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#1
I'm mostly going for airflow, wire management, and a tiny bit of style (in that order) and I really can't decide between these four cases. Btw I am highly restricted on price, so these are pretty much where I can go with price.

Experiences, prefrences, any sort of comments would be appreciated. I go crazy on splits like this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811128029

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811167001

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103021

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
 
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#2
IMO the best case in that price range would be a Cooler Master Centurion 590. You could get one off newegg or you could get it cheaper off ebay.
 
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#3
I'd go with the 300, it definitely looks the best although i am a tad bit biased :)
 
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Based on airflow 1st just guessing the XCLIO Coolbox seems to have some serious fans.
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Case Chassis - Top 8cm * 2PCS (Fan RPM VR Controller)
Case Chassis - Front 18cm * 1PC(Fan RPM VR Controller + ON/OFF Switch)
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Case Chassis - Rear 12cm * 1PC or 8cm * 1PC (Optional)
 

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+1 on the Antec 300, I have experience with them, built about 5 rigs in them. Solid build, very nice features in it's price range, has 2 front, 1 side for intake and 1 rear, 1 top for exhaust, or at least spots for them. I installed the 2nd front. Has an easy access filter for the front. Plenty of airflow for cooling, I run all the fans at medium speed (all are anted tri-speeds), very little noise, damn good temps on my fiance's rig (see sys specs). Plenty of room, the front hdd bays are offset to provide room near the mb tray for stashing extra cables. Could get kinda clogged if you have a non-modular PSU but is still do-able to maintain good airflow. I definately recommend this case.

Another interesting case would be the NZXT Alpha ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146041 ). Nice case, better cable management, but lacking in the airflow deparment in comparison to the 300. Do you want a better looking interior (or extra features to make the inside cleaner looking?) with a side window, or do you want a case w/o side-window but with plenty of airflow options, great for keeping OC'd rigs w/hot vid cards within very acceptable limits? I'm sure the Alpha will cool very decently also, but I'm picky...a case must have a top exhaust if I'd consider it...though one could be modded onto this case...it should be there. A small issue, but that's more warm air for the PSU to exhaust. Either way I definatley recommend the Antec 300...and recommend taking a serious look at the NZXT Alpha.

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I'm not really one for windows. Mostly I'm just concerned with performance. Like the xclio has serious fan power built in, the 300 is renowned as good airflow, but I would probably have to buy some more fans, the tuniq has the 3d cooling system which looks interesting, and the ark 6099 just looks like it has decent cooling potential, plus I like the look and its portable.

Then we get into cable management. As far as I know, the tuniq is the only one with decent cable management properties
 

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Out of those cases, the Antec 300 i would go with.
 
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Antec IMHO
 
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Antec 300 is the best for the price.
 

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Cm 690
 

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Agreed.:)

I have this case and love it, very roomy with lots of places to install fans.
And its easy to work with. Its a good design, lots of room :) i got 10 fans in mine
 

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i have been drooling over the Gigabyte iSolo 3134 case for some time now but dont have the money for it:cry: anyway you should get the antec 300 case :)
 

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I'm getting an Antec 300 - that gets my vote!
 
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Antec 300 :)
 

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By popular demand!!!!!!! I bought the antec 300, I'm excited!
 

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And its easy to work with. Its a good design, lots of room :) i got 10 fans in mine
Agreed.

I only have 4 fans in might tho. Gets the job done.;)
 
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ARK 6099-CA Black Steel would be mine, i would put a 1/4 inch peice of plexi glass on the side of it, held on with velcro. maybe you can even something etched into the plexi glass :)