Originally Posted by Zap;13061085
Remember, a quiet computer is a whole ecosystem of parts, not just a "silent case." Yes, the Fractal Design R3 is a nice choice for a quiet system, put a pair of stock GTX 580 in SLI plus a 2500RPM 120mm fan to cool the CPU and you'll have a noisy system.
The P183 and R3 are both decent choices to get you started. What other parts are you using?
Agreed about the ecosystem point.
For example the Silverstone Sugo 07 shoebox-styled case doesn't seem like it'd be quiet. But equip it with a fanless Sapphire Ultimate card, Noctua NH D9B SE2, and you can apparently get a pretty silent system and its stock PSU is relatively quiet as well. The case (includes high quality PSU), cooler, and video card would run you about ~$400 before taxes, probably less. The following link was able to get sound levels ranging from ~16db to 22db, depending on the fan speed/sound setting, also has decent cooling too:http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/zardon/noctua-nh-u9b-cooler-se-2-with-silverstone-sugo-sg07/9/Edited by Jakain - 10/21/11 at 8:35am