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Poll Results: Best full tower case for 2 gtx 580s, cooling wise, under desk (limited height)?

Poll expired: Aug 20, 2011  
  • 4% (1)
    antec 1200
  • 4% (1)
    antec dark fleet df-85
  • 12% (3)
    silverstone raven 3
  • 41% (10)
    nzxt phantom
  • 0% (0)
    coolermaster haf 922
  • 8% (2)
    coolermaster haf 932
  • 20% (5)
    coolermaster haf-x
  • 8% (2)
    azza hurrican 2000/2000R
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

So one of my friends is upgrading his computer rig and is looking for a new case. His plan is to eventually get two gtx 580's. Sadly as well most likely this case will be stuffed under a desk, I think he has about 26-28 inches of height clearance, so height is a bit of a problem. Also he understands the issue with dust and cleans regularly but a case that is nice and doesn't get dirty or at least has fan filters would be nice, not mandatory. Oh yeah we would really like a case with a rear 120mm fan as that is what is needed for his corsair h50 cooler as well. Sorry for being picky :{

What would be your recommendation for the best full tower case for this, his price range that he would like to stay under is 200 dollars. We so far have been looking at the antec 1200 or the silverstone raven 3 would love to hear your opinion on these cases. I am open to hear anyones opinion on other cases as well so feel free to recommend away.
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intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
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silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #2 of 30
Although technically it is a mid tower, the cm haf922 might fit your friends bill. It has 1 less DVD bay than the 932 but it also has dust filters up front. It also has excellent cable management.
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2600k p8p67 deluxe reference gtx 680 Ripjaws(blue)1866, 8-9-8-24-2t 
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c300, 2X WD CAVAIAR BLACK 640GB RAID 0 LG Bluray/Dvd Rewriter 7 Ult Gateway 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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Lycosa Corsair 750w tx Cooler Master HAF 932 black g9 
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c300, 2X WD CAVAIAR BLACK 640GB RAID 0 LG Bluray/Dvd Rewriter 7 Ult Gateway 24" lcd 1920x1200 
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Lycosa Corsair 750w tx Cooler Master HAF 932 black g9 
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post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 
Oh wow that is way under his max budget limit, nice, thanks, the only thing is he really doesn't want to sacrifice on cooling (as ironic as it is that he will shove it under a desk I know) if he doesn't have to how comparable is the haf 922 compared to the 1200 and raven 3. That is a really good price, but honestly he actually would rather pay close to 200 then sacrifice performance and probably would purchase higher then 200 if it really made a big difference. This is long so I suspect it will have no problem fitting gtx 580's in their, he had trouble with his antec 900, can we confirm that this will have no problem with two gtx 580s.
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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my system
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #4 of 30
I'm not sure the height of it but I have a NZXT Phantom and I love it. Full tower that has the 120mm fan in the back and would fit two 580's nicely. It's just an overall great case that has a lot little features that I love. Plus it's probably one of the sexiest cases I've ever seen. Would deff recommend checking it out. Last time I checked it was around $140.
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
Nice yeah that one, I know has great space and cooling and price, only thing I question is it might be one of the larger one's, height isn't too bad smaller then the 1200 but its really long. Don't think that is a problem though so thanks for this recommendation. I'll definitely recommend this one to him heavily.
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #6 of 30
What 580's are he using? reference? non-reference?

Stay away from Antec cases, the Performance One series and the DF-85 are the only good Antec cases ATM.
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U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
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post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
evga superclocked, I think the cooler is still reference though.
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
  hide details  
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my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #8 of 30
Thread Starter 
Not a huge overclocker, but I am trying to get him into it a bit more.
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
  hide details  
Reply
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #9 of 30
Thread Starter 
Ohh so you don't like the 1200's, from other reviews I saw it pretty comparable to the df-85 but if its that big of a difference then yeah I'll make sure if he goes antec he gets the df-85 over the 1200 its even cheaper right now anyway. Only problem, its skinnier and taller, making the df-85 more problematic for the desk and less space for the gpu then the 1200.
my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
  hide details  
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my system
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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post #10 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by julabask View Post
Ohh so you don't like the 1200's, from other reviews I saw it pretty comparable to the df-85 but if its that big of a difference then yeah I'll make sure if he goes antec he gets the df-85 over the 1200 its even cheaper right now anyway. Only problem, its skinnier and taller, making the df-85 more problematic for the desk and less space for the gpu then the 1200.
The best cooling cases ATM, in no particular order.
NZXT Phantom
Silverstone RV03
Silverstone RV02-E
Silverstone FT02
CM HAF 932 Normal/AMD/Advanced
CM HAF-X Normal/Blue
Antec DF-85
AZZA Hurrican 2000/2000R
Vibrant Curiosity
(15 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
OSMonitor
Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
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Vibrant Curiosity
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
OSMonitor
Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
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