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I'm looking for a case that has good airflow, supports 120mm fans (I will probably end up using only 120mm. No comment), and has good cable management. I'm only going to need 2-3 5.25 bays so that shouldn't be a problem. I'm looking at the Corsair Carbide 500R and Bitfenix Shinobi. I can't find any case to my liking from Silverstone or Lian-Li atm (maybe because I'm tired). I don't like the look of most of the coolermaster cases so please don't recommend CM. Any other recommendations will be fine.

-hybrid-

Edit: If you can find a Lian Li or silverstone with good airflow, I'd be happy to get it.

Edit: Budget is under $200.


I'm back looking for a new case and I'm pretty sure I've become a PITA by now. redface.gif I can't seem to find a 'perfect' case for myself as I keep on changing my plans. I am still considering the FT02 but I would prefer 8 or 9 hard drive bays. I'm still looking for other cases though as it doesn't fit all of my requirements. My requirements are listed below.

  • Minimalistic design
  • Support for up to 4 or 5 hard drives (as long as I can mount 5 somehow)
  • 120mm fan support for all intakes/exhausts
  • Decent cable management
  • Great airflow
  • Watercooling support
I'm not in favor of any brand, material, etc. this time as I'm desperate to prepare myself as I will have no time during school to ponder about planning for my first computer. My budget is yet to be determined. The case size doesn't matter at the moment because I have no size constraints right now but I do prefer a mid-tower. The case doesn't have to be tool less. Again, I'm sorry as I'm sure I've become a PITA now. redface.gif Thanks.

Hybrid
Edited by HybridCore - 8/13/11 at 6:01am
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post #2 of 75
Silverstone FT02, can't beat that airflow (stock ) smile.gif
But with your budget, the Silverstone RV02 Evolution is a good choice also.
Edited by TC_Fenua - 7/28/11 at 12:47am
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post #3 of 75
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Thanks. I don't really like the look of the RAVEN. Sorry about that. The FT02 is a great case. I'll keep that in mind.
Edited by HybridCore - 8/7/11 at 7:30am
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post #4 of 75
Lian Li 9F, 8FI, B25F, B25FWB, Z60 are all great cases.
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post #5 of 75
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The B25 looks like an armorsuit without the perforated 5.25 bays. Any cases with 2 120mm fans in front, 2 on top, and 1 on the back? 1 on the bottom (excluding psu) would be cool too. I don't really need toolless.
Edited by HybridCore - 8/7/11 at 7:30am
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post #6 of 75
Corsair Carbide 500R or Fortress FT02 are good choices though.. both meet your requirement.. cheers.gif
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post #7 of 75
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How's the Shinobi's performance?
Edited by HybridCore - 8/7/11 at 7:30am
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post #8 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore;14377620 
How's the Shinobi's performance?
Quote:
It does an pretty good job of cooling as is but if you’re going to put some meaty hardware in it I’d invest in one or two more fans as only two are included.
Once I added an extra fan I couldn’t find fault with it. Out of the box the BitFenix Shinobi runs pretty quietly, most of the noise came from the Corsair H50 fan and the extra fan I added.
Check this.


Also see this test with the only 120mm fan (stock).
Edited by adridu59 - 7/28/11 at 1:35pm
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post #9 of 75
Thread Starter 
It seems it holds up pretty well. I don't mind having no USB 3.0 or eSATA ports.

Edit: http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/63349-n-sanitys-guide-fans.html

I'm looking for an equal or negative pressure setup. The 500R loaded with fans will end up as a positive pressure system unless I use the side ventilation as an exhaust vent which wouldn't be ideal. The Shinobi is an equal pressure system. I can easily make it a negative. I will be using dust filters so don't worry.

1. Bitfenix Shinobi
2. ?????

Edited by HybridCore - 8/7/11 at 7:31am
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post #10 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by HybridCore;14388488 
I'm looking for an equal or negative pressure setup. The 500R loaded with fans will end up as a positive pressure system unless I use the side ventilation as an exhaust vent which wouldn't be ideal. The Shinobi is an equal pressure system. I can easily made it a negative. I will be using dust filters so don't worry.

For me positive pressure is the way to go.
Check this.
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