Quiet, Practical, Powerful
It is located near me in a corner so quiet is important for this capable gaming build.
Case has fans that are nearly silent.
CPU fan is nearly silent. Delidded CPU runs in the mid 60's C with heavy gaming.
Power supply is nearly silent, even with heavy gaming. Passive at idle.
At idle, I can't tell if computer is on or not.
Graphics card is not perfect. With heavy gaming the GPU runs in the mid 70's C and the fan makes noticeable noise. This card is supposed to be one of the quietest for this performance level so I am looking at solutions such as; Using CLU or other liquid metal TIM. Changing fan profile and letting it run hot. Going with liquid cooling.
UPDATE: Flipped PSU upside down, as suggested in comments, and saw a good temp drop. Balancing case and GPU fan profiles has brought under-load sound level down quite a bit. I plan on adding a fan to the bottom of the case to decrease sound further.
Good: Reasonable price. Great: Low sound. Questionable: Big! Make sure you have room. Bad: Heat sink surface not flat at all. Required heavy sanding and lapping to get flat.
Thicker paste that is not super easy to apply but appears to be very effective, which is what matters.
My second Ultra Durable model. Very capable and just as good as more expensive "gaming" models.
It's memory.. It works. Minor overclock was stable too.
It's an SSD that works well, so of course it's awesome. Hard drives are like racing cars... avoid spinning!
Sweet performance and I'll have to take the word of official reviews claiming this as one of the quietest since I don't have anything to compare it to. But it needs lots of case cooling if you want to keep the fan speed down.
It's Quiet! That was my main goal with this case and it came through. With a case there are always things that are done right, done wrong, and things that are okay, but could be better. This case hits the "done right" mark on nearly every point. It's big, and it's heavy, so that could be a negative if it matters to you. Otherwise, if you want a quiet case at a reasonable price, this is the way to go.
Passive under most conditions. Under heavy load any other system fans are going to be louder so it is essentially silent.
This is the logical sequel to Windows 7. Windows 8 is like a sequel to Windows ME. The only negatives are always the privacy concerns... So don't be a sheep and just click the automatic setup. It let's you turn off all those intrusive privacy settings if you want.