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Antec 300 "Mini Tower" ATX Case


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#1 audioAl

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 07:00 AM

Hey guys, I saw this case on sale for $43.00 including tax, at Micro Center. Should I pull the trigger?? Anyone know about this case? It has two system fans, one on top of the case, any ideas? Thanks in advance for your responses,Alan
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 12:33 PM

Well, the reviews are mostly favorable at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811129042
I prefer the mid-tower over the mini, but that's a personal choice
Plus I'm partial to Lian Li when I have the money
One reviewer mentioned space was tight for his raid card. The new video cards are getting humongous too. Just something to think about

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 10:10 PM

Mini towers are great for home theater PC's but not much else. They also have heat dissipation issues. They are also smaller than a mid tower. Some graphics cards have issues being installed in a mid tower. If the GPU can barely fit into a mid tower, it won't in a mini.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 09:44 AM

Mini towers are great for home theater PC's but not much else. They also have heat dissipation issues. They are also smaller than a mid tower. Some graphics cards have issues being installed in a mid tower. If the GPU can barely fit into a mid tower, it won't in a mini.

Thanks DJB: I build HTPC's for customers privately, the ads for this Mini Tower claim it will fit graphics cards easily, I may take it back and trade it in on a full tower. Fans make noise, this is the enemy of Audiophile types. Quiet is King. Can you advise as to a Quiet case?
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:36 PM

The website, SilentPC, have reviews and suggestions surrounding silent or quiet computing. The Antec P182 gets high marks for quiet computing, as does Antec Sonata Plus. Those two cases are mid-towers. Quiet computing is only as good as the loudest component, if you're not a gamer, a silent GPU would be good. Unfortunately, a GPU without a fan can get hot very quickly so good case airflow is vital. Also, CPU fans should not be stock if you want a quiet case. The XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 and the ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 get good reviews.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:02 AM

The website, SilentPC, have reviews and suggestions surrounding silent or quiet computing. The Antec P182 gets high marks for quiet computing, as does Antec Sonata Plus. Those two cases are mid-towers. Quiet computing is only as good as the loudest component, if you're not a gamer, a silent GPU would be good. Unfortunately, a GPU without a fan can get hot very quickly so good case airflow is vital. Also, CPU fans should not be stock if you want a quiet case. The XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 and the ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 get good reviews.

Thanks alot, I like the CPU fans, my customers thank you too,Alan
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