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I'll be putting my sig rig in this. Looking to spend up to like $150 but if one is REALLY worth it then I'd go for more. Looking for something with great cable management but not TOO large because currently my 8 pin CPU cable barely reaches (extenders?) If extenders work and aren't too expensive, then taller is better (I hide certain things in my case ) I would have 6 HDD's at most with an SSD but still need room to store certain paraphernalia. I only have one DVD drive so 3 bays is a must but more is welcome. Also great cooling and fans about the same as the Antec 300 but quieter if possible. Finally I'd like room to put a rad and res in the case for water-cooling later on down the road.

Tl;dr version:

Need a case with:

Great airflow while still quiet
6 HDD bays with SSD mounting
3 5.25" bays (or more)
Most likely full tower
Cable management
Water-cooling support for the future

Thanks!
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post #2 of 7
Maybe take a look at the Lian Li Lancool cases, NZXT Tempest, HAF932, maybe CM690 if you're not afraid of having a case that everyone else has.
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I have used a HAF932 and have a CM690 II Advanced. The HAF932 is great for cable management, lots of space in the back, CM690 is not bad either, but it's not amazing, I have some cables sitting in my hard-drive bay, the rest I managed to zip-tie to the back, but it's a tight fit. Don't get me wrong, I love my CM690, stock fans are quiet, 6 hard-drive bays (one with 2.5" adapter), all tool-less design, and room on the top and bottom for radiators.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 6/5/11 at 3:35pm
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post #4 of 7
Antec 100.
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Bump. Anybody else? I need to spend money
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post #6 of 7
Cable extenders are really cheap, big cases like HAF X should come with one (it's bare wires but good for sleeving if you're into that).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=nzxt%208pin

They sell all kinds of cable extensions, I own a couple from NZXT and they're really great for the price, a bit stiff and the sleeve is not top notch but the wires are black so it all looks really well.
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post #7 of 7
I had a PCP&C 750 Silencer a couple years ago, no problems with the 8-pin reaching but that was in a mid-tower. As others suggest, just use an extention cable if necessary when you switch to a full-tower case. I'd recommend either a HAF 932 or HAF X, both great full tower cases with plenty of room and lots of options for air and water-cooling.

The 932 has two psu mounts, top or bottom, I use the top for mine.
I can guarantee you won't need an 8-pin cable extension with the psu mounted in the top on a 932
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