Originally Posted by Microtom
Cases need to have airflow in them. It means you'll have holes for air to enter and exit the case, with fans pushing it. So, no matter how much sound proof the panels are, you'll always have noise leaking from these holes. For that reason, I wouldn't base a comp to be silent on the case, but rather on its other components. If you use a silent power supply like the seasonic x series, a silent cpu cooler like the thermalright HR-02 with a low rpm 140mm fan, and 2 powercolor passively cooled 6850 in crossfire, and a well ventilated case with many fans set to a low rpm, you'd have an amazingly quiet pc.
This is exactly what my pc will look like when I finish building it.
I'm sure that would be a fairly
quiet system. However nothing
is stopping the sound waves from directly reaching you with all that mesh/vents/holes etc and thin panels.
Have you even looked at the R3? The R3 has very few points were sound "leaks" unless you place fans in the side and top panels, which honestly are not necessary. No sound waves will directly reach the user (unless you put your PC backwards) and you can use fans that move the same if not more air than low RPM 140mm's but are dampened by the case design.
I'd take the extra air movement, especially
for passive GPUs, and a quieter overall case thank you very much.
The only thing you may want to do is cut out the mesh at the rear fan as it seems to cause some air turbulence noise.
Originally Posted by tweaker123
hmm, ill be saving up for the fractal then. What would be good fans to run in the case??? i would need about 2-3 only.
If you have the budget, nothing beats the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP15's for CFM, Static Pressure, and dB's.Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/21/11 at 9:50am