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I would like some input on which case to get. Cases must be sub 100 and mid tower.

I have a few picked out with two main contenders:

The Zalman z9 u3



OR

The Rosewill BLACKHAWK





On newegg, I have made a wishlist with a few other cases. I am open to any suggestions and my style is: not very flashy but sleek (not so sleek to be a fractal design) with some blue LED fans and a window.

WISHLIST: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=26499087



Any input would be greatly appreciated.



THANKS! smile.gif
post #2 of 9
The Zalman has the old school USB 3.0 that makes you run it out the back and into the rear I/O panel of your motherboard. That would be the big negative for me...
post #3 of 9
I have the Bitfenix Shinobi windowed and it is absolutely amazing. I got it for 50$ (boxing day) and it was a breeze to build in for my first build. So I would go with the Shinobi. Unless you're going to do any kind of water cooling, I would go with the 300r, which has better water cooling support.
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post #4 of 9
CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced

http://www.amazon.com/Coolermaster-Cm692-Advanced-3-0-rc-692a-kkn5/dp/B008RRXFAU

pro
- solid
- good air cooling (capability)
- good watercooling (capability)

con
- not to fancy (could be a pro^^)
- no e-atx
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post #5 of 9
I suggest the zalman z11 plus its a really awesome looking case. but the only con is that there is no usb 3 mobo connectors but only connectors to the backof your mobo.
(its not like i have the case myself. ohh wait never mind i do)
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post #6 of 9
Corsair 400R/500R

500R is around 120$, but 200mm side fan is imho worth it. Also right now 500R is 100$ after rebate @ Newegg.
post #7 of 9
I say go with the Zalman Z9 U3 and then replace the front pannel ports with this if you can find it:
http://www.zalman.com/global/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=695
post #8 of 9
Got myself a ARC Midi and window, couldn't be happier, best cable management case I've owned. http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=109

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Originally Posted by Kaah View Post

CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced

http://www.amazon.com/Coolermaster-Cm692-Advanced-3-0-rc-692a-kkn5/dp/B008RRXFAU

pro
- solid
- good air cooling (capability)
- good watercooling (capability)

con
- not to fancy (could be a pro^^)
- no e-atx

This.

it is similar in style to the BLACKHAWK but in my opinion has more value.

I would also like to add that the HDD hotswap bay is very nice to have and the cable managment is pretty spiffy.
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