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Affordable case for my first build.

Poll Results: Your recommendation for best case (please elaborate in the comments if you can)

 
  • 0% (0)
    Lancool PC-K63
  • 20% (2)
    Lancool PC-K9
  • 80% (8)
    Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower
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post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
I am deciding between these 3 cases now, all cost roughly the same and offer very similar features. I need a good overall package with decent airflow out of the box, low noise good material quality. I can't make up my mind, please help!




Lancool PC-K63

Lancool PC-K9

Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower




I am using a mATX motherboard and a ~270mm GPU so that should not be a problem either way. Watercooling capability is a nice bonus (Fractal Design Arc) but not a must.

I am especially puzzled at the difference between the PC-K63 and the PC-K9 (side window is not a necessity for me so the normal PC-K9 is enough) . I am aware of the difference in fan placement and resulting airflow and the additional USB3.0 port for the PC-K9 but which is the better case in the end?

And how do they fare against the Fractal case?
Edited by Xolotl - 12/30/11 at 4:13am
post #2 of 51
Cooler Master Haf 912 is a great bang for your buck case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
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post #3 of 51
obviously you're set on the more expensive end..and not just a good case that'll hold 110 mm fans..which is what i'd get
 
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post #4 of 51
I just built my wife a pc with an antec 300 and was very pleased. Plus, it's usually under $50. Decent cable management and 2 decent fans are included. Psu mounts in the bottom upside down.
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post #5 of 51
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

obviously you're set on the more expensive end..and not just a good case that'll hold 110 mm fans..which is what i'd get

Well, if I go with the "big" Phantom that's it. No additional fans or anything, 130 Euro is maxing my case budget completely, which is why I am eyeing one of the smaller ones and buying an additional fan or two instead.

I want to get a case that will hold me over for a long time. At some point in the future I will probably dabble with watercooling and before that even I might get into more serious overclocking so I do want to get a good case with big fans, I am assuming 110mm might get a little loud when they have to deal with higher temperatures.
post #6 of 51
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Originally Posted by Xolotl View Post

I am looking for a good case for my first build. I don't care a lot about most "advanced features"that come with some of the more expensive cases and not that much about looks either.
So what I need is a good value case that gets the job done, not more and not less. Low noise, high cooling power for decent overclocking, and easy to handle for a first time builder.
I have done a lot of research for a few days and want to get some first hand experience from other users now. I am currently looking at these 4(5):
NZXT Phantom ~ 120-130 €
NZXT Phantom 410 ~ 90-100 € (this one is also available with sound proofing for 120-130 euro - is it worth it in your experience?)
Corsair 500R ~90-100 €
HAF 932 ~ 110-120 €
CM 690 II ~ 95-105 €
I am strongly leaning towards the phantom because it simply seems to be the best, in fact leaning towards the Phantom 410 since I won't really need the extra drive bays and space of the bigger version and could instead spend some money on a bonus fan or two.

The cm690 is an outstanding case. I just build a SB rig for a customer using a cm690. I actually want one now. Real clean look. Rather versatile for a mid tower also. I actually have some picks of that build uploaded on my profile.
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post #7 of 51
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Originally Posted by breenemeister View Post

I just built my wife a pc with an antec 300 and was very pleased. Plus, it's usually under $50. Decent cable management and 2 decent fans are included. Psu mounts in the bottom upside down.

Crap case with crap value. NZXT Gamma is cheaper and has actual cable management, tool less drive bays and perpendicular 3.5" drive orientation.
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post #8 of 51
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Originally Posted by Xolotl View Post

I am looking for a good case for my first build. I don't care a lot about most "advanced features"that come with some of the more expensive cases and not that much about looks either.
So what I need is a good value case that gets the job done, not more and not less. Low noise, high cooling power for decent overclocking, and easy to handle for a first time builder.

Good mindset. imo go for solid build and detail quality that does the basics well and puts the rest in your hands.

I dont know what's available in your region, so forgive the state-side links:

Fractal Design Arc Midi
one of the nicer cases in its category/price range.

Very fond of lian li. They aren't pretty, but they focus on details and cut few corners. Lancool K59 as one example. Some of their best cases are the lest costly ones. Modular, adjustable hdd bays (important imo), good fan layout/customization. Good metal; no cheap wobbly panels. Their expansion bay clamps (unmatched imo) and dampened PSU hold-down bracket illustrate their attention to detail.
    
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post #9 of 51
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thanks for suggesting the Fractal Arc.

I was actually browsing their arsenal after being recommended some additional cases elsewhere and this one is one of two that stood out to me. The other one is the Fractal Design Define R3 which looks amazing. I'll update my opening post with the actual models I am looking at now. I still want to pay as little as possible for as much value as possible so while I appreciate any feedback for the more expensive models, don't make it too sweet or I might get in trouble biggrin.gif
post #10 of 51
Fractal design makes awesome cases. The R3 is the way to go for silent build but it's not ideal case for watercooling. That's where the Arc series shines as they offer very nice airflow options and support buttloads of rads. Corsair 600t is also nice-ish but the stock cooling isn't too great based on what I've heard. Basically all the cases on the OP are really solid cases so it just comes down to what you think of as the most important features, and also what pleases you looks wise.
I'd get the Arc midi even though it isn't on the list, but I'm a bit of a fan of it biggrin.gif
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