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Having a slight case dilemma!

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Okay, so I'm realizing the AeroCool case I currently have is no longer serving my needs between cable management, drive space, and the annoying face plates that are a pain to put in and don't stay in very well. I'm gonna miss the paint job I did on it, but I'll probably just end up selling it with my old i3 parts I have so at least it'll go to someone else rather than in the recycling.

I've been browsing around for a while now and I really cannot find anything that suits what I want in a case. Hoping that with this hive-mind, someone out there can help me out. Hoping this list can help narrow it down:
  • Mid-tower, but will do full sized if it's a decent size and doesn't weigh a ton since I need it to be portable for LAN parties.
  • Clear side panel that's a pretty decent size, but don't want one that has a gigantic fan on the side, maybe one that can hold a 120mm.
  • Able to fit 4+ HDDs and 2 Optical drives
  • Black interior
  • Red fan LEDs preferably, but can do blue as I'll just disable the LEDs
  • Excellent cable management and airflow
  • Able to fit my H50 rad either on the back or on the top, also have enough room to do a push/pull config in the future
  • Costs about $100-$120 but can go up to $150, but would really like to stay on the low-end. Also I'm in the US.
  • Don't really care for the brand, just as long as it's a reputable one and the case is solid

Hope this is the right place for this. I'm planning on getting this in a few weeks when I get paid, so it'll be a while before I come up with a final decision.

This is one I've been looking at, but I'm not completely sold on the way it looks and airflow:
Ultra ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case - Lightweight Aluminum, Clear Side, Front USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA and Audio Ports
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...147&CatId=1520
Edited by Lareson - 5/22/11 at 8:31pm
post #2 of 24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-196-_-Product

That's a sweet case.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by iWantACookie View Post
Looks pretty good! Cable management is OK, has plenty of room for the H50 on the back, looks like I can stick a 120mm fan on the side panel, has a nice handy handle, plenty of front USB ports, easy to put in the HDDs and ODDs, and looks good on the airflow too. The sideways SATA connections on my mobo might be a problem but that's a minor thing. Will put this one on my suggestion list!
post #4 of 24
well the cm scout sounds perfect for you. also it has those handy dandy handles, for easy transportation at lans.
    
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Although I do have a question for anyone who has this case. Is there a grate on the bottom for the PSU so I can point the fan down? I'd really like the air for the PSU to be blown outside the case rather than hot air to be blown (or sucked in, not sure on the way the PSU fan goes) as the ambient temp in this case I have right now is at 37 degrees right now due to not being able to have my H50 air to be blown outside of the case and the GPU basically cutting the air flow in the case down the middle.
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bitfenix survivor
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Originally Posted by Lareson View Post
Although I do have a question for anyone who has this case. Is there a grate on the bottom for the PSU so I can point the fan down? I'd really like the air for the PSU to be blown outside the case rather than hot air to be blown (or sucked in, not sure on the way the PSU fan goes) as the ambient temp in this case I have right now is at 37 degrees right now due to not being able to have my H50 air to be blown outside of the case and the GPU basically cutting the air flow in the case down the middle.
This should answer most of your questions.....

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AMD Phenom II 945 Asus M5A97 R2.0 Asus HD 6570 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaw 
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WD Velociraptor WD Caviar Black Samsung F3 Samsung SH-203B 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-U12P Windows 10 Home Samsung 32" LCD HDTV 720p Logitech K330 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
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Creative Inspire P5800 5.1 speakers Motorola SB6141 Modem Netgear WNDR3700V3 Router 
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post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the video, helped a lot!

That Bitfenix case, I'm gonna have to pass on. There's no window on it and you can't put any fans on the side panel. That's kind of a big issue for me as I really need a fan there to blow the hot air out that's from the GPU. Plus removing the side panels are kind of a pain having to take the trim off before even removing them.
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My Cooler Master Storm Scout meets all of those needs. It comes with a couple fans that have red leds in them, has a button to kill the leds also. Great cable management, black interior. I am in love with my case.
    
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http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30356
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