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post #1 of 38 Old 01-21-2012, 12:41 PM - Thread Starter
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So, with ivy on the brink of being released I'm gonna be making a entirely new machine from the case up. What cases are you guys using? I'm currently using a thermaltake Armor and love the case but I just want something new. I've built with all the suspects, corsair 800D, haf-x, antec 1200 v3 etc., TT Level 10

My usual go to case is the 800D but I just want to try something different. I'd need a full sized case, I will not be water cooling anything because it's just not needed in my room and my pc gets left on a lot and air IMO is just the way to go.

I've been looking at the CM cosmos II (kind fugly) and a LIAN LI PC-P80 (good brand but never used that case) and the enermax fulmo GT (enermax cases are actually pretty good but never used that one). I've never built with those cases but wonder if any of you guys have any other ideas for full sized cases. Price is not very important but I'd like to stay under $500 for the case if possible as law of diminishing returns kicks in around $300 from cases in my experience.

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I have been using Cooler Master AMMO 533 ATX for my last few builds. I like the fact it has a handle for transporting. Think next build will be a shuttle or smaller form factor case. Makes for a lot more desktop space and less of a hassle if I need to move it.

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Antec 300 Black Steel case for me. It fits my 6970 comfortably as well as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ sitting on my 2500K CPU. The built-in dual fans help keep things cool and it only set me back $40. I don't know what more I'd benefit from had a paid for a more expensive case.

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Antec 300 Black Steel case for me. It fits my 6970 comfortably as well as the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ sitting on my 2500K CPU. The built-in dual fans help keep things cool and it only set me back $40. I don't know what more I'd benefit from had a paid for a more expensive case.


Yeah, I'm using an Antec 300 as well, and it's done the job quite nicely. I have a GTX 560 Ti and the Cooler Master Hyper 212+, etc, etc. I also got it on sale for like $40 with free shipping.


There are only a couple of downsides to the case. I wish it included more fans as standard, but I guess you just buy the higher priced versions to get more fans. I ended up adding another 2 or 3 fans to it. I think I paid about $7 or so per fan. Maybe it was $5 per fan.

The other downside for me is that it doesn't have any built in SD card reader type stuff on the front of it. That's one thing I miss that my old PC had. Still, I really can't complain. I looked long and hard at a number of cases, and this one just is solid all-around. It's a bit on the basic side, but if you buy a couple extra fans, you'll be set.
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I've built with the 300 before and for the money, I really think it's the best case on the market.
I've decided to go with the Cooler master Cosmos II, I can get it for 250 from a local store and thats pretty darn cheap since it jujst came out a bit ago. I went and check it out tonight before the Jets game and it's freaking huge!!! I bet I could fit my TT Armor right in the sucker! lol



It's crazy solid and seems very well built. The will have a windowed side very soon and are going to ship it to me for free

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I started with a HAF 922 but upgraded to a HAF X awhile back. I love Cooler Master cases. They consider all the small details and their craftmanship is very good. I've never really had a reason to look elsewhere although the 800D is a nice case. Just never really been a huger Corsair fan but my brother swears by them and has one and he likes it.
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The haf X is probably the best case there is IMO under $250. It's a great design and I use it a lot in builds. I like the 800D but it's just to plain looking IMO. it's also a good design but I feel there is better. I wanted a sliding MB tray but I can live without one I guess.

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I just finished my build in a Corsair 650d. Fantastic case.

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I remember when my friend got a first gen antec sonata case oh my. Nice piano finish(dust collector mind u) the silent pc. Anways, N8DOGG Coolmaster makes some quality cases that are worth the money.

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My latest build used a SilverStone LC13B-E. I thought I'd try something a little different, and with a few modifications, I'm very pleased with it.
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I am currently using the hiper osiris.
I like cases without the doors that just slow you down when turning them on. I also like a good front intake fan. It is plain not to gaudy like so many cases.

I would look hard at the nzxt shift 810 it looks like it will be nice.
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Ya Pub that nzxt case is pretty nice! I've seen a phantom before but I've never used one of their cases. I actually kind like the white! though the black would probably be what I'd go with if I was using it. This is what I was hoping for, a case I've never seen that I may like better lol. I already bought the cosmos 2 but if this comes out before IVY comes out, I can just use the cosmos 2 as a customer build and maybe check out the 810 if I like it enough. Thanks for the post.


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My latest build used a SilverStone LC13B-E. I thought I'd try something a little different, and with a few modifications, I'm very pleased with it.

That would be a perfect HTPC case! Sleek and simple.

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I just finished my build in a Corsair 650d. Fantastic case.

i have one too. I hate it. Loud and poorly built. My first and last Corsair case. Nice feature set, excellent space Inside with plenty of ways to route cables, it looks nice when its clean, but it ends there. After using Antec for all my builds since the 90's I thought I would try something different, and the corsair is sadly a step down in quality in almost every way. I ordered it blindly one day after reading so many promising things about. So I am looking still for something better.
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I like the plain jane vanilla Lian Li Aluminum black or silver cases. Clean. Unobtrusive.

However, I will say this, my next build is going to take fan-noise into account, something the Lian Li's don't bother with. I'd pay more for a case that really deadened the sound of fans spinning up. Not the rush of my Videocard fans which honestly almost NEVER spool up, and when they do its a low wwwwsssshhh (my 580 is factory overclocked with triple fans on it that supposedly keep the DB's lower than stock design), but my Cpu fan is Up/down/up/down...its annoying because it shifts its pitch, I just never got around to messing with it so when it kicks into high gear it spools up and stays there.

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NZXT Phantom White, with lots of customization around fans and blue CCFL inside the case.
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My server uses a Cooler Master Centurion 590. Simple, cheap and can hold at least 12 hard drives with 4-in-3 cages. I also liked that they could all be hot-swappable if I wanted to go that route. I considered a similar Lian-li case but couldn't justify the cost. I think I paid around $50 for this case. I have a hard time paying anymore than that for a case. I would definitely buy it again.

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My HTPC is in an OriginAE X11 (v2). While it's my favorite HTPC case, I wouldn't buy it again due to the cost considering that it's hidden away and nobody sees it.

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Guys, since I only get "into the loop" of PC building when i am ready to build a new rig (not yet, although i cannot get my 2600k stable at 4.8ghz...4.6, np. 4.8...nothing. :P I digress).

What is the best choice for a sound-insulated case. I usually buy seasonic or panaflow or whatever is the current hot 'silent fan with good airflow'. Right now my Lian Li basic aluminum case does nothing for sound.....and I'd consider a new case if it kept the sound of the fans on the down-low.

Not sure what can totally be done but.....

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Guys, since I only get "into the loop" of PC building when i am ready to build a new rig (not yet, although i cannot get my 2600k stable at 4.8ghz...4.6, np. 4.8...nothing. :P I digress).

What is the best choice for a sound-insulated case. I usually buy seasonic or panaflow or whatever is the current hot 'silent fan with good airflow'. Right now my Lian Li basic aluminum case does nothing for sound.....and I'd consider a new case if it kept the sound of the fans on the down-low.

Not sure what can totally be done but.....

I'm gonna say that the cosmos 2 will be a silent case for sure. I hooked up a old ps just to hear how loud the fans are and it's easily half as loud as my armor is (though my armor is getting a bit long in the tooth as I've had it for 6 years) you can barely even hear the fans, it's pretty crazy.
The build quality is far better than any case I've ever seen. It makes the 800d look like the biggest waste of money you could imagine. The build quality is just truly impressive in every way. I'm glad I got a good deal on the sucker

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I have a HAF 922 that I got discounted on Black Friday. It seems pretty nice, but it's my first build, so I don't have anything to compare it to. My only complaint is that I had a hard time mounting my HDD in the tray.
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I'm using the GD05 from SolverStone


I have slightly modded it, blanking off most airflow ports so there is a direct flow of air from one side to the other with no leakage from below/sides running very slow noctua fans.
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I really liked my ABS Canyon 695 build. Since the taking of this picture, it has gone through some updates. Finally, it will now be made into a server case due to the hot swapple hard drives. It's too big for my taste anymore. I'm gonna put VM and games on it for Lan Parties etc.

Recently, like two days ago, I built a 2500k on an Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z mobo. I'm using 1 x Nvidia 480 and a 240gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD. It's really really solid. No hiccups. It's running in a Lanbox Lite from Thermaltake.





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I really liked my ABS Canyon 695 build. Since the taking of this picture, it has gone through some updates. Finally, it will now be made into a server case due to the hot swapple hard drives. It's too big for my taste anymore. I'm gonna put VM and games on it for Lan Parties etc.

Recently, like two days ago, I built a 2500k on an Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z mobo. I'm using 1 x Nvidia 480 and a 240gb OCZ Agility 3 SSD. It's really really solid. No hiccups. It's running in a Lanbox Lite from Thermaltake.

I also stick to MicroATX builds now. I feel that the light weight and small footprint is plenty worth it if you don't want three to four graphics cards and/or some comprehensive liquid cooling system. Asus makes some very nice MicroATX boards.
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I have a HAF 922 that I got discounted on Black Friday. It seems pretty nice, but it's my first build, so I don't have anything to compare it to. My only complaint is that I had a hard time mounting my HDD in the tray.

How so? Is it a normal 3.5 hdd? The trays are pretty easy to wrap about a standard drive and they slide right in to each holder. SSDs are different as you'll need a specialized tray unless they come with one (Intel drives for example). If anything CM make some of the best cases out there for installing HDDs. I really prefer their design.
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This thread interests me for sure. I am just not happy with my current case (Corsair 650d) and its interesting to see others opinions. I am looking for a well made, all aluminum case that is not some oversized, loud cheezy thing. Hot Swap, HD dock, usb 3, good cable management, super quiet, I do like doors on the front since you can never color match optical drives properly. Room for two 580's and goof cooling. Did I miss anything
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I'm pretty happy with my Lian Li. Actually, i wouldn't say "pretty happy", it is hands down the best case I have ever worked with. The specific model slips my mind at the moment but it's basically the PC-60 style. I always went with the crazy alien looking cases with big windows and insane cooling and stuff when i was younger, and they always end up being a hassle. This last build I decided to just get a plain black aluminum lian li case.

My likes in a case:
- Sideways HDD cages. So much easier to work when making changes.
- Cable management. This case has cutouts all over the backboard so you can route all your cables behind.
- As tool-less as possible without the annoyance of thumb screws. This case has these awesome clamp style clips on the expansion slots. No fiddling with screws, yet very secure.
- Silent. All fans are installed with rubber screws, rubber grommets on HDD trays, etc etc. The only thing that makes noise from my PC is my HDD's when they are seeking.

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