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#1
Hey folks. I have too much heat producing stuff crammed in a nice, but older, Antec midtower case (X2 6400+ BE, 8800 GTX, 4GB of RAM, and an X-Fi sound card). The five year old case just wasn't designed for all that gear. Even with a reseat of the cpu, an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro and two 120mm fans (all it has mounts for) I still run at maximum for my cpu during gaming (63C).

I'm looking for a full tower case that has great airflow and cooling out of the box. I really don't want to go with a water cooling system (I don't OC anything), I just want one with good ventilation that will allow me to stay reasonably cool with my current gear. Any suggestions? Willing to spend upwards of $250 to stay "future-proof" for a few rebuilds in years to come. Thanks!
 
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I've heard some good things about the Coolermaster Cosmos as far as quietness and build quality. I didn't realize they were good for cooling/air flow as well, but reading a couple of reviews on the link it seems it is. Definitely have to check into that model more. The Lian-Li sounds like a very good quality case, but it's styling is a bit ho-hum. Guess looks aren't everything!
 
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I have the Cosmos RC 1000 and I love it! People knock the fact that it has that vent system for the VGA, but it works! If you get fans that are around 80 cfm, then your case would be air out! I love the case and recommend anyone this case or the S case...
 
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I love my lian li A10! it was $260 but it was so worth it!
 
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I love my lian li A10! it was $260 but it was so worth it!
That one looks pretty nice, even though a mid-tower. Do you think I'd have any issues if I put a second 8800 GTX in it (cooling-wise)?
 
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Lian Li are pretty good at being roomy at all aspecs of life... If you make the air in your system after market, and over 80 cfms then you'll be fine on airing the cards... Just make sure its not a negative pressure case..
 
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If you're not looking for overclocking and you don't have a big CPU cooler (Thermalright Extreme 120, Tuniq Tower 120 and such), you might want to check this one:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Apluscase/TwinEngine/

It should cool your hardware quite nicely. I'm waiting for mine to arrive (2 more weeks ... argh!!!).
 
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I have the Coolermaster stacker 832 and not just I own one as I have had quite a few different makes but space wise, Cooling wise, maintanance wise this case is the best choice I made. But you'll need a 4x4 to pick it up lol
 
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I have the Coolermaster stacker 832 and not just I own one as I have had quite a few different makes but space wise, Cooling wise, maintanance wise this case is the best choice I made. But you'll need a 4x4 to pick it up lol
LMAO... The guy at Compusa, when i bought my Cosmos, was asking if I needed a flat bed because of the weight! I laughed and put the thing over my head! Carried it across the parking lot... I love the thing and it gives me the workout I need for when I go to RM's house! lol
 

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i second a CM case, there awesome cases. i love the Cosmo case, was considering it but don't care for the psu to be at the bottom,

got me a stacker 832 and its an amazing case.
 
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You guys are giving me lots of models to Google info on! Thanks and keep 'em coming! :)
 

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The Stackers are nice, but just to give you some more options, I like the TT new XaserVI or ArmorPlus cases. Lots of features and great air cooling in each.
 
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silverstone TJ-07

any MountainMods case
 
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You guys are giving me lots of models to Google info on! Thanks and keep 'em coming! :)
Googling is the best thing to do man! Glad to hear your using that to make sure its the best bang for your buck!
 
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Googling is the best thing to do man! Glad to hear your using that to make sure its the best bang for your buck!
noones even asked what his cable management is like? or what type of fans he's using? the direction theyre blowing?

hows the HSF mounted?

who cares we have a budget! :laugh:

sometimes (most times) mobo temp sensors are off ;)

:toast:
 
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your right there, we have a budget and we'll go from there! lol... And your right with the mobo sensors... don't have it on myself! lol
 

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Just recently got a Cosmos RC1000.
Have AMD64 X2 6000 with a zalman CNPS9500, 8800GTX, 4GB RAM and Audigy s/c + 5 HDD.
Have replaced fan on the CPU cooler for a quieter and less CFM fan.
Currently cpu runs around 29-33*c idle, tops out 49*c under load and case temp around 27*c
Also have thermaltake hr03+ so gfx card heat is going into case rather than out through the expansion slot, and bare in mind that if the orig zalman fan was still in i'd drop another 3-6*c off the cpu temp.
I can only recommend this case as haven't had anything to do with the others but I am very happy with this case. Loads of space, well designed, looks good and is Oh SO much quieter than my last case.

You can see what i've done to mine here
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?p=713032#post713032
 
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Maju, whats the case you used in Bule Meanie!?! I had the same case but without the digital read out.. but can't find the name of it anywhere! Also link you posted shows a /here/ Page... doesn't work...
 

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oops, link fixed.
Pretty sure it was an Aspire dreamer II case.
I like the case. Only changed cos I went a bit daft with the credit card.:roll: and haven't finished with the cosmos yet so haven't updated my sig.
 

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theres only 2 cases on the market i really like but its just down to my taste every case i look at that i do like always has "but it would look better with / without" Kinda thought to it.

the 2 favorates are casecom mid tower with side window which i use now and keeps stuff very cool and is a cheap case around £18 on ebuyer lol but ive had 3 of them now simply cos i love the looks and airflow.

The 2nd is a premuim case zalman falality series which costs alot more than id be willing to pay although i choose my cases on looks and practicality and NOT by brand name and price or because everyone else has one as this gets very dull very soon and i like to be different.
 
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noones even asked what his cable management is like? or what type of fans he's using? the direction theyre blowing?

hows the HSF mounted?

who cares we have a budget! :laugh:

sometimes (most times) mobo temp sensors are off ;)

:toast:
I did check everything twice and am using just Core Temp to check the temperature. The standard copper pipe AMD HSF and now the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro had temps that were almost identical (mid to high 40s idle and 60-64 in gaming). In the two 120MM fan mounts I placed these Scythe fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006
With the case open temps drop about 7-8 degrees. I made sure the cables were tidy and am using a round ATA cable on the CD/DVD drive.

This is the old case I'm using:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article76-page1.html
I made sure there was no excess silver compound on the dye or in the socket. I used Antec silver compound on the AMD heatsink and the pre-applied on the Arctic Cooling HSF. Just don't know what else to do. If the mobo is reading incorrectly, is there anyway I can verify that? I have a Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 with the most recent BIOS. I just got to thinking the older midtower case with only two fans couldn't handle all my gear:

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My Xaser is just unbelievably large, too large for any reasonable person. It costed too much but it is the best looking case I've ever seen. My Cosmos is completely shrimped by it. I love the Cosmos too but I can easily fit 2 tri-rads in the Xaser. As for the room inside, lets just say don't sit anything in it for too long because you'll lose site of it in that massive cavern.
 
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I'm going to be following this one closely as I am in the market for a full tower as well.

My water set-up needs more room than my Ultra Aluminus can provide. May be doing a dual loop soon.

Top runners: Silverstone TJ07, CM Cosmos rc1000, TT Kandolf and Lian Li PC-a70 (but not so much)!
 
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Thermaltake KANDALF



Features

* Retaining holes for liquid cooling kits
* Best choice of liquid cooling case
* Optimize internal space for installing liquid cooling system

Specifications

* Case Type: Super Tower
* Side Panel: Transparent side panel
* Net Weight: 18.1Kg
* Dimension: 530 x 220 x 560 mm (H*W*D)
* Cooling System Front (intake): 120x120x25 mm, 1300rpm, 17dBA
* Cooling System Rear (exhaust): 120 x 120 x25 mm blue LED fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA / 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
* Cooling System Top (exhaust): 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
* Drive Bays Front Accessible: 10 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
* Drive Bays Internal: 6 x3.5"
* Material Chassis: 1.0mm SECC Front Bezel: Aluminum
* Color: Black
* Expansion Slots: 7
* Motherboards: Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX, BTX
* BTX Upgrade Kits: SRM / Rear plate (optional)
* Drive Bay Kits: Relocate-able HDD & FDD rack
* Drive Bay Kits: 3 x 3.5" HDD module with 12cm LED fan
* Drive Bay Kits: Accessory box

Thermaltake Armor


Features:

* Support to 11 5.25’’ drive bays
* Relocate-able front control panel (Power, Reset switch, HDD & PWR LEDs)
* Support up to Extend ATX & BTX
* Ventilation opening on top ( 62% opening ratio)
* Built-in 5.25’’ drive bay accessory box
* High efficiency ventilation: Dual 12cm silent fans in front & rear, 9cm fans in rear and top, 25cm fan on side
* Retractable foot stand
* 25cm fan on the side panel benefits CPU and GPU temperature and reinforces system stability

Cooler Master Cosmos 1000



Features
Superior Silent Environment:
- Soundproof materials applied to build a quiet environment
- Sound barrier design reduces vibration for silent operation Thermal Solution:
- Dual bottom air intakes to enhance air flow and reduce system noise
- Six aluminum detachable HDD modules with ventilation holes for optimizing cooling performance
- Side removable VGA cooling tunnel to advance thermal airflow.

Tool-free User-friendliness:
- Patented finger pressing buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25” drive devices
- Tool-free design for opening side panel conveniently.

Cable Management:
- Separate HDD modules make it easy to organize cable direction
- Cable management system for better cable routing and neatness

Technical Specifications:
Appearance: Silver
Bezel: Black
Dimensions: (W) 266 x (H) 598 x (D)628 mm
Net Weight : 16.9 kg
Gross Weight : 18.9 kg
Material Chassis: Steel
Appearance: Aluminum
Motherboards: Extend ATX, ATX
5 .25" Drive Bay: 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch drive bay)
3.5" Drive Bay: 6 ( Hidden ) ; 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch drive bay)
I/O Panel: USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE 1394 x 1, Audio x 1, SPK x 1, eSATA x 1
Cooling System: Bottom fan ( intake ) :120 mm x 1, 1200 rpm, 22 dBA (included)
Expansion Slots: 7
Power Supply: PS2 / EPS 12V ( optional )
Other: Exclusive Carrying Box

Those are just 3 options, theres obviously alot more that you could get but those are 3 of my personal favorites.
 
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