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For a lot of people, silence is an important characteristic of a build. Many people keep their PC where they sleep, others need silence for movie watching or simply the noise of a whirring PC is just an irritating sound that gets on your nerves. So, what are the quietest PC cases you could use for your next quiet build?
Finding the correct case to keep the noise down can be a difficult task but we have a selection of some of the best silent PC cases around to help narrow down your selection
Budget PC cases nowadays can be quite the value proposition, they may not always have the superfluous RGB lighting and things like that but the build quality has improved greatly over the past few years meaning a cheap case can last many builds to come.
Corsair is another big player in the field of PC cases, many people trust Corsair and for good reason, as much of the time, they hit it out of the park when it comes to the quality of their products.
The 100R Silent Edition is a mid-tower case (7.9 x 18.5 x 16.9 in), giving a good balance of size and performance. This case is certainly designed to be more subdued, to help it fit in rather than to stand out. Making it a good choice for a media center. The 100R Silent Edition supports ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards.
What makes this 100R a “Silent Edition”? Firstly, the inclusion of noise-isolating materials in the side panels helps to keep the noise down and a 3-speed fan controller built into the back of the PC; the latter being something you don’t see very often, especially on a case as cheap as this. The case supports two front 120mm or 140mm fans and the rear takes one 120mm fan, giving the case a lot of potential for great cooling.
There are four storage bays, each supports both 3.5” and 2.5” devices allowing you to tailor the storage capabilities to your needs. There is support for GPUs up to 16.2 inches and space for a CPU cooler of 5.9 inches. On the front panel, there are two USB 3.0 ports. There is room also for two 5.25” drives.
As you move up in cost some of the features that come with cases are great additions to any build. You don’t have to break the bank to get a case that offers just that little bit more.
Thermaltake has really improved with their PC case offerings and whilst they may not be household names like Cooler Master and Corsair, they offer a really impressive collection and are certainly making a name for themselves.
The Suppressor F31 is another mid-tower case (9.8 x 20.3 x 19.5 in) but in a slightly more cubic nature. There is a windowed side panel for those that like to look at the innards of their PC, making it a good choice for builds you want to show off. There is support for the usual ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboard form factors.
Thermaltake claims that this case was tested in a semi-anechoic chamber, this really shows a lot of effort has been put into the acoustics of their product. The Suppressor offers many different fan configurations. In the front, support for two 120/140mm or one 200mm fan.
At the rear, space for one 120/140mm fan. The top has room for a mighty three 120/140mm fans or two 200mm fans. This case also has room for 2 120/140mm fans on the bottom. In addition to that, the non-windowed side panel version has space for another on the left panel. Support for radiators is huge because of this, supporting up to 360mm rads easily. In addition to this, there is sound dampening material on all panels of the case.
There is space for up to six storage drives, regardless of size. There are four USB ports on the front panel, two of which are USB 3.0. You can fit two 5.25” drives. CPU Coolers have 7 inches of space to play with. GPUs of 10.9 inches are supported but remove the HDD rack and you can install GPUs as long as 16.5 inches in length!
The Suppressor F31 is a monster of a case. The sheer amount of fans that can fit inside such a small case will do wonders for keeping components cool and therefore quiet. This case offers features way above its price range.
Fractal Design has become well known for their sleek, small, and feature packed cases. They are on the more expensive side of PC cases but the quality on offer is top notch.
The Define C is monolithic in design, a minimalistic front panel gives an understated styling to the case. This may be another mid-tower case (11.42 x 21.38 x 19.06 in) but it is more skyscraper-like in its proportions. Supported are ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards.
The Define C offers “industrial-grade” sound dampening in the front and side panels. There are plenty of spaces for fans, on the front, three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. The rear can fit one 120mm fan, the top has slots for two 120/140mm fans and the bottom has space available for one 120mm fan. This also means radiators of up to 360mm can be installed, giving great cooling potential.
There are three 2.5” dedicated drive bays for your SSDs and two for 3.5” drives. There are two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. CPU Coolers are supported up to 6.7 inches and GPUs of 12.4 inches or less. A nice little feature is the PSU and HDD cover that really helps make a build look a lot cleaner.
Define C is a feature-rich case with a lot to offer. Great stylings and well thought out innards really help the case stand out.
The quality and little touches that are applied the further you move up the price scale are what really make these expensive cases stand out and make them worth the money.
Nanoxia are a German company that aren’t necessarily that well known, which is a shame because the cases they make are of top quality.
The Deep Silence 3 is very understated in design, this makes for a very clean and professional-looking case. The case is a mid-tower (17.95 x 8.14 x 20.47 in) and supports ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX.
Nanoxia says themselves that their guiding principle is to have a silent case running with low system temperatures. As is standard with these cases that are made for quiet computing the Deep Silence 3 comes with sound-insulating materials. The HDDs are mounted in the case using rubber suspensions that eliminate annoying vibrations and background noise.
There is room for six fans, two 120mm fans in the front and one in the rear. Both the top and bottom have room for 120/140mm fans, two spaces for the former and one for the latter.
The Deep Silence 3 has room for eight drives in total, three of those being dedicated to 2.5” drives. The maximum height for CPU coolers is 6.5 inches, GPUs must be shorter than 13.5 inches. There are three USB ports on the front panel, two of which are USB 3.0.
Deep Silence 3 has a lot to offer. It is a well built and full-featured mid-tower for those that are short on space. This allows you to make a powerful PC, that is well cooled and quiet, in a good looking and space-conscious case.
This selection of silent PC cases should help everyone, regardless of budget. There is always quality to be had at any price point and these cases certainly show just that.
Last update on 2021-01-18 at 02:19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API