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Hey there, so Im looking for a case under $120. If I stumble upon an amazing deal for a bit more, I dont mind jumping. But honestly, from all I've read, I should be able to get most everything I want around this price range.

Beginning Note: The below is listed in order of priority. I know at this price range I probably cant have it all. Of note, as I am heavily considering water cooling in the future, it may be of higher priority than air cooling. In fact, as I plan to WC ~2-3 months from now, perhaps Air Cooling is the lowest priority.

Air cooling, I'd like it to be able to have decent airflow. Im a big fan of large fans, in order to keep noise levels down. Rosewill's Thor is the only one that comes to mind immediately; though I cant say Im tempted enough to leave my price range for it.

Water cooling, I'd love for the case to have the ability to be water cooled. I dont plan to get into any extensive WC loops or anything (so no need to mention the 800D at massive mulla ), but would love to toy around with basic/intermediate loops a few months from now. Antec 902 v3, Xigmatek Utgard, CM 692 (though has issues with grounding apparently)

Features, well they are nice . Easy installation / upgrading, cable management, and Hot Swapping? Haha. Honestly, mainly looking for ease of installation / upgrade... thumb screws, simple HDD installation, etc. That and fan control wouldnt hurt. Hot swapping was a joke for this price point (and I probably wouldn't use it lol), although Thermaltakes Armor A60 seems to have it (along with seemingly good airflow) o.O.

Style, Im a major fan of sleek and elegant. NZXT H2 and Fractal R3 come to mind, though air flow worries me on this design style. The white or black NZXT Phantom are also appealing, for a more "exotic" look; though at the very top of the price range.

End note: Although only indirectly mentioned. Loud noise and annoying installation are two mjaor turn offs.
Edited by Cloud007 - 6/3/11 at 4:11am
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BitFenix Shinobi, and the new Corsair Graphite Series (surprisingly well priced from Corsair).
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BitFenix Shinobi, and the new Corsair Graphite Series (surprisingly well priced from Corsair).
My friend was telling me that bottom and top holes are very important for BitFenix Shinobi. He seems knowledgeable but I honestly have no clue how he compares to the experts of OCN . Is he correct in this? If so, that case looks extremely attractive :O
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Coolermaster HAF922
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I agree with Hybrid. I actually saw an openbox Graphite 600T for $100 on the egg last night. Actually it is still there for $102 + $25 shipping. Not a bad deal. I also really like BitFenix. My other choice would be Fractal Design Define R3 series.
   
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Coolermaster storm scout. Its only a mid tower, but you will be amazed by what you can do with it. $89.99 LINK

You can do full water cool loops, it has unbelievably good cooling and it is designed to be tool less.

Take a look at our club with over 20k posts if you interested in this case and what it has to offer LINK
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post
I agree with Hybrid. I actually saw an openbox Graphite 600T for $100 on the egg last night. Actually it is still there for $102 + $25 shipping. Not a bad deal. I also really like BitFenix. My other choice would be Fractal Design Define R3 series.
I looked it up n saw that open box one as well. I'd so jump on it if it were the white one >.< The gray/black one looks... how best to put it, like a childs play toy? They need a open box 650D XD XD
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Coolermaster storm scout. Its only a mid tower, but you will be amazed by what you can do with it. $89.99 LINK

You can do full water cool loops, it has unbelievably good cooling and it is designed to be tool less.

Take a look at our club with over 20k posts if you interested in this case and what it has to offer LINK
I clicked the link to the club. 10.5" GPU limitation. This means it cant hold a HD 6950 or 6970 if Im not mistaken?

Edit: Seems it will clear a 6950 just barely (10.2").
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I clicked the link to the club. 10.5" GPU limitation. This means it cant hold a HD 6950 or 6970 if Im not mistaken?

Edit: Seems it will clear a 6950 just barely (10.2").
The owner of the club managed to get a 5870 in it without modding! That card is about 11".
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The CM 690 II advanced is probably the best looking case I have seen in this price range, usually going for around $90 excluding shipping. It has plenty of options for installing additional fans and has room for a nice water cooling setup (2 * 240mm rads if I'm not mistaken). The fractal cases are also very nice, I personally cannot wait for the Arc midi tower to come to the egg (supposedly the beginning of July).
    
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