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lol don't bother with Antec...

Stick with the HAF 912+.
Unless Cooler Master has that case available in their store the HAF 912 (plus - not available at all in the Cooler Master store for USA) or Advanced models are not available in the USA.

To the OP - IMO go with a 690 II Advanced or if you don't care for the interior color go with the HAF 912 - I have both cases and you can go into my profile photos to see them if you wish to.

The Antec cases on the most part have terrible wire management, more like lack of.
Edited by nickt1862 - 6/7/11 at 8:53am
post #12 of 57
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Unless Cooler Master has that case available in their store the HAF 912 (plus - not available at all in the Cooler Master store for USA) or Advanced models are not available in the USA.

To the OP - IMO go with a 690 II Advanced or if you don't care for the interior color go with the HAF 912 - I have both cases and you can go into my profile photos to see them if you wish to.

The Antec cases on the most part have terrible wire management, more like lack of.
Not to mention Antec has terrible build quality, I myself had a Antec 300 first rig, I literally gave the case away cause it was so bad!
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Unless Cooler Master has that case available in their store the HAF 912 (plus - not available at all in the Cooler Master store for USA) or Advanced models are not available in the USA.

To the OP - IMO go with a 690 II Advanced or if you don't care for the interior color go with the HAF 912 - I have both cases and you can go into my profile photos to see them if you wish to.

The Antec cases on the most part have terrible wire management, more like lack of.
x2

Basically this is what i had planned to say. You will be unhappy with the antec's terribad cable management without mods. Case fans (similar to powersupplies) bundled with a case tend to be very lackluster. Dont skimp here! (i have too many times...) you will be much happier with the 690 II, as it is something that you can utilize for future builds rather then going and buying a whole new case.

Also is your MOBO OEM? Will it mount on a standard ATX case? Something to keep in mind.
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post #14 of 57
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Not to mention Antec has terrible build quality, I myself had a Antec 300 first rig, I literally gave the case away cause it was so bad!
Hmmm. That's strange. You are the first one I've heard to ever say that. I think Antec has among the best build quality for cases. That's probably why they are so popular. My case is of excellent build quality and will last indefinitely.

The HAF 912 does have better cable mgmt. But, the Antec 300 does have a huge opening for cables (located behind the hard drive tray area.
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If you can go a bit above your $100 budget, the NZXT Tempest Evo is awesome case complete with fans. You get awesome airflow and cable management with that. Might be too expensive for you already though, but it's really worth it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=tempest%20evo
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post #16 of 57

I bought an NZXT GAMMA for dirt cheap on newegg for my backup rig.
It was like $34.99 with free shipping and it's great for the Price.

  • PSU mounts on the bottom, allows Top ventilation/exhaust
  • Interior is painted black
  • Decent Cable management cut outs and CPU cooler hole
  • You can add a fan of your choice to the front and has several spots for more
  • Fits long video cards (I was able to fit the GTX 275 which is like 11 inches long)

$36 Shipped
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I bought an NZXT GAMMA for dirt cheap on newegg for my backup rig.
It was like $34.99 with free shipping and it's great for the Price.
  • PSU mounts on the bottom, allows Top ventilation/exhaust
  • Interior is painted black
  • Decent Cable management cut outs and CPU cooler hole
  • You can add a fan of your choice to the front and has several spots for more
  • Fits long video cards (I was able to fit the GTX 275 which is like 11 inches long)

$36 Shipped
Amazon.com: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black): Electronics
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Actually this is a darned good case if you like the look! Good suggestion.
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post #18 of 57
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Originally Posted by PowerTrip View Post
I bought an NZXT GAMMA for dirt cheap on newegg for my backup rig.
It was like $34.99 with free shipping and it's great for the Price.
  • PSU mounts on the bottom, allows Top ventilation/exhaust
  • Interior is painted black
  • Decent Cable management cut outs and CPU cooler hole
  • You can add a fan of your choice to the front and has several spots for more
  • Fits long video cards (I was able to fit the GTX 275 which is like 11 inches long)

$36 Shipped
Amazon.com: GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower Interior Steel Chassis (Black): Electronics
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCTK_7miEoE
I love the inside of NZXT cases. I would never buy one because the outside looks so ugly. It's like the case is trying way too hard to look cool.
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post #19 of 57
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x2

Basically this is what i had planned to say. You will be unhappy with the antec's terribad cable management without mods. Case fans (similar to powersupplies) bundled with a case tend to be very lackluster. Dont skimp here! (i have too many times...) you will be much happier with the 690 II, as it is something that you can utilize for future builds rather then going and buying a whole new case.

Also is your MOBO OEM? Will it mount on a standard ATX case? Something to keep in mind.
According to the OP Specs this is the mobo he has:



that ought to answer the question.
post #20 of 57
Thread Starter 
I like the Gamma. How's its build quality? I will have to buy all of the fans for it though because apparently it only comes with one. This might end up being more expensive than just getting the Antec Illusion.
Edited by Neitzluber - 6/7/11 at 11:04am
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