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I'm looking into building my computer in the upcoming week. As I set up my shopping cart of all my items I hit a bit of a snag. Cases, cases, what to choose.

Currently I have the ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z as a board and I would like to have the Thermaltake Frio as a CPU cooler. Originally, I was going to go for the big bad CM 932, but I might be using this computer for more LAN then I previously thought. I'm looking for a case that is light, medium size, Tool-less, has very nice cord management. I'm not that picky about the look of the case. I'm trying to stay in the price below 145$

I've have a small list of cases I've looked at, please let me know if you have a better one or would suggest one of the following.

Has a lot of features I like, a bit big
Heard nice things about
Also nice things
post #2 of 7
Try the HAF 912 or 922

Those are the smaller versions of the 932.
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post #3 of 7
Cooler Master Storm Scout has handles.. pretty good for lan case if you ask me.

I would look at
CM Storm Scout
Fractal Design Arc Midi
Corsair 500R
Haf 922
post #4 of 7
*Haf 912 (plus or advance much better)
* Fractal design Arc midi
*CM 690 II
*Storm Enforcer
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The Fractal Design Arc Midi seems to be pretty nice! Although, it does look like there are multiple designs besides the Arc Midi. Would there be any benefit of choosing something like the mini or the Fractal Design Define R3? If there's other cases I should take a look at please post!
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Also, I would look into the NZXT Phantom (black)
    
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I don't see how you can go wrong with the Arc Mini with your motherboard. If you're really going to be carrying it around a lot to LAN, then it's def the best choice out of the 3 you mentioned. For a mini case, the Arc Mini is pretty wide (210mm lol?), so I don't think you'll have any trouble with your cable management.
The Arc Mini is only 20~ lbs, but if you want something even lighter, you can look at some mini Lian Li towers (most are made out of aluminum).

edit: I recently bought this case (it's labeled as a mini, but it's really a mid tower). Haven't tried it yet, so the only thing I can tell you is that it's very light (9 lbs vs the Arc Mini's 20 lbs)
Lian Li PC-A05NB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112218

Take note that it has an inverted motherboard layout, so I'd do some reading before deciding.
Edited by keone - 8/4/11 at 4:50am
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