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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.

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.

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.
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