When you’re building a gaming PC for home or office, it’s important to consider using a silent gaming PC case. Whether you’re building a lounge-dwelling beast, or a sleek-and-slim gaming desktop, you should be aware of how much noise it’s going to generate.
If you’re looking for a case for your ultimate gaming PC build, which will work in near silence, the Silent Base 800 from be quiet! could be the one for you.
Out of the box the Silent Base 800 offers fantastic customization options, flexible cooling and near silent operation. Let’s take a look at why you should consider it for your next PC build.
I’ve featured plenty of reviews of compact cases and hardware on the site, so it’s great to look at this full-tower offering from be quiet!
Be quiet! is recognized in Germany as one of the leading manufacturers of cool and quiet PC hardware, and also produces the Silent Base 600, as well as a wide range of award-winning power supply units and cooling solutions.
So what is it that makes the Silent Base 800 stand out from its competitors? Well, to start with it looks really good, with the matte-black design really emphasized by the orange coloring on the front and side of the case.
The front, top and sides of the case are made from high-quality plastic built around a sturdy black aluminum frame. The version I’m looking at is the windowed case, but the Silent Base 800 is also available in a windowless version.
Both of the side panels slide off easily by removing the two rear thumb screws. The side panel featuring the window is very sturdy, with the glass held in place by 12 screws and a strong, clear plastic surround, that prevents any movement from the glass window.
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The front panel is minimalist in design but its two sections can be easily opened to reveal two 140mm fans, and four 5.25-inch expansion bays for optical drives.
Each vertical edge of the front panel features orange-edged, stylized vents to help keep components cool.
The insides of the front fold-out panels are filled with a 6mm layer of noise dampening foam too.
The two Pure Wings 2 140mm front fans sit behind an easy-to-remove mesh grille, and are secured in place by four screws each.
Attention to detail is high and each of the screws is held in place with matching orange rubber washers, which helps eliminate unwanted noise and vibration.
Instead of sitting on the front of the case, the power button sits on the front-edge of the top panel, alongside two USB 3.0 ports, two standard speed USB ports, a headphone and microphone jack, and a tiny reset button that doubles as a hard disk activity light.
The case is supported by two stands either side of the base – however the case stands quite firmly without these.
Taped inside the case is a small box containing a wealth of nuts, bolts, screws and connectors.
This includes: 8 motherboard screws, 28 hard disk drive screws, a total of 20 flat-head screws, 6 round-head screws, 4 hex-head screws, 14 rubber rails to mount hard drives into the case’s two hard drive cages, 2 motherboard standoff screws, 4 cable ties and a single cable tie holder.
As you’d expect, it’s pretty much everything you need to get up and running.
The case is available in orange, silver or black, and weighs in at just over 9kg in total. The measurements of the case are below, but to summarize, are: 26.6cm wide, 55.9cm tall and 49.5cm deep.
The case supports any motherboard in the mini-ITX, micro-ATX or ATX form factor.
Drives and Fans
Inside the case there’s plenty of room for hard drives, large video cards and even additional after-market or all-in-one cooling components.
In total there is space for seven hard drives and four solid state drives, while there are seven PCI expansion slots at the rear of the case.
I’ve mentioned the two front 140mm fans, and I should add that the included rear 120mm fan is also a Pure Wings 2. The front fans operate at 1000rpm, while the rear fan runs at 1500rpm.
This silent gaming PC case also features optional cooling slots for two 140mm or 120mm fans at the top of the case, and two more at its base.
Silent Base 800 specifications
|Case size (width, height, depth), in mm||266 x 559 x 495|
|Supported motherboards||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|5.25" Drive Bays||4|
|3.5" Drive Bays||7|
|2.5" Drive Bays||4|
|Power Supply||PS2 ATX, max length 300mm|
|CPU cooler height||max 167mm|
|Video card length||290mm with hard drive cage, 400mm without|
|Cooling||Front: 2x140mm Pure Wings 2 @ 1000rpm, Rear: 1x120mm Pure Wings 2 @ 1500rpm|
|Liquid cooling support||Space for 120mm/140mm front radiator / 120mm rear radiator / 240mm or 280mm top radiator|
Be Quiet!’s silent gaming PC case the Silent Base 800 is a recommended case for anyone looking to build their first enthusiast-level gaming PC, or anyone who’s looking for a well-built case that offers a lot of flexibility (and space) for upgrades.
It looks good, is extremely well-built and provides lots of room to grow a system into. The Silent Base 800 is available now for around $140.
Suggested Silent Gaming PC Case Build
We’ve looked at the excellent features on offer with the Silent Base 800, so below I’ve put together a suggested build based around this silent gaming PC case.
This might save you some time if you’ve already decided you want to invest in the Silent Base 800, and just want to order it and start putting the components together.
Before we take a closer look at this silent gaming PC case build, remember, if you’re new to building gaming PCs and haven’t built one before, don’t stress.
It’s pretty easy. I’ve pulled together a series of short videos that should help you on your way.
Click the upper left corner of the below video to bring up the playlist.
All of the videos are deliberately short and to the point. If you still have questions on putting a PC together, drop me a line.
I’ve opted to build a Skylake PC based on the Silent Base 800 case.
The i5-6600K is a quad-core processor that runs at 3.5GHz and is based on socket 1151. This is an excellent gaming CPU and will handle new games at high to maximum video settings.
The Zotac GTX 1070 is a fantastic card that will easily allow you to game at 2560×1440 screen resolutions at 60 frames per second, it will even handle 4K gaming – but at lower detail settings.
I’ve chosen a silver version of the Silent Base 800, but remember they’re also available in black and orange, and the whole rig is powered by a be quiet! platinum-rated power supply, the 650W Dark Power Pro.
For storage I’ve opted for two drives, a Crucial MX300 275GB boot drive, and a 1TB Western Digital data drive.
The MX300 will allow you to boot into your operating system almost instantly, so you’ll waste no time getting into the games you love.
If you’ve used this silent gaming pc case, please leave a comment and let us know how you found it.
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There are so many different PC systems you can build, silent or not. Check out a few ideas below.
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