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This review is from: ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan
Pros: -Airflow you can feel, without the noise.
-Quieter than the air the fan moves.
-More silent than a whisper.
-A pin dropping is louder than the fan motor.
-No seriously, I can hear the air the fan moves, but not the fan, even with my ear pressed against the fan casing.
Cons: They might be too quiet? If I were a bat, or some other creature relying enterly upon sound, I would have a hard locating them.
Other Thoughts: I have used these Enermax fans in every HTPC I have built for myself, friends, and family. I can line up three/four of these on the side of a Milo03b, and the only thing I hear is the CPU cooler and maybe the PSU, but these fans are silent. Yes, there are fans that move more air, but these move plenty of air, but add absolutely no noise to the process. When placing my ear directly next to the fan, all I can ever here is a whoosh of air flowing through, but no indication that a motor is running. I have a system that I have been running 24/7 for two years, and these fans have not needed anything more than a quick blast of air to clean every now and again. If you are building an HTPC, where silence is very important, look no further than the Enermax 80mm.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RANGER-M - Dual-Fan Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: -Great Price for the features included.
-The front and rear fans are reasonably quiet.
-Enough space for appriately sized builds.
Cons: -5.25 drive bay covers are flimsy. This is good when you want to remove one to install a DVD drive, but bad when you want the one below it to stay put. Not unexpected at this price range.
Other Thoughts: I have used many different mATX towers to build small, unobtrusive, yet effective systems for myself, friends, family, and customers. While this case lacks certain professional elements (LED lights in the front), it has been a great case to build in on two different occasions. This case is currently serving as a PC I slapped together from some spares and castoff parts for my kids, and has been wonderful. The included fans keep the system cool, in spite of its limited air space, and there is just enough room to tuck away extra cables. There is even adequate room for medium sized graphics cards. At $35 dollars (price when I bought it both times) you can't beat this case with a stick...well you probably could, but you would be out 35$...
-AMD Phenom II x4 925 Deneb
-CM Hyper 101 cooler
-BioStar N68S3+ AM3
-2x4GB GSkill Sniper DDR3-1333
-Kingston SSDNow 128GB Sata II SSD
-360GB 2.5 inch HDD removed from a laptop...
-ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
-Corsair CX430 PSU
-An old IDE DVD Burner.
This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Cons: Not as quiet as some other PSUs on the market, but by no means "loud".
Other Thoughts: I have used the CX430 in several HTPC builds, and am currently utilizing it in a budget PC for my kids. I have never had one single issue with any of these power supplies. These drives fit inside every mATX tower I have built in, and are also a good fit for the Silverstone Milo03b HTPC case. I can certainly say the Seasonic G series PSU's are much quieter, but you cannot beat the price of these PSU's.READ FULL REVIEW