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What is the best computer case (chassis)?

Q: What is the best computer case (chassis)?

I read about this case by Zalman that is totally silent, but keeps the system cool.
It looks really neat to me, but it got me wondering what the best case out there is.
Of course, this is subjective, I know.

Criterion, in order of importance:

1. It keeps the system nice and cool
2. Itís quiet
3. It doesnít involve any water pumps or coolent
4. Itís nice-looking

Whatís your fave?

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A:Chassis Intruded ! -I don't have a chassis!

Load up on your motherboard a new bios file,with asus its easy.
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A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.
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what may cause this issue ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?
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Haha, VERY nice Skunk. I like people who don't care how loud the system long as it over clocks well !!
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A:Chassis Fan Question

It should be blowing out :knock: It should no be putting air inside because it cannot
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A:Diabolic Chassis

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A:514-CPU or Chassis Fan not Detected...WTF??

As it seems my problems just got a whole lot worse. Now I can't even get pass the Compaq start up load screen. The one that comes up first and says "COMPAQ" in red letters.
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A:Flashing Chassis Fan?

What's the fan plugged into? Is it a motherboard fan plug? Or is it a four-pin Molex? I think I'd be wondering about the power supply. The only lighted fans I've had were so annoying that I uninstalled them immediately. There's no way to concentrate in front of the computer when it looks as if the gendarmes are coming.
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i just have a question here. my system has been running hot lately. i have a msi neo2 plat. ed. motherboard with a p4 3.2 installed. i am using the original cpu fan with 1 8cm fan in the window, 4 more 8cm fans in the case. my cpu fan starts running like crazy. it runs at about max regardless of system applicaiton. i can only check my temps in bios (i think) and it's running like 55-60C. when i go to bios under the pc health tab, there is something called chassis intrusion. currently i have it disabled, but the other options are enabled and reset. to enable this would it help my cpu fan out a little? or does it have anything at all to do with system cooling. i installed a cooler master cpu fan but found that it ran hotter with the new one, so i installed the old. any suggestions?


A:what is chassis intrusion?

chassis intrusion is a utility that the bios can use to tell you someone has opened the case. (intruded into the chassis)

alot of times i office buildings, the administrator will use that to alert them to the fact that someone had opened that pc.

once someone opened the case, a little button would pop out, and the chassis intrusion alert would show during next boot. (and some bios's force the boot to stall untill you go into the bios and reset the intrusion alarm.

if you don't have a fear of someone opening your case, then it's best to leave this feature off.

it isn't at all related to heat.

but, about that heat, which direction are them fans all blowing?

a good test is to run it with the case open, and a fan blowing into it, and see if it still heats up. if it still reports a high temp, then you might check to see if there is thermal paste under the processor. if blowing a fan in the side helps, then you will want to look into adding out-blowing case fans at the top of the tower, usually in the back right under the power supply is the easiest spot to add them.

also, everest is a good tool to use to see your temps. (formerly Aida32) you can get it here:

and then there is speedfan. speed fan is good at showing temps, and on some motherboards can control the fan speeds, and it shows a temp in the system tray if you want it to. you can find speedfan at:
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A:Chassis Fan Control

Hi ...
If you have knowledge of electronics - or know someone who has - you can make use of a resistor. Otherwise, you can use SpeedFan, but since the fan is connected to the motherboard. Remember to use 3 to 4 pin adapter and plug it in where shown below. Hope it helps!
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I don't know if I should get a bench or a chassis for a new setup. I will be playing games, and I will not be doing benchmarks.

I will have a Seasonic M12II Bronze 520 watt as my PSU, a HD 6950 Sapphire Toxic @ 6970, my current CPU and motherboard, maybe 8GB or 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB, current HDD.

Thanks in advance

A:Chassis or bench?

The choice is entirely down to your personal preference, but there are a few things to consider. First, do you swap out your hardware all the time? If so, you might want a bench. Which do you think looks better? A decent chassis will cool just as well as a bench, so you might as well just pick the better looking one. Also, with a bench there will be more dust buildup and greater risk of something accidentally breaking your hardware.
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A:Chassis fans. Which are the best?


Try these YS-Tech fans as used by CoolerMaster (despite making their own fans). Very cheap, very quiet (for their rated output) and very reliable. I've used their FD8125 SILENT 80mm Fans (£5.64 ea), which you can find here ...

I'd set them both up to expel air from the case (note: fans can be fitted any way round to suit your prefered airflow direction). As you are probably aware PC cases are not airtight so setting them both to blow air out of the case will ensure that you get a nice flow pattern for cool air entering and leaving the case. If you were to set them up one blowing the other sucking you would be unlikely to get the best cooling effect with your case.

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A:Cooling Chassis Fan

Fans are pretty much the same, they just come in different sizes such as 40mm and 80mm. You can get a replacement at any computer or electronics store for as little as $5.
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A:512 chassis fan not detected

It could just be the connector or the fan sensor. In fact do all your chassis fans work?
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A:Chassis fan solution

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A:Trouble with chassis fan

are these fans plugged into the motherboard, or using a 4 pin molex?
If the MB, are the ones running slowly 3 pin, or 4 pin?

They are probably being auto controlled by the MB according to temperature. Have a look in your bios to see what temp/fan settings are enabled or disabled and how they are set.
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A:512-chassis fan not detected

closing duplicate, please respond at

Please do not create duplicate posts for the same issue.
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A:NZXT Phantom Chassis HELP!

I reviewed the Phantom for NZXT when it first came out, a nice thing about NZXT's fans is that they only like 6 or 7 of them and all their cases use supplied with this manageable number of fans.

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NZXT. Crafted Gaming Armor.
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Which fan?
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A:chassis fan starts when waking up

I found this thread in the Dell Forum

Vostro 200 fan Noise at startup - Desktop General Hardware Forum - Desktop - Dell Community

They all point towards a certain BIOS version ( v1.0.8), a downgrade to the previous version seems to have fixed this for some. But also say the fans definitely spin up upon startup, but are supposed to slow back down after a few seconds.

A Guy
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A:Warning! Your chassis has been opened!

When does this message appear - during OS boot or..?
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A:how to install chassis fan that has no connector

if you want to connect it to the mobo directly, you will need to get a 3 pin connector then join the wires to the connector, and the connector to the board. if i remember correctly, pin 1 and 2 should be + and - respectively and the third a control/sensor. but doublecheck that with your motherboard manual. if you want to join it straight to the psu, then you will need to cut and strip one of the cables going to the molex plugs and tap it from there. be sure to not have any wires crossing each other or naked (use electrical tape or heatshrinks to seal tehm up)
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A:Power fan and chassis fan not working?

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

By power fan, do you mean the fan inside the psu(power supply unit)?

If you do, then your psu is about to fail and should be replaced immediately, before if goes altogether and takes some of your valuable components with it.

Do a physical check to see if the fans in question are actually stopped. You should be able to tell simply by placing your hand near the fans.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Chassis fans not working?

this could be a number of things. Are the fans actually turning on. If they are the software is clearly not detecting them. the likelyhood that both fans went out at the same time tells me that its probably something else other than your fans misbehaving.

1.if you need to they will have two wires connecting them to the motherboard. make sure that is firmly seated in the connector on the board.
2. see if you have any yellow exclaimation points in the device manager
3. try hitting that "update" button or reinstalling that particular software so the software can reinitialize.
4. show me what the screen shot of the fan speed tab.

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A:No computer case?

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ESI [email protected] audio card

I'm gonna stick with this build for a while (in fact, I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon - it runs great).

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This would be my pick, Excellent case IMO
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A:New Computer Case

The Cooler Master Elite RC-330 is a decent, inexpensive case that will easily have room for that cooler.
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A:Looking for a computer case

I found this as the cheapest with all the features you want, except it has an 80mm front fan and a 120mm rear fan. If you really need that 120mm front fan, this has it for about $7 more.
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A:Computer case?

For home-made... if you know how to work with tools, metal, plastics, etc...

You could make one... doesn't mean it'll work any better at cooling.

There are round computers out there.
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Disconnect everything except the processor, video card, memory, and floppy. Try and boot it and see if it posts with video. If it does just start adding one device at a time back
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A:Computer case for $60?

- Noise from case is 95% the fault of the fans. More expensive cases provide quieter fans, but you're paying a lot more to start with anyway. Plus, you'll have to provide your own additional fans in most cases (pun not intended) anyway.
- PSU fan could be loud..?
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A:Computer Case help?

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Hi bturner
If you have the right tools you can sometimes get the pins to release from the connector and move them next to each other. If you can't get that to work you could use an exacto knife ( or sharp raser blade) and split the connector down the dummy pin. Then connect each pin separately to the motherboard connector.
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A:Low voltage at cpu/chassis fan mobo connectors

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

What a drag!
It sounds to me like the psu is flaked out, it may have taken out the MoBo too.
If you are not getting power to the cpu fan from the MoBo, then chances are it
messed up. Most likely the cpu is still good if you did'nt run it to long with no fan.
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A:Error 512 - rear chassis fan not detected

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Hi: You have to tap the ESC key first on your model to get access to the F10 BIOS access menu. After entering BIOS Setup by hitting the F10 key, press Ctrl+A to open additonal fields in Security>System IDs menu. Enter your PC's serial number in Asset Tag Number and Chassis Serial Number fields. Save changes there and again when you exit the BIOS. If that doesn't work you will have to contact HP technical support for assistance.
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I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

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A:Computer Case Question

OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. They are produced for a middleman to use building his machines to seel to the public.

Anything OEM generally has a shorter warranty, no documentation and few extras. For example, an OEM harddrive does not come with cables or install software. You get a drive, thats it. For an OEM case, you may or may not get a powersupply for example.
Retail on the other hand, gives you the full manf warranty, documentation and any extras there may be.
Unless OEM is significantly cheaper, I usually get the Retail version.
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PICS IN PAGE Okay I have decided that my next computer is going to be a mini-ITX Ever since PC makers decided to embed a LAN card and sound card onto a motherboard and put in a graphics card slot into a wee lil motherboard I don t really need anything bigger Anyway I set out looking to BUY a computer case a Building mini-ITX case but kinda came up short They are really REALLY small Most of them don t even use ATX spec components Slim optical drives slim heatsinks flex-ATX PSU So I decided to build my own mini-ITX case Gonna be an Aluminum frame and aluminum fibreglass cover and front Fibreglass because its much easier to work with IMO and doesn t cost a Building a computer case bomb like carbon fibre My list of spec Fit a mini-ITX board Fit a full tower size CPU cooler For overclocking and quiet operation which is why I started the Venomous X thread Fit full ATX sized PSU I ve set the length of this PSU to cm which is the length of my current W Antec PSU Fit my current graphics card GTX From my proposed layout and calculations I should be able to fit something a few cms longer Fit x quot HDDs Fit x quot Optical drive Fit a mm exhaust fan or bigger I did some calculations designed a layout by researching what works and what doesn t and came up with this sized box excluding the front bezel x x mm That seems to be the smallest I can make it to fit everything in It is bigger than any mini-ITX box out there that I could find but I m basically getting an ATX box with a mini-ITX mobo And it will still be much smaller than mATX boxes out there For comparison Lian Li has a PC-Q case mm x mm x mm which doesn t have space for a massive heatsink no space for dual slot graphics card only x quot HDD and the overclockers nightmare no exhaust fans In fact no case fans at all And another comparison case would be the Lian Li PC-V which is a mATX case measuring a whopping x x mm And even then I have doubts about that massive heatsink I ve started the planning stage by building cardboard replicas of every internal component in the PC and seeing if it will fit with enough margin for assembly space as well as holding structure itself And I ll also be building a box to those dimensions and seeing if everything will fit as planned Thank god most stuff in the computer are box-shaped Anyways since I have other things to do around the house as well as given the number of items I m gonna take a few days to put this together Now I would like some feedback about this little project of mine Assuming I ve figured out how to put it together does anyone foresee any issues with the size I can see huge glaring issue here I m hoping someone will be able to point that out And at the same time point out some other issues I haven t seen Or maybe have I missed out some important component nbsp

A:Building a computer case

I do not see any issues in size. In fact, I have seen a shuttle system with a Core i7, 3 HDD's, and an HD5970 in it:

If you are building an aluminum frame, I recommend using right angle pieces. They are very easy to work with, and very strong and light when you are done. Also, remember when you are making the cardboard replicas to leave space for the cables. In a cramped environment, they take up a lot more space than you might think.

Here is the worklog for an ITX HTPC I am building right now. It does not meet your specifications, but it does use a full ATX PSU, and it might be helpful for ideas, and for working with the aluminum.
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Today I found I have a filter on the front of my case that sits in front of a 120mm fan ... and it was clogged with dust ! so I took it out and cleaned it, and now my temps are down by a lot !, I'm still finding out things about this Computer



A:Computer Case Filter

Hi Ciara...Yeah...I have to clean my PC at least once a month as it does p/u quite a bit of dust. A few puffs of canned air into my PC\Laptops does wonders. I do the same to all my computers\Laptops. I think I'm going to give my hardware a cleaning...that's for the reminder...