Originally Posted by assassin
And you are recommending a case that placed last in an objective case review being tested head to head by professional reviewers instead stating that "nothing the Antec offers is better than the coolermaster. Coolermaster had overall better build quality and feature set" even though the reviewers showed objectively that it was made out of inferior materials and had the worst cooling design out of any of the cases tested.
I do have a bit more to add here. (I will admit I like debating you, please don't view this as disrespect. Your one of my most respected posters here and your advice always have some level of value even if it's different than mine.)
First- Your suggesting a professional reviewer. But I can't honestly say that the reviewer is any better at making a judgement than me. I have built at least 25 PC's in last 5 years. I tend to think I can tell a totally crappy case from a good one.
I have even purchased $30 cases that include 400 watt PSU's. My case on my main machine cost me $350. It's clearly the best by every review I have ever seen on it. I know what levels of quality are like- My server case is a $225 case. My HTPC case is a $40 case.
When I actually spent my own money on both and built them side by side- I feel my opinion at least has some value to it. I paid $40 for both of these with free shipping. (Coolermaster and Antec)
Normally the Antec300 is $20 more. Given this- I can't say I would recommend it for a budget build for $20 more. At the same price- flip a coin both are great.
If you look at the review- the coolermaster was actually quieter in certain scenarios.
Consider it has no fan control- and the Antec won the sound test with the fan control on LOW. Makes sense. But look at the Fan speed on high. It's not significantly better. Nor is the coolermaster significantly worse.
I will tell you from having them side by side. both are real world about the same noise level, and if you turn down the fan speed on the coolermaster it's actually quieter. This is something the review did not do.
If you read the review specifically about the Coolermaster they had no negative things to say about it- and it did not place last. The review was actually positive.
Because of the fan control and dual fans the Antec was able to win the sound test and the thermal test in the review. Coolermaster comes with a single front fan only, while Antec comes with fan back and top with fan control.
This advantage let Antec win the comparison- but I would argue that $10 spent on quality fans would make the Coolermaster perform better in thermal tests than the Antec300. And considering the Antec does cost more- we are now talking about the coolermaster at the same price performing better.
Otherside is slowing down the fan with fan control and moving it from the front- (I did both) which clearly lowers the sound level of the Coolermaster too.
So while in stock trim- as reviewed - The antec was able to win the thermal test and sound test and no doubt this gave it it's top rating- In the real world it's not so certain.
The antec might have won that single review- but it certainly was not crushing victory.
If thermal performance was significant to any buyer- there is no doubt that with the myriad of fan options on the Coolermaster you could make it perform better in thermal testing than the Antec300 for the same price spend total.
And- if thermal performance was not important (it was not to me) you could easily move the front fan (when no HDD's) or even turn it off or slow it down and it's also easily just as quiet as the Antec.
The Coolermaster is lighter weight and easier to move- yet it's amazingly strudy and rigid because it's reinforced in all the right places.
The antec is heavier because it uses thicker metal- but it's not reinforced as well so for example- the motherboard tray has more give to it even with a thicker ply metal used.
You claim it had the worst cooling design- But I doubt you have used this case.
It has options for mutiple fans of multiple sizes on top, front, bottom and back. Just because it comes with a single fan in the HDD bay front of the case does not mean it has "worst cooling design"
Adding a $3-$7 fan is no different than adding a $3 power cable to the missing cable with the Antec PSU. Right?
The design of the Coolermaster is quite solid and well done. It does not come with tons of fans because probably cost is an issue and not everyone needs them. Consider it sells for $20 less than the Antec everyday street price, and that it can be configured with additional fans for less then $10 to perform much better in thermal testing than the Antec300- and- it can also be configured with reduced fan speed to be just as quiet.
While it might not be better to everyone- it's certainly worth a look.
And- To bring this all back into the original scope of my first post and suggestion- For $20 cheaper and assuming you can't get the Antec300 for the same price- It's not a bad option at all.
That is all I was ever saying. I think you think the Coolermaster is worse than it really is- and for some reason you think because I like it- then the Antec must suck. That is not the case either.
I would recommend both to anyone, and provided one is cheaper than the other that is my recommendation to someone looking for a cheap but good PC CASE.