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post #11 of 33
I was considering the r2, but the extra shipping cost and price at the time from ncix put me off. I also bought the 690ii, and tried to make it closer to being an r2. I put some sound dampening on the side panels and replaced all the fans with gentle typhoons.
side2.jpg

The stock fans were too loud for me. I'm very happy with the low noise level and good temps now. I thought blocking off the side panel vents might raise my temps, but they actually went down significantly after upgrading to push-pull. The sound dampening doesn't make that much of a difference but the GT's are excellent fans.
post #12 of 33
Here's my R3

http://img42.imageshack.us/i/dscf1002f.jpg/
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by falcon26;12698457 
Here's my R3

http://img42.imageshack.us/i/dscf1002f.jpg/

beautiful case.

And to the OP... The R3 isn't optimized for airflow, and their stock fans are a bit too weak to pull enough air in...If you replaced them with fans that had higher static pressure and CFM you may see an improvement.

But if you're into aircooling, I'd go with the Arc Midi. You can mount 8 120/140mm fans.
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post #14 of 33
The 690 II is an amazing case, best case for under $100 period. Thank you so much for bringing this up, I was considering getting an r3 because of its supposed "silent operation".
     
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post #15 of 33
OP:
Remove stock rear fan (it won't last long anyways) and cut out the grill for even more silence. Your push pull heatsink will exhaust the air easily.
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post #16 of 33
The R3 is silent. Mine is dead silent. My friend has the 690 II and I can tell you my case is quieter than his. So its all in the way you build your pc and the parts you use in it....
post #17 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by falcon26;12698457 
Here's my R3

http://img42.imageshack.us/i/dscf1002f.jpg/

Yeah i think the R3 deserves a lot more credit, Looks like a great case to purchase, even if it is just because of its sleek simplistic look

Is your hard drive in the 5.25 bay?
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post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by falcon26;12704815 
The R3 is silent. Mine is dead silent. My friend has the 690 II and I can tell you my case is quieter than his. So its all in the way you build your pc and the parts you use in it....

Yep, and with my setup the CM 690 II is quieter, the R3 suffocated my rig.
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post #19 of 33
You have a 480 man...come on.
post #20 of 33
Coolermaster makes some nice cases. Even my 590 (I liked the look better than the 690) has tremendous airflow. Keeps my 4870's nice and cool, and they never get above 74C (Crysis). And even though it has provisions for 7 120mm fans, I only have 2 intake and one good exhaust (PSU has 140mm exhaust), keeps everything cool.

Wire management is fairly painless and easy; only wish they'd put more room behind the mobo tray for the non-modular PSU's.

Dollar for dollar, I think CM makes the best cases.
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