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The Antec 300 has to retire. My 7950 needs room to breathe; along with a soon to be twin. There are a lot of chassis to choose from out there. I am unsure which one best fits my needs. I plan to run a custom liquid cooling loop with one 280mm radiator in the near future. Optimal airflow/CFM while remaining quiet is a must. Air filtration built in will be needed. It is awful without them. The case fans are irrelevant. Noctua or Cougar fans will take their place. Plenty of space is a must. The Cooler Master COSMOS II has a lot of space as an example. That big thing is expensive. I would prefer to keep the cost low. I can spend three hundred dollars. That does not mean I want to. Are there any chassis that you would recommend? Feel free to ask questions. Thank you!
Edited by Geek Branden - 3/19/13 at 2:23pm
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What size case are you looking for? For a full tower the NZXT Switch 810 is a good choice. It has filters on the front and bottom. Fractal Design makes really good cases also. Full tower the Design XL R2, mid tower Define R4. The Fractals also have noise reducing material so the should be quiet.
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What size case are you looking for? For a full tower the NZXT Switch 810 is a good choice. It has filters on the front and bottom. Fractal Design makes really good cases also. Full tower the Design XL R2, mid tower Define R4. The Fractals also have noise reducing material so the should be quiet.

I am looking for a full tower. I hate ugly choppy looking chassis. lol Sleek and sophisticated is more to my liking. tongue.gif I was reading a review about the Fractal Design Define XL R2 right before I refreshed overclock.net in my web browser. biggrin.gif The BitFenix Shinobi XL is another one I am considering. My only concern with it is airflow. LIAN LI's PC-A75 fell short with me. The space and support bar looked nice. NZXT SWITCH 810 looks interesting. I am looking at that one now.
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It was between the XL R4 and Switch 810 for me. I just liked the switch slightly better so that's what I chose. Really happy with it so far. My 6970's and cpu run cooler than with my old case.
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240 GB Sandisk Extreme Pro (OS) 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO (Steam) 2 TB Western Digital Black (Storage) LG Blu Ray 
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I have 2 Switch 810s, but I just built up 4 new systems using the Corsaid 550D case. I have great respect for that 550D. While it isn't as expandable as the Switch 810 water cooling wise, it will hold a 280 radiator with ZERO trouble. In fact, the 4 that I just build each had a Kraken x60 water cooler in them which is a 280 radiator based system. They are sleek, sublime, and very quiet (because of the sound absorbing foam).

If you check my build logs, you can see my 2 Switch builds (Muzzle Flash and White Ranger) and my 4 Corsair 550D builds (Double Twins).
post #6 of 10
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I think I am going to go with the Shinobe XL after seeing some reviews. A sturdy well built case. It looks like it will be good for modding. Please speak your mind for those of you who have possible objections. I changed my mind. Now it is back to searching again. The Silverstone FTO2 looks interesting. Liquid cooling the CPU and chipset might be a bit challenging however. Good greif! There are so many choices.
Edited by Geek Branden - 3/26/13 at 8:44am
post #7 of 10
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The airflow in the Shinobe XL is too restrictive. Not sure what I was thinking. It would not be much of an upgrade. My Dremel would have been on the offensive. lol I think whatever chassis I do buy might be quickly modified to further increase airflow and functionality. : / I too am considering installing SSD hot-swap in the 5.25 bay. One the few reasons I why I am not a big fan of the Lian Li A-75 chassis; besides the extra holes on the bottom of the case. The custom GPU PCB has no full cover water blocks available for it. The GPUs HSFs are some of the best nonetheless. Right now they are not able to perform well inside such a restrictive case. I know I said I was looking for a chassis that dampens noise. The problem is the airflow restriction. I think a better approach might be swapping out the chassis fans. Et cetera... I hate that there are no airflow charts to weigh in which case would be better suited for me. Any suggestions?


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Edited by Geek Branden - 3/26/13 at 9:19am
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post #9 of 10
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It is official. I spent a long time looking at several chassis. The Fractal Design Define XL R2 is a solid value for what it offers. I plan to buy new high performance fans after receiving it. I could not justify spending upwards of $300+ for other chassis that had flaws. This chassis was highly recommended by so many professional reviwers, enthusiasts and regular owners that I finally just went with it. Thank you all for your help! tongue.gif
Edited by Geek Branden - 3/26/13 at 10:36pm
post #10 of 10
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I am so anxious to put my system together. The correct 8.5mm standoffs should be here in a couple more days. Thanks Fractal Design for the quick response! biggrin.gif

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