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post #1 of 10
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Hi guys,

I'm planning on buying a new case soon, i'm pretty dissapointed on my current one, it is very small. I want a bigger case that can accomodate alot more fans and that offers the possibility of wire management.

A small list of things i'm looking for:
- CPU cut-out;
- CPU cooler headroom bigger than 150mm (so a case width bigger than 190mm)
- back-front-top-bottom-side fans (not included ofc but offering the possibility of mounting them).
- some sort of HDD ant-vibration solution (not a must, i guess it can be fixed with other gadgets like the ones offered by Scythe)
- decent wire-management
- middle tower ATX form factor

The catch is i can't really go above ~ $ 104 / 75 Euros (damn i wrote the wrong currency) and computer parts are very overpriced in my country, including cases.

Some of the cases i have considered so far:
- Recom PowerStation Evo black (the non-window version)
http://www.recom.nl/cases.html

- NZXT Beta EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146059&Tpk=NZXT%20Beta%20EVO

- Cooler Master CM 690 II (not the Advanced revision)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119215&cm_re=Cooler_Master_CM_690_II-_-11-119-215-_-Product

- Enermax Luxuray
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811124138&Tpk=Enermax%20Luxuray

- Azza Triton (this case might be misleading in terms of width specs..)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517016
Any recommandation followed by the reasons for the respective choice is very much welcomed.

Thanks!
Edited by Pentdragon - 5/14/11 at 12:16am
post #2 of 10
Of those you listed, I would probably go for the cm or the enermax. I have a preference of simple looking cases though but you may not.

If I had to choose one, I would go for the cm. I've never owned a cm case but I always hear good things.

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post #3 of 10
Of the choices you listed, i would choose the cm 690II as well.
maybe consider the HAF series as well?
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post #4 of 10
Just get the CM 690 II, this thing is huge for being a Middle Tower. Cable management is quite good even with a non-modular PSU and yes you have factory prepared mounts for 9 fans!
post #5 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NFSxperts;13490477 
Of the choices you listed, i would choose the cm 690II as well.
maybe consider the HAF series as well?

Funny fact, in my country the HAF 912 is more expensive than Centurion 690 II Basic, although i see on newegg that the 912 is quite cheaper.... If i go for the 690 II i'm already stretching my budget....after i buy the case i'll buy a new cooler as well, probably the Hyper 212+....
post #6 of 10
Better to stretch your budget and get the right case than have to replace it later when you find the one you purchased isn't doing the job you want. I would go with the 690 II of the 5 you have listed, especially if you ever intend to use an SSD. Excellent cable management, excellent cooling, and well configured to accommodate just about anything you want to put in it.
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post #7 of 10
Stretch it! The 690 II will be an investment you won't regret.
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What about a Antec 900?

-yea only a couple cable management cutouts.. can always make more xD
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post #9 of 10
check out the nzxt M59 or Gamma. although not its not thick steel or aluminum its actually a very nice case. i can't hear my hdd,gpu
although it only offers 1 fan from factory, you have plenty of room to mount more fans 120's and 140's
its also not as bad as pictures may make them seem.

i don't know if it fits your width though, im running a ac64 freezer pro and still got 2" and some change
post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by bamaland;13492482 
check out the nzxt M59 or Gamma. although not its not thick steel or aluminum its actually a very nice case. i can't hear my hdd,gpu
although it only offers 1 fan from factory, you have plenty of room to mount more fans 120's and 140's
its also not as bad as pictures may make them seem.

i don't know if it fits your width though, im running a ac64 freezer pro and still got 2" and some change

The Beta EVO is a better choice than the Gamma or M59 as it's wider and has more room behind the mobo tray for cable management.
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