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Case Basics & Recommendations

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Our reference article about cool & quiet computer cases, completely re-written, including updated recommendation lists, on Sept 28, 2014. For those eager to peruse the recommended lists immediately, they are on page five.

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.

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case

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The Silencio 652S is Cooler Master's latest take on the modern silent tower. It has the look of a quiet case combined with the versatility of a well-rounded model.

SilverStone Kublai KL05 Budget ATX Case

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The SilverStone Kublai KL05 is an ATX tower that attempts to offset its budget build quality with a more substantial feature-set than competing low cost cases.

NZXT H440 Mid Tower Case

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Despite lacking an optical drive bay, the NZXT H440 is a popular tower case with stylish looks, acoustic damping foam, pleasant lighting effects, and a cordoned off PSU position. Note: Addendum on final page (8), 21 Mar 2015.

NoFan CR-80EH & CS-60 Fanless Cooler & Case

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The combination of NoFan's CR-80EH heatsink and CS-60 microATX case allows DIYers to easily assemble a completely fanless tower PC using any CPU with a TDP of 80W or less.

Rosewill Legacy U3 Aluminum MicroATX Tower

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While limited in expansion capabilities with just a single 120mm fan for airflow, the Rosewill Legacy U3 is compact for a microATX tower, and sports a pleasing all-aluminum exterior.

Tesla H for a Fanless NUC

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Tesla H is one of a dozen fanless "heatsink" cases offered by Akasa. This one is for the Haswell NUC and can house two 2.5" drives in a wider, sleeker design. Thermally, it's a winner, too. Market pricing vis a vis NUC kits and boards is its real challenge.

SilverStone Raven RV05

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The 5th edition takes the Raven back to its roots by reviving the original floor-mounted fans. Though based primarily on the superb RV02/FT02 design, the RV05 is less bulky, slimming down its dimensions and shedding weight by reducing the number of 18cm fans and limiting the number of drives it will hold.

Fractal Design Arc XL Case

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The Arc XL is Fractal Design's take on an oversized tower that doesn't stray far away from their minimalist design aesthetic. The XL has ample space for cooling options, larger components, and just about anything else one would cram into a PC case.

Puget Systems Test Bench EATX V1 DIY Kit

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Puget System's Test Bench kit is a high-end acrylic open air platform for hobbyists to assemble temporary but fashionable systems.

SilverStone RVZ01: A Mini Raven

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The SilverStone Raven RVZ01 takes an unusual approach to the mini-ITX form factor. Depending on position, it's either a slim console-like tower or a short desktop HTPC case.

NCASE M1: Crowdfunded Enthusiast Mini-ITX Case

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Tired of oversized, poorly designed, cheaply-made mini-ITX cases, a group of enthusiasts banded together to design, fund, produce, and sell their ideal SFF enclosure, the NCASE M1. We managed to get hold of a sample and ran it through our demanding test set.

SilverStone DS380 8-Bay Server/NAS Chassis

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The SilverStone DS380 has its fair share of design issues, but this 8-bay hot-swap server/NAS case fills a niche with aplomb.

Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Tower

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The Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 sheds the Define series' iconic look and noise suppression features to focus more on airflow and cooling.
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