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Hey guys, I'm making my first rig and was wondering what case to get. First off, I have no hard budget but it definitely has to be under $200. I'm fine with any case $30 to $150, really. Here are some I've had in mind:

-Lancool Dragon Lord
-Lancool K Series
-Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
-Cooler Master Storm Scout
-Cooler Master HAF series (X refurb, 932, 922)
-BitFenix Colossus
-BitFenix Shinobi
-Lian-Li PC9

There are some others I've since forgotten. The two most important factors are cooling and appearance to me. I don't want a case that looks absolutely stupid. For most cases I'll turn the LCD's off but I can appreciate when they're used tastefully like in the BitFenix Shinobi. Silence is a huge plus but not necessary since I sleep with a fan and game with headphones on.

And finally, here is my build:
-i5 2500k
-Galaxy GTX 570
-MSI P67A-GD55-B3
-1TB 7200RPM Spinpoint
-4GB Dual Channel Vengeance 1600MHz
-800W PSU (Had a spare, I know it's obviously overkill)
Roughly used this guide: http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/...uide/Guide.png

Thanks
Edited by 8mileroad - 7/18/11 at 7:23pm
post #2 of 36
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Antec-Inc....r&ssm=0&sspt=1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.35 x 22.1 x 22.1

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coolermast...r&ssm=0&sspt=1
scout=$70 at walmart
post #3 of 36
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Originally Posted by anthony224847 View Post
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Antec-Inc....r&ssm=0&sspt=1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.35 x 22.1 x 22.1

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coolermast...r&ssm=0&sspt=1
scout=$70 at walmart
Sweet pricing for a storm scout. Thanks, will keep that link in mind.
post #4 of 36
Don't buy any Antec case. You should check out the Lancool PC-K63, Lian-Li PC-P50, Lian-Li PC-A70F and Silverstone Raven RV03.
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i just bought this zalman case for$54.99 looks pretty good for the money
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811235027
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Phantom can make a really nice build. Wish I had one (personal favorite)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146068
$140.00
Edit: I have never seen the Colossus before. Pretty advanced case, flashy but really nice.
Edited by Wheezo - 7/18/11 at 7:26pm
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Originally Posted by boredgunner View Post
Don't buy any Antec case. You should check out the Lancool PC-K63, Lian-Li PC-P50, Lian-Li PC-A70F and Silverstone Raven RV03.
I really get confused comparing Lian-Li's, they all seem very similar. Lancool K63 was one of the cases in my OP (I accidentally called them lanboys) as well as the Dragon Lord. Will check out the Silverstone Raven RV03.
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The Colossus is such a fun and great looking case! You just can't go wrong with it!
    
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Originally Posted by Wheezo View Post
Phantom can make a really nice build. Wish I had one (personal favorite)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146068
$140.00
Edit: I have never seen the Colossus before. Pretty advanced case, flashy but really nice.
I agree it's flashy but it's the nicest flashy case I've ever seen. I would be buying the white version and turning the LCD's off to lessen the rice but it's still pretty flashy. I've also never seen those cases before until today when I saw someone else's choosing a case thread. I'm not interested in cases like that, I prefer a boxy case as it would be resting against a flat surface.
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The Colossus is such a fun and great looking case! You just can't go wrong with it!
It definitely looks pretty cool. How is the air flow?
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