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I am going to upgrade my case from a Antec 300 to a mid range case.

I have been looking at the Corsair 500r. I like Corsair products but have read that this case can come with some problems, but that was late 2011 and do not know if some of these problems have been fixed. Also, I've read that the case does not fit 240 radiators (besides the H100), and water cooling is a project I plan to take on in a few years when I get a stable job. Maybe I'll just have to upgrade my case again when it comes time.

I like the quality of cable management and the minimalist design. I'm not one for big flashy colors or giant logos ect.

If you have any cases you have liked or want to suggest, I'd appreciate it. I am trying to stick to around $130 dollars or less.

Thanks in advance OCN.
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post #2 of 13
The CM 690 II advanced is getting old but is very very versatile.
post #3 of 13
The 500R is a good case for the money, I helped a couple friends complete builds in that chassis. With that said, in that price range it may be hard to find something meeting every requirement. Check out some Fractal cases as well. The Corsair 650D is a bit out of the price range, but has good set up for air cooling in the meantime while you wait to "take the plunge" into water-cooling.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by nerdybeat View Post

The 500R is a good case for the money, I helped a couple friends complete builds in that chassis. With that said, in that price range it may be hard to find something meeting every requirement. Check out some Fractal cases as well. The Corsair 650D is a bit out of the price range, but has good set up for air cooling in the meantime while you wait to "take the plunge" into water-cooling.

Did you have any problems with the 500R? I have read forums on here saying motherboard tray was warped, PSU didn't line up correctly to screw in, and was wobbly on surfaces to name a few. It seems it was hit and miss.

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll take a look.
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by ginger_nuts View Post

The CM 690 II advanced is getting old but is very very versatile.

I would also say take a look at the CM 690 Advanced II. Its a great mid tower case, has room for multiple 240 rads, and has pretty good cable management.
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post #6 of 13
What about the Phantom? I'm using one, and it's great!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067
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Lancool PC-K62 ... great case! thumb.gif
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Thread Starter 
Thank you for the responses guys, a little more minimalistic though! smile.gif I don't really want a window like the Lian either, again thanks for the posts!
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by xstarscream View Post

Thank you for the responses guys, a little more minimalistic though! smile.gif I don't really want a window like the Lian either, again thanks for the posts!

They make it without the window its called the k58, that doesn't come with the top two 140mm fans, or you could go with the k60 which comes with the two top fans. None of the fans are led like the k62 and the interior isn't black which doesnt matter if there is no window.
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post #10 of 13
The limited radiator possibilities with the 500R scared me away. I decided on the Fractal Design Arc Midi and cannot be happier.
Check out the OCN Fractal club for more info:
http://www.overclock.net/t/838683/fractal-design-case-club/0_50
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