I just say upfront that I think you will be hard pressed to find an 80mm fan that moves a lot of air but isn't loud.
Even the 80mm Noctua's? That sucks... :/
Doctor Venture wrote:
Now, for the threadripper build, I'm likely going to get either another HAF 932 Advanced, or a HAF X:
My old tower is a HAF-X, didn't even realize they still sell them. It has alternate mounts for dual 140mm fans in the top, I added a third pair and mounted a triple 140mm radiator up there. It moves a good volume of airflow to keep high-end parts cool under 24/7 load but remains pretty quiet doing it. As of right now under full load a 1080 Ti is 41c, 4970K @ 4.2Ghz is ~60c
If you have any questions about the HAF-X I can try to answer them, I would definitely recommend it over the 932 if nothing else. My main gripe would probably be insufficient space behind the back panel to properly route cables for a really clean look. I have a bunch of loose SSDs hiding in the drive bay (more than was intended) so all the cabling gets squished when closing the case panel, was forced to route some cables in the open. That said I was never any good at clean photogenic builds anyway.
Yeah, the 932 didn't have enough room for cable routing, either. One other thing that ticked me off about it, was that the HDD cage up front has slots for 6 drives, but you'll never fit that many in there. The SATA cables with the angled ends would get in each others way, and the slides would refuse to fit flush. I only managed to get 4 in there.
Does the HAF-X have the PSU on the bottom, and support E-ATX boards, too? As of last week, only two ASUS TR boards were E-ATX (the rest were ATX), but I'm hoping to keep that thing nice and and cool, for longevity sake. Just from looking at the picture last night, I wasn't too enamored with the extra glass on the side of the HAF X case. at least the 932 just has that one rectangle that's high enough to let me see the status lights on the motherboard. I *really* hate the trend, where one entire side is glass. I could use that room for extra case fans (and a hub/splitter/whatever it's called)
Same with the Kaby Lake build. I'm hoping either the Fractal 804 or Carbide 240 will let me have enough room for the CPU and a 1080 to each have a CLC, as well as plenty of Noctua case fans for intakes and exhausts. One thing I particularly like about the Carbide, is that partition inside it, so the drives and cable routing (and maybe PSU?) stay on the non-motherboard side, and there's at least one fan on that side.
With the 932, I've got fans in front, top, rear, and that massive fan I replaced with several Noctua's. It keeps the Sandy Bridge and the 7950 reasonably cool, while almost maxing out the CPU and RAM, with a couple of hefty VMs in Workstation Pro.