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Case Basics & Recommendations

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Our reference article about cool & quiet computer cases, updated June 29, 1015. For those eager to peruse the recommended lists immediately, they are on page five.

NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Case

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The Source 530 abandons much of style NZXT is known for in favor of relatively pedestrian looks and an open airflow scheme. Though not designed as a quiet case, it nevertheless is one through sheer cooling efficiency.

SilverStone FTZ01: Mini-ITX Fortress

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The SilverStone Fortress FTZ01 takes the Raven RVZ01's internal design and wraps in an aluminum exterior to create a more elegant slim mini-ITX gaming case.

SilverStone Grandia GD09 & GD10 HTPC Cases

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Like their predecessors, the latest iterations of SilverStone's Grandia line offer all the capabilities of a proper desktop computer in a horizontal HTPC style case.

NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower

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For a US$70 tower case, the NZXT S340 is surprisingly well built, attractive, and usable. It offers a level of refinement not usually available at this price-point.

Fractal Design Node 202 Compact Gaming Case

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Fractal Design's Node 202 is a compact mini-ITX case that takes a SFX power supply and has space for a full-sized dual slot video card. It's a 10 Liter HTPC style enclosure with ambitious gaming aspirations.

SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q Budget Tower

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The SilverStone Precision PS11B-Q is a modestly sized budget tower that follows the tenants of quiet case convention by having a mostly sealed off exterior, a single quiet fan, and padded side panels.

Antec Signature S10: A Second Coming?

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The Signature S10 may mark a dramatic resurgence in the PC market for Antec. This beast of a tower features thick aluminum side doors, a separate drive compartment to improve cooling, and a lofty $499 price.

Antec P100 Case: Performance One on a Budget

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The Antec P100 is a slimmed down, budget version of the P280, an attempt to bring Performance One to the US$70 price-point.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Mini Tower

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The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX is a bulky mini-ITX tower with enthusiast grade features including support for thick 240/280 mm radiators, mounting points for a reservoir and pump, and a monstrous 200 mm front fan.

Fractal Design Define S Tower Case

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The latest edition of Fractal Design's Define series takes the R5 and implements a more open airflow dynamic and improved watercooling compatibility.

Zalman Z11 Neo ATX Case

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The Zalman Z11 Neo's unique look is part of a bold attempt to deliver most of the usual trappings of a modern ATX tower in an affordable yet attractive package.

Corsair Carbide 500R Performance Mid-Tower

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Corsair's popular Carbide 500R is a prototypical performance case placing a heavy emphasis on compatibility and airflow. Critical to its success is a monstrous 20 cm side fan bathing the graphics card and other components in cool air from outside.

BitFenix Pandora MicroATX Case

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The BitFenix Pandora is a sleek and sexy aluminum-clad microATX tower with a refreshing design. It has the ambition and look of a high performance case but its dimensions prevent it from being a true powerhouse.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 ATX Tower

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Be Quiet!'s first entry into the PC case market is a tall tower that like many others, attempts to combine elements of both quiet and performance chassis design into one.
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