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  1. Thrackan

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    Hi all,

    I'm getting a bit bored out with my small Asus V3 Barebone case. The thing I find most annoying is the lack of depth, my SATA power connectors are touching my RAM :D
    I'm looking for a new case, but there's so many models and manufacturers that I'm a bit lost.

    Current Dimensions: 13.94" Height x 6.61" Width x 14.96" Depth
    2x 5,25"
    1x 3,5" external
    2x3,5" internal
    V3 case

    What a case must have/be:
    • Minimum of 1x120mm front intake and 1x120mm rear outtake. Obviously not too obstructed by too small-holed mesh or something. 80mm's are too noisy. Fans preferrably not included or low noise and high quality.
    • Solid quality. I don't want to cut myself or bend panels when I bump into them.
    • Black. I hate white/silver/aluminum colored cases, so black or a nice dark color.
    • Depth more than the current 14,96" or some very handy component install option to negate that requirement.
    • Midtower or smaller. Fulltowers are not an option. Must fit uATX.
    • Decent cable management space
    • No flashy "gamer cases". See examples below.
    • 1x5,25" external (dvd), 1x3,5" external (cardreader), 2x3,5" internal (hdd's)

    Things I'd like:
    • Window in sidepanel (or a clean sidepanel which I can molest later on)
    • Enough space to optionally install a watercooling setup later on
    • Fit for ATX motherboards. I might switch sometime.
    • (Semi-)Toolless install of hdd's/DVD etc.

    Examples and what's right and wrong with them:

    Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy Click

    Pros: I like this kind of look, the 9x 5,25" bays make for good installation options. Front 120mm and rear 120mm are well placed.
    Cons: Well, the front bezels are flimsy, so are the sidepanels. Also, this is a screw-only design and according to several people, the screws are flimsy as well. I'd prefer at least some level of toollessness.

    Lian-Li PC-A05 Click
    Pros:
    Size (small!) due to front-mounted PSU.
    Good HDD installation
    With front intake and rear outtake.
    Enough depth (19,2")
    Cons: It's too clean! Just a bit of mesh on the front would make such a difference. The brush-clean look Lian-Li always has somehow puts me off a bit, and it's a bit too pricey for me to take that for granted. The PC-A59, Click, would be better if it didn't have this horrible PSU placement.
    Though I'd still prefer a clean paint/coat look over the alum look.

    So, what do I want?

    A case that's not bigger than the Rebel9 in height, with a bit of a mesh-look, not too clean and a good depth and quality build incorporating some good options like the Lian-Li does.

    I especially like the top-to-bottom bay design of the Rebel9 for its versatility and the Lian-Li front-PSU design for its space saving and cable management potential.

    Budget is completely dependant on how good the case is in my opinion, though 200+ bucks cases are most likely not going to happen :D
     
  2. Drizzt5

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    Some people consider the Aurora 570 a "gamer case".

    I think of it as the best case I've ever owned, great for everything, perfect for a watercooling loop. And if your not watercooling it still is big and great enough for air cooling. I had a tuniq tower in mine before I had my watercooling.
     
  3. kyle2020 Guest

    Antec 300? Antec P180?
     
  4. Thrackan

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    meh, see below...
     
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    The threehundred looks like what I want, the p180 is not my thing. Too clean (and silvery).

    crap, I quoted instead of edited...
     
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    I would have to recommend the Cooler Master 690 series. The original kinda has a yucky side due to the 2 120/140 fan mounts but there is a window panel you can get for it. They also have a Nvidia Edition that looks good unless you don't care for green. Plenty of room and is ready for Dual 120 Rad on the top and has 2 holes in the back for tubing if you mounted a rad externally. The airflow in this case is decent but if you look at mine I added another 120 mount plate to the front and air flow is much better.

    Original 690: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    Nvidia Ed 690: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119157

    690 Window side panel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999177
     
  7. kyle2020 Guest

    antec 300's are joys to build with, ive used 3 in customer builds to date. Excellent cooling, decent cable management and low key looks.
     
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    Out of those 690's, I prefer the original one. Have to see how big it is in height though, but that's review browsing I'll do later on :)
     
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    Remove the hdd cage and place hdd somewere else and you got good airflow there are a few examples of this in the case gallery.
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    Thought id throw these into the mix, there are optional side windows for the case in link 1 unsure about 2 but i think the sidewindow from case1 would work.
     
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    It's the brushed Lian-Li look that puts me off unfortunately. The design of their cases is usually fantastic, but the looks are not 100% to my liking.

    The Armor is not my thing due to the front "armor" doors, the M9 looks good though!
     
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    M9 Is good but so is the V9... its getting pretty good reviews. I like Thermaltake myself, ill be getting the Spedo Advanced Package for my next build
     
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    I was looking at the V9 too, but I'm still trying to get used to the top :D It's not as ugly as I thought it to be and for 80 euros in my "favorite" shop...

    That's actually the first Lian-Li I'd consider! Yay for this look:rockout:

    I'm gonna make a small list off of all of your suggestions now. Let's see what I come up with ;)

    I'm including my own "suggestions" to get the best info here.
    I'm not going to buy:
    • Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy - Good looks but lacks quality and features.
    • Most Lian-Li models - Overall good design but not the looks I like.
    • Gigabyte Aurora 570 - It looks like a refrigerator with an ice cube dispenser :D
    • Antec P180 - Same panel look as the Aurora 570. Not my thing by looks.
    • Thermaltake Armor - The Armor that gives this case its name is also what puts me off.

    I was considering:
    • Thermaltake M9 - Good looks, but unfortunately not very widely stocked here...
    • Lian-Li V1200B - Looks great, costs approx. 172 euros. Would be a good price if the competition wasn't priced at least half of it...

    So, we are left with three candidates:
    • Antec Three Hundred - 55 euros and just down the road
    • Coolermaster CM690 - 69 to 72 euros in shops I've bought something before (and wasn't screwed obviously)
    • Thermaltake V9 - 72 to 81 in the same shops
    Since the 300 now has a huge advantage, I'm going to be fair and read some more reviews of all 3 of them. Hey, I want the best case, not the one that's the most nearby. :D

    Suggestions are still welcomed!
     
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    have you looked at InWin?
     
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    Didn't even know it was a brand until I Googled it :D

    Very shiny plasticcy stuff as far as I can see, haven't seen a case I like on their site atm.
     
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    That 590 looks nice too, I gave it a quick look before, but it has potential indeed. Thanks for the suggestion.

    How's that 4-in-3 module treating you?
     
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    The hard drive 1? Came with the case.

    A pita to paint, but uses rubber grommets to isolate the drives. Still uses screws, but works fine.

    You just need to pay attention as to which side is top.:eek:

    I'll be getting another at some point as it's an easy way to mount another intake fan.
     
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    I've added that CM Centurion 590 and the NZXT Tempest to my list of cases I need to check out more thoroughly ;)
     
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    I have a nice case here for you man, hope you like it, not sure if its your style though!:toast:
     

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    Waaaaaay over the top :D
     
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    lol, oh well i tried, good luck finding one!
     

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