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    Small, Silent PC

    With the ever-nearing advent of a new PC for my, I'm starting to investigate moving the current machine into a SFF case, and using it as a testbed/file server etc, and try and implement some stuff from Direxthex's excellent Project Remyth - and we'll see how it goes

    Anyways, I have all the components because it'll be from my old PC - although it has an ATX Motherboard, I have an old TIME PC with a uATX Motherboard that I'll use I think, I shall investigate the motherboard and see what its like.

    So anyways, all I really need is a case/fans/new HD (IDE) to make it as silent a box as possible, and I'm looking for recommendations for all 3 parts (ooh, and a silent CPU cooler - I have a Zalman cooler on justnow thats pretty quiet though, could just use it), because I'm not well informed with Quiet computing tbh, so any advice is welcomed

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    This might do the job

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1032

    Theres lots of variations of this case from varying manafacturers. Key point is it has a 120mm fan on the back and the big boy on top (although you can get the same case just with a window in its place)

    I believe someone on here bought one and was using a thermaltake blue orb cooler.

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    I might be being a bit silly, but did you post the right link there?
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    haha no sorry that was for another thread

    http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...cat=655&page=1

    there you go

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Scan now sell those Aplus cases. Its slightly different to the above case as its missing the massive fan on top.
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=571840
    £41.11

    Its supposed to be a decent case and given the price its by far the cheapest and best equipped.

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    I like that case (both versions) - I think it's possible to make it quiet if not silent.

    IDE HD - I've been quiet impressed with a couple of older Seagate IDE 7200.7 drives, they are much quieter than SATA ones. As you want new then I would recommend Samsung.

    Fans - One of the best fans I've come across is the NorthQ Nano Ceramic Bearing 120mm fan from Scan, very quiet (quieter than the Sharkoon 1000 120mm and Nexus Orange 120mm).

    I would have recommended a Ninja but it's not going to fit in the case recommended above. The Zalman 8000 didn't get a good review in SPCR so I'll recommend a Thermalright cooler (if it fits).

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