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Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by mrw1986, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. mrw1986

    mrw1986

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    The 3 cases I'm looking at are:

    Antec P182
    Lian Li PC-65B
    Raidmax Smilodon

    The main areas I'm looking for are:
    #1 Cable Management
    #2 Cooling
    #3 Noise

    The choice is between those 3 cases as they are the ones in my price range and I love the design of them. I will be running Air Cooling with an E6300 (OC'd w/ AC Freezer 7 Pro), EVGA 8800GTS 640mb (OC'd w/ HR-03 Plus and 92mm fan), Corsair 520HX PSU, Abit IP35 Pro, GSkill F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ 2x1GB (OC'd), and 2x Seagate 320gb 7200rpm HDD. There will also be a few more components (sound card, dvd drive) but they really aren't heat producing.

    Cable management and cooling are the 2 most important aspects for me but I would also love the computer to be as silent as possible.

    Any and all input is welcome concerning those 3 cases only! I've looked at alternatives and they are either too expensive (Zalman, Silverstone, etc.) or just don't suit my needs aesthetically.
     
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    You're not going to get too good of cooling with the PC-65b out of the box. I cut various holes in mine and took out drive bays to clean it up, and added a second 80mm fan in the back and two 80mm's in the side panel. Now it's clean and cools well. Also your GTS might be too long for the PC-65b.

    So if you want something that will overall hold more drives, and cool better out of the box I'd go for the Antec. However I have no idea what kind of wire management you can achieve with that Antec. IMO it's hard to do any kind of spectacular wire management without cutting a few holes in the case here and there.
     
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    I like the Antec ones Only thing that bothers me and stops me getting it is that i am planing to get a ENERMAX Galaxy which i be leave would have some issues with that case maybe. Only other thing that i am not to sure in the the space from the mobo to the drive bays thats why i like the Lian

    Id probably have to mod it in my case. Others wise always been find of that case.
     
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    Antec.
     
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    antec ftw
     
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    Too bad you missed the Antec 900 deal when it had a $40 rebate deal (and free 3 day shipping, that's still up though). I'd recommend that case, I'm very happy with it :).
     
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    Not a big fan of the 900...don't like the design and its pretty loud from what I hear...I think I'm going to settle with the P182.
     
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    Hey, You might give this one a once over

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163036

    Uses all 120mm fans and has a good bit of space behind the mortherboard tray for hiding wires.

    The p182 is a nice case, the only reason I didn't get one was the power supply area. You have to make sure your motherboard power cables will reach.

    Good luck with the case choice. Really can't go to wrong with your selection.
     
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    That case would look realy cool all pimped out in your own custom paint job:pimp:
     
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    I checked out the P182 and there are people using it with the power supply I plan on buying and they have no problems with cable length. I do like that Silverstone, but I think the Antec is my best choice. Thanks for all your input so far
     

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