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I know this must have been asked 100 times over just wanted a good up to date response. What do you thin is probably the best full tower case mainly for air cooling performance in the 50-100 dollar price range I was looking a little bit at the azza solano 84.99 dollar deal.

Thanks any help is greatly appreciated.
my system
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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my system
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel q9450 @ 3.72 ghz evga 750i a1 ftw two evga superclocked gtx 470's in sli gskill 4gb ddr2 1200 5-5-5-15-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x western digital black 1tb raid 0 random dvd-rw/cd-rw 22x which somehow uses ata windows 7 64 + linux ubuntu spectre 24inch 
PowerCase
silverstone op1000-e (1000 watts) Silverstone Raven 2 
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You can take a look at the Cougar Evolution Black case. This is a relatively new case from a very good company (as far as I know), and the case has great features for the price ($90, $75 after MIR).

Pros:
  • HDD dock on top
  • 6x5.25in bays
  • screw-less hard drive trays in the case
  • fan controller
  • supports up to 6 fans
  • bottom air filters (pretty rare sight on cheaper cases)
  • looks very slick
  • side panel looks very similar to the HAF X (may be a con for some though)
  • H100 on the top maybe?
  • usb 3.0 internal header (not the male types that you need a loop-back plug/converter for)
  • very sturdy from what the reviewers are saying


Cons:
  • only two fans installed (but given the price range it's passable, and you can always add more)
  • front plastic is somewhat flimsy
  • 3 channel fan controller
  • 4x 3.5in hdd/ssd trays (may be a con if you use more than four drives, but you can probably put some in the 5.25in by converting them over)
  • no front air filters, but it has support to add one

IMO, the pros outweigh the cons by a pretty good margin. This is one of those cases you upgrade after a while, and it has a lot of potential. Yes, the fan controller can control 3 fans, but with all of those 5.25in bays you shouldn't have any problem installing a fan controller in there. That is, if you want to max out the fans in the case (on on the front, two on the top, one on the bottom, one on the back, and a fan on the side panel). A reviewer said on the egg that although it doesn't come with a front fan filter, you can purchase one (or just tape on some pantyhose biggrin.gif )

Take a look at this review. It goes much more in depth than my patience allows me to. Hope I helped ya thumb.gif
Edited by airisom2 - 1/30/12 at 1:52pm
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