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Hey everyone. Im looking to upgrade my case from my tacky looking Aspire X-Dreamer. I saw the Antec Performance 1 case at Comp USA yesterday and i was like O_O. Im kind of tired of the window and plastic every where. Is this case as good as it looks?

Also, the PSU on the bottom, my PSU doesnt have a super long ATX power cord so should i buy an extention cord for it? Linky for <= plz
    
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I recommend the p180. I have one and I love it. Its really quiet and its simple looking. Its not gaudy like alot of cases. I picked it up when it first came out. And haven't had any problems with it. Everything is really easy to install into it. The only thing is wire management is kinda tricky. You need to spend a little time on that to get it right and looking good.

Im not sure about your PSU cord length. It might be fine depending on where your ATX connector is on your mobo.
    
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That is one slick case. If I had the $$, I would get one immediately. Some PSU's do have issues, but just look at the case dimesions on Antec's side, and make a rough estimate with your PSU.
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It's a nice case. Here is an image of mine (the P180):


As you see, I made some changes (and a few more after I took this image):
  • Removed upper chamber HDD bracket
  • Moved the 120mm/38mm thick fan from the lower chamber to the upper as front intake fan, running at full speed
  • Use the two 120mm/25mm thick fans as exhaust back and top
  • No fan in the center of the bottom chamber
  • a 92mm fan zip-tied to the front of the case (on inside) to give airflow over my four HDD's
These changes reallly had an impact on my temperatures.

General opinion on the case:
Pros: Quiet, solid build quality, enough room for a good air cooled system, good airflow after the mods I made
Cons: cable management is a pain (take your time building your rig in this case); Cables of some PSUs could be too short (I had no problems with an Antec TPII, and Antec Phantom, and my FSP Epsilon 700W - but that last one has crazy long cables).

Don't get an extention chord right away, just try first. I think it should work. The P4 cable is actually the one more likely to be too short. (unless the power cable is really short..)
    
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I need to get some batteries for my camera and I will post a pic of my p180. I modded it a little bit. (lol)
    
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Thx guys, this is the P180 BTW
    
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post #7 of 8
yeah... we saw yuor link You linked to the P180b (performance 1 is the series, P180b is the actual case).

We have the same one, or the P180 in my case, which has the same layout, but is just silver instead of black.
    
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I don't have the P180 but rather its little cousin, the SOLO. I looked at the P180, and the P160 and the P150 (essentially a SOLO in white with a PSU included). They are all great cases, I just liked Black (so no P150 or the silver versions of the rest), my own PSU (so no P150), as little gewgaw as possible (that cut the P160) and no vents on the side or top (which eliminated the P180).

However, I can say, based on my SOLO, the quality of Antec cases is fantastic. They are solidly built, even the plastic parts feel solid. The parts fit together, like that car commercial with the marble rolling around the joints. The sound proofing is very effective and mine is extraordinarily quiet, the quietest rig I've ever had. Its actually much quieter than I was expecting. The drive supports are excellent (though I think the rubber band suspension is a bit overkill unless the rig is going to be installed in a anaechoic chamber). Stuff just fits and works. Quality has a feel and the Antec stuff I've had experience with has that feel.

That's not to say they nailed everything, there's almost always room for improvement. They could have provided captive thumb screws everywhere instead of just the most commonly used parts. They could have, on the SOLO, made the motherboard tray removeable, though it might have required some reinforcement to the case. They should have made the hinges on the front bezel and the intake fan door better, smoother. They should have reversed the intake fan door swing so you didn't have to remove the bezel to get it open. That's about it though. Small potatoes compared to many cases. Like I said, quality throughout.
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