Choosing a Case & CPU Cooler

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Joined: 08/03/2010
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Firstly, I really like what's going on here, as far as the community and everyone helping out.

As my Topic says, I need some help choosing a Case & CPU Cooler. I have some ideas of what I want but I'm really unsure what to go with to get the best bang for my buck. I've been researching and doing reviews for a few days and I'm still a bit unsure. I've gone through and read all the posts on here regarding this but they all seem to be lacking the stuff I'm interested in.

Currently, I'm using a watercooled system with an older Koolance case, with 2 built in pumps and radiator. Quite a nice watercooling system, but I'm tired of it. So, I'm wanting to switch back to Air as soon as I get the money, which should be in a few weeks.

Watercooling is nice, but I don't really overclock, I've never really needed to nor desired it as I understand it can be dangerous if incorrectly done. I don't have the money to go out and buy new parts, so I usually stray away from it.

So, I'm wanting to switch back to Air once again. My old build was Air Cooled but was extremely loud, I believe it had a 55+ DBA fan in it cooling the CPU as it overheated on occasion even in a climate controlled environment. I found the link to this fan, and be prepared to laugh. It wasn't my suggestion getting this fan, but the previous owners. [80mm Vantec Tornado Fan]

So what I'm really wanting is sufficient air cooling, as my old one did overheat even with the modified cooler. I don't want my system to overheat, nor sound like a jet. Some noise is fine, but nothing around 35+ DBA. I believe my current system is around 30-35DBA, which isn't to bad at all to me.

Here's a few Cases I've been looking at and researching.
[Antec 902]
[Raidmax Smilodon]
[Cooler Master HAF 932]
[NZXT Phantom]

Here's a few Coolers I've been researching.
[Scythe Katana 3]
[Cooler Master V8]
[Cooler Master V10]
[Noctua NH-D14]
[Ultra ChillTec Silver]
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme]

My Verdict:
I really like the Antec 902 case, as it has the filters and provides good cable management.

I also really like the Ultra ChillTec cooler, and the Cooler Master V8. I've read that the V10 is the best, and the Noctua is also very good. Though, for the Antec 902 case the Noctua doesn't really fit unless you remove the side panel fan mount. Which I don't really want to do.

I know there's a lot of H50 fans on here but I'm really not looking to go with watercooling.

What I want is just something that's not going to be extremely loud, but never going to cause my CPU to overheat.

Current System Specs:
Motherboard: XFX 750i SLI Extreme Edition
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0ghz)
Ram: 2 Gigs (2x1Gig) OCZ Platinum Edition PC6400 DDR2
GPU: Nvidia 7800GTX
HD's: 1 80Gig standard SATA 80gig WD Drive. 1x WD Raptor 10,00 RPM Drive.
PSU: 515Watt 1 Rail PC Power & Cooling (May be upgrading to a 700+)

Thanks for taking the time to look at my post! Any comments/recommendations will be greatly appreciated!

MrJam1858's picture
Joined: 08/11/2010
Posts: 7

I agree about the Antec 902, i think its an awesome case. it looks awesome and from what i read it has great cooling.

This is just a suggestion but how about the Thermaltake spedo? It's fans are:
Front (intake): 140 x 140 x 25mm red LED fan, 1000rpm, 16dBA
Rear (exhaust): TWO 120 x 120 x 25mm TurboFan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Top (exhaust): 230 x 230 x 20mm fan, 800rpm, 15dBA
Bottom (intake): 120 x 120 x 25mm fan (optional)
CPU (exhaust): 120 x 120 x 25mm fan (optional)
Fanbar (intake): 120 x 120 x 25mm TurnoFan, 1300rpm, 17dBA
Side (intake): 230 x 230 x 20mm fan, 800rpm, 15dBA

Its has three thermal chambers, one for the cpu, another for your graphics card, and last for your power supply. The cable management system is good, there are square plates behind the mobo that hide the zip ties that hold the cables in place.

here is a link to the video review

As for the cooler, i would stick with the cooler master v8 because of the 17-21 dBA noise level and the v10 is a little but bulky looking. but that's just my opinion

here is a link to the video review

hoped this helped

Joined: 03/29/2010
Posts: 52

I really like the Cooler Master HAF 932
and the Noctua NH-D14

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k1llg0r3's picture
Joined: 06/28/2010
Posts: 238

HAF X, bigger, and better

Joined: 12/20/2009
Posts: 1

Have you checked Fractal Design Define R3? It's coming out soon and is better version of Define R2. Great cooling potential and quiet. Buying Noctua NH-D14 is waste of money if you don't overclock.

Joined: 09/27/2010
Posts: 5

Actually I have Antec 1200 + Tuniq tower & i am very happy about it, doing a great job! Had to upgrade my case because my old video card died.

My specs:

Srdjan MMPC
Joined: 10/17/2010
Posts: 14

All cases that are cited are great, and cooler, but I would go to the HAF and the Noctua NH-D14, was $ 20 more expensive than the other two cooler and better and cheaper than the V10 cooler. So all I have said already:-D. With that body and Noctua nladnjakom have the potential to hold it and most i7 hotter machines.

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Joined: 05/25/2005
Posts: 42

I'd like to reccomend the Ultra M923 case. I've had it for a couple years now and the thing is brilliant. WEll designed cooling, easy to work with, sturdy, and has dust filters on the intake. Very customizable and easy to wire tuck. Well placed fan controller as well.

Unfortunately the Motherboard tray is not removable.

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