PC cases have been consistently evolving throughout the years under consumer feedback, in order to produce the best experience for the growing market of PC users. This evolution has seen many forms; from the introduction of sleeker-looking cases to its internal aspects such as going fully modular.
All of these changes and steps of progress have been done all the while thinking about what the consumer wants. Now, there is one thing that can be said for certain and that is that users of high-performing PCs, such as gamers, streamers, and editors, want to be able to use their devices without the interruption of noise.
The Best Silent PC Cases for Demanding Computers
Most aspects of a PC have been worked on in order to deliver this noise-free experience, this is including PC cases especially, as many modern cases have integrated features that mean you don’t have to worry about waking your family or giving yourself a headache. Here is a list of the top 9 PC cases perfect for achieving the desired silent experience.
Fractal Design Define R6
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: eATX (up to 285 mm wide), ATX, mATX, ITX | Dimensions: 543 x 233 x 465 mm | Weight: 31.2 lbs | Radiator Support: Front: 120/240/360 mm, 140/280 mm, Top: 120/240/360 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Headphone/Mic jack | Drive Bays: 6 x 3.5″/2.5″, Universal drive, 2 x dedicated 2.5” drive, 1 dedicated 5.25” drive
Very low noise levels
Potential difficult dust build-up
When it comes to innovation, the Fractal Design Define R6 takes complete charge. This is one impressive chassis, providing the aesthetic pleasure of an elegant Scandinavian design and completely optimized features, promising silence.
Silent gameplay is not a question for this case. Provided on the side, top and front panels is high-density industrial dampening, making it very difficult for any sound to escape the inside of the chassis. Along with this promise of intense sound-insulating, there is the option to choose between a soundproof steel cover and filtered multi-fan ventilation in the top panel.
Meaning it is completely customizable to what you think would be best for your gaming experience, be that a solid airflow or completely silent and uninterrupted gameplay. Either way, no matter what you choose, you can be guaranteed that there will be no compromise on quality.
Before any customization at all, there is already fantastic cooling support within the case. With 2 x GP-14 140 mm fans you will receive quiet and unquestioned airflow due to the aerodynamic design via two intake fans and a single exhaust.
The Fractal Design Define R6 simply operates using the best possible features on the market and creates an unmatched, silent, experience for gamers. No two gamer’s needs are the same and the Fractal Design Define R6 certainly understands this. There are nine fan positions to choose from, paired with clear airflow paths, meaning you have complete control of the best layout to suit your personal needs.
The Fractal Design Define R6 is also completely water cooling ready, with room for a 420 mm radiator on top, a 360 mm radiator in the front and a 280 mm radiator in the base of your chassis. Water cooling is always the best option over air cooling when it comes to achieving that desired silence as it means your fans aren’t always running at an annoyingly high RPM, meaning less noise.
This is especially helpful for those running some high load games as you receive secondary assistance crucial for silent gameplay. The R6 also utilizes a Nexus+ smart hub, which means you can have semi control of your case fans, allowing the motherboard to switch them on and off using a duty cycle.
Once again when it comes to the layout of the case you are given full control. The use of an innovative storage plate lets you easily convert between the standard layout for maximum storage capacity or an open layout for superior water-cooling support, meaning it is possible to continue to improve the function and quietness of the Fractal Design Define R6.
Not only does it promise a sleek exterior, but the interior is carefully designed to have modular storage plates, used to conceal HDD trays and excess cabling. The only issue with this is the possibility of more hard to reach dust build-up, however, this can easily be fixed during scheduled cleaning and chassis maintenance.
The Fractal Design Define R6 simply excels on all fronts, from its impressive sleek design to its full basis cover when it comes to silent gameplay. It can’t be matched.
be quiet! Pure Base 600
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 518 x 569 x 287 mm | Weight: 16.4 lbs | Radiator Support: Front: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360 mm, Top: 120, 240, 360 mm, Rear: 120 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, Audio Jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 5.25”, 5 x 3.5”
This case really lives up to its name and offers a lot in terms of features that aid that desired silent PC experience. The be quiet! Immediately provides a lot of versatility, giving you the option to remove the ODD cage in order to install one 140mm fan. This means there is already the opportunity to improve airflow within the case.
Most modern cases already have the ODD cages removed, so it’s a nice touch to be able to have the option and means the case can be catered to the needs of each individual user. The top cover vent is also adjustable, meaning there is the option to raise it via the notched arms and create another cooling option on top.
This adjustable top vent also means you have the chance to mount your radiator on top, which based completely on personal preference may be an added bonus for a user. Nonetheless having the option to do so is an appealing quality of the product.
However, doing this would compromise the sound dampening material on the upper vent, meaning if you want silent gameplay, doing so probably would not be a good idea. This case has enough room for up to three fans, a 140mm front intake fan and 2 x 120mm rear exhaust fans. With this, it could be questioned whether or not silent usage is really possible.
Luckily for you, the two preinstalled 120mm fans are actually Be quiet! Wings 2 fans and already offer that silent movement, meaning that the noise caused by the fans is not really something to worry about as the fans promise to reduce turbulence, while also increasing air pressure. This is also supported by the completely insulated casing. A balanced airflow is crucial to receiving that unmatched gaming experience, as it means everything will run smoother without the worry of overheating.
One issue with the be quiet! Pure Base 600 is that airflow is limited to the slim mesh channels either side of the plastic fascia. This means it doesn’t offer the most efficient means of airflow, but as previously stated, there are ways to improve this due to the 600’s versatility, like a twist near the top of the case that can help hot air escape.
Appearance-wise, you can’t really go wrong with the Pure Base 600 as it’s not overcomplicated and simply just has a nice sleek look that will fit in nicely in any office space or bedroom.
In terms of silence, the be quiet! Pure Base 600 is very promising, even offering water cooling in support of usage. However, there are airflow issues that may impede upon this and halt the noise-free usage that this case promises, especially if you intend to use this for some high-performance gaming. But, if you’re willing to move things around and set up the inside to fit your desired specifications, it may be well worth purchasing purely down to the versatility on offer.
be quiet! Silent Base 601
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX (30.5 x 27.5), ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 532 x 240 x 481 mm | Weight: 24.7 lbs | Radiator Support: Front: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360mm, Top: 120, 240, 360 mm, Rear: 120, 140 mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Audio jack | Drive Bays: 3 x 3.5, 6 x 2.5
Potential dust build-up
When looking at the specs of this particular case it is clear that its main aim is to achieve silent use for gamers.
Unlike many of the cases on this list, this chassis provides 10mm ultra-thick insulation mats in the top, front and sides. Meaning that it will be very difficult for sound to escape. The vents that could potentially compromise this silence are noise dampening and so means the be quiet! Silent Base 601 can maintain the silence it wishes to achieve.
The Silent Base 601 also gives you control when it comes to air cooling. With two preinstalled 140mm pure winged fans, you can be sure to receive the most efficient flow of air to vents. This case also comes with a 3 step fan controller, meaning that you can control when you want your fans running to their full potential. So when you’re simply browsing the internet, you don’t have to be concerned with overworking your fans with random RPM jumps.
The interior is also nicely packed away. With the PSU being contained within a shroud along with a double HDD cage. Meaning not only do you have good room for storage that doesn’t crowd the interior of the case, but there is more room for airflow towards the vent. The arrangement of components also makes room for multiple graphics cards and coolers.
Corsair 275R Airflow
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX | Dimensions: 457 x 216 x 455 mm | Weight: 17.4 lbs | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, Audio Jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5”, 4 x 2.5”
Not completely sound insulated
The Corsair 275R Airflow is another tower that lives up to its name. The design of the case makes it clear that being able to achieve a high-quality airflow will not be an issue as the front panel has a series of slats, which not only look good, but also means your PC will not be lacking cooling solutions. The only issue is that this may compromise potential for silent gameplay, however, a good system for airflow may combat this.
On top of the ample channels of airflow, there is room to install up to 6 fans or radiators in sizes up to 360mm. This is very helpful as being able to install bigger radiators means you are more likely to receive a radiator of a lower density which will allow air to flow more freely, meaning your fans can run on lower speeds and thus create less noise.
The Corsair 275R Airflow also automatically provides three 120mm fans, two being intake and one being rear exhaust, meaning all of your airflow needs are catered to. Having three provided fans is also quite unique as most cases usually only come equipped with two, showing that having a solid airflow is the automatic focus of the Corsair 275R Airflow.
This case offers the basics in terms of connectivity, providing two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone and mic combo jack, meaning you will have no issue linking up any external hard drives. However, this will be unnecessary as the case doesn’t lack a plenitude of storage slots to fulfil all of your storage needs.
The case provides room for up to two 3.5” HDDs and four 2.5” SSDs, meaning depending on the storage you purchase, you will be able to store plenty of AAA games on your computer.
The Corsair 275R Airflow does what a lot of more open cases fail to, and this is make up for the lack of sound insulation with a good amount of airflow and fan control. Meaning that even though there will be nothing to stop you from hearing your fans at a powerful setting, the cool interior of the case will stop those fans reaching a crazy RPM and so what sound you do hear will really not matter too much.
Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX , Micro-ATX, ATX | Dimensions: 471 x 200 x 430 mm | Weight: 10.6 lbs | Radiator Support: 120 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 , 2 x Audio jacks | Drive Bays: 2 x 5.25 “, 4 x 3.5/2.5”
Average noise concealment
The Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition is one of the more simple cases on the list, offering the basic necessities that you will need, while simultaneously promising silent gameplay.
Appearance-wise, the 100R Silent Edition’s exterior appearance matches perfectly with its simple and sleek interior. The black finish can blend in seamlessly in any required environment, be that the office or the bedroom. It just doesn’t really stand out and can be compared best with some of the older models.
Though the paneling may appear to be unimpressive, this fundamentally is not the case. The panels are insulated with noise-isolating material that promises to reduce the fan noise, which if you want that quiet gameplay, is definitely an added bonus.
However, this insulating is not at the level of promising silence like others on the list, meaning you will certainly receive at least a small amount of background noise. This may not be an issue for you as a user, as sometimes the quiet buzz of a fan is really not too distracting, but for those looking for that completely silent gameplay, this case would not be recommended.
What the Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition does offer as a means to control what noise you will hear is a 3-speed fan controller. This means that when you’re using your PC on low demand, you can keep the controller at its lowest settings. This means you won’t experience any unnecessary fan noise when you’re doing something as simple as browsing the internet. But when it comes to gaming, you can change the settings and receive that desirable fast cooling. This is a very interesting feature and would be best suited for those who like to take control of their PC’s.
This case also offers what you would need in storage without any additional and unnecessary add ons. Offering tool free 3.5” and 5.25” drive installation and four drive trays providing SSD support, meaning you are not limited in storage options.
For those that enjoy playing several high load games at once, having external hard drives is often something you need. This PC case provides 2 x USB 3.0 front panel ports, meaning you don’t have to worry about having the ports to plug into.
When it comes to fans, this case offers a lot of room for movement when it comes to positioning, providing five fan mounts to choose from to match your own specific internal build. Two basic 120mm fans are also included within the chassis so automatically you have the advantage of airflow cooling, but nothing more in terms of being able to implement water-cooling, so you are limited there.
Overall the Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition is a good basic PC case, offering simple usage and no overcomplicated aspects, which is good for those who aren’t interested in an intensive system. But, in ways of silence, this is ok but certainly not the best option on the market.
Fractal Design Meshify C TG
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, mATX, ITX | Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440 mm | Weight: 14 lbs | Radiator Support: Front: 120/240/360 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 , Audio jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5”, 3 x 2.5”
Does not offer silent gameplay
The Fractal Design Meshify C TG promises to provide the power and capacity of a large tower in a compact mid tower. This is a pretty innovative case and definitely stands out from the rest with its mesh appearance.
There is a nice glass side paneling which means you will always have a nice view of all the components, so if a fan happened to stop working, you would not need to take your case apart to diagnose this. There is also a full-length bottom dust filter that will easily slide out, meaning once more you will not need to take your case apart to clean it.
This case sacrifices case design preferences such as sound-dampening plastics and dense noise-insulating metals in favor of a mesh exterior. Immediately, due to this lack of noise insulation, you can expect not to have a completely silent experience, however, the Meshify C TG has found a solution to this in a way.
With the mesh casing, you also get completely unlimited airflow. With many solid cases, there are only directed channels of airflow that often just aren’t enough. Often with automatic fan systems, they will increase in speed due to the pressures of a higher temperature. Because of all the space for the airflow to escape, you are automatically looking at a cooler internal space, meaning your fans just won’t be running very fast and thus will not create an outpour of noise.
However, this will not be the case when gaming as your fans will be at a fast RPM, especially if you’re playing a high load game. Noise will definitely be an issue then, however, what is guaranteed is not having to worry about overheating causing a shutdown.
In terms of fans, you will receive two preinstalled Fractal Design dynamic x2 GP-12 120 mm fans which are pretty basic, offering the necessary fan function. However, with the increased airflow, there is no worrying about the fans being overworked and so their basic design is more than satisfactory.
There is lots of space for mounting radiators and choosing where to mount fans, with up to seven expansion slots. In terms of storage, there is also a lot of room for flexibility, with room for up to five drives, all of which have sturdy steel trays with vibration-dampening rubber grommets. Promising the smooth and quiet operation that you would expect in a decent case.
Connectivity-wise, you have no issues. Providing two USB 3.0 slots and the basic headphone and microphone jack, meaning you don’t have to worry about connecting any external data that you may need for your gameplay. There are also several options for radiator mounting, these being at the top and front of the cage, however, if you would like to install a triple fan radiator, you would need to remove a 3.5” drive cage. But this PC has good moving room for customization, so you can alter the inside to fit all of your possible needs.
In conclusion, The Fractal Design Meshify C TG is a good case and provides lots of good airflow options. However, you ultimately will not achieve a completely silent experience when using this case, especially if you intend on doing some intense gaming.
Type: Compact Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX | Dimensions: 210 x 435 x 428 mm | Weight: 17.6 lbs | Radiator Support: Front: 2 x 140mm, or 2 x 120mm with pull, Rear: 1 x 120mm | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, Headset audio jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 2.5”, 2 x 3.5”
Great selection of ports
Limitations on customization
The NZXT H510 is one of the more modern designed cases that integrates classic and reliable features with more up to date improvements. One of these more modern updates can be seen in the included ports, differing from the rest of the list by providing headphone and mic jacks, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port. Making it easier to connect to smartphones or high-speed external storage.
The NZXT H510 was also designed with efficiency in mind, with predesigned channels and straps for cabling. This is good as it saves on time used in set up, however, it does take away that element of customization.
The casing is non-mesh which means you automatically gain a decent amount of soundproofing, especially from the tempered glass side panel. This may make you question how the airflow may be compromised, but at the rear of the case there is a good amount of ventilation and due to the clear arrangement of the cables, there is good room for airflow.
Two 120mm fans are also included to support this dynamic airflow, with room to install more. This once again means that the noise within the case can easily be controlled as the load is distributed between two fans receiving a decent amount of cooling, meaning they won’t be strained and run at a high RPM when gaming.
There is also a removable bracket for radiators up to the size of 240mm, meaning you can use closed or custom loop cooling in order to only support this quiet usage, as the dissipation of liquid cooling means less pressure will be put on air cooling, meaning there is a good achievable silence.
This is just a reliable and simple case that focuses on achieving a cool temperature without overcomplicating the internal components.
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 480 x 215 x 487 mm | Weight: 24 lbs | Radiator Support: 120, 240, 360 mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Audio Jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2.5”
What is instantly noticeable about the InWin 303 is it’s interesting futuristic aesthetic. Sporting a detachable tempered glass side panel, that can be removed by pressing a button, it certainly stands out. Though it has an interesting external appearance, when you look inside you can see that the designers decided to go minimalistic in terms of appearance and what it has to offer.
This case really operates on a system on simple convenience, down to the easily removable dust filter at the bottom of the case, the InWin 303 really has not wasted time on overcomplicated features.
In terms of cooling systems, the InWin 303 has you covered on all of the basics. There is room for two radiators within the case, one at the top and one at the rear. This means there is ample opportunity to use water-cooling, resulting in faster cooling, which is much more efficient than air cooling.
This plenitude in space can also be seen when it comes to fan installation as there is room for three 120mm fans at the base of the case. The cool air intake from the bottom creates efficient airflow for quick heat dissipation. This means that your case is not likely to overheat and so when you game you won’t need to worry about shutting down or excessively noisy fans.
The InWin 303 has a separated PSU chamber, which means the climate of the inside of its chamber will not interrupt the process of the motherboard and graphics card, however, this means the PSU is not receiving a lot of airflow.
There is nothing about the paneling and casing of this chassis that encourages insulation of sound and so you are pretty much depending on the function of the fans to secure that soundproof effect and realistically, there is nothing special about them that will encourage this.
Most of the time there is absolutely nothing wrong with a basic case as most of the time you simply don’t need the additional features that many modern cases offer, but if you desire that complete silence, then perhaps this case isn’t for you as it has no additions that secure the option of silent gaming.
Phanteks Eclipse P350X
Type: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 200 x 450 x 455 mm | Weight: 14.1 lbs | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm | I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, Audio jack | Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5 “, 3 x 2.5”
Only one fan preinstalled
Design-wise, the Phanteks Eclipse P350X really stands out from the list. If you are looking for that twitch style gamer set up, then look no further. The integrated D-RGB illumination modes and sync create that high-quality light look that would turn anyone’s bedroom into the perfect gaming environment. Not only does this case look good, but it also promises to be ready for high-end configurations.
In terms of airflow, for a non-mesh front panel, the Phanteks Eclipse P350X has mesh side panels big enough to provide the right amount of necessary ventilation. This means you don’t have to worry about overheating causing your fans to be overly loud. This means you can enjoy low noise gameplay.
Fan wise, there is plenty of room to install as many as you would need. At the top you could mount two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans, this is the same at the front of the case and on the rear of the case, there is room for one 120mm fan.
This case, however, only comes with one fan and so for those playing games, you would definitely need to install more fans as one is simply not enough. There are also three slots available to mount radiators, meaning that liquid cooling is an option.
You get the expected basics when it comes to connectivity, with two 3.0 USB slots and the usual headphone and mic jacks. There is no worrying about having to use external storage either as you are provided 2 front-loaded HDD and room for 3 x SSD drives, meaning for those playing several high memory hungry games – storage is not an issue
Overall this chassis ticks all the boxes and doesn’t fall short in many places and is a good middle ground among the cases, the only issue is the lack of fans provided.
Best Overall Buy
Ultimately the best pick in the list is the Fractal Design Define R6 as it instantly comes with everything set up just right to achieve that limitless and quiet gameplay. Its airflow, cooling systems, and fan layout can’t be faulted and assures you that no quality has been spared, while also providing a large number of components to enhance your experience.
It’s fully customizable and comes with all the basic features that you would require in other aspects of gaming requirements, from connectivity to storage. This case just blows the others out of the water and leads as a good example of what case designers should aim for
James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.