Sorry for the long post! Hey all, wow, apparently I last logged in on 7th September 2005 - has it really been that long? I feel embarrased now Anyway, I hadn't used PC's for ages since I'm now a mac man but late last year I built a rig solely for gaming. I picked components based on performance vs. price, vs. noise, as I guess most people reading this section of the forum would. Spec is as follows: CASE: Antec Sonata III CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Cooler: Arctice Cooler Pro 7 Mobo: Asrock Penryn SLI1600 GOU: Inno3D 9800GT Passive RAM: 4GB Corsair something or other (!) HDD: WD5000AAKS That's all the relevent stuff I think. Immediately I got it I put it together and found the GPU would go over 100C just playing World Of Warcraft so I immediately had to add a second fan to the front of the case. I added a Noctua NF-P12 iirc. That sorted that problem. And I was so-so happy for quite some months Just recently I started playing other games (UT3, Runes Of Magic) and the GPU temps again started to go over 100C. While I was out at the weekend I spotted a Zalman VF-900 in PCWorld of all places for £20 so I ripped the passive rubbish off of the GPU and I'm happy to report that UT3 has gone from 80/90, even 100C down to 50 or 60 and WoW is now down at 45 to 50. Result on that score Now then. I have tinitus, and as such I'm very, very fussy about noise. Most people would call my setup very quiet, but it can be as quiet as it likes, if it's a particular kind of noise I won't hear it, and conversely, another particular noise might annoy the pants off me. And here's my problem. The Sonata 3 case wasn't overly cheap (£100 or so?) and it's meant to be "silent". I'll admit, it doesn't make too much noise, but the noise it does make is really starting to grate on my nerves! It really sounds hollow and cheap. But the other source of noise is the cpu. It turns out RoM is really thrashing the cpu, I guess because it's beta, and the Artic 7 sounds really, really nasty when it starts belting out, again, I think because of the really hollow sounding case. So I'm looking for a case replacement I think. Plus probably a CPU colloer replacement. As a side note I'm also replacing the motherboard, but that's for entirely other reasons. Today I've looked at the Zalman GT-1000, err, pretty much because it's drop dead gorgeous, and the ThermalTake Xaser VI VG4000BNS because I picked up PCZone earlier today and they happened to have a mini case review and they happened to rave about it. Now then, I don't mind spending several hundred on a decent case, IF, it solves my problem once and for all. But I have concerns... With the Zalman GT-1000 I read reviews and they criticise the noise of the fans. Not being funny but after spending somewhere in the region of £250 on a case I certainly wouldn't expect to be having to replace the fans for quieter ones. With the Thermaltake, all seems to be recommended well and everone says it's quiet, but again it has 3 fans, so I'm a little concerned. I have to say, being a full tower it's flippin' huge too! I don't plan on moving it, and it is again, gorgeuos, but still, it's huge! Has anyone got any thoughts on this? Any real life experiences of the above cases?, any other suggestions? Maybe anyone (or company) I could pick up the phone and talk to? I'm in the south west of the UK so my options are kind of limited when it comes to visiting specialist retailers, especially Kustom PC's - Ayr's kind of a long way Here's hoping someone can offer up some enlightenment. Martin.