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Try reversing the top and the door fans, then check your temps smile.gif
Actually you probably won't see a benefit in reversing the top fan, but try the door fan.
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I don't see why you do not recommend Antec cases. Do you have actual scientific reasoning on why you would put an entire brand to the backburner despite its popularity?

My Antec 900-2 is an amazing case. It's technically a negative pressure case~ but has a ton of ways for me to get air into it. It's virtually the same as your case. I don't get a massive abundance of dust. I don't even know where you're getting this from.

The idea of it being a vacuum cleaner without a bag sounds catchy and nice on paper, but in practice this isn't true at all. My entire case is a wind tunnel.
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Antecs aren't the easiest to work with. Build quality is decent, but really, that's about as far as they go. With my P193, the wire management is horrendous (and was the same with my old P182 and my friend's 1200) not to mention there's far too little space between the mobo tray and the side panel, making wire tucks that much harder. And when you can't hide those cables away, they end up blocking air flow. Very few of their cases have dual top fans, meaning it's harder to get appropriately fresh air pushed to the CPU cooler.

I'm willing to work with my case, and I'm starting a hefty mod project next month to fit my water cooling, so it works for me. Most likely I'll go with a different company for my next case, though. This P193 is just too much of a PITA, especially considering how much easier everything was on my friend's Beta Evo and my other friend's HAF 932.
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Antecs aren't the easiest to work with. Build quality is decent, but really, that's about as far as they go. With my P193, the wire management is horrendous (and was the same with my old P182 and my friend's 1200) not to mention there's far too little space between the mobo tray and the side panel, making wire tucks that much harder. And when you can't hide those cables away, they end up blocking air flow. Very few of their cases have dual top fans, meaning it's harder to get appropriately fresh air pushed to the CPU cooler.

I'm willing to work with my case, and I'm starting a hefty mod project next month to fit my water cooling, so it works for me. Most likely I'll go with a different company for my next case, though. This P193 is just too much of a PITA, especially considering how much easier everything was on my friend's Beta Evo and my other friend's HAF 932.

This. Every bit of this.
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I'm going to re-mod my 300. Adding a bottom, and top front fan. Also cutting cable management holes. THEN my Antec will be somewhat decent smile.gif
    
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I'm going to re-mod my 300. Adding a bottom, and top front fan. Also cutting cable management holes. THEN my Antec will be somewhat decent smile.gif

Yay! I'll be cutting a massive hole in the top of my case to fit a Koolance shroud and a 360mm rad, then chopping/expanding some holes in the motherboard tray. If I could figure out a way to give myself more room behind the tray, I'd totally do it.
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I wish I found this thread 2 years ago before buying my P183 >_>
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I'm going to re-mod my 300. Adding a bottom, and top front fan. Also cutting cable management holes. THEN my Antec will be somewhat decent smile.gif
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Yay! I'll be cutting a massive hole in the top of my case to fit a Koolance shroud and a 360mm rad, then chopping/expanding some holes in the motherboard tray. If I could figure out a way to give myself more room behind the tray, I'd totally do it.
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I wish I found this thread 2 years ago before buying my P183 >_>

I'm not sure how much difference a bottom fan makes. I cut a hole in the bottom of my Beat Evo and put a fan there, but I'm not sure if it made any difference. I have removed the fan and blocked off the hole, and I haven't really seen any changes.
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post #29 of 2110
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Antecs aren't the easiest to work with. Build quality is decent, but really, that's about as far as they go. With my P193, the wire management is horrendous (and was the same with my old P182 and my friend's 1200) not to mention there's far too little space between the mobo tray and the side panel, making wire tucks that much harder. And when you can't hide those cables away, they end up blocking air flow. Very few of their cases have dual top fans, meaning it's harder to get appropriately fresh air pushed to the CPU cooler.

I'm willing to work with my case, and I'm starting a hefty mod project next month to fit my water cooling, so it works for me. Most likely I'll go with a different company for my next case, though. This P193 is just too much of a PITA, especially considering how much easier everything was on my friend's Beta Evo and my other friend's HAF 932.

Outside of the statement of a second fan on the top~ you've said absolutely nothing about its capacity for air cooling on an air cooling thread in an air cooling forum.

There was no reason at all for the OP to blast all Antec cases. Hell based on post history he even owned one.

OP~ you do great things for the forum. I can tell, but just because you had an ill experience with one of your cases, think long and hard before just slamming an entire brand for the purpose of a degree or two celcius~ especially when you don't really have any just cause for it.

Some of you are going to have to really tell me the issue with cable management as well. Are you guys experiencing only the first version of some of these cases? The Antec 900-2 has more holes than I know what to do with. Not having a dual-top fan is mitigated by the fact that the 200mm fan at the top is flippin' awesome.

It's not perfect, but it's a midtower case. The only negative I have with it is having to unscrew drive bays to get to my dust filters. I wouldn't tell people to boycott Antec because of that. lol (I'm just teasing here~)

The Beta Evo is a nice case for instance, it's got the exact same cutouts for cables as the Antec 900-2 and it's way cheaper. Then again it doesn't come with anything but the front fan for cooling so it better be.

Sorry~ just set my trigger off a bit with that. *laughs*

Anyway if you want to use ehume's unorthadox, but very practical method of CPU cooling, you're obviously going to need a no-nonsense case that can be modified with things like forward facing top fans. I just think it's funny that you have a thread celebrating negative pressure and then have this one dictating positive pressure as the way to go.
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About Antec, I had a Nine Hundred v1 for more than 3 years and it was awesome at cooling, and very silent too, but it was the meeting point of all the dust that came inside my computer room biggrin.gif And the cable management was non existant, I had to remove the middle bay to be able to install a GTX280 back then, it was spaghetti-city inside biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
For the price, it's a great case, but nowadays if I hadn't buy a HAF-X, I would go for a CM-690 II.
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