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post #1 of 7
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I'm looking into upgrading my case. I purchased a bunch of new components back in April, but I still don't have a case to fit them in. A midtower case will suit my needs, as full towers are too large and expensive. This case will be used for around 7-10 years.

Requirements:
  • Sleek/Modern/Clean
  • Black
  • Can fit a Noctua NH-D14
  • Midtower
  • USB 3.0 front-panel
  • Good Air Flow/Slots for extra Fans
  • Budget: $80-$130
  • Available in Canada

I've currently been looking at the Antec Eleven Hundred and the Corsair Obsidian 650D. Are these reliable and great choices? How does the Corsair Carbide series compare to the Corsair 650D?
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post #2 of 7
I went with a corsair Carbide 400r and love it. It's black, sleek and modern. It has usb 3.0 right up front and the side panels stick out just enough to great cable management and any cooler you want.

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post #3 of 7
Coolermaster 690 ii advanced is a great case. There is a usb 3.0 version as well. Should run you about $80. I sure love mine! smile.gif
post #4 of 7
I am a big Rosewill fan and I recommend this. It has plenty of room for a mid-tower case. Good luck on your build! thumb.gif
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post #5 of 7
The NZXT Source is a great budget case. Your budget is a little higher, so you might want something else. But I have no regrets about mine. It is wonderful.
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post #6 of 7
The eleven hundred and 650D are good cases but They both have extra expansion slots and spacing above the motherboard that make them taller than a "real" mid-tower. The 650D is also way too expensive.

Personally I would go with the Fractal Design R4 Black Pearl. The case is designed for low noise, but has a lot of extra fan vents that can be uncovered and used to get plenty of airflow. Another option is the Arc Midi which trades the front door and the noise reducing foam for even more airflow. Both are great cases and are smaller than the 650D and eleven hundred.
Edited by qwertymac93 - 9/28/12 at 1:06am
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post #7 of 7
Antec 1100 or P280. The size difference between these and a typical mid tower case are why I'd choose them.
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