Evening OCAU. I recently decided that I’ve had enough of LED’s and bling and RGB and THIRTY SEVEN PIECES OF FLAIR on my computer. So I started looking into a case that was elegant, functional, affordable, and well built. I settled on the coolermaster Masterbox E500L without a sidewindow. https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/cases/mid-tower/masterbox-e500l/ But by the time I went to buy, they were nowhere to be found locally. So I had a big problem. Nothing matched what I needed. Deepcools look slash ARE cheap, Thermaltake are flimsy at the lower end, putting an ODD into any corsair that supports them ruins the looks, Fractal are too expensive. So I thought to myself, I have a huge supply of retro cases from this millennium that will fit the bill. But of all the old cases I have ever owned, had friends with, worked on, or seen, there was one that still stands out. And that standout case was one I recently put a retro build into, and a case that I had at the time of release that I never used to its full potential. TIME TO CHANGE THAT! The original Antec Sonata. For a lot of the late 90’s and early 00’s Antec were THE cases to own, We enthusiasts all had them, all the competition ripped them off. Even as far as 2005, Antec could make a beige box be cool! Just say the word “lanboy” to anyone who was into computers in the 00’s, and they will smile, sigh, and stare off into space lovingly. And there’s a reason for that… Antec knew how to make a bloody good case. But the Sonata that I have chosen for my build was of a different breed. While we overclockers love and need cooling. The Sonata was designed to be quiet. The original Sonata, which is the one I will be building this PC in, had a single 120mm fan. And your option for expanding the cooling was another single 120mm fan… That’s it… What Antec were aiming for with this case was silence. It came with an included power supply, which had fan headers on it, so the PSU and system fans would only turn on at a certain temperature. Not to mention the rubber mounts for the hard drive bays and fans. This was 2003. In 2020 you can still buy rubber grommet fan mounts. https://noctua.at/en/products/accessories/anti-vibration/na-sav2 When I first got one of these cases (late 2004) I had an Athlon XP 1800+ overclocked to what the stock cooler would allow and an ATI Radeon 9600... These parts were both screaming banshees. The case and power supply made <10dB (considered barely audible)... The CPU and GPU made >130dB (considered painful) But TODAY, useful and affordable tech FINALLY has the features Antec implemented in 2003… Power supplies and GPU’s will only turn on the fans WHEN they need them. WOW, such a revolutionary NEW feature right?!?!? Anti vibration mounts?? GENIUS!! Now most of the parts are things I have just lying around… I suppose I should stop harping on about how good the case is and GET TO THE MONEY: I have some parts spare ready to go. MOBO: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 7 CPU: Intel 4790K RAM: 16GB Gskill Ripjaws Z 2400MHz SSD: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB HDD: Variety of WD blues. These parts are all 5-6 years old.. So too old to be modern, and too new to be retro... But I need to pick a quiet PSU and a quiet GPU. Build will continue tomorrow.