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post #11 of 20
steal ftw man its indistructable and i need that im roughf whit my stuff
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like my new case is going to be galvanized stainless steel MWAHAHAHAHAH
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post #14 of 20
STEEL! To quote myself, real men use steel, and aluminum is for wussies like Noxious.
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post
In the bike world it's switched around, steel is found in the good bikes where aluminimum is more for cheaper bikes.
Carbon fiber is used for the higher end ones. Aluminum is much better to use as its ultra light and sturdy enough to hold up against anything. My brothers gary fisher is 37lbs and about as light as my carbon fiber Specialized (but mine wins with disk breaks.)

Aluminum is a better heat conductor so if your room is hot then go with steel which will stay cold in a warm room but a steel+aluminum case would be a very good chose as you would have strength and better heat management of aluminum
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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
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.
Steel vs Aluminum cases has no impact on temperature. There was a review on this awhile back comparing two identical cases except build material. The air is very much insulating the heat from being radiated into the case. Beside, you are mistaken... Aluminum is actually more thermally conductive than steel by 500%.
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Carbon fiber is used for the higher end ones. Aluminum is much better to use as its ultra light and sturdy enough to hold up against anything. My brothers gary fisher is 37lbs and about as light as my carbon fiber Specialized (but mine wins with disk breaks.)
I shouldn't have said that aluminum is only found in cheap frames, but that is not true. Steel is dieing in the bike world, but a few compaines can still turn out great, light weight (and strong) steel frames. Steel lasts a hell of a long time, aluminum last much much less. You should be replacing your alumimum frame within five years, less if you ride hard. Steel however will last for 40 years with cracking. Carbon fiber is not really heard of in the hardcore mountain bike world, which is what I meant by the expensive bikes. The only place I've seen it was in Honda's DH bike for the gearbox and part of the seat post. The rest is aluminum

Basically, go with aluminum if you need a light case, otherwise steel is usually cheaper and (can) last longer.
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post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by bdattilo View Post
Steel. May be heavy, but much more sturdy, just in case you drop your case for some reason.
Dude, if I ever drop my case, its all over. AC64Pro on a naked venice with 5 HDDs and 2 opticals drives and a HEAVY bastard of PSU XD

everything would be broken aside from the GFX cards, optical drives and maybe the mobo

But that aside, I dont care personally between steel and aluminum, I usually buy the cheapest case and just cut fan holes where I need them and waht not, but for cutting - the aluminum, is easier to cut.

My next project is to figure out how to make a strudy removable MOBO tray and switch the PSU to the bottom of the case and have it enclosed from the rest of the components.
    
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post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post
I shouldn't have said that aluminum is only found in cheap frames, but that is not true. Steel is dieing in the bike world, but a few compaines can still turn out great, light weight (and strong) steel frames. Steel lasts a hell of a long time, aluminum last much much less. You should be replacing your alumimum frame within five years, less if you ride hard. Steel however will last for 40 years with cracking. Carbon fiber is not really heard of in the hardcore mountain bike world, which is what I meant by the expensive bikes. The only place I've seen it was in Honda's DH bike for the gearbox and part of the seat post. The rest is aluminum

Basically, go with aluminum if you need a light case, otherwise steel is usually cheaper and (can) last longer.
True, steel would last longer but if you are a die hard bike racer you get a new bike every year or two so the lighter option is better.

And how do you not hear about carbon fiber in the "hardcore mountain bike world" i can never get away from it!
I have a 04 Specialized Enduro Expert (Got it free from wining a BMX race on my Haro $4400 bike! ) and use it mostly for DH and I don't see very many steel frames but allot of aluminum.

my thermaltake is steel/aluminum and it's 73lbs with all my hardware in it.. so yeah..
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post #20 of 20
i own both a steel case, thermaltake sorprano, and a aluminum mid tower, and the steel case is far better, the aluminum bends so easy.
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