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post #1 of 5
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I'm looking to get a new mid-tower case with very specific criteria:

Has to be Mid-Tower
Great air-flow with dust-filters for all the intakes.
Great cable management
USB 3.0 20pin headers
Fits one video card of any size (I don't want to worry about fitting my video card)
PSU can be mounted to intake from the bottom (kinda goes with the great air-flow requirement.

This is going to be a case that will last me for at least 5 years.

EDIT: Also, I'd prefer one without any LED fan lights, but this is not a must.
Edited by charlie310 - 5/5/12 at 10:26am
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post #2 of 5

you did not specify. color or price. i am a huge fan of the NZXT 410 series. Amazing case although it does not meet your dust filter requirement

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085

http://store.nzxt.com/category_s/1.htm?searching=Y&sort=3&cat=1&show=12&page=2


Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 5/5/12 at 10:45am
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post #3 of 5
It would help to know your budget, but I would take a look at the Fractal Design Arc Midi, seems to hit all your needs above

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007&Tpk=fractal%20design%20midi

Other noteworthy cases to check out are the Corsair Carbide or Graphite Series cases. thumb.gif
    
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I really have no budget, but I'd feel a little stupid for spending over $150 (unless it had some amazing features). As for color, I want something that doesn't stand out too much (no yellow, green, pink, orange, etc.).

Thanks for your input, but I have been doing research myself and did find some cases including the corsairs you mentioned. I haven't looked at many cases, but I was able to find a few that I really liked:

Corsair 400R - great look cuz you can shut-off LEDs, great design, popular enough so that I could resell it in the future with ease, downside is the front dust filter is only semi-removable (it's attached to the front panel that detaches)

Corsair 500R - Same as the 400R but better airflow, additional downside-the side intake requires a custom dust filter.

Silverstone PS06 - Perfect case except not the best airflow, looks kinda ugly w/the blue stripes, and probably has a low resell value (if I could even resell it).
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post #5 of 5
You should consider the Lian Li PC-9F. I did a build for a friend with one, and it was amazingly easy to work with. It meets all of your criteria, except the hard drive cage should be removed for maximum airflow.

EDIT: I'm looking over user reviews for this case, and they're all complaining about the USB 3.0 header. I distinctly recall having a 20-pin USB 3.0 cable, but others are reporting that they're cables that need to be run outside of the case and plugged into the back of the mainboard. You might should verify that if you decide to go for this case.
Edited by kremtok - 5/6/12 at 1:30pm
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