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I am looking for a light, durable, mid-tower aluminum case that is well-ventilated, spacious, and has good cable management; basically I want all the perks of a steel case, but only at 10-15 lbs. I am looking to spend no more than 250 CAD. I would be delighted if the case was a sleeker version of the Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 steel case or the Cooler Master HAF 922.

Please let me know my best options and compare them to the stated cases if you can!
Edited by spooky655 - 3/22/13 at 11:51am
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post #3 of 20
Why aluminum? Unless you like the look, open your mind to other materials. I live in Hawaii, how much is that budget in US dollars? Have you considered downsizing to micro atx? The tj08e is a good, light case around that weight, and can support sli and watercooling. You could even shimmy a sound card in too.
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I am looking for anything that will house these parts: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/LJFn. Whatever suggestions you have will be helpful!

Canada prices are very similar to American.I must buy the case through Canadian stores such as Newegg.ca, Canada Computers, NCIX, or Amazon.ca. American sites that ship to Canada are also okay.
Edited by spooky655 - 3/23/13 at 6:01pm
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post #5 of 20
Op have you looked at the Lian Li aluminum cases yet?
    
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My main issues with the Lian Li cases is that they do not appear to have as good ventilation as the PC-K62 and that they have comments that claim they are flimsy. I was originally looking at the LIAN LI PC-9F.
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post #7 of 20
It depends on which ones you get, some are meant for HTPC setups, and some are meant for full fledged gaming monsters devil-smiley-019.gif I'd seriously look into some of the Silverstone series cases, especially the Fortress FT01! I know that it's an ATX size case, but it fully supports ATX and ITX, so it's a good case if you plan to upgrade to a larger motherboard earlier smile.gif it barely goes over your weight request (at about 18lbs total for the whole case), but it more than makes up for it in features, quality, and looks. It's optimized for air cooling more than water cooling, and there's plenty of airflow for a heat sink to breathe with smile.gif as for the size of the heat sink, up to 170mm towers are allowed inside the case smile.gif

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post #8 of 20
as a person who owns a lian li pc-9f, yea it's a nice case, it's not flimsy for aluminum, but compared to the thick steel of ye ole beige towers, it's not as solid, but those cases could deflect bullets, and weighed a ton

would i get the 9f again, probably not i would have gotten a full tower like the pc-a70f. . .

if i were only going to be getting a mid tower right now it'd be the fractal designs arc midi r2, a bit heavier than you'd want, i don't think you'll find an aluminum mid-tower outside of what lian li has to offer, i can't think of any other than lian li that are actually decent cases

unless you are moving the case around a lot weight shouldn't be an issue, if you are, i would down size to micro atx or mini itx
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post #9 of 20
I have a Lian-Li PC-8FIR and find its airflow to be more than enough. It replaced an 8FIB, which is the same thing, but black and without a window.
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i'm pretty sure the 8fi and 9f use the same chassis with a different fronts that's it
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