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I'm looking to get the Lian Li T60 or the Microcool Banchetto 101 Rev 2.

Does the top bar on the T60 block the the CPU area? I am doing a X79 build and I am looking to get the huge triple sink cooler from Noctua or any other heatsink monster that has yet to be born, is air cooling in the Banchetto a waste? I mean the case is sooo pretty but I'm not bothered to do water cooling.

How is dust on test benches? I will use one of those portable vacuums to clean once a week. In the Banchetto, does it feel weird with the case next to you and the fans blowing at you?
Edited by somebodysb2 - 6/13/11 at 4:00am
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The top bar might block the CPU cooler but I believe it is easily removable and also pivots. I'm partial to the Banchetto myself as, like you said, it is so pretty. The MB tray being removable is also a great feature that I love in my tech station. As long as you blow on the case often, it stays pretty clean. I've let mine get away from me a little bit so next time I do a major hardware swap I'll pull everything out and give it a good wipe down.
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How are the temps compared to a FT02/RV02/HAF 932/HAF-X?
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How are the temps compared to a FT02/RV02/HAF 932/HAF-X?
You will have slightly better temps because there is no place for the heat to get trapped.

I love my tech station and am thinking about getting rid of my case now and getting another tech station.
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I only a single Antec SmartCool fan blowing on my RAM. You'll see better temps for your GPU and CPU as the air is, for most intents and purposes, always at ambient. However, without some fans blowing over your MB chipsets and hard drives, you will get slightly higher temps for those. The advantage of a well thought out case is that air is constantly flowing so you get a stream of (hopefully) almost ambient air blowing across every component.

For me, the best part about an open air test bench is I get to show off my parts and swapping things is so much easier.
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You will have slightly better temps because there is no place for the heat to get trapped.

I love my tech station and am thinking about getting rid of my case now and getting another tech station.
How is the MyOpenPc Dragon?

So 3 benches in my list: Banchetto 101 Rev 2, T60B and the Dragon.
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I only a single Antec SmartCool fan blowing on my RAM. You'll see better temps for your GPU and CPU as the air is, for most intents and purposes, always at ambient. However, without some fans blowing over your MB chipsets and hard drives, you will get slightly higher temps for those. The advantage of a well thought out case is that air is constantly flowing so you get a stream of (hopefully) almost ambient air blowing across every component.

For me, the best part about an open air test bench is I get to show off my parts and swapping things is so much easier.
Do you think I can just use some of those Antec Spot cools?
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For me, the best part about an open air test bench is I get to show off my parts and swapping things is so much easier.
Same here, I change parts non-stop because I love benchmarking. I do not have all the wires setup nice and pretty but it's works.
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I would try it out on a box first and see if thats kinda the direction you want to go instead of blowing cash only to find out later maybe it wasnt such a great idea....

just my 2 cents
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I would try it out on a box first and see if thats kinda the direction you want to go instead of blowing cash only to find out later maybe it wasnt such a great idea....

just my 2 cents
I would jump on the T60B straight away if the NH-D14 can fit in it (still have yet to find out) and if I wasn't so paranoid on accidentally spilling a cup of water all over my components or maybe bugs crawling on my hardware?
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