Quiet PC Case

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  1. Paulo

    Paulo PoeticHalo

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    Hello,

    I need to buy a nice quiet case for a micro atx motherboard. Looking for something around £50+/-. Anyone got any recommendations?
     
  2. mooseblaster

    mooseblaster Bleep. Site Supporter 2012, 2014

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    Buy a case without a PSU. :p

    Seriously: the question you should be asking is 'what PSU should I buy for this Micro-ATX case?' because the case makes no noise whatsoever. How quiet do you need?
     
  3. PhreQuencYViii

    PhreQuencYViii Champion of the Forum

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    X-QPack + Nexus 120mm Fan? Mine was pretty quiet.
     
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  6. PhreQuencYViii

    PhreQuencYViii Champion of the Forum

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    They sell some good stuff, I got my Nexus fans from there.
     
  7. Barc0de

    Barc0de Mythical Member from Time Immemorial

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    passive cooling by heat-sinks on the whole thing is a neat idea by the way. too bad it weighs a ton.
     
  8. mairsil

    mairsil Officer at Arms

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    As others have implied, the case is pretty much irrelevant. Things that you could be looking at:

    • Power supply noise - many supplies are custom made for lower dB levels.
    • CPU and case fan noise - larger fans and lower speed = less noise. Of course, liquid cooling would be quieter.
    • Hard drive noise - depends on manufacturer, but you can get rubber/foam supports to limit vibration noise from the hard drive rubbing up against the case.
    • DVD drive noise - unavoidable. Best bet is to mount images if you can.
     
  9. madhatter256

    madhatter256 Illustrious Member

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    Antec Overture or Minuet is a good option. Also look at Ahanix, Thermaltake, and SilverStone.
     
  10. retro

    retro Resigned from mod duty 15 March 2018

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    All cases are quiet. It's the mechanical components (fans and drives) that go IN them that are noisy :p
     
  11. pas7680

    pas7680 <B>Site Supporter 2014</B>

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    Well the noise comes from how hard the components are being pushed i.e. higher fan speeds when running hot. In my experience there's very few micro atx cases out there that are any good.
    For your budget i would buy an ANTEC 300 + a couple of extra silent 120mm fans - whilst this is a nomal tower, it has exceptional cooling for a sub £50 case. I have 2 running 24/7 at the end of my bed and barely notice there on. You will need to buy a psu though - as they come without.
     

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