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Corsair 350d vs 550d in terms of silence

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Hey Guys!

I have currently chosen the following parts for my new haswell build:

  • Intel Core i7 4770; cooled by Corsair H80i
  • Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum (2x, 8GB, DDR3-1600)
  • Asus R.O.G. Maximus VI Hero
  • Asus GTX-660 DirectCU II
  • 2x Intel SSD 335 Series 240GB
  • be quiet! DARK POWER PRO P10 550W
  • Corsair Obsidian 550D
  • 3x Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition

I won't do any oc, don't need an optical drive and i'm well aware that i have partly chosen quite pricey components.

So what's the matter? Corsair released the obsidian 350d case and it made me thinking. If I swap to the following alternatives:

  • Corsair Obsidian 350D
  • Asus R.O.G. Maximus VI Gene

What would be the impact in terms of silence? While lacking the noise reduction, the 350d competes with a more open case, which may allow running the fans a bit slower... The idea of a smaller and therefore more compact case pleases me, but noise is my main concern. Do you guys have any experience with these two?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
Greetings from Switzerland :)
 

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Get at least 1866 ram, and instead of 2 SSDs get a big one instead. No need H80i if you are not going to overclock, get something simpler like CM212+. Also, you don't need to have such a feature rich motherboard if you are not overclocking, settle for something cheaper instead. You can look at coolermaster silencio series if you want to deaden the sound.

I am not too sure about your case, I haven't used either.
 

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First of all thank you for your answer.

1600mhz is the highest natively supported frequency by haswell and as i have stated, i won't do any oc. I probably wouldn't notice any advantage in performance, anyway. I need the 2 solid state drives because of the way i manage my data. There are other reasons than overclocking for choosing an asus r.o.g. motherboard. For me, it's primarily the supremefx audio and secondly style :)

I'm not yet sure about the cpu cooler though. But i'm definitely settling for an all in one water cooling solution.

My current rig is inside a coolermaster silencio 550 and i'm not really satisfied with it... which is why i'll give corsair a try.
 

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First of all thank you for your answer.

1600mhz is the highest natively supported frequency by haswell and as i have stated, i won't do any oc. I probably wouldn't notice any advantage in performance, anyway. I need the 2 solid state drives because of the way i manage my data. There are other reasons than overclocking for choosing an asus r.o.g. motherboard. For me, it's primarily the supremefx audio and secondly style :)

I'm not yet sure about the cpu cooler though. But i'm definitely settling for an all in one water cooling solution.

My current rig is inside a coolermaster silencio 550 and i'm not really satisfied with it... which is why i'll give corsair a try.
Fair enough, but ram overclocking is pretty simple, you just set the bios to whatever you want. Its less of overclocking and more of just straight setting. Too easy.

I wouldn't get an AIO water cooling if you don't need the cooling preformance, the probability of having a leak (however small) is not worth it. Better stick with air, at least if the fans die the worst thing which can happen is triggering the overheat protector.

You will need to wait for others for case advice, I have not come across many (mostly the normal CM690II, Silencio 550, and normal boring cases like that), so I am not the best person to ask.
 
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I cant comment on the 350D as I have never used one but I use the 550D and its VERY quiet. (See left for system specs). I bought the case about 12 months ago and it has been fantastic, and cable management Is sooo easy in it. Highly recommend.

Hope this helps

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I really like my 550d. I don't know about a 350d.

A silent case wont quiet a loud system but will dull the sound. Quieter components plus silent case = silent system.
 
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Would you consider Fractal Design cases (Define Mini or R3 or R4)? I'm using a Define Mini and it's great. It has sound dampening material on the side panels and the front "door". Build quality is great and it's cheaper.
 

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I had the old school Silencio for one of my previous builds and I use a 350D for my current main PC. I thought the soundproofing did well to mask sounds but did heat the case up a bit and needed extra fan speed to cope.

Right now I am going for a silent system, and the 350D does a decent job at it. Just pickup a few 140mm fans and either run them @ min speed via a controller, MB BIOS, or resistor. You might want to drop the H80 for a dual rad like the H100, H110, H100i, or Kraken X60 so you can run the fans slow and still not worry about temps.