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Hey Guy's / Gal's,

I am finding it very hard to find the perfect case. I currently own the Antec P182 case found here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129025

I like the look and function of it very much, although it just does not cool my system properly anymore now that it is more powerful.

I am looking for a case that does well with air cooling. I do have a closed loop water system (H60) on my CPU and that does the job fine, but the main issue I am having is related directly to my SLI. My current case does not offer side cooling over the video cards, and further more, does not even have a PSU intake vent so both of those items are getting very hot. (Vid cards ~97c under load).

So, it is time to find the perfect case, but of course, this is no easy task for me. I care too darn much about the way it looks, otherwise I would just go with the HAF X.

The must have features are as follows:

- Good+ air cooling specifically for a SLI / X-Fire installation (Side cooling)
- At least one 3.5 external bay for my card reader (harder than you think to find)
- Plenty of room in the case for cable management. Especially behind the mobo
- Back of drives face the side so cable mgt looks nice (behind mobo)
- Room for my basic 120mm (fan size) radiator on the back
- Dual or larger fan on top of the case for exhaust
- Prefer dust filters
- Please look different or nice. The look needs to say something about me. (not like the HAF look at all)
- Would prefer to stay less than $200 USD if possible
- Mid-Tower or Full Tower, does not matter. I do prefer as much room as possible for air flow and future proof though

Now, the only case that I can find that comes close is the CM HAF 932, but I just can not stand the look, or the fact that it has no dust filters with all those fans. I would consider the HAF X just because of the nice size if it had the 5.25" to 3.5" conversion on at least one of the bays like the HAF 932, but it does not.

I love the way the Raven 02 looks (different), but I do not see a viable solution for my radiator in it. The Corsair 600T also looks nice, but no 3.5 bay available, and I hear the cooling is sub par for SLI. Other than the Antec P series ... I am not really liking the looks either... I guess I am just to picky, I don't know.

Anyway, figured I would ask to see if people had suggestions of things that meet that criteria that I have not seen before. Sorry for the wall of text, and thanks for any suggestions you may have.
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post #2 of 4
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Just came across this guy... I see Rosewill a lot, although dont see many talk about them. Are they a descent brand?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147053

Looks like it has most of what I mentioned for a price less than its competitors.
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post #3 of 4
The Raven 02 looks like it could hold a big radiator.

http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...gtx-560-a.html

I know that's a Fortress 02, but the design looks similar and that guy put a very nice and big 180mm×3 radiator at the bottom. He gets excellent temps. If that's one of the cases you were looking at it, then I say go for it.

If not the Phantom from NZXT seems like it would fit all of your qualifications quite nicely...except for the card reader part... D:
They recently came out with a side window panel for it, if you're interested.

Rosewill always has lots of great reviews from customers on Newegg, and that is what matters. They all look very nice and a full-ATX tower should be/have plenty of space for whatever you do.

EDIT:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1719/9/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/396...ew/index8.html
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4648/r...-and-silence/7
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5

All of those sights gave it pretty decent reviews.
Being a full tower at that price also makes it a steal. Go for it.
Edited by Samurai Batgirl - 11/4/11 at 10:13pm
 
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For my first build (which i have right now) ive got the NZXT Hades. great case, pleasure to work with, looks different, clean, but agressive at the same time, its got a 3 temp display in front door, it's got 4 pre-installed fans (1x front 200mm red led, 1x 200 mm fan, 2x 140 mm at back and top, and 1 left also at the top, or you could install a dual radiator on the 2 top ones. 120 or 140mm, only problem is the side intake, which, if you have a big cpu aftermarket cooler, gets in the way of it. i got lucky and got about 5mm clearance, because your cpu cooler has to have a max of 131.5 mm, but as long as you look into that, its great! anyway, here you go:http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/hades
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