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NZXT M59. Great case.
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My money is on the PC-90 although admittedly that is the only one I have worked with our reviewed.

Here where my thoughts on it.

Pros:

+ Light at only 14.77Lbs
+ Smallish for a HPTX capable case
+ Silent fan operation
+ Ten expansion slots
+ Able to user 400mm/15.75" GPU's
+ Removable intake fan filters

Cons:

- No cable routing cutouts
- Only two 5.25" drive bays
The cable routing slightly bothers me but the 5.25 bays don't. There is space to bring the cables to the back between the fans and motherboard tray but that means I need to drag every cable from that area so it looks like a streak of cables running from the board to the front.
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+1 for the fractal design arc midi. The front is plastic though, it is hard to tell in pictures. Lots of slots for 120mm. Good cable management - I was able to hide everything behind the mobo, with the exception of the bottom and rear fan power cables. The top hard drive bay is removable/rotatable, if you want to fit a longer graphics card or just want better airflow.

It is just wide enough to fit my cpu cooler, with 180mm side fan, but i had to mount the cooler horizontally. I would suggest not using a side fan if you have a tall cooler, and maybe cover the side panel? My side fan is 38mm thick.

It's also water cooling ready, i have never done any water cooling, so can't tell you much about that.

EDIT: just saw the updated requirements. The PC 9F looks very similar to the arc midi, and is all aluminum. Only downside is the non removable HD bay - if you ever buy a a really long graphics card, that may be a problem. My GTX 580 didn't really fit with the top HD bay in, so that is why i removed it.
Edited by podunk - 10/24/11 at 2:20pm
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+1 for the fractal design arc midi. The front is plastic though, it is hard to tell in pictures. Lots of slots for 120mm. Good cable management - I was able to hide everything behind the mobo, with the exception of the bottom and rear fan power cables. The top hard drive bay is removable/rotatable, if you want to fit a longer graphics card or just want better airflow.

It is just wide enough to fit my cpu cooler, with 180mm side fan, but i had to mount the cooler horizontally. I would suggest not using a side fan if you have a tall cooler, and maybe cover the side panel? My side fan is 38mm thick.

It's also water cooling ready, i have never done any water cooling, so can't tell you much about that.

EDIT: just saw the updated requirements. The PC 9F looks very similar to the arc midi, and is all aluminum. Only downside is the non removable HD bay - if you ever buy a a really long graphics card, that may be a problem. My GTX 580 didn't really fit with the top HD bay in, so that is why i removed it.
Nah, I'm the the person who buys high end gfx cards. I get what I need and that's only simple stuff. I doubt mid range/high end cards are going to be getting any longer. If they're going to be getting any bigger, it'll just take up more expansion slots.
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NZXT M59. Great case.
QFT!

im rocking this m59 since march, and even fit a gtx 580 asus direct CU II in it talking about a budget case with good potential!
post #76 of 107
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Meh, not my type of case. The fractal (again) seems cramped but I'll consider it. More 140mm fan support would be nice.

New requirements for those who didn't see. Will update the OP.

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I just got word back that it isn't possible but it's fine. The PC-9F is now in the game since I've finally found 140mm fans that please me (San Ace 9WB1412S501 and 9LB1412S501 along with the Akasa Viper and Apache 140mm). So...new requirements and on the search...again.

-$150 (the lower the better)
-1 or 2 top intakes
-2 front 120/140mm intakes or a single 200mm front intake
-Not Corsair (sorry Corsair but I'm just not a big fan of your cases)
-1 back exhaust
-3 or 4x5.25 bays (if there's any more, I'm fine with them)

Current cases

-PC-9F
-Arc Midi (Maybe, still cramped though)
-Source 220

No more CM 692 since it started looking geeky to me again but Viper still looks good so I'm not insulting Spidermonkey.

Edited by HybridCore - 10/24/11 at 2:56pm
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Nah, I'm the the person who buys high end gfx cards. I get what I need and that's only simple stuff. I doubt mid range/high end cards are going to be getting any longer. If they're going to be getting any bigger, it'll just take up more expansion slots.
I didn't think i would have a problem with a high end graphics card not fitting either, but the GTX 580 I currently have would not fit with the HD bays in. Perhaps Galaxy had a design oversight and made their card slightly too long, or Fractal made their case slightly too short, although newegg clearly states the card was 11.5 in (292 mm).

Just something to watch out for
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I didn't think i would have a problem with a high end graphics card not fitting either, but the GTX 580 I currently have would not fit with the HD bays in. Perhaps Galaxy had a design oversight and made their card slightly too long, or Fractal made their case slightly too short, although newegg clearly states the card was 11.5 in (292 mm).

Just something to watch out for
Okay. Thanks for the heads up though.
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When it comes to budget I dont think that any chassis on the market can beat the Merc or Shinobi from BitFenix:

Shinobi 59 USD: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...HINOBI-BK.html

Shinobi Window 69 USD: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...OBI-WD-BK.html

Shinobi Window White 69 USD: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...0-WWWB-SP.html

BitFenix Merc 49 USD: http://www.xoxide.com/bitfenix-mercalphacase.html
Edited by kul1 - 10/25/11 at 1:33am
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Just choose from the cases in the OP for now. I can't seem to find other cases that make me happier.

Quote:
So...new requirements and on the search...again.

-$150 (the lower the better)
-1 or 2 top intakes
-Supports 120, 140, or 200mm fans (mostly 140)
-Not Corsair (sorry Corsair but I'm just not a big fan of your cases)
-At least 1x5.25 bay (if there's any more, I'm fine with them)

Current cases

-PC-9F
-Arc Midi (Maybe, still cramped though)
-PC-90
-PC-A05N
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