I intend to re-build my audio/video workstation soon, in order to improve airflow and noise levels. I want the case to be as silent as possible, while still providing sufficient airflow for moderate OC of the CPU and for my nVidia card (at stock speed). I need some advice on which case to get, as I find it difficult to choose without the proper experience
Of relevant components that must fit in the case, I have a Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler (160 mm tall), an MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 video card, two hard drives and an SSD. So far I've looked at the following cases:
Antec P183 V3
Antec Solo II
Fractal Design Define R3
I find it really hard to choose between these, as when reading about them there seems to be some small drawbacks associated with each, and I'm not sure if the Solo will hold my video card? Please help me decide
Don't go for a P183 when the is P280 available.
Personally I'd go with either the P280 or R3. I chose the R3 for the moduvents, since I'd have to spend more time/resources to close off the exhaust vents on the P280. With the R3 I can leave them as is and be in great shape for noise.
I'd say R3 for noise suppression and P280 for space/cooling. Both are pretty damn quiet but the R3 is a bit quieter thanks to closing off fan holes entirely.