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post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

I'm building a uATX form-factor build, and I need help deciding between two cases. Size isn't a concern, nor is mobility, I'm only Using uATX due to a steal of a deal on a mobo.

I have a $75 case budget.

NZXT Vulcan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065

Fractal Design Core 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352026
     
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I would probably go for the Fractal, personally; I like their styling, and they're good quality, plus it has front panel USB3 ports. The Vulcan can mount a 200mm side fan, which can be quite nice, but that's pretty much its only advantage.
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Vulcan is better choice. I have one and it is very easy to work with.
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Originally Posted by afallickwang View Post

Vulcan is better choice. I have one and it is very easy to work with.
Is there a place to mount an ssd? I have a 120GB ssd (7mm) and i was curious if it would mount.
     
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Western Digital WD-Blue Lite-ON iHAS124-04 AMD Stock Heatsink + Fan Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit 
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Western Digital WD-Blue Lite-ON iHAS124-04 AMD Stock Heatsink + Fan Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit 
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Is there a place to mount an ssd? I have a 120GB ssd (7mm) and i was curious if it would mount.

If you have some double-sided tape, you can mount an SSD pretty much anywhere.
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post #6 of 7
Keep in mind you can use a regular ATX case if you don't mind going a little bigger.

Plus, if you like the case, you won't be limited when it comes time to upgrade.

I love my FT03 but I'm to the point where I want to go tri-SLI and I'm looking at a new case and motherboard to do so...
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post #7 of 7
I would get a Silverstone SG09 instead tbh. It's a lot smaller (smaller than some so called ITX cases (Prodigy)) than the two you listed and is only $20 more, and cause it's Silverstone you know it will be good quality (you get decent fans with it too).
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