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Ok, so I've used a Cooler Master ATCS 840 for about 2 years. I've been very pleased with the case. Unfortunately, when I had it delivered to me UPS gave it the drop (curse your free shipping newegg!), so it was warped on arrival, but only slightly so I used it anyway. The case's side panels are suspect acoustically when it isn't damaged, so I am lucky to have kept my sanity for this long I suppose. Anyway, after 2 years of moving, opening, closing, adding HDDs, swapping HDDs, etc. the case is now making rattling and vibrating noises that are destroying the last of my sanity. It's time to retire this case and move on.

ACTS 840 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119187

My biggest hesitation for getting a new case is that I've become entirely spoiled on the size of my ATCS. It's a monster, it holds my 6970 with the PSU connectors on the end , and I still have a good 4-5 inches between the cables and the hard drive rack. So I want something that is similarly large. I'm sticking with Cooler Master currently because I've been well served by them before, so currently I am looking at:

HAF X 942 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

HAF 932 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

CM Storm Series Trooper - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245

I was hoping I could get some recommendations and first hand experiences for these cases. Thanks for any help guys and gals.
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These are all good cases but would recommend somehthing a bit more new & exclusive...The new CM Stryker:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/cooler_master_cm_storm_stryker_review,1.htmlReview:

& Price:
http://www.amazon.com/CM-Storm-Stryker-Computer-SGC-5000W-KWN1/dp/B008O2HOI2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351046470&sr=8-1&keywords=cm+stryker
Edited by eXXon - 10/23/12 at 8:05pm
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Interesting. The Stryker looks pretty beast, but I'm not digging the white, so I took a look at the Trooper as well, I might go with that one (side panel is no matter to me, I can't see the side of my case with my setup either way). Thanks for the input though eXXon.
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Between those, either the HAF-X or Storm Trooper are fine. The HAF-X has better out of the box airflow and can hold more drives, not much difference otherwise. If you're willing to branch out, I recommend the Lian-Li PC-A75X. If you were spoiled by your ATCS 840 being all aluminum, this will please you especially because the build quality isn't shoddy like the ATCS 840.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112387

Let's not forget the Xigmatek Elysium. It's easily the best all-around tower case regarding functionality, but it might just be pure overkill if you don't plan on water cooling. It's even larger than the ATCS 840.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815011
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Between those, either the HAF-X or Storm Trooper are fine. The HAF-X has better out of the box airflow and can hold more drives, not much difference otherwise. If you're willing to branch out, I recommend the Lian-Li PC-A75X. If you were spoiled by your ATCS 840 being all aluminum, this will please you especially because the build quality isn't shoddy like the ATCS 840.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112387
Let's not forget the Xigmatek Elysium. It's easily the best all-around tower case regarding functionality, but it might just be pure overkill if you don't plan on water cooling. It's even larger than the ATCS 840.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815011

Yeah, I have no plans on water cooling, and my cables are pretty much at their length limit now, so much bigger and I might be in trouble lol. So I guess the Elysium is out, looks like a pretty impressive case though. The link for the Lian Li A75X is busted, but I took a look around at the ones I could find under $200 and they also seem impressive. Aluminum is nice, but I'm really not that picky about it, I just want something with good air flow and something that doesn't make mysterious rattling noises. Oh, decisions, decisions. Thanks for the input boredgunner.
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