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Hey guys,

I was thinking about swapping my case for something bigger and better this weekend and need some recommendations.

I currently use an Antec 300 with the system specs below and it gets.... crowded in there. 2 570's make alot of heat and noise so something with good ventilation (and dust filters) and good noise control would be fantastic.

My budget is under 100 because this is something i just thought up but if case that is slightly more expensive impresses me then i might get it as well. Something with descent cable management would also be sweet because my current case has nada.

Am i asking for too much for a sub-100 case? I know very little about cases tbh.

This is the store i will be buying from http://www.ncix.ca/
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post #2 of 13
I would save up a little more,for under 100,you won't really get much.
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I would save up a little more,for under 100,you won't really get much.
alright... what are some cases i should be looking at?

forget about the 100 limit
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post #4 of 13
Cant beat this - based on the Corsair 650D from the looks of it. I don't know this specific case, but Bitfenix cases are generally pretty nice, and the spec's of it look perfect for you.

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=73006&vpn=BFC%2DGHO%2D300%2DKKN1%2DRP&manufacture=Others&promoid=1360
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Scrap that, get this:

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=62758&vpn=CC%2D9011013%2DWW&manufacture=Corsair&promoid=1210

Beautiful case, great airflow, $30 off and $9 shipping?

Awesome deal and under budget.

I'm also very partial to this:
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=66840&vpn=CA%2DPH410%2DW1&manufacture=NZXT

"I like nice things and earn big $$$":
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=68308&vpn=CA%2DSW810%2DW1&manufacture=NZXT

"Money is of zero relevance":
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=72748&vpn=TJ07B%2DW%2DUSB3%2E0&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology

"I have to pay for things? But normally my butler Giles does everything for me ...":
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58735&vpn=TJ11B%2DW&manufacture=Silverstone%20Technology
Edited by willibj - 10/3/12 at 11:48am
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Cant beat this - based on the Corsair 650D from the looks of it. I don't know this specific case, but Bitfenix cases are generally pretty nice, and the spec's of it look perfect for you.
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=73006&vpn=BFC%2DGHO%2D300%2DKKN1%2DRP&manufacture=Others&promoid=1360
Both that and this would be good choices for under $100
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=58475&vpn=FD-CA-ARC-BL&manufacture=Fractal%20Design&promoid=1210
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wow alot of options here.

thinking about the 500r any thoughts/ opinions?

how does it stack up to a phantom?

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wow alot of options here.
thinking about the 500r any thoughts/ opinions?
how does it stack up to a phantom?
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The Phantom or the Phantom 410?
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wow alot of options here.
thinking about the 500r any thoughts/ opinions?
how does it stack up to a phantom?
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I LOVE my full size Phantom, and came to it from an Antec 300. That was two years ago. I still love my case more than any other component. I would happily get the Phantom 410 as a secondary case, but I wouldn't trade the full size Phantom for anything except a Silverstone TJ07 or TJ11. The NZXT 810 Switch is probably a better case in terms of features, but it doesn't have the style of the Phantom, period - it does still look beautiful however.

The 500r will suit you fine - Corsair cases have good airflow, plenty of room for cables behind the motherboard tray and quality features to boot. You cannot go wrong with a Corsair case.

Assess how much you want to spend and pick the best option. In budget, get the 500r. If you are going to bother saving and spending more, then you should AT LEAST upgrade to a full-size Phantom or similar, unless you are particularly in love with the Phantom styling, but want to keep the budget. The 410 is great, but it looks "hokey" and kinda half-a$sed next to its big brother, with the tiny little window and mounted side fans over the GPU's.

Cases are a hard choice - the main thing is personality for me, once you have the basics features covered. You do look at your case an awful lot more than the internals ... generally, except for those into hardware pron wink.gif
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