How to Select a Silent PC Case - Acoustic PC Resources

Selecting a new Quiet computer case chassis can be a daunting task if you do not know what you're looking for. The current selection out there in the
market is overwhelming for most newcomers to building their own computers. Unfortunately, most of the time, inexperienced builders end up
selecting some of the worst computer cases because they base their buying decision strictly on either looks of the case, or just how many drive bays
they need. However there is so much more to selecting the correct case for your computer components specially if your looking for something
specialized high end, quiet. with excelent airflow.

Another common mistake from inexperienced builders is picking a cheap case with an included (usually no name) power supply and they think
they're getting a "deal". There is actually only a few rare instances in the market where the included power supply is actually a decent one. ANTEC
being one of the few, if not only, exceptions there is as they tend to include decent quality power supplies on a large number of their new cases but
not the quietest as most quiet pc enthusiast that have bought the Sonta series found out..

The basic sizes for a home computer today are desktop, mini-tower, mid-tower, and full or server tower. The majority of standard ATX users will fit
into the mid-tower range. Let's take a look at some of the differences.


Case Selection:
The "bigger is better" mantra is not always the right way to go in my opinion. Too big of a case is usually a waste of space and too small could cause
massive headaches with either installation or cooling. Ideally you want a computer case that's just the right size for your hardware with some room
for expansion weather your going with a desktop, tower or specialized HTPC Home Theater PC Case.

Where you're going to be placing your new computer case is of utmost importance also. Are you going to be stuffing it under the desk behind a door
and out of sight, or will you be placing up on top of your desk in plain sight? If the case is going to get stuffed under a desk behind a door than looks
won't be that important to you, however cooling should be. You'll want something with good cooling and fan filters to keep some of that dust out of
your rig. Should filter not be Included Acoustic PC carries a wide variety of fan dust filters in diffrent sized from Fansis.

Do you sleep in close proximity to your computer? If so, you'll probably be looking towards a "quiet" PC case so it doesn't keep you up at night. You'll
also want something without blinding LED's shooting beams of light across the room then stay away from computer cases with side windowes.
These type of flashy cases are usually used by Gamers too show off there cool lights and also for night time gaming too have some extra visual
lighting in the room.

Will you be moving your case around from place to place? If so, you'll probably be looking more a case with aluminum construction as it's much
lighter than the steel variations. However Aluminum cases if not constructed properly can rattle and hum from the vibration of the power supply and
case fans. Uusally we recomend Zalman Aluminum pc cases wheather it's there Gamer cases or desktops, home theater pc cases or towers
Zalman never fails to put out a quality product made of a thick sturdy aluminum with all the trimings you could possibly want.

Tool-less cases are also great for tweakers because they can easily swap drives in and out. Not to mention most tool-less cases have side panel
handles to easily allow you access into the case.


Airflow:
Airflow is absolutely critical in your new computer case whether you're running 4yr old hardware or the latest and greatest. Good CPU coolers, and
video card coolers are essential, but just as important is getting all that hot air out of the case, and as efficiently as possible.

My personal favorite are 120mm fans. I prefer a negative or 50/50 airflow setup and what that means is there is less air or even amount of air being
drawn into the case than there is being exhausted from the case. Why is that good? Well, it will not only be pushing cool air from outside the case in,
it will also force air out all the little cracks in the case (i.e. between optical drives and case panels) therefore reducing dust buildup in those areas.

If you have a more airflow coming in the case pressure setup, then air is being drawn in from every crack in the case and dust accumulates at those
areas in a much shorter time. as well as hot air pockets. Make sense? I hope so.

But here is an example you know those cheaply made computers you get at the retail store with on board everything and a plastic case with no heat
disapation not to mention the imposible locked bios anduncapatible to up grade box. yes you know the companies im talking about well now back to
the point. They have one exhaust fan usually in the back. why? Because it's better to get the hot air out rather then too push cool air in. Now that does
not mean bringing in fresh air is bad on the contrary its better but only when done the right way. For intance imgine if you have a case with an intake
fan blowing cool air in and no exhaust fan you would end up with trapped hot air.

Did you know that when the computer shuts off it gets hotter than ever that's because all the fans including the power supply stop working and the
hot air is traped this is why i love this little jewel the Nexus prolong this little module aloow you to leave your exhaust fan on for about 5 minutes as
well as you cpu fan to get rid of all the hot air inside your pc case. Thus extending component life and power up failure.



Now back to the Fans
So say you have a 120mm front intake fan, and a 120mm rear exhaust fan, don't forget the power supply exhaust fan which will bring into a negative
airflow scenario. If you were too add a side mounted 80mm (or larger) intake fan over the PCI cards or CPU area, you'd greatly even out the airflow in
the case. Just try to keep in mind that what's getting pulled out of the case, you want to have going into the case. A case with nothing but exhaust fans
will be a massive dust collector for one thing, but it also won't be getting any cool outside air into the case. What goes out, must come in and what
comes in, must go out.


Case Materials:
Case construction is another important aspect of the buying decision. We all know that a case already filled with it's hardware is going to be pretty
darn heavy, but add a steel case to the mix, especially a larger steel case and you've got yourself a case of back pain waiting to happen. A typical
aluminum case might weigh between 10lbs-15lbs. A typical steel case might weigh 30lbs. That's empty!

If you're a constant upgrader and someone who's always tinkering inside the case, then you'll want something that easy to move around. If you don't
pay attention and you get yourself a huge steel case, you'll probably be very sorry for your purchase. Aluminum cases are the rage in the market
today and just about every big name manufacturer has a few in their lineup. However Steel cases have there adavantage as well. for instance theye
are sturdy and do not vibrate and if your not going to be taking it to a lan party and throwing it over your shoulder they may be a good choice because
they do not vibrate and make an excelent quiet pc.


Things to Look for when Buying a Case:


  • Size - Does it have enough drive bays for your hardware?

  • Format - Is it micro-ATX or standard ATX?

  • Construction - Is it aluminum or steel?

  • Cooling - Does it have good airflow design?

  • Usability - Is it tool-less or not?

  • Power Supply - Is it included or can you add your own? In my opnion as a rule of thumb included power supplies do not meet my
    expectations.

  • Bling - This should be last and is completely a personal choice.



If you look into all aspects of the new case you're purchasing, you should never be disappointed. Do your homework, read reviews and find as many
pictures of the case as you can. It pays to do your research and I never buy anything until I know everything about it first! Good luck with your new
case and if you have any questions on cases or cooling, you can check out the VH Forums for more information. or Check out the variety Acoustic PC
has to offer the best of the best only.
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