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    Coolermaster Wavemaster

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    I'm looking for a quiet case. I like the look of the coolermaster wavemaster and wondered if anyone can tell me how quiet it is? I have Akasa 8cm fans which are fairly quiet as they are. The case I have just now is an Enermax one which I think is amplifying the hard disk spin noise...

    I also have an akasa paxpower quiet PSU, arctic cooling CPU and VGA silencers, rubber mountings for all the fans and the PSU, akasa paxmate acoustic matting covering the inside of the case and it's still damn noisy as it is... will the wavemaster make a lot of difference? I'd be fitting an optional side window if that makes any difference...


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    I had a wavemaster a while ago and can't remember it being that noisy or quiet for that matter.

    As you know it all depends on the make of fans you use and whether you have them connected up to a fan controller so at least you have some say over the din the fans make.

    Tbh I went the watercooling way to get some peace and quiet and for the price of the wavemaster you could prolly get a half decent w/cooling solution up and running.

    Anyways back to your question (now I've stopped waffling) No I don't think the WM will make much of a differance but others may dissagree on that.
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    ive got one and changed the 3 80mm fans for silent x ones now its quiet.

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    Being aluminium it resonates more and it's a bit noisier than a heavier steel case, so I stuck some matting inside and throttled the fans and it's now fairly quiet.

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    its as quiet as you want to make it - Generally Watercooling *should* be the quietest if done properly, then silent fans etc etc

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    Well its got 80mm case fans.

    If you want a silent case look for one with 120mm case fans, makes all the difference

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    get the xp120 heatsink with a quiet 120mm fan that`ll quiet things down to.

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    I would not go for the wave master "A 2 year old case in modern clothing" - CustomPC.
    You should be getting 120mm fans now and the airflow in the wavemaster is not good. All thing that make it noisey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    I would not go for the wave master "A 2 year old case in modern clothing" - CustomPC.
    You should be getting 120mm fans now and the airflow in the wavemaster is not good. All thing that make it noisey.
    Custom PC clearly fail to realise that the wavemaster is nearly 2 years old...I disagree with that anyway, you won't find too many "modern" cases with such a high build quality, great aluminium finish, removable mobo tray, and a competely thumb-screwed design for a similar price. I certainly haven't had any problems with airflow either, two front fans, a rear exhaust fan and a fan on top combined with a PSU is plenty of cool air, as long as you spend 5-10 minutes geting your wires neat.

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    The problem with the Wavemaster is the clearance between the mobo tray and the HDD rack is virtually non-exist, and that's kinda hard when you got 4 HDD and a pump.
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    wat custompc were says is it looks nice and modern etc but it was built for computers 2 years ago.
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    to *BUMP* an old thread, please read on as to why...

    Quote Originally Posted by mg1973
    ive got one and changed the 3 80mm fans for silent x ones now its quiet.
    mg (or indeed anyone else who's done this) how did you manage to change the fans in the wavemaster? I just got one and the two front fans appear to be screwed in from the front before the front panel was bolted on to the rest of the chassis, I can't see how to access the screws...


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    edit: oops sorry was thinking of my 201!
    I'm sure that you can take the front panel off of the Wavemaster though.
    Check the top & bottom of it for screws.
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    i had a look, looks like they're either rivets or they take some special tool... an allen key has a 6 sided profile, these have a lot more than that...


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    They sound like star bolts you can get the tool from a good diy shop to remove them

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    I've swapped them so it can be done.

    How ever may I offer an alternate the coolermaster Praetorian 730/732

    I recently picked one of these up, and I was really impressed with it as a usable case.

    It has 1 120mm at the front thats very quiet, and two smaller fans at the back which are also very quite. The space between mobo/hardisk area has been increased and now has handy little ledges to sit the hard disks on in a more proffesional layout. I've got 2 IDE and 2 Sata disks in there quite easy. The access on the top of the case to USB/Firewire/Headphones/Mic sockets is very tidy and a little new in terms of design. The quality is very high, and the black finish (that I bought) is really well done. The case is super sturdy, and I picked it up for a bargin price of £35 from an online retailer.

    It has excellent air flow and a cpu grill in the side pannel to allow further improved air flow.

    As I'm typing this I'm now tempted to do a readers review as its probably the best case I've found for along time.

    Perhaps worth considering - it is very quiet.
    Last edited by ikonia; 07-09-2005 at 12:36 PM.
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