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Should I get a new case? If so which one?

Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by alexp999, Aug 14, 2008.

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    Okay, since I got my new gfx card, I have been thinking about maybe getting a new case.
    Before anyone asks, I'm not gonna be modding (at least not atm), I'll make a complete hash of it. :eek:
    Now I havent had this long, but a few things are beginning to bug me. Its not the pretiest case inside and isnt as good for ventilation and airflow as I hoped it would be.

    My gfx card gets quite hot so I would like an intake on the bottom of the case to blow at the gfx cards intake (or at least a vent.)
    Also, I dont like my PSU being at the top of my case, not only is it venting its own heat from running my rig, it also venting the CPU heat.

    So a couple of things I'd look for if I do change:

    - Bottom mounted PSU (with bottom intake)
    - Mid tower please as I have limited room.
    - bottom intake for GFx card.
    - Side window (or one that can be added officialy without modding)
    - Less than £100
    - Good case airflow
    - Nice looking (not like a concept car, but not like a box either)

    To give you an idea, the best one I have come up with so far is this one:

    CoolerMaster CM 690
    [​IMG]

    All in with side window for £80

    Anybody got any other good cases, or want to say anything about the 690? Or should I just stick with what I've got?
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    I dont understand that statement. Using the PS to eliminate its heat and the warm air that rises seems like a good thing to me.

    Putting a PS on the bottom seems like a waste of its fan,

    if the fan faces up it fights with warm airs natural tendency to rise.

    if you put the fan facing down it draws air from the bottom side of the case and blows it out the back without helping airflow inside the case at all

    Also putting the PS at the bottom can be more of a pain to get wiring to reach.
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    See what you mean, jsut the air coming out of the PSu after a long session playing crysis, is pretty hot. I spose it doesnt have to be at the bottom. if i could flip the PSU over and it have a top intake that would also be good. i'd just like to have the PSU only having to remove its on heat thats all.
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    How about the NZXT Tempest? http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=22084&category_id=237

    I've been thinking of getting a new case and this is so far my number 1 choice, however I do prefer the clean look of the CM 690.

    The main reason I'm ditching this Soprano DX is the complete lack of space. It's impossible to work with and has no cable management what so ever.
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    Another good option. Not quite as good looking as the Cm 690, but its cheaper and has a bigger side window...
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    i have an xclio windtunnel. PSU's at the top, but it's got two 250mm fans at it's base and i believe it's at newegg for 100 bucks right now.
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    Lian Li V1000B Plus II. Check my sig. I used a HDD bay fan out of an Antec 900 to feed my components and the underside of my video card cool air. It looks good and it works very well.
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    I've seen those but dont overly like the look of em really.



    Just out of interest, would a 120mm intake fan blowing up at the gfx card intake on my GTx 260 help drop the temps a bit?
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    Is that setup upside down?? like BTX?
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    If the card is getting cool air through it's intake, not really. However a fan blowing on the backside of the card would drop the temp est. 1 - 4c.

    Yeah, it's upside down though it's not BTX. It's reverse ATX.
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    i know, but so many people have that, and I heard its not the best for cable routing. still maybe on my shortlist though. ;)
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    haha y u think so many people have it ^___~
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    I totally agree with this option, not bottom vent i dont think, but you get a vent and optional fan mount on the side at GFX level. you can always swap the fans out with red led fans or green if you want to be a little different, thats not too much modding.

    Good Luck! :toast:
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    Only thing is with the Antec 900, is cus it has no bottom intake for the PSU it has to be mounted upside down, so airflow would be pulling in wrong direction and cables would have to reach further. :(
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    define wrong direction O_O

    it pulls air from inside the case the out the back. All PSU does that, It's actually good that the PSU is on the bottom sucking hot heat from the hot graphic cards out the case... when the PSU is on top of the case it actually heat up the CPU coolers from the heat it produced. So the 900 actually take that heat away from the CPU and replace it with a large 200mm fan. The cool air will come in from the 2 - 120mm fans in the front to cool the chipset the graphic card(s) and the PSU. They have a 3 speed switch to control the speed. It's like one of the most efficient air cooling case out there.
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    just going on what Mkmods said, cus surely the PSu fan is drawing air in the opposite direction to the top fans?

    And there shouldnt be any hot air from my GXf card in the case cus it is a dual slot cooler which vents out the back.
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    Its good its exhausting warm air. What I was trying to say is if the PS is on the bottom there is no way it can exhaust much warm case air.
    So basically its like losing a 120mm fan.

    Ok back to the original post (sorry I am always going astray, lol)

    I know its not fancy but other than building ur own case this is as near perfect as I have seen
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112184
    (except for the retarded side fan)

    Put 1 more 120mm fan in the lower 3 DVD slots and voila.
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    Prefer my current case to Lian-li's I personally dont see what all the fuss is about Lian-Li cases, IMO they're quite dull. (probably gonna get flamed for that, but it is just my opinion)

    still liking the Coolermaster, but will it be quite bad for the PSU on the bottom in terms of dust?
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    If you would see one in person, they are not dull at all. Thier craftsmanship is second to none. They use thick aluminum panels and are quite sexy. But if you are the type that likes plastic and flair, go for a Thermaltake.
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    I've got a thermaltake atm, and dont like it, lol. :( (well its base case i have ever had, just not as happy as i wanted to be with it)

    I know Lian-li's are well built and nice finish, I just find em a bit square. And their usually a bit expensive and hard to get hold of in the UK, will see what I can find.
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    Do you have this case?
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