What would you guys recommend right about now for a high quality but quiet case that would allow good airflow.
I'm looking at putting in some hot parts and using the Zalman VGA pipe and that new spancy Zalman 700 whatever it is that's just slowly trickling outta Asia to cool the processor.
I've heard lots of things about the Sonnata, not trying to derail just wondering.
I'm in the 'as quiet as possible but not neccessarily silent' crowd here, as my PC is in a room without air conditioning which can get very hot in the summer. Therefore, while I appreciate being as quiet as possible, I need the flexibility to move a lot of air when neccessary.
Recently upgraded just about everything on this PC, and went with an Antec PlusView 1080 case with an Antec TruePower 430W PS. The case sports 5 80mm fan mounts - two below the PS, two in the front (one directly in front of the hard drive cage), and one on the side, directly over the AGP slot. Airflow through the case is fantastic. I went with a Zalman ZM80A to cool the video card, and found that the positioning of the side intake is perfect in combination with the large Zalman heatsinks. Also used the Zalman 7000Cu to cool the processor, and found that the case airflow is good enough to turn the fan on the 7000 down to the lowest speed setting, about 1400 RPM, at which it's effectively inaudible.
Given my summer heat issues, I really like the variable-speed fan circuit on the Antec PS. It's a cool day here today, and as a result, the fans don't have much work to do; PS fan is running at 1600 RPM and the case fans at 1200 RPM. There's definately some quiet fan noise up close to the PC, but I personally don't find it to be annoying at all. On a really hot day, those RPM values will get up to 3000 and 2400, respectively, at which point the whooshing noise of moving air is definately more noticeable, but it's a far more pleasant noise than the motherboard heat alarm.
Overall, very pleased with this case and setup; definately the airflow solution I needed, but quiet when it can be.