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Looking for something that can fit 12" video cards mainly. Also concerned about the quietness and temperatures.
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post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by geoxile View Post
Looking for something that can fit 12" video cards mainly. Also concerned about the quietness and temperatures.
HAF 922 is a nice case that can fit pretty much any graphics card. If you can get to $160 get the HAF 932 advanced.
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post #3 of 21
Fractal R3.
$100 on newegg.
Easily one the best cases on the market right now.

Not entirely sure if it'll fit a 12" card, but it fits cool and quiet perfectly.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hglazm View Post
Fractal R3.
$100 on newegg.
Easily one the best cases on the market right now.

Not entirely sure if it'll fit a 12" card, but it fits cool and quiet perfectly.
Fits a bit above 11"

It was my first consideration and still is at the top of my list should I get a 11" or less video card
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post #6 of 21
CM690II ad. it fits some massive cards in SLI just fine, great flow, water cooling friendly, pleny of bays for HDD. fits silver arrow I got mine for microcenter for $79.99 on sale
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HAF922 or CM690 II Advanced.
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post #8 of 21
Second for Cooler Master 690 II advanced.
Rosewill has some nice cases in that range; Armor and Thor look nice.
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post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by geoxile View Post
Fits a bit above 11"

It was my first consideration and still is at the top of my list should I get a 11" or less video card

That's slightly over 12", so it's doable.
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by geoxile View Post
Looking for something that can fit 12" video cards mainly. Also concerned about the quietness and temperatures.
For a 12'' graphics card, I assume it is HD6990.
To accommodate this card, space as well as thermal consideration should be taken.

Thermal consideration: because this type of card exhausts 50% of its hot air into the case via the card's front, management of this heat dump should be taken not lightly.

2 provisions ought to be made:-
1) establish a clear distinct and direct path for fresh air supply to the central located intake fan

2) establish a clear distinct and direct path for the internally dumped hot air to escape from the card's front to outside of case. This path must not go through the CPU heatsink-fan.
('Clear distinct' means: uninteruppted by other airflow. 'Direct' means: as short as possible the route is.)

As the card is installed with its intake fan facing the bottom of case, the typical solution for (1) and (2) is to have a bottom-side intake case fan(s) and top exhaust case fan(s).

I am using HAF 932 in the following pic to demonstrate. An alternative to supply fresh air to the card is to use a case bottom intake fan.
Many other cases (eg Rosewill Thor) can also work. These 2 cases are slightly above your budget though.
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