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Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

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A high efficiency fanless PSU is a great starting point for an ultra quiet yet powerful modern PC. In our latest system build guide, we explore case and configuration options, share our observations about how a fanless PSU changes PC airflow, and walk you through the fine details of a full fledged PC build with a fanless Seasonic X series PSU.

Antec Solo II: The Legacy Lives On

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The Solo II is the long anticipated update to the Antec Solo. Are the updates of USB 3.0, long graphics card support, a top panel power supply vent, removable cross-bar, and a new TrueQuiet 120 fan enough to bring a 6-year design to modern silent PC standards?

SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

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The Temjin TJ08-E projects the look of a classic SilverStone microATX tower chassis. However, the exterior hides an upside down removable motherboard tray and a few other surprises that help make the most of this case's compact frame.

Cooler Master Silencio 550 Quiet ATX Tower

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The Silencio 550 is Cooler Master's budget take on a classic silent case. It's a modestly sized sleek solid tower with a pair of low speed fans, full-size front door, acoustic foam on the side panels, and a handy hard drive docking bay.

In Win Dragon Rider Enthusiast/Gaming Tower

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The Dragon Rider is a full-sized tower case from In Win designed for high powered systems. It's big, bold, and sports plenty of ventilation with fans on both side panels, including a 22 cm monster. How does it fare thermally and acoustically?

LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case

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As LanCool is the budget arm of Lian Li, the PC-K59 midtower lacks the stylish all-aluminum construction and finish of its more expensive cousins. It still shares many popular Lian Li features, making it potentially a good value for those on a budget.

In Win BUC ATX Tower Case

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The In Win BUC sports hot-swappable hard drives bays, almost tool-less assembly, plenty of cooling options, and USB 3.0 connectivity. With this eclectic feature list and a mere $100 price tag it might be too good to be true.

HDPLEX H3.SODD Fanless Mini-ITX HTPC Case

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The new H3.SODD media case for mini-ITX from HDPLEX is a more compact version of the H10 we examined a couple of months ago. This low profile case with massive one-piece aluminum front panel exudes high end chic despite its modest price tag. Our sample also manages to be the very first completely silent commercial computer SPCR has encountered after nine years of continuous operation.

Silverstone Fortress FT03 mATX Tower: Redux

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The SilverStone Fortress FT03 microATX tower is put through the wringer a second time to see how the case performs with a tower heatsink (Noctua NH-U12P) vs. a top-downer (Noctua NH-C12P).

Fractal Design Define R3 ATX Tower

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The R3 is an update to Fractal Design's popular Define R2 ATX tower case. Faster yet smoother fans give it greater airflow and cooling potential, and the heavy bitumen mats have been tossed in favor of more conventional acoustic dampening foam.

Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

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The SilverStone Fortress FT03 attempts to duplicate the success of the rotated motherboard layout of the Fortress FT02 and Raven series, this time in an unusual square cross-section microATX tower.

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Midtower Chassis

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The H2 is NZXT's attempt at a budget tower case with a silent slant. For US$100, it offers noise dampening foam, three quiet fans, a built-in fan controller, a SATA docking station, and a variety of other niceties including a brilliant front fan mounting tray.

Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case

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The Antec ISK 100 is a followup to the ISK 300, a smaller case without the 300's steel exterior, optical drive bay, expansion slot, and 8 cm fan(s). The ISK 100's most interesting features are its well-ventilated mesh cover and 10cm fan which should provide excellent cooling.

Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Tower Case

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The Zalman Z9 Plus is a budget ATX tower case targeting the enthusiast/gamer market. The Z9 Plus has the usual trappings of such cases plus a temperature sensor with LCD display and a fan controller, all at a very reasonable price.

HDPLEX H10.ODD Fanless microATX Case

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To show off the capabilities of their H10.ODD passively-cooled microATX case, HDPLEX sent us a sample with a fully assembled system consisting of a Core i3-530, SSD, Blu-ray drive, and fanless 150W power adapter. Read on to see how this minimalist, super slim, fanless PC case performs.
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