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post #11 of 20
unless it's an aesthetics reason, there is no advantage to getting an aluminum case. i supposed if you abuse your computer enough there is a rust reason in going with aluminum case, but you have bigger problems then rust if you abuse your machine enough biggrin.gif for an marine environment i suppose aluminum offers better corrosion protection from salt air, but like i said, you have bigger problems in those environments then simple rust.

so... 1st you have to decide what it is about aluminum you like. if you think aluminum case will offer better cooling then you are wrong (with a very few exceptions where the chassis is ACTUALLY acting as a giant heatsink such as the TNN500AF)

IF you are buying it for weight reduction... you wont save enough weight to make much difference... a quality aluminum case use heavy gauge aluminum anyway so it's not THAT light.

so.. what it comes down to is aesthetics. if your reason is aesthetics, then by all means, go for it. otherwise, silverstone cases will generally offer better performance for the size.

from the parts you picked, you only have 1 vid card and no discreet sound card... is there any particular reason you even NEED a full ATX mobo?(unless you already own the mobo in which case you are stuck with full ATX size biggrin.gif ) have you considered either mATX of even ITX? those will absolutely offer better weight advantage if you are concerned with weight.

i see an internal ODD in your selection... i would strongly recommend an external unit instead. you don't actually use your DVD but once in a month when you buy a new game anyway and that's assuming you are not buying the digital download version of the game biggrin.gif personally i might use my ODD maybe once a year when i reinstall an OS or something.

I do NOT see an SSD in your selection... if you do not already own an SSD that you are going to transplant into this machine, i'd strongly recommend you save up for one. i cant imagine building a machine w/o an SSD these days.. it's really becoming a "required" piece of equipment rather then just an nice upgrade... i'd almost forgo the NH-D14 and use that $ for an SSD... that's how much of a difference in your overall computing experience it makes...
post #12 of 20
If you have an email Ill show you a list of cases that I have picked out for my wife. My goal was to stay at 20lbs or less for the case. I am coming from an Arc Midi R2 that weighed 29lbs and that sucked to take to LANs. I only ask about the list due to my wishlist being on Newegg. Not sure how to make it visible without emailed it to you.


This is probably my favorite:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by dsmwookie View Post

I only ask about the list due to my wishlist being on Newegg. Not sure how to make it visible without emailed it to you.


This is probably my favorite:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012

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

copy and paste the numbers from your saved wishlist onto the end of that link and it should be visible, you might have to check the box that says make this a public wishlist
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Thank you guys so much! I think a micro-ATX case would be perfect! Less size and bulk is great. Saving money on the motherboard is a nice bonus!

What do you think of the SilverStone tj08B-E?
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post #15 of 20
Solid little cases, but Silverstone ain't cheap by any means rolleyes.gif I've seen some killer rigs in those over the past couple weeks smile.gif
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post #16 of 20
Sounds like what you need is a small mid tower. Something no longer than 18 inches in depth or height. I totally agree with everyone above, but my personal recommendation would be the fractal. What weight is added is made up for by the price and build quality. It's a solid case!
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by spooky655 View Post

Thank you guys so much! I think a micro-ATX case would be perfect! Less size and bulk is great. Saving money on the motherboard is a nice bonus!

What do you think of the SilverStone tj08B-E?

TJ08-E is the "standard" recommendation i give for mATX. however, if you are going to OC, then you may want to look into the SG10 instead. SG10 gives additional cooling options for heavier OC.
post #18 of 20
Here is the list I started with:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=21731272

This is what I have the wishlist widdled down to now at this point:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=22660726

I intend on watercooling her rig so I was looking for options that looked nice, light, maximized space, and had strong build quality (at a reasonable price). Weight is one of the largest factors and hindrances for some of the cases. Lian- Li excelled at being light, but not at being as efficient with the space without ruining the overall appeal aesthetically. In all reality it is boiling down to the Corsair 500R, Corsair 550D, Nanoxia, or One of the lower Corsair models. I m not a Corsair fan boy (Don't own a single Corsair product). I Just like their layouts/design. One of the Lian- Li cases may make the cut. I ve had to make charts, weigh pros, and cons, it has been quite the undertaking; I figure a proper choice is worth it though since cases tend to last a long time and through several builds. Of the factors I considered weight, size, build quality, modularity/spacing, aesthetics, and cost, well cost was the lowest on my priority.
post #19 of 20
yea the tj08-e is pretty much the defacto standard for micro atx cases

other great cases to check out
fractal design: arc midi, define mini
silverstone: ps07b
nxzt: vulcan (i'm not a fan of the looks but a decent case for the price)

i would mention the caselabs sm5 but that's definitely out of your price range
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post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by dsmwookie View Post

Here is the list I started with:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=21731272

This is what I have the wishlist widdled down to now at this point:

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=22660726

I intend on watercooling her rig so I was looking for options that looked nice, light, maximized space, and had strong build quality (at a reasonable price). Weight is one of the largest factors and hindrances for some of the cases. Lian- Li excelled at being light, but not at being as efficient with the space without ruining the overall appeal aesthetically. In all reality it is boiling down to the Corsair 500R, Corsair 550D, Nanoxia, or One of the lower Corsair models. I m not a Corsair fan boy (Don't own a single Corsair product). I Just like their layouts/design. One of the Lian- Li cases may make the cut. I ve had to make charts, weigh pros, and cons, it has been quite the undertaking; I figure a proper choice is worth it though since cases tend to last a long time and through several builds. Of the factors I considered weight, size, build quality, modularity/spacing, aesthetics, and cost, well cost was the lowest on my priority.

1. nobody can see your "secure" newegg page biggrin.gif
2. if you are looking at liquid, you may want to specify if you are doing a custom loop? or just a CLC? if you are going with CLC are you doing a H100i or a H80i? these questions make a HUGE difference in what cases we can recommend. generally speaking, for liquid cooling, I recommend corsair for more "aesthetic" clients and fractal for more "functional" clients. I'm not saying fractal doesn't look good, or corsair isn't functional... just they edge each other out "slightly" in those categories.
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