Antec Solo a decent case ?

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armornone
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Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by armornone » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:25 am

Hi.

I was looking for an economical quiet case and I was wondering if the Antec Solo was a good place to start or if anyone had any other suggestions?


Does anyone here use or have any experience with the ANtec Solo case?

Thanks for your help.

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Post by kater » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:33 am

You can start with reading the extensive P150 review here. P150 = Solo in white. And of course there are plenty of happy Solo users here.

What can I say:

+++++
v hi quality overall, v good front (blocks noise, looks great), allows some cable management (more like hiding cables behind the tray), excellent HDD mounting system, full metal body (no side vents to let noise out)

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PSU on top (might get warm and noisy more quickly), power and reset buttons flimsy, limited VGA length (GTX260 won't fit untill HDD cage is nibbled); 4 HDDs only

It's now up to you to actually assess dis/advantages of the case. E.g. my P150 sits just under the desk - top vents would not work there, not to mention fitting a bigger case would be impossible. The rest of "-" points are not relevant to me personally (I don't need GTX294 nor 12 TB of storage), but if HD5970 is the slowest card you can live with then don't get Solo.

All in all, it's a great case if you're not aiming at a supersilent rig. I used to run only 2 fans in it. But I then found out that a little hum won't hurt, especially that I like to keep my windows open, no matter what ;)

What are you going to put in the case anyway?

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Post by frenchie » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:51 am

Hi,
Look around the Gallery, you'll find quite a few Solos ;)
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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by speedkar9 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:30 am

armornone wrote:Does anyone here use or have any experience with the ANtec Solo case?
I've got a (slightly modded) solo, and I can say its a great quiet case. As stated, it won't be suitable for high end high heat output components, such as an i7 + ati 58xx/ GTX 260 + video cards, and 4+ hard drives.

Its got excellent out-of-the-box sound dampening features, and can be easily manipulated to be more quieter (such as swapping and softmounting the rear fan, fitting a 120mm fan as a front intake instead of 2x92mms, removing the pesky PSU bar, etc...)

If you pull out components regularly and play around with your hardware alot, you may find it a bit cramped, which is why I bought a 300 to play around with.

Other options are the P180 mini, P183, or NSK series from Antec. For a cheaper case however, you might have to do alot more mods to make it quiet.
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60019]Antec 302-S Project[/url]
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=516201#516201]Solo PC with flipped PSU & Mobo[/url]
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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by Vetotat » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:46 am

speedkar9 wrote:can be easily manipulated to be more quieter ... (such as ... removing the pesky PSU bar, etc...)
Hey, I've got a SOLO. Didn't know that a bar removal would make the case more quiet. How does this work?

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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by speedkar9 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:47 am

Vetotat wrote:Hey, I've got a SOLO. Didn't know that a bar removal would make the case more quiet. How does this work?
Sorry, I just meant it as a means of making the case easier to work with.
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60019]Antec 302-S Project[/url]
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=516201#516201]Solo PC with flipped PSU & Mobo[/url]
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=59157]Basement PC flipped and converted[/url]

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Post by KadazanPL » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:28 pm

fitting a 120mm fan as a front intake instead of 2x92mms
I'd say that is not an improvement. Two quiet 92mm fans push the same amount of air as one single 120mm while covering larger area - which in fact is their purpose in Solo's drive bay. My case has a single Slipstream@700RPM and two Nexus 92mm wired in series (6V, ca. 700RPM) at the front. I can feel that they push the same amount of air (or even slightly more) than the Slipstream in the back. And I really can't hear them at all :)
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Post by MikeC » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:59 am

KadazanPL wrote:...two Nexus 92mm wired in parallel (6V, ca. 700RPM)...
You probably mean in series.
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Post by KadazanPL » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:11 am

You probably mean in series.
Yes, sorry :) I keep confusing those two ;)

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Post by colin2 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:38 pm

Do search the site, as you'll find lots of comment and building ideas.

As long as the size works for you, I can't think of anything built as well at the same price level.

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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by sanse » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:03 pm

armornone wrote:...

Does anyone here use or have any experience with the Antec Solo case?

...
here is my experience with the antec solo:

viewtopic.php?t=47722&highlight=ultimate+amplifier

i think it's a decent case.
solo; 550w neohe; 939a785gmh; x2 4400+; mine; 4gb pc3200c2; m4 128gb; wd20earx 2tb; gt430; imon; lg gh22ns70; sata-bay; floppy/cardreader; x-fi xtreme gamer; dual tv-card; 120mm rear-fan; 2*92mm front-fans; 140mm mobo-fan; 100mm cpu-fan; 50mm vga-fan; bigng; 2*50watt amp; cf-card rescue system; windows 8 pro x64

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Post by danimal » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:00 pm

the solo looks good, and it is solidy built, but it's an obsolete design, get something more modern.

the solo that i had wouldn't allow for inspecting the 92mm air filters for dust accumulation, because there was no door there, you have to remove the side panel to unsnap the front panel... it's an incredibly stupid design.

some people out here like suspending their hdd's in rubber bands, while others of us don't find it very secure... the rubber band trip made a difference years ago, when hdd's were very noisy, but it serves little purpose now... especially with the advent of ssd.

92mm vs. 120mm... there aren't very many decent 92mm fan choices, the industry revolves around 120mm, and with the advent of things like the pwm-controlled 140mm thermalright ty-140, bigger is better :)

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Post by kater » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:05 am

You can also put a 100 mm Scythe Kaze something in front. It has two sets of mounting holes - for 92 mm and 100 mm. Tho only one such fan can be fitted in there if you wish to use the door's holes. I'm not sure if two 100 mm fans could fit. I'd have to check.

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Post by armornone » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:22 pm

danimal wrote:the solo looks good, and it is solidy built, but it's an obsolete design, get something more modern.

the solo that i had wouldn't allow for inspecting the 92mm air filters for dust accumulation, because there was no door there, you have to remove the side panel to unsnap the front panel... it's an incredibly stupid design.

some people out here like suspending their hdd's in rubber bands, while others of us don't find it very secure... the rubber band trip made a difference years ago, when hdd's were very noisy, but it serves little purpose now... especially with the advent of ssd.

92mm vs. 120mm... there aren't very many decent 92mm fan choices, the industry revolves around 120mm, and with the advent of things like the pwm-controlled 140mm thermalright ty-140, bigger is better :)
What case would you recommend to be more modern but still but a quiet case? Do you mean one of those cases that are only available internationally ? ( I'm in America)

Thanks

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Post by danimal » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:47 pm

what kind of hardware are you going to put in it? a low-power build? max you can spend?

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Post by capecodbackup » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:18 pm

I have never ever regretted my Antec Solo case and I agonized for weeks over what case.

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I love it!

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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by Spackle » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:06 am

I have three of them, they're my favorite cases. Sturdy and quiet. The power and reset
buttons are below par (plastic "springs", not very durable), a minor blemish on an otherwise
great design.
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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by Flanker » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:17 am

I'm using one I the only complaint I have about them is

1) no hole on the mobo tray to install backplate
2) PSU and its support bar immediately above the mobo makes wide (12cm+) tower sinks unusable on mobo's that have the CPU socket near the edge of the mobo (common in LGA775)

Otherwise I love every bit about them.
HDD suspension may be unnecessary for some, but I see them as hybrid drive bays, so If i get 2.5 inch SSD's i will need no adapter :D

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Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Post by KadazanPL » Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:08 am

There a simple fix to the Solo's flimsy buttons. If you stick a small piece of plastic on the button, the distance it has to go when you push it will be shorter. So you only have to press it in 3mm or so. This prolongs the plastic springs' longevity.

Personally, I didn't like the Solo's super-bright blue LEDs. A black permanent marker dimmed them just fine :)
CASE: Antec Solo; MOBO: MSI P67A-C45; CPU: i5 2500K@4.4GHz + Mugen2; RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333MHz; GPU: PowerColor 5750 1GBD5-S3DH passive; PSU: Corsair HX520; SSD: Patriot Inferno 120GB; HDD: Samsung F2 1TB HD103SI; SOUND: Asus Xonar DX; FANS: Slipstream @700RPM exhaust; 2xNexus 92mm @6V intake. DISPLAY: 26" LCD Fujitsu Siemens Amilo SL 3260W

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