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Antec 300, CM 690 or what?!?!

Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by kyle2020, Jan 27, 2009.

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What case do I choose?

  1. Antec 300

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    30.8%
  2. CM 690 Mega 1337 orgasm case

    13 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Other (Please specify)

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    19.2%
  1. kyle2020 Guest

    Right, im selling my Cosmos, and going back down to a midi case - I love the look of the P182's however they cost the earth, so Ive landed on a choice of 2 - the Antec 300 and the CM 690 Dominator s00per dup0rz case that everyone seems to get all fuzzy inside about.

    So, what am I looking for?

    1. Plenty of cooling. Need to keep everything super cool, I will be selling my H20 loop so no need for space for rads or anything. NEED TO KEEP MY GTX COOL! :laugh:

    2. Midi size. 100% essential.

    3. Needs to look good. Minimalism is nice, but everyone likes a few LED's now and again.

    4. Good cable management, id prefer not to be cracking the dremel out, however I will if needs be.

    So, what should it be? The antec is far cheaper, and from experience, I know they are quite good for cable management - but how do they perform in terms of cooling? The CM 690 looks better for cooling, but is more expensive.

    So, thoughts / recommendations for any other cases? Looking to spend a maximum of £70!
     
  2. King Wookie

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    I went with the CM590.
    Almost identical airflow setup to the 690, but cheaper.

    Been a good case to work on.
     
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    if u can go for the nine hundred two but if not, then go for the cm690
     
  4. kyle2020 Guest

    Ill be looking that up later - minimalistic, looks very nice.

    *sigh* the 900 series is a love hate relationship for me. I got rid of my 900 because I hated it so much, even after modding. seems like the new revision has sorted out those problems, but its damn expensive.
     
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    I'd highly recommend the Antec 300 - I use that for all my privates builds both outside & at work. It was fantastically cheap, however the price has increased pretty quickly after all the attention the case has been getting.

    If you're not keen on a bottom located PSU then maybe this case isn't for you - but I highly recommend from my own experiences. The air flow is great, especially if you add at least one fan to the front. Looks great too if you like simplicity.
     
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    The Centurion 590 rocks :D Simply put it's a 690 without the unnecessities and high price.
    The 690 side panel with window can be put in it as well, fits perfectly.
     
  7. kyle2020 Guest

    Right so Ive had a look at the 590, however I must say I prefer the 300 (dont hurt me lol) but ill keep looking at reviews.

    For now, Im getting my old modded Jr down from the loft and using that until I decide what im doing.
     
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    I missed some features with the 300, it was a case I considered though.
     
  9. kyle2020 Guest

    such as?
     
  10. Thrackan

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    Screwless install, "only" 1x top exhaust, no window available.
    Right after that I fell in love with the 590, so it's not a fair race :D
     
  11. kyle2020 Guest

    can i just ask - in pictures the 590 is shown with 3 fans up front - are there mounts included to do this? Because I need max airflow and that would be wicked!
     
  12. Thrackan

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    No. Use either more 4-in-3 modules or the Scythe Kama Bay thingy :)
    In the box, one 4-in-3 module is included, which has a 120mm fan mounted on it.
     
  13. kyle2020 Guest

    hmm, bit of a let down then. 300's are cheaper, but the two top 12cm fans would be better on the 590 . . .
     
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    120 or 140, whatever you want ;)
     
  15. kyle2020 Guest

    I just wish I could have a "try before you buy" thing going on haha.
     
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    You're just a sea away from me... I could get you some decent pix of my install tonight.
     
  17. kyle2020 Guest

    please mate, would help me!
     
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    One thing I dislike in the 300 is the old fashioned HDD installation. Metal on metal with screws is not good thing when noise is one priority. I made a holder from thick rubber bands and placed my HDD in vertical position. But after the HDD died in few months, I'm afraid to that again.

    So here is a question too. Does the orientation of HDD affect its life span? I have seen some PC's (Acer, HP) with HDD installed in different positions...
     
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    Basically either horizontally or vertically is fine. Try to keep a spinning wheel at an angle, some force will pull it to either a horizontal or vertical position.

    Anyway

    The 590 is basically the 690 but stripped down on looks. I even have the exact same window panel on it.
    If the 690's looks were my taste I would have gotten that one, but I chose the 590 for its plainer looks. The 4-in-3 module is good for noise reduction and you can position it in any three bays you'd like for airflow.

    Heres my post in my thread describing what I think about the 590:
    To add to that, GPU temps have dropped immensely due to the fan in the sidepanel. Currently running GPU+CPU under 55-60 on load and OC'd.
     
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    You can't go wrong with the 300, I run a E8400 OCed at 4.0 ghz and it runs nice and cool thanks to the top fan(140cm) and rear Exhaust Fan. It's a sturdy case with plenty of room. I absolutely love mine.
     
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    I read the position doen't matter at all. They are made to be used in any positions.

    Link : http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=21533



    By the way I'm also in the same situation.. CM690/590 VS Three Hundred

    Kinda hard to choose, I mean both have excellent features, none of them beat the other in a significant way.

    Really I agree with the "try before you buy" thing ! :laugh:
     
  25. Thrackan

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    I'll try and get as good pics as I can tonight, someone please do the same for a 300?
     

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