LoneWolf wrote:I haven't considered going fanless for the reason that the fanless PSU I want isn't out yet and will probably be insanely expensive when available.
The Antec Phantom 500. 500 watts of ultra-efficient fanless power. Their 350-watt model has been rated as incredibly efficient, and probably would power my system, but I like having a bit of overhead for that next upgrade. The Phantom 350 costs more than the Antec Neo 480w.
I like the compromise some companies have made by just using a single 120mm fan. The Fortron Blue Storm AX500 has gotten rave reviews, is already sleeved, has all the connectors one needs (and the 5.25" Molex connectors are the EZ-Grip easy-to-remove kind) all for about $90. If you aren't running an SLI system, it appears to be one of the best choices for the money.
My Enermax is a great PSU...it's just not the quietest (plus there's 3 other 120mm fans in the case). You always balance noise with airflow. If I wanted uber-quiet, I could switch the fans out for Coolermasters ultra-quiet 120mm models, or Vantec Stealth, but I'd get less airflow. Then again, the three fans plus the power supply allow pretty good airflow in my case, so it might be worth considering.
seeing as i've been reading some at SPCR the last few days, i know that it's already out:http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=24500
insanely expensive is the word - $200 at Antec's website
BTW it's not 100% fanless - there's a fan that kicks in only at very high loads.
LoneWolf wrote:I still think the Chenbro Gaming Bomb II is a great case as well. It's just too doggone expensive. I'm glad I didn't wait to buy it, I would have been driven away by the cost. The Firewire/USB/Audio ports should be mounted on the top front rather than the bottom, too.
while the GB II is a great looking
case, i'm not so sure it's so great.
construction quality is great but then so are Lian-Li and the P160.
its unique features - the "cabling" technology (forget their trademark name) is just hype IMO. the drive bay with multiple possible mounting (FlexiBay ?) - that's nice.
but did you read AnandTech's review of it?
http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling/sh ... spx?i=2298
the cooling performance, is more or less the same as the P160.
the acoustic performance is poor.
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