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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a new case, I currently have a FD Define R3 which I like, but its just a bit plain I suppose. I want a slightly I suppose, more flashy case, with more room for the possibility of a dual WC loop with two 240mm rads in the future. I want to spend a maximum of about £130ish
I'm interested in the CM storm trooper, it seems to fit the bill in terms of looks and room for expansion.
The question is, is there better cases people can suggest? Similar to the storm trooper?
Thanks in advance!
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64GB Crucial M4 x2 RAID0 500GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung Spinpoint EK Supremacy Plexi CSQ CPU Block 
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EK FC-670GTX Plexi CSQ GPU Block x2 EK XT240 EK X3 250 Res Laing D5 Vario 
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EK D5 Pump Top Plexi Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 24" BenQ XL2420T CM Quickfire TK MX Browns 
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Seasonic G Series 600W CM storm trooper Saitek R.A.T 5 Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro Schiit Modi/Magni Razer Naga Molten Edition 
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post #2 of 9
Arc Midi R2 if it is available in your region.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
It's a nice case, but I want something different from fractal design's 'minimalistic' design
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64GB Crucial M4 x2 RAID0 500GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung Spinpoint EK Supremacy Plexi CSQ CPU Block 
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EK FC-670GTX Plexi CSQ GPU Block x2 EK XT240 EK X3 250 Res Laing D5 Vario 
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EK D5 Pump Top Plexi Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 24" BenQ XL2420T CM Quickfire TK MX Browns 
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Seasonic G Series 600W CM storm trooper Saitek R.A.T 5 Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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EK FC-670GTX Plexi CSQ GPU Block x2 EK XT240 EK X3 250 Res Laing D5 Vario 
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post #4 of 9
Take a look at the NZXT Phantom 630. It's 180$ Canadian, which is in and around 120 pounds. It's a little flashier, but not obnoxious either. It's a brand new design, with a lot of features (hidden SSD trays, fully modular hard drive slots, etc) and can handle a very respectable water cooling loop. I've got a 360 rad in the top of mine, and I'm going to be putting either a 240 or 280 into it in the near future.
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post #5 of 9
Besides the Storm Tropper which i have worked with once and i really liked there is something like the HAF series also from Cooler Master

HAF XM



HAFX

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post #6 of 9
I like the 600T myself, lots of room. I have the white one and it was a joy to work with.
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post #7 of 9
If you're willing to mod and make it a little different with minimalistic design, I would have looked at something like [URL]
Code:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=Mac+pro+case&_sacat=0&_from=R40


Just to give you some ideas; spray paint it black or a more attracting colour, take away the apple logo (be aware of lawsuits), mod intakes for those 240's since you can make an intake at the bottom and on a positive note, you'll get a reversed mobo-tray thumb.gif

If you'll go that route plz make a build log biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input guys, these cases look real nice but none seem to really tickle my fancy like the stormtrooper. it's the little things like the secret (or not so) tray at the bottom that make it appealing. So, I've emailed a friend of mine at novatech who will reserve one for me for when I'm ready to go pick it up!
I'll be doing a build log when I get the case, so keep an eye out!
Cheers everyone
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EK FC-670GTX Plexi CSQ GPU Block x2 EK XT240 EK X3 250 Res Laing D5 Vario 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EK D5 Pump Top Plexi Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 24" BenQ XL2420T CM Quickfire TK MX Browns 
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Seasonic G Series 600W CM storm trooper Saitek R.A.T 5 Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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64GB Crucial M4 x2 RAID0 500GB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Samsung Spinpoint EK Supremacy Plexi CSQ CPU Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK FC-670GTX Plexi CSQ GPU Block x2 EK XT240 EK X3 250 Res Laing D5 Vario 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EK D5 Pump Top Plexi Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 24" BenQ XL2420T CM Quickfire TK MX Browns 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic G Series 600W CM storm trooper Saitek R.A.T 5 Razer Goliathus Control Edition 
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Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro Schiit Modi/Magni Razer Naga Molten Edition 
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post #9 of 9
I'm of the general opinion that if you really like a specific case, you can't go wrong picking it. As long as it holds your components, it's doing it's most important job.

Have fun!
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