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I am doubt to choose new case for new Haswell rigs, so help me to choose case under $100 to make me no regret after buying case

Here the shortlist:
1. NZXT Tempest 410 Elite
2. Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced
3. Corsair Carbide 400R
4. Thermaltake Armor A90
...and other what you suggest

My criteria to buying case:
1. Price
2. Side Window (optional)
3. Support dual radiator
4. Customizable for lighting
5. Cooling performance

Thanks
 
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post #2 of 12
Putting a 240mm rad into the top of a HAF 912 will be a bit wasteful as the opening in the top of the case isn't shaped to really take full advantage of the 240mm radiator.

The 400R is designed to fit a 25mm thick, 240mm radiator easily enough (just make sure the 8-pin CPU power cable isn't on the very top-edge of your motherboard or it can get a little tricky) or a thicker one if you're willing to mount either the fans or the radiator itself externally.

The only caution I can really give about working with the 400R or the 500R is that the metal on the door right between the two 120mm fan openings on the side creases very easily and there's no way to get rid of the crease once it's there.

I will say this - spending money for a better case is not a waste. I had a HAF932 that I used for nearly 4 years and cycled out every component inside of it twice without having to spend any more money on a case. A nice case (like a nice PSU) will save you quite a bit of money and frustration down the road.
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post #3 of 12
Easy choice, arc midi r2

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post #4 of 12
I would agree, the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 is exactly what you are looking for,and right now it is only $69.00 on Amazon.
    
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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Fractal Design Arc Midi, priced $103 in my country.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 ASUS P5KPL-AM SE ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB 
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post #6 of 12
why dont you open a poll? it'll be easier for everyone to vote for their choice! thumb.gif
post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by dezmick View Post

I would agree, the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 is exactly what you are looking for,and right now it is only $69.00 on Amazon.

Is this the case: Fractal Arc Midi Tower
post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim Milano View Post

Is this the case: Fractal Arc Midi Tower

That's the previous-generation model (FD-CA-ARC-BL). The model being referred to is the newer Arc Midi R2 (FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W).
Edited by svenge - 5/23/13 at 4:57am
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Corsair Vengeance 1600C9R 1-120gb Corsair Force GT SSD 1-3tb WD Greeen LG Super Multi Blue 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
CORSAIR H80i Water Cooler Corsair Air Series SP120 x 2 Corsair Air Series AF140 x 5 Windows 8 Pro 
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Windows 7 Home Premium Asus VE278Q 1080P Corsair Vengeance K70 Black CORSAIR AX860i 
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Corsair Vengeance 1600C9R 1-120gb Corsair Force GT SSD 1-3tb WD Greeen LG Super Multi Blue 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
CORSAIR H80i Water Cooler Corsair Air Series SP120 x 2 Corsair Air Series AF140 x 5 Windows 8 Pro 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium Asus VE278Q 1080P Corsair Vengeance K70 Black CORSAIR AX860i 
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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Corsair Vengeance M65 Black  Corsair Vengeance MM200  Genius GX Gaming SW-G2.1 
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Thread Starter 
I don't want buy them online, instead I want order them on computer store nearly
 
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Intel Core i5-4670K GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4GB 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 330 Series 240GB Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung SH-S233 Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium ASUS VE228H Logitech G105 Seasonic G650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Carbide 400R Logitech G300 SteelSeries QcK ASUS Xonar DX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 ASUS P5KPL-AM SE ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S223 Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 AOC 5en 
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Thermaltake EVO_Blue 550W Generic Logitech G300 
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Intel Core i5-4670K GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr III Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4GB 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 330 Series 240GB Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung SH-S233 Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium ASUS VE228H Logitech G105 Seasonic G650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Carbide 400R Logitech G300 SteelSeries QcK ASUS Xonar DX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 ASUS P5KPL-AM SE ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 500GB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S223 Stock Windows 7 Home Premium x64 AOC 5en 
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Thermaltake EVO_Blue 550W Generic Logitech G300 
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