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Cooling vs Noise vs cable management

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by greenbrucelee, Jul 22, 2008.

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Cooling vs Noise vs cable management

Poll closed Jul 29, 2008.
  1. Cooling

    4 vote(s)
    26.7%
  2. Noise

    2 vote(s)
    13.3%
  3. Cable Management

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. All three

    9 vote(s)
    60.0%
  1. greenbrucelee
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    If your a PC gamer which of these is most important to you when choosing a case?

    1. Cooling
    2. Noise
    3. cable management
    4. all three
     
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  2. Jimbooo

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    Cooling, because without it your computer would cease to function as it overheats! Proper cooling is the most important.

    Your computer would still work with a loud noise and poor cable management, but cooling is required to make it run safely.
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    But all cases will provide *adequate* cooling (or they wouldn't be sold). Now if you're talking overclocking etc or adding high end stuff then you may want to ensure it has adequate mounts/power connections.

    For me it would be noise but again, this is not necessarily a function of the case itself.

    Just my 5p's worth anyhow ! :p
     
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  4. twizzle

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    There is another option, None of These.

    While Noise, cable management and Cooling are aspects that i'd think about, when choosing a new case i consider cost, materials its made of, the look of it and whether it will fit all my bits in. Theres no point having a case too small to fit several HDD, a couple of fans, that rather large graphics card and the very large CPU heatsink/fan you just spent out on. But it also has to look nice on teh desk. Not too plasticy, not too square, and not just a lump of steel.
    Theres just too many things to think about for a case to list just 1 or 2 (at least in my case!)

    Oh and froma modding point of view, theres also the What can i do to this, how easy will it come apart and what Mods can i put on it?
     
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  5. Mathematix

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    If you're talking high-end gaming machine then it's all three. Poor cable management will affect cooling because of the disturbed airflow, unless you're using water cooling you're gonna have to tolerate some noise because of the number of fans in the machine - but I only buy low noise fansto balance performance and noise.

    Balancing all three is generally regarded as a 'well built system'. :biggrin
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Good points, although I wasn't really looking at it from a modding point of view.

    I also thought all 3, I am still undecided on a case to get, I was looking at the Antec 1200 but thought it might be too noisy also I may have to get a cable extender for the 24 pin mobo plug. I have also been looking at the Antec P180B but it looks a little plasticy and may not offer all the cooling I will want. I have also been look at the Coolemaster Cosmos S but that could too be really noisy.

    I suppose at the end of the day, I'll have to put up with a bit of noise.
     
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  7. Arroryn
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    Sorry to take this quickly OT (I think all three btw... proper cable management will allow for better air flow, which increases the effectiveness of your fans and cooling, and less flappy cables and components not working as hard due to overheating will equal less noise).

    But I saw this whilst browsing, and it fits this topic perfectly...

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  9. Theprof

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    for me it's all three but I accidentally select "cooling" only. In general cable management effects cooling and the noise would probably the least important out of the three.
     
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    Fire fire heh heh :)
     
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  11. Mathematix

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    This is extremely funny. How long could a PC survive like that?! :lol:
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    I think I have finally decided on a case after weeks of reading reviews and comparing stats. I'm gonna go fo the Antec 1200.
     
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  13. NightWalker

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    It's all three for me. There are so many things to balance up when selecting a case.
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    I couldn't care less about how loud it is. In fact, I like being able to hear it: I want to know audibly when a fan dies.

    Bad cable management can impede cooling... but if I could have only one, I'd choose cooling.
     
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