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post #1 of 23
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Okay, so far I have all my components spoken for, except for the case. I love aesthetics, and I WAS going to get the HAF XB, but due to space and room, it is out, so back to my mid-tower selection. I would like something that meets the following:

Steel/aluminum build, no plastics
Black/blue theme (black inside too)
Very good cable management
PSU Mounted on bottom
Optimal cooling and expandable
Reliability and warranty
USB 3.0

I don't need a lot of 5.25 bays, just two, three at max. It cannot be taller than 24 inches, or wider than 10 inches. I have picked out a few, but..lol honestly? I don't know enough about cases to pick one, but here are the ones I have picked out so far.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811124156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147161

Also, I was going for the HAF XB because of one thing, I have a paranoia of video cards and aftermarket heatsinks pulling down and breaking/bending the motherboard. Is this a mindless worry?

Please Help!
post #2 of 23
What about the corsair c70? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139013
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 7700k Asus Rog Maximus IX Hero Msi Geforce Gtx 1060 G. Skill Trident series DDR4 3200 8gb 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Trident series DD4 3200 8gb Samsung 840 pro 128gb[boot] Seagate 250 gb [games] Hitachi 500 gb [media] 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 evo 250 gb [ steam/origin] Crucial M4 64gb [apps] Lg Cooler Master 212 Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 64bit Dell s2440L compaq Corsair Hx750 
CaseMouse
Corsair Vengence C70 logitech 
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Thunderstruck!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 7700k Asus Rog Maximus IX Hero Msi Geforce Gtx 1060 G. Skill Trident series DDR4 3200 8gb 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill Trident series DD4 3200 8gb Samsung 840 pro 128gb[boot] Seagate 250 gb [games] Hitachi 500 gb [media] 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 evo 250 gb [ steam/origin] Crucial M4 64gb [apps] Lg Cooler Master 212 Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 64bit Dell s2440L compaq Corsair Hx750 
CaseMouse
Corsair Vengence C70 logitech 
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post #3 of 23
Or this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8URy-WKm_4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352031

+ a can of spray paint of your choice lol
Edited by Airrick10 - 4/5/13 at 11:38pm
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hmm, I like it. It is a little more rugged than I like initially but it seems like a good case. Could I remove one of the 3.25 cages? Also, how much of the case comes apart, so maybe i could paint pieces of it?
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by MusicMelody View Post

Hmm, I like it. It is a little more rugged than I like initially but it seems like a good case. Could I remove one of the 3.25 cages? Also, how much of the case comes apart, so maybe i could paint pieces of it?

Yep, top hard drive cage is removable. thumb.gif i don't remember if the bottom one comes off though... had it only a short while... but the front and top panels come off smile.gif

edit: both can come off apparently


Edited by rjmana - 4/5/13 at 11:45pm
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Awesome, then I think I'm set on the C70. Now, final question, I would be modding it in the future, not right away, but what are the best tools for cutting/sanding on the metal? Like cutting new areas for fans, or just for a general aesthetic modification. Also, I have seen people use something like a metal cover to cover up the bottom area and PSU, are those easy to do? Lastly, any response to my concern about the motherboard/heatsink paranoia? I will be using this computer for at least 2 or 3 years, so I don't want any flex or drooping on the motherboard/heatsink.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by MusicMelody View Post

Also, I was going for the HAF XB because of one thing, I have a paranoia of video cards and aftermarket heatsinks pulling down and breaking/bending the motherboard. Is this a mindless worry?

If this really concerns you, take a look at some of Silverstone's offerings like the RV02 or FT02.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
Sigh, now I found the carbide 500r, I LOVE the sleek smooth look of it, as compared to the c70.....damnit
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
What do those two silverstone cases have that would help?
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by MusicMelody View Post

What do those two silverstone cases have that would help?

I think he's pointing out the sideways mobo mounting



so you dont have sagging GPUs
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