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Hey guys. I have decided to build my sister an i7-2600k system for her birthday!
I am a fan of the HAF series for gaming, but my sister will be more into video editing and image software.
I need help finding a case that is perfect for her!
I would like it to have USB 3.0 in front of the case,
Must be of reasonable size for her to be able to move
Side window because I will be color coordinating the build to remind her that her computer is not your average build smile.gif
Cable management is a must!

Price point: $120

MicroCenter and Fry's are local.
Newegg is good too smile.gif

Let me know if you guys have a personal recommendation!
If all else fails, I will purchase a HAF 912 with a USB 3.0 drive bay slot
    
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post #2 of 12
NZXT Lexa S or Tempest Evo. Or the Level 10 GT.

EDIT: I keep forgetting Level 10 GT costs like 250 bucks apparently.
Edited by drunkenvalley - 10/13/11 at 2:51pm
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Coolermaster storm enforcer?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

I would also suggest the Corsair 400 or 500R. They both have great cable management features, USB 3 on the front panel and are quite small.
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Bitfenix Shinobi Windowed but no USB 3.0

NZXT Source 210/220 but no window.
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post #6 of 12
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Thanks, I will check them out and give some feedback on them.
so far, they look good!
    
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post #7 of 12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065
No front usb3, but its still a neat little case.
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post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drunkenvalley;15296650 
NZXT Lexa S
Overall it looks great! +1 for cable management, but -2 for the position of the USB ports.. on the bottom, but not only low down, but it's also on the bottom SIDE of the case frown.gif I don't think she wants to have to deal with that frown.gif also, lacking USB 3.0? I can't tell. Thank you though!
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Originally Posted by drunkenvalley;15296650 
or NZXT Tempest Evo.
It's a nice design, but lacking USB 3.0. Looks like it comes with all of the fans installed though, so that is a nice deal.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NorCa;15296672 
Phantom Pink
Nice, I did not know they were released in a pink color tongue.gif
I don't think it would be out of line to get a case of that size, although it is not small! I am more staying away from a HAF X type build.
I think she'd kill me for designing a pink computer, but I could easily fly with a white case smile.gif
The only thing I find on this computer not to my liking, is the lack of plexiglass side panel. The side panel looks a bit too crowded and complex to cut out and design a window, too. This IS pretty much as big as I would go, though! If you know of one in white with a side panel, I might go for it.
Thank you smile.gif
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Originally Posted by NorCa;15296672 
Arc Mini and maybe mod the window?
Bookmarked! Definitely good potential, and would mod the window. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by NorCa;15296672 
TJ-08E, the only 2 small cases I like.
Can't say I like the layout of this system, but thanks for the recommendation smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kieran;15296742 
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer?
Don't think she would like the look of the case, with it's complex front. doesn't look too friendly. Nearly everything else on the case is good!
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Originally Posted by Kieran;15296742 
I would also suggest the Corsair 400 or 500R. They both have great cable management features, USB 3 on the front panel and are quite small.
Not bad! I would take out the white 120mm LED fans though. 400R > 500R for her needs, and i'm still not sure i'd go for that side panel. window would be best smile.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by z3r0_k00l75;15297544 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065
No front usb3, but its still a neat little case.
You're right! that is a neat little case! smile.gif
I'm surprised it comes with a black interior for that price, WITH a handle to carry it.
I would consider that with a USB front panel add-on, but the side panel looks like a bad idea. I want to design her computer to be low maintenance, and dust \ hassle free. She didn't clean out her laptop for a very long time until it started looping on shutdown protection and couldn't figure out why XD
I would definitely run an H50 water cooler on a mATX case to keep things tidy for her smile.gif

+Rep for all suggestions, when I get back cool.gif
    
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post #9 of 12
Is a 3.5" bay USB3 front panel out of the question? Youd get a wider variety of case choices and most likely for less $ too.
    
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post #10 of 12
These two seem to fit your description perfectly:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112320

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112337
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