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Hi folks updated my sig rig with an i7 2600k and asrock extreme4 gen 3 mobo. Need a new case to house them. I have an antec 900 and would like to buy a new case, that will last me a long long time.
What i want: - roomy,good cable management, silent, good for water cooling(it can house a rad or two)(for the future ) and air cooling, dust filters, no haf cases and if possible does not look cheesy and too blingy.
Budget is around $200.
I am quite impressed by the corsair 600t and the 500r(can't decide out of those) but any other suggestions are welcome.
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post #2 of 12
have you considered the 650D? Very similar internals to the 600T, but slightly more space for water cooling.
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Originally Posted by moop View Post
have you considered the 650D? Very similar internals to the 600T, but slightly more space for water cooling.
Agreed.
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post #4 of 12
NZXT PHANTOM, im not sure what the pricing is in america... but Cable management is amazing... very clean professional look, amazing airflow =]
    
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post #5 of 12
HAF X/HAF Advanced, those cases are beast, their airflow is insanely nice. I've read somewhere HAF 932 Advanced is best airflow case on the market, and it cost little lesser then NZXT Phantom.
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post #6 of 12
I think the OP may want to check out Fractal Design Define R3.

The XL version apparently got thermal design wrong though, so it's a worse buy than its midi size from my understanding.
Edited by drunkenvalley - 10/13/11 at 10:06am
post #7 of 12
Personally I've been desiring a Lian-Li (PC-9F, for example) to mod and have powdercoated.

However, the Phantom is an excellent choice if you want something full-featured out of the box. Fractal Design is worth a look as well, although for some reason I've lost the enthusiasm for their cases I once had.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions but as stated in the original post
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Originally Posted by exhaile View Post
no haf cases
I did some research on the 600D and they said its not that good for cooling. Is that right? Cos i cannot afford water cooling atm, not going to buy a H100 or similar loop and water cool, when I do it i want to do it right.
The nzxt phantoms look nice, I will look into those.
The fractal design r3 confuses me, how does air get through all the stuff covering the fans?
Forgot to mention I am looking for a white or silver case.
Is there a thread or website that lists cases and what size rads they can fit?
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post #9 of 12
Fractal Design Define R3's cooling is quite simple actually. The front fans gain air through ventilation along the front-bezel's sides and through opening on the bottom for example.
post #10 of 12
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Ahh thaaats how they do it. Cool, so its back to review sites...to choose between fractal define, nzxt phantom, corsair 600d/t/500r.
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