It fits the requirements for the depth. It should be more silent due to the absorbing mats. It’s about 30 cm higher than the Chieftec so it should be less cramped. And, last but not least, its looks are OK. Nice bonus here is the removable mobo-tray. The sliding front-panel is a nice gadget. I personally witnessed a HW-guru that couldn’t keep his hands off it.
Next I bought a black Tiger panel so I have front Firewire and two temperature readouts. You can put a fan or a HD inside that Tiger panel.
To be sure the cpu-temps would be tolerable under load I switched an Alpha 8045 by a Thermalright 900u. That heat sink should do better than the Alpha and I can mount a 92mm (more powerful and quieter) on it, that’s like a win-win situation. I put a 32dba 43CFM 90mm YS-Tech on the Thermalright.
The PSU is a ProSilence 420W. The two PSU fans are 80mm Papst fans and they produce about 19dba.
Problem 5 Noob as I am I bought the Zalman 80HP silent cooler for my ATI 8500DV. I was convinced the card had holes to mount the Zalman on, I didn’t even check it. Sad, sad … mainly because that ATI cooler was the noisiest bugger in my system. Afterwards i was happy not mounting the Zalman the onconventional way. The placement of the bottom case-outtake fan is excellent for normal vidcard cooling. But it is placed soo close to the top of the card the Zalman wouldn't have fitted. Oh well, hopefully the Silentmaxx will absorb its noise.
Problem 6 A lot of the edges of the Silentmaxx are sharp, really sharp. I cut myself several times.