.
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I too have a Mini P180, and while I find it fairly quiet, it is still audible from across the room. I too only have the top fan going, on a low setting, but it is still the largest source of noise in the case - I need to find an adapter to bring it down to 7v to make it bearable, I think.

Other than that, though, this case is fantastic. The Mini P180 is the best case I have ever had for dampening mechanical noise from hard drives and electronic noise from various components. My only other complaint is that it is a negative pressure design, and requires a fair amount of dusting.

One thing I found really helpful for controlling the dust was to zip tie a 120mm fan filter to the rear exhaust fan position, it keeps a ton of dust out of the case with the 200mm fan being the only case fan.
True - can be dusty and noisy unless tamed. This case seems to amplify air flow quite a bit, the tubulance can be quite annoying at times with all that air being drawn through the case. Which is why i have ALL my fans @ 5v
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I too have a Mini P180, and while I find it fairly quiet, it is still audible from across the room. I too only have the top fan going, on a low setting, but it is still the largest source of noise in the case - I need to find an adapter to bring it down to 7v to make it bearable, I think.
I find it awfully strange that the top fan is your loudest but if you should be able to disconnect it and still not be close to burn your cpu if you've got a decent cooler, I've tried it my self and the cpu only gained about 4-5°c (tops @ 75°c - room is 27°c ambient).

These i3's really run cool, and I believe the new i3's Sandy should run even cooler so passive cooler is usually not a problem.

If you could give me full specs of your system, cooler, graph card, fans etc. I guess we could find your ultimate way to happiness.. and silentness..
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Nice job. My system's also pretty much silent (at idle, that is), and not loud at load. And it's pretty heavily overclocked, so it's definitely possible to have a pretty powerful computer that's still silent, so I wouldn't take OC out of consideration (of course, a CPU fan would be needed). Just need to play with the fan controller whenever you game, and expect relatively high idle temps and not perfect, though acceptable, load temps.
    
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My mini p180 was dead silent with a similar build. I had issue with the top fan being the noisiest part, did the 7v mod... but then it started clicking. So I took it out and just threw an S-Flex on the back at 900 rpm. Did the trick.

I am in full agreement of it being the most solid case out there (and I've owned a ton from small to large).

Sadly, a couple weeks after achieving my perfect silence, my front panel shorted out (far from a unique occurrence with that case and some other Antecs) and sent a flying spark into an important USB stick with work stuff I was about to back up. Ditched the case after that in anger/frustration.

I REALLY want a new version of it. Basically the same exact case would be nice with updated USB 3.0, a better quality and silent top fan, and front panel connectors that don't shoot lightning.

If Antec doesn't come up with one, I guess I'll look at the Fractal micro when its available at NE.
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How much would that cooler be? Around $100'ish? More?

But doesn't bother me, I'm playing every game I need to play, and my photography work is quick so I don't feel like I need to overclock, so far.

If anyone has more questions than feel free to ask.
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