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post #1 of 11
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I am looking for a quality case that is good for cooling or provides the option for good cooling.

I need it to be under $200.

Right now, I am really considering the Thermaltake Armor w/ a 25cm side fan, but I really dont need that many drive bays.

At most I will have 2 Hard Drives an 1 Optical Drive, so I dont need 10 Bays.

I am looking for something spacious that is easy to work with, but I dont know that it needs to be as big as the armor.

I will need to be able to fit a Tuniq Tower though, as that is my preferred method of cooling.


I REALLY WANT SUGGESTIONS. IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT OR SUGGESTION, PLEASE MAKE ONE.
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Seagate 320GB 7200.10 SATA 3.0 Samsung 18X DVDRW COMBO SATA Mac OSX Leopard (Vanilla Kernel) Gateway FPD1810 (Old I Know, But It Works!) 
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post #2 of 11
**** haxxrozz get the armor! i love my armor, you won't use all the bays but they are good at providing airflow. airflow is maximized in this case.

and if you want, i'll post some pictures.
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post #3 of 11
Use the extra bays for more fans in the Armor.
post #4 of 11
antec nine hundred all the way

best cooling ever in that case. my idle temp dropped 3-4c when i builted it
    
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post #5 of 11
If you go with the 900 make sure that your monitors connection is not going to be blocked by the case design. This is a known issue.

The Armour is awesome. Also check out Cooler Master, almost all if not all of the cases have full-grill fronts. Great for airflow.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
If you go with the 900 make sure that your monitors connection is not going to be blocked by the case design. This is a known issue.

The Armour is awesome. Also check out Cooler Master, almost all if not all of the cases have full-grill fronts. Great for airflow.

you may have to slice a little bit of plastic, but it's not a huge problem.

i didn't have that problem
    
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I have heard the 900 is really cramped when building with it.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by mawsoccer View Post
I have heard the 900 is really cramped when building with it.
I love that case. Its the one I was gonna get
    
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by hermit View Post
you may have to slice a little bit of plastic, but it's not a huge problem.

i didn't have that problem
That's good to know. I had read around that this was a re-occuring issue. I was considering the 900, but removed it from my wishlist....

...I may just have to put it back on the list, besides I love cutting on things with power tools.
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Originally Posted by mawsoccer View Post
I have heard the 900 is really cramped when building with it.
It is.
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