Silent Full Tower Case

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deltaalex
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Can anyone suggest me a full tower case that has the following specs (in order of importance) :
1. Dead silent when the GPU is idle & not too loud when playing
2. Not too hard to move around from one room to another (either not too heavy or heavy+wheels or side bars or something ...)
3. Thermal performance (if it's cool inside, the fans remain quiet)
4. Outer design
5. Inner design (cable management)

After reading/seeing reviews I have come up with the following list:
> CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 (good but old model)
> Corsair 800D (heavy & expensive)
> Antec P193 (cheaper, silent but not beautiful and wide enough)
> CoolerMaster ATCS 840 (noise?)

Please contradict me on the following and add other suggestions :

"Even though the Cosmos 1000 is somewhat older and still has HDD cages held with screws, no hole in the MB-tray under the cooler, fewer cable management options, it somehow meets all the requirements I stated above".

Any help is appreciated

ChiimonzChewy
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i was gonna suggest p193, im not sure if it was heavy, it has good cooling very good im sure, outer design is good simple, silent case, plenty of room, when i saw this case @ frys i was like WOW and i thought this was small but it was like big not huge but big, cable management is good, inner design? well you wont see it and not wide enough? probable a lil bit, but i think its as wide as most cases...but personally im looking @ raven rv01 and raven rv02 by silverstone both wonderful (in fact after 2weeks i still dont know which of the 2 to get) cause 1: rv02 cools better than rv01 looks nice cheaper...and definitely cooler just by looking its gonna be cooler inside, rv01 well definitely looks better, more room (in case i get an hd 5970 it has better chance to fit it) and did i mention it looks great? its just the cooling thing im afraid since its gonna be my 1st time overclocking but i am sure its gonna run cool, but more cooler means more chances to overclock so i cant get it right to which to choose, idk if the wideness will satisfy you though, but it sure is long(rv02) or tall (rv01) and uhm did i mention mobo is 90degree clockwise turned? so heat goes up is its design...try to look it up :D

Fnawesome
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cooler master HAF X or HAF 932, i have the 932, its silent for the most part, can hear my GPU fans spin up over it

Razear
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Are you planning on watercooling?

Oh, and an inexpensive way of reducing noise would be to install some sound dampening material on the side panels.

deltaalex
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No I'm not intending to use watercooling, just the Force of the fans.
Sound dampening material might work in theory, but I think it's also about the build quality of the chassis, side panels, hdd cages and how they absorb vibrations together. Using sound dampening material on a cheap plastic case won't achieve much. What I mean by that is that if the case was not designed to be quiet, you won't be able to make it much quieter.

Interesting is the HAF which I considered a noisy case because of the number of fans. I'll take it into considerations.

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deltaalex wrote:No I'm not intending to use watercooling, just the Force of the fans.
Sound dampening material might work in theory, but I think it's also about the build quality of the chassis, side panels, hdd cages and how they absorb vibrations together. Using sound dampening material on a cheap plastic case won't achieve much. What I mean by that is that if the case was not designed to be quiet, you won't be able to make it much quieter.

Interesting is the HAF which I considered a noisy case because of the number of fans. I'll take it into considerations.

any case with large low rpm fans will be very quiet. the fans in the HAF case spin at 750 rpm and 465 rpm, with my cpu cooler at 2600 rpm

noir2525
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The Fractal Design Define XL would be good case with sound dampening built in.

Key features

Stylish design
Pre-fitted with noise absorbing material
Configurable thermal chamber design
Great cooling possibilities, 3x fans included (2x 140mm, 1x 180mm)
10x HDD slots
Unique ModuVent™ design in side panel

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deltaalex
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Wow, thanks noir2525.

I really like the Define XL (even the smaller R3 mid-tower is nice). I've seen some great reviews about it, but it seems to be a new product so I can't find it anywhere on sale yet. Will be looking after it...