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Debating a new case/ Tired of my HAF 932

post #1 of 11
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The topic says it all. I'm debating a new case because I'm tired of the little annoyances with my HAF 932. With that said, let me list what I have an issue with.

1. No grommets - I know this is minimal, but it really makes cabling look sloppy in my opinion
2. A million optical bays and no modular HDD racks - the case has 6 5.25" bays that take up the whole front of the case providing no room for customization without modding
3. Loud and dusty - this one speaks for itself.
4. Not much cabling room behind the motherboard tray.
5. aesthetics - I'm sorry to HAF owners, but I often get the impression that this case was designed for middle school kids to bring to their CoD lan parties.
6. PSU mounting sucks - this might be specific to me. I have an old Ultra x3 1600w PSU and it cannot mount right in this case

So, I'm looking for suggestions. Certainly, if the HAF is the best option, so be it. I'm not totally opposed to modding it into something I like better. I have a fairly limited budget, and I'd like to keep it below $200. I also would prefer full towers, but if there are mid towers that are fairly spacious, then great. I would like something with a side window. I like to see my components. I may liquid cool in the future, but for now I'm using a big old Spire heatsink, so I'd obviously like that(or the Phanteks I'm looking at) to fit. Thoughts? Suggestion? I'm really open. Thanks.
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Have you looked into the HAF XB much? It's unconventional but, a rather good case for its low price.
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I have looked at the XB, and it looks a bit small, especially if I decide to water cool down the road. The Define R4 looks nice. Again, I'm apprehensive about the mid tower though.
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I have looked at the XB, and it looks a bit small, especially if I decide to water cool down the road. The Define R4 looks nice. Again, I'm apprehensive about the mid tower though.

I thought it was small until i got it onto my desk and it took over. ITS HUGE! Plenty room for water, as you can see (Sorry for photo spam) there's a lot of clearance round the motherboard





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It is bigger than I thought. I see a 120 rad in there. Any chance of fitting a 360?
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It is bigger than I thought. I see a 120 rad in there. Any chance of fitting a 360?

well its designed to take a 280 in the front and i have seen someone mod a 360 into the bottom. i suppose without modding you could use a 280/120/dual 80 radiators
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I was just looking at the specs, and it would make a seriously awesome lan box, but I need a lot more drive room. If I were to go with something like that, I'd probably end up modding more than keeping things stock.
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I was just looking at the specs, and it would make a seriously awesome lan box, but I need a lot more drive room. If I were to go with something like that, I'd probably end up modding more than keeping things stock.

How many drives do you use?
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post #10 of 11
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Right now? 6. I plan to add more actually. My rig doubles as a media server. I was looking at the Switch 810. It looks like a good liquid case. How is it with air.
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