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post #1 of 8
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Hello everyone!

I've had the unfortunate incident where my PSU is starting to die a couple months shy of its 3 year anniversary. I was surprised it lasted that long, but the timing is unfortunate for me. I was planning on doing a system upgrade about the middle of the summer, but I suppose a little earlier wouldn't hurt. It would be a graduation gift to myself for completing my masters degree smile.gif

Alright, so as my sig rig says, I have the CM Stacker 810. Great case for the time. Poor case right now in terms of cable management and no freaking hole behind the motherboard to easily replace the heatsink bracket. Sigh... rant over. I need something new and while you might think, "hey! why not just buy a new PSU and then you wouldn't have these problems!", unfortunately the way I have the CPU power cable wired up, I'd have to remove the entire motherboard completely to get the cable out. It is very tight in the way it is placed. It is easier to not play any video games for a few more weeks to work on completing my thesis and then upgrade afterward.

Points I'm looking for in a case:
  • Almost completely hidden cable management
  • 5-6 hard drive slots
  • Able to be placed on a carpeted floor with enough clearance from the fibers (or recommend something I can put under it)
  • Easy removable dust filters for EASY cleaning
  • And at least 4 front USB ports on the case if possible
  • Possible sound padding? Not sure how that would eliminate heat issues... worth a shot to ask

I will be salvaging as many parts from my current build as possible minus the CPU, Mobo, RAM, optical drives.

Cases I've personally worked with on builds for other people:
Antec 1200 (too crowded with the HDDs and GPU wiring placement)
Cooler Master 900 (too small, obviously lol!)
and another Cooler Master case which I'm forgetting the name. It is in my office at work and was a custom build. I don't own the machine, my work place does. The case was ok, but it was a little small for what I need it for.

I haven't did much research yet on a new case, however one case which really got my attention was this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146088

On a side note... Ivy Bridge is coming out in a few weeks. I've seen mixed benchmarks which are obviously early. I don't like buying first gen release date hardware, so should I wait for any bugs to get worked out (if any) or get Sandy Bridge?

Thanks for any and all input! I'd like to keep the case budget to about $200, but I could go to $300 if something really catches my eye. A case build is a work of art both outside and inside.
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post #2 of 8
looks like you are describing the FT02 , That is the next case I plan to get and it seems to have everything you want biggrin.gif
*5 HDD bays
*Dust filters
*Elevated from floor by the foot
*Great cable management
(it only has 2 USB on the front panel, but the way the case works all the ports are on the top anyways, but you could easily add a 5.25 or 3.5 USB card for the front if you have to)
Edited by rdrdrdrd - 3/17/12 at 12:02pm
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Very interesting case design! Probably a little too cramped for what I'm used to. I'll keep it in mind as at one point I did have my eye on it...
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AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
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post #4 of 8
its a beautiful case, great for air-cooling, and it is incredibly well built and im sure you don't need any more room unless you are planning on SB-E in the future tongue.gif
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
I dug a little more and it is an interestingly designed case, I'll give it that. I do like the way it functions internally, but it is too soon to make a decision on it. I appreciate the suggestion! I've wanted to know what this case was for some time now as I've seen it in the rate my cables thread.
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
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NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
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AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
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NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
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post #6 of 8
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You know, I'm actually digging the case the more I think about it. I'll need to get an extra front panel USB reader for more ports, but other than that, it looks like a nice case! What I like the most about it is that it has noise padding on the inside which is what I was looking for, but not a primary dependency.
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
Audio
AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
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QX 6700 ASUS Striker Extreme gutted out GSkill DDR2 800mhz 4GB 
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1x Intel 520 120GB SSD, 2x 2TB, 2x 1TB, 1x 320G... LiteOn Bluray Burner LiteOn DVD Burner Corsair H100 w/ 4x 120mm Cougar fans (push/pull) 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
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NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
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AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NITRO1250 View Post

You know, I'm actually digging the case the more I think about it. I'll need to get an extra front panel USB reader for more ports, but other than that, it looks like a nice case! What I like the most about it is that it has noise padding on the inside which is what I was looking for, but not a primary dependency.

something like this would do nicely
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post #8 of 8
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That's actually not half bad. Also, one thing about the case that I noticed. It is rather small in terms of GPU capacity. Like for example there is no way it could fit a 7000 series Radeon. That could be a problem in the long term...
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
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NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
Audio
AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
QX 6700 ASUS Striker Extreme gutted out GSkill DDR2 800mhz 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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1x Intel 520 120GB SSD, 2x 2TB, 2x 1TB, 1x 320G... LiteOn Bluray Burner LiteOn DVD Burner Corsair H100 w/ 4x 120mm Cougar fans (push/pull) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
Audio
AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
QX 6700 ASUS Striker Extreme gutted out GSkill DDR2 800mhz 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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