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hello. i need a silent case basically. my current pc is way to loud, i need a case thatll reduce fan noise. budget is $80 tahnk you
    
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Not sure about $80, but I'm favoring the Fractal Design cases on Newegg recently. They start at $110+$16 shipping. If you wait, though, Newegg is bound to have a case sale or something.
 
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product



99.99 @ Newegg + 19.99 shipping
10% off w/ promo code EMCKFJE35, ends 4/21
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Lots of options, but 80 seems to be a werid price rang.

Best is just a little over:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
Now: $89.99 $79.99 with Rebate
$9.99 Shipping

HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119197
Was: $109.98
Now: $99.98 $89.98 with Rebate
Free Shipping

Really Cheap HAF 912:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233
$59.99 $49.99 with Rebate
Free Shipping

Other great options:

Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042
Now: $59.95 $44.95 with Rebate Free Shipping
Edited by scaz - 4/21/11 at 7:47am
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Originally Posted by scaz View Post
Lots of options, but 80 seems to be a werid price rang.

Best is just a little over:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
Now: $89.99 $79.99 with Rebate
$9.99 Shipping

HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119197
$99.98 $89.98 with Rebate
Free Shipping

Really Cheap HAF 912:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233
$59.99 $49.99 with Rebate
Free Shipping

Other great options:

Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042
Now: $59.95 $44.95 with Rebate Free Shipping

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Computer Case (more fans with leds, but not worth the extra cost IMO)
$69.99 $5.99 Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066
LOL! Seriously? CM is a joke, and those Antec's are closer to quiet than silent, and still make considerable noise [for the silent / quiet sensitive].

The only serious case CM ever put out that satisfied "quiet" enthusiasts was the Sileo 500.

Some options:
Antec Sonata Proto
NZXT H2 [Out of your range]
Fractal Design R3 [Out of your price range]

Your best, absolute best option, is to get the Fractal R3. That would require you to save some more cash. Best so it right than half ass it.
    
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so the 2 choices are nzxt h2 and the fractal. is the antec sonata any good? it looks kinda ''old'' lol, which is fine, but hows the airflow in that thing??
    
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post #7 of 17
Any chance you could put a long hard look at upping the budget for the Fractal Design R3?

It's a beast of a case for a professional looking silent build.

Now if you just want "quieter" then what you have and don't need silent start thinking more about the fans you use rather then the case. How about just replacing all your fans with silent models? Get some gentle typhoons or something along those lines?
     
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What about just taking that $80 and investing in nice fans like noiseblockers or gentle typhoons, anti-vibration gaskets, and some sound deadening foam?
    
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so the 2 choices are nzxt h2 and the fractal. is the antec sonata any good? it looks kinda ''old'' lol, which is fine, but hows the airflow in that thing??
If you're on an extreme budget, and don't mind temps getting a little warm, it's a good case. Though I hate even including it tbh since I'm not a fan of it at all, a top mounted PSU = almost no management possibilities. and only one rear fan is quite disheartening but it holds it's own as a good quiet case :\\

I had the older gen Sonata for my mom until I moved her parts into a P183, both are quiet.

I'f you're an absolute stickler for that $80 price point, the Sonata Proto is your best option imo. However, if you want to do it properly, save for the Fractal R3, honestly, if I had $80 in my pocket atm, I'd save for the R3.

You never want to do something half way then get urged to buy another case that really you could have gotten first. The same thing happened with my on the P183 and the FT01. The FT01 was about $40 more than the P183 and I cheaped out and got the P183. I'm rocking the FT01 now and feel like I should have gotten it from the start. Then again, my mom loves the P183.. so I guess it was ok in the end ^^

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What about just taking that $80 and investing in nice fans like noiseblockers or gentle typhoons, anti-vibration gaskets, and some sound deadening foam?
While Noiseblockers are excellent fans [have two M12-S2 on my H70, and they are inaudible at about 4 feet ] they're quite expensive and quite frankly [imo] it's best to get a proper case first, but that's up to the OP and what he decides, still a viable option though
Edited by Munkypoo7 - 4/21/11 at 8:17am
    
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Another lol @ the recommendations for those CM cases on a silent build.

I agree with the suggestion to save up for a Fractal R3 and some nice, quiet fans like GT AP14's or if on a budget, Petra's (Sidewinder) Yate Loon D12SL-12 which are only $20 for a 4-pack but a bit louder. Price/Performance/Sound trade-offs

The stock Fractal fans, while very quiet, don't seem to push much air.

Fractal 120mm - 38 cfm
GT AP14 - 46 cfm
PTS D12SL-12 - 47cfm
    
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