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Antec 300 vs Bitfenix Shinobi vs CM Elite 430

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I need a new case for the Kuhler 620 i just ordered and im debating about the 3 cases in the title. I want a case with good cooling abilities as im going to be OCing. Which one is the better case?
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post #2 of 13
Out of those 3 I'd definitely go for the Bitfenix, however for near the same price you can get a Coolermaster 690 II which would be much better.
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cyph3r;13853678 
Out of those 3 I'd definitely go for the Bitfenix, however for near the same price you can get a Coolermaster 690 II which would be much better.

Unfortunately in AUS the CM690 II is nearly $50 more than the Bitfenix.
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post #4 of 13
Get the Shinobi.


It's an awesome case. Lots of cable management, plenty of fans, great quality.


Only gripe, is that the power LED is way to bright, I don't know why the HDD is a matte finish (tones the LED down a lot and makes it 100 times more bearable) but they didn't do it to the power light? Only thing that makes me go, huh? about the case.
post #5 of 13
Another vote for the bitfenix. Great quality for the price. Can fit many fans. Great all-around case.

Plus, they are a new company making great products. Show them some support! Antec and CoolerMaster have enough money. Give some to the new guy!
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post #6 of 13
What's your budget? Have you considered any other cases? I cannot say I have owned any cases but here's my observations:

The Antec 300 I think would have good cooling, if it was anything like the 900 is. The case is small in comparison to other Mid Tower cases so the air sucked in doesn't have to travel as far to cool components. Also if you have the side fan installed you will have positive airflow, which I prefer. However, the case lacks any cable management, and may require some modding to keep quiet due to the honeycomb mesh causing noise while sucking in air.

The Elite 430 is nice if you're on a tight budget. It's a fairly larger Mid Tower in comparison to the Antec 300, however the fan design I am not particularly fond of. If loaded with fans in the configuration they provide (1 Intake Front, 1 Intake Side, 1 Exhaust Back, 2 Exhaust Top), you'll have negative air pressure and will more than likely accumulate more dust. I also don't like how the front fan is so far away from other components and the case lacks cable management, however it's much better in cable management than the 300.

The BitFenix Shinobi seems to be a better choice out of the two. It offers more fan mounts as well as the best cable management out of the 3. The front fan is still further away from components than the 300, but unlike the 430 you can mount a second fan in the front. Not only that but there's a fan mount on the side and at the bottom of the case on the inside. With most common fan mounting configurations, this case seems like it will have neutral air pressure, which I am still not fond of, but I would rather have that then negative. If you slap in the higher CFM intake fans and lower CFM exhaust fans you should be fine with air pressure.

The Shinobi seems to be the best choice overall when you add more fans, but I would still look around for other cases that you can afford.
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post #7 of 13
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Thanks for all your replays. Thanks for putting the effort into your post kvjavs, it was very informative, +Rep. Ill have another look to see what's in my price range.
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post #8 of 13
Shinobi ftw. All of Antec's products are utter crap with terrible build quality and no features.
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2;13854004 
All of Antec's products are utter crap with terrible build quality and no features.
I can't complain at all about the build quality of my case, it seems very well built. However I still wouldn't recommend an Antec 300 because of the complete lack of cable management.
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post #10 of 13
Bitfenix Shinobi all the way. There's not even comparison in terms of looks, features and space. (and plus it has this soft touch feeling wich is really nice i think)
There's no other case in that price range that is so good and well done.
What are you doing still here??? go buy it !!!!
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