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about the case, why dont you have a look at that montain-mods' UFO that TPU has recently reviewed? i love it!
 
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I just wanted to comment on your case selection. Antec 900 is an excellent case, however, for the kind of system you are building with an SLI config or even if you go with a single card i would strongly recomend a larger case. Something both longer and taller. Those cards will be a very tight fit in the 900 and will not get sufficent airflow. Same goes for your other system components, basically the bigger the case the better the airflow. I suggest you take a look at the likes of Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570, Thermaltake Armor and Armor+, Coolermaster Cosmos and the like. What you need is a full tower or a large mid-tower. Also, cases with PSU on the bottom have their disadvantages: cable managent and hiding is more difficult. I have a Silverstone TJ09 with PSU on the bottom and i have had this problem, now i wish i got the Coolermaster Stacker 830.

Also, as others have said get another PSU. Preferably w/ modular cabling. Corsair 1000w is a good choice. So is the Enermax Galaxy line, Silverstone Zeus and Decathlon series, Ultra X3, PC Power & Cooling Silencer Series, Turbo-Cool are also good but they are noisy.

Those are some really awesome cases, I have pretty much changed my mind to the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570. It has a great low price,and it is a really nice Full Tower case. Thanxs
 
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about the case, why dont you have a look at that montain-mods' UFO that TPU has recently reviewed? i love it!
Yeah just checked it out, its a nice case, but it is to big.
 

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Those are some really awesome cases, I have pretty much changed my mind to the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570. It has a great low price,and it is a really nice Full Tower case. Thanxs
Your Welcome. It was one of my top choices when building this system. Simply love the interchangeble mesh and side window. Mod that case and add a couple of more fans cause you only get 3.
 
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Your Welcome. It was one of my top choices when building this system. Simply love the interchangeble mesh and side window. Mod that case and add a couple of more fans cause you only get 3.
Yeah, the window is going to be nice to have, because I want to show off my investment. And I am changing the fans in it, because this is my SLI edition build so I am changing the fans to High Powered Green fans. And I'm putting 2 green Cold Cathodes in there to. But I'm going to be changing a lot of things so I have really good air flow in there.
 

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Cathodes sound great, i have 6 of various sizes in my rig. But i think you misunderstood about modding the case. I was saying that you should add 1 or 2 fan mounts to the 3 already present for even better airflow, i.e drill a fan hole or two in the plexi or buy one pre-drilled, or drill one in the top of the case for additional exhaust. Just remember that it's always better to have an equal or near equal number of intake/exhaust fans.
 
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Cathodes sound great, i have 6 of various sizes in my rig. But i think you misunderstood about modding the case. I was saying that you should add 1 or 2 fan mounts to the 3 already present for even better airflow, i.e drill a fan hole or two in the plexi or buy one pre-drilled, or drill one in the top of the case for additional exhaust. Just remember that it's always better to have an equal or near equal number of intake/exhaust fans.
Yeah, I new what you where meaning, and that was what I was planning on doing, because with all that hard ware there is going to be a lot of heat. And just those fans wont keep it cool.
 

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Thermaltake exhadurates the decibel level on all there Fans. the Gigabyte case isn't very good.

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Mine are barely audible, thus the suggestion. And i did say it's a little above 21dba. The 3D Aurora 570 is a quality case, reviews are very favorable.
 
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favorable because it's an old case. the Aurora uses thin sheets of aluminum and plastic feet which do not favor vibration or the front door, hard drive cage impeads air flow and expansion slot clips are cheap.

if you surrender to it's looks you lose, surely you can find a better case for $150

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raptors are to expensive. get a 7200.11 or a samsung singpoint F1 drive. they are almost or as fast a raptor
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Things could really change up by the time you want to do this build.
 

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True, it's not perfect & it does have it's weak points and like you said it's been out for a while and received good reviews at that time (and still gets them from newegg customers), but overall it's a very nice case. Though i agree that $150 price is somewhat high.
 
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Coolermaster 690 is awesome, i'm actually thinking of getting it for a build i'm doing. I think that the Kublai are way too big though and Lian Li are too small. Anyway, he has plenty to chose from, newegg has a ver nice case selection.
 
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Coolermaster 690 is awesome, i'm actually thinking of getting it for a build i'm doing. I think that the Kublai are way too big though and Lian Li are too small. Anyway, he has plenty to chose from, newegg has a ver nice case selection.
I have been checking out this case for a while, and I really like it. But this is my SLI edition Build (all Nvidia/SLI products=All Green). I am even considering of taking out the 2 9800GTX's and add 1 GX2, and get another later on. With that I can budget in a Cooler Master Stacker case. Now when I found out that the CM 690 is compatable for a window, but you have to buy it seperate, I was considering about getting it.
 

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Just make sure to do some reading on that case (or any other you may choose) just to see that all of it's features are to your liking. That thing is huge, make sure you have room on your desk.
 
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Coolermaster 690 is awesome, i'm actually thinking of getting it for a build i'm doing. I think that the Kublai are way too big though and Lian Li are too small. Anyway, he has plenty to chose from, newegg has a ver nice case selection.
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Just make sure to do some reading on that case (or any other you may choose) just to see that all of it's features are to your liking. That thing is huge, make sure you have room on your desk.
Oh yeah there is a lot of room left to fill in my office. Yeah, and I'm still thinking of what case to choose. Its between the Stacker or 690.Okay I have updated my system, what do you think now?

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Nice rig. You sure you don't wanna wait for the gt200 though?
 
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Nice rig. You sure you don't wanna wait for the gt200 though?
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Yeah, I'm just going to wait until they come out, so I can see the specs, and to see if I like them.
 

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Oh yeah there is a lot of room left to fill in my office. Yeah, and I'm still thinking of what case to choose. Its between the Stacker or 690.Okay I have updated my system, what do you think now?

COOLER MASTER Stacker or Cooler Master 690 Case
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Everything looks good for the most part, read some mobo reviews just to see what to expect. I am concerned about the PSU like I & others have said get something better like a Corsair 1000w or any other brands mentioned above.
 
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