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post #1 of 20
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Just want to know which case you prefer, I owned both and i must say i like steel better. Its just feel much sturdier. Well, if you LAN then thats a different story but as far as build quality steel gets my vote
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post #2 of 20
Aluminum dents and can't be bent back (without structure damage) where steel is very malleable. I prefer Aluminum though, because it's so light and strong...and doesn't rust like steel.
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post #3 of 20
Depends on the price range really. Steel is better in cheap cases because it's more durable. Aluminum is better in expensive cases because they actually use thick pieces and design it properly to be strong.

I say aluminum because I like expensive cases.
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post #4 of 20
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How much are you willing to pay for a case?? I loved my Centurion 5 case and its Below $40 If i need a case again i will probably get another centurion 5 case
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post #5 of 20
I could use a new case... I'm using some generic one I bought in a computer shop in Berkeley. Funny thing is, its actually one of the better cases I've worked with.
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post #6 of 20
In the bike world it's switched around, steel is found in the good bikes where aluminimum is more for cheaper bikes.
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post #7 of 20
If weight is your concern then aluminum all the way. I've picked up full towers made of aluminum and they were lighter than steel mid towers. It's not like you really need steel unless you plan on hitting your case with a car. Aluminum is fine and it's shiny too.
    
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post #8 of 20
Well, I'm not expert on cases, but from a temperature standpoint, steel is more thermodynamically conductive. If the frame is designed to conductively transfer heat with the shell, then this may be a factor.....just a thought.
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post #9 of 20
I wouldn't think either would effect how well it was cooled inside, unless you had heatsinks on the outside of the case....now hey has anyone tried that?

Personally I'd go steel, I like to set my computer up and leave it there.
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post #10 of 20
Steel. May be heavy, but much more sturdy, just in case you drop your case for some reason.
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