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This thread has been a wonderful resource.

I'm researching a case for a gaming rig I'm building for a friend and have found the following candidates:

CM HAF 922
CM 690 II Advanced
NZXT TEMPEST EVO
Fractal Design Arc Midi

Please note the price range. This is a semi-budget build. I need room to buy additional fans. What do you guys think? Any of them windtunnel worthy?
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Thank you for pointing out the Fractal Design. It looks to be an excellent case for flow-through airflow. Space for twin 140's in front and on top; 140-180mm side panel fan space. Bottom fan. And 140mm rear fan. That last means you can use an Archon. And this review says there is 2cm behind the MB, which is a nice space.

The NZXT is adequate, but with 120mm fans it's not quite the case the Fractal is. The 922 is also a pretty good case. Compared to the Fractal you decide whether you want solo 200mm fans or pairs of 140mm fans. Tough choice.

I myself would go with the Fractal because it is only 18.1 inches tall, and I am height constrained. But the NZXT offers up to 6 5.25 bays so you can put a fan in there for a straight shot to your cpu heatsink.

You get essentially the same opportunity with the HAF 922. Also, you can put a 120mm fan in a forward top position to feed fresh air to the cpu heatsink.

All three cases would be excellent.
Edited by ehume - 8/3/11 at 2:32am
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Sweet. I like all the 140 action in the Fractal case and have wanted to build with one for awhile. It gets pretty warm in his apartment during the summer where he lives so decent airflow is crucial. Let's say I go with the Fractal...how would you tackle airflow? It's going to be a Phenom II 955 build with a GPU that will probably exhuast into the case. Looking at the Mugen 3 atm for cpu heatsink.

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Sweet. I like all the 140 action in the Fractal case and have wanted to build with one for awhile. It gets pretty warm in his apartment during the summer where he lives so decent airflow is crucial. Let's say I go with the Fractal...how would you tackle airflow? It's going to be a Phenom II 955 build with a GPU that will probably exhuast into the case. Looking at the Mugen 3 atm for cpu heatsink.

Thanks for the help.
Were it my case I would put the rear fan in the other front position, so you would have two front 140mm fans. Then cut out the rear grill. The top 140mm fan I'd put in the forward top position as an intake. Bottom fan - 140mm if one will fit, or a 120mm fan - intake. 180mm side panel fan. Try it exhaust vs intake, compare gpu load temps.

For the price of a Mugen 3 you could look at a CM V6 or a Tt Frio, if one is on sale cheaply enough. Or an HR-02 Macho.
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Were it my case I would put the rear fan in the other front position, so you would have two front 140mm fans. Then cut out the rear grill. The top 140mm fan I'd put in the forward top position as an intake. Bottom fan - 140mm if one will fit, or a 120mm fan - intake. 180mm side panel fan. Try it exhaust vs intake, compare gpu load temps.

For the price of a Mugen 3 you could look at a CM V6 or a Tt Frio, if one is on sale cheaply enough. Or an HR-02 Macho.
Thanks ehume. I'll check out the coolers mentioned as well.
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Just found this Corsair case through another post on OCN...what do you think?
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i saw that corsair case too and it would seem like a good candidate, although not much info is on it at least to my knowledge. But it seems like it would be able to fit enough fans to produce good airflow. You could take out the unused hdd holders to improve air flow, add a bottom fan, cut out the rear grill, leave the fan there or not, up to you. top front intake and back exhaust or block it. You might be able to fit a 120mm fan in the front 5.25" bays if you only have a optical drive. 2 front fans is very good and if you could make it 3 then it would definitely be wind tunnel worthy if you had all intakes and just leave the rear exhaust open
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i saw that corsair case too and it would seem like a good candidate, although not much info is on it at least to my knowledge. But it seems like it would be able to fit enough fans to produce good airflow. You could take out the unused hdd holders to improve air flow, add a bottom fan, cut out the rear grill, leave the fan there or not, up to you. top front intake and back exhaust or block it. You might be able to fit a 120mm fan in the front 5.25" bays if you only have a optical drive. 2 front fans is very good and if you could make it 3 then it would definitely be wind tunnel worthy if you had all intakes and just leave the rear exhaust open
What about the side panel fan positions? Would you use them or block 'em off as well?
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According to my own tests the side panel fan or fans helps cool the grafics cards by several degrees. That is with my cross fire setup. So if I were you I instal the two side fans. Supposedly the SilverStone air penetrators are porpouse built for this. Here is a demo video of them in action.


Edit: Took a closer look at the corsair case and it seems like an excellent choice.
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According to my own tests the side panel fan or fans helps cool the grafics cards by several degrees. That is with my cross fire setup. So if I were you I instal the two side fans. Supposedly the SilverStone air penetrators are porpouse built for this. Here is a demo video of them in action.
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Edit: Took a closer look at the corsair case and it seems like an excellent choice.
Those fans look very promising. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm really liking both the Fractal Design Midi and the Corsair Carbide 400R. Just depends on which one my friend likes more. I have plenty of time to research everything as he won't have the funds for a few months.
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