I'm a long-time fan of this site and forum. Following the advice found here, many years ago I built my first silent rig based on the original Antec SOLO case, which I have always been really happy with since then.
Currently I want to upgrade the GPU from Gainward Phantom GTX 560 Ti to an ASUS GeForce GTX 970 OC STRIX. Since it won't fit without modifying the case (which I'm not very much into), plus I'm really tired of searching for short GPU cards, and this current Antec Solo is many years old now -- I decided to upgrade the case to its worthy successor: Antec SOLO II.
I have two questions to users or reviewers of this case:
- will my GPU of choice, ASUS GeForce GTX 970 OC STRIX, fit into Antec SOLO II case with no problem?
- is it possible to replace the PSU in Antec SOLO II separately from other components?
The second question requires perhaps little explanation. I have now a two-years-old Seasonic X-1050 which is okay, but it's currently by far the loudest component in my rig. Something wrong happened to it. The famous hybrid fan control turns the fan on some 15 seconds after powering up the whole thing, and it never stops. Regardless of load, under temps so low, that the MSI Control Center disables the CPU fan completely (Noctua NH-L12) and turns down the rear fan (Noctua NF-S12B) to minimum spin -- the PSU fan always hums and becomes a really tiring, constant source of noise.
Therefore, I expect that I may either need to clean it, replace the grill or maybe invest into completely new PSU (a fanless unit, Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520W maybe?) - but either way, I must know that my new case will allow toying with PSU, a lot.
Thank you, and looking forward to your advice!