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Help - Cases for cooling...silence not as important

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Hey all, I am looking for a case that is geared more towards cooling than sound, as I don't care how loud it is. I have been having trouble narrowing it down as it seems the market it geared toward the silence aspect. Also, what are the best review resources for cases? I have found bit-tech to be nice since they actually carve out a cooling rating. The few I have been looking at are (please add more):
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2
Fractal Design Define R4
Corsair Carbide 500R
SilverStone Kublai

I would like to stay around $100 if possible. Also, I prefer the sleek design, but looks arent that important, and cable management is a must. Lastly, I like the idea of removable fan filters for ewasy cleaning...is that a worth while feature? Thanks
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post #2 of 4
First of all, I know that the R4 is aimed to be more of a silent case than a cooling case, so just beware of that. A good case for your needs would probably be the Cooler Master HAF 922, and it also fits your budget. Here's a helpful link that I came across when Googling.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2013/02/27/thermaltake-chaser-a31-review/3

Just find a case near the top of that list that fits your budget and that you like, and go for it!
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[Samsung] 840 EVO 250GB SSD [Arctic Cooling] Liquid Freezer 120 [SilenX] Effizio 120mm Case Fan [SilenX] Effizio 120mm Case Fan 
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[SilenX] Effizio 80mm Case Fan [SilenX] Effizio 80mm Case Fan [Microsoft] Windows 7 Professional 64-bit [Dell] Ultrasharp U2312HM 1920x1080 
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[Dell] Ultrasharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] Code TKL with Cherry MX Clear Switches [Seasonic] X-850 [Riotoro] CR1080 
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[Cooler Master] Megaflow 200mm Red LED Case Fan [Lian Li] 140mm Red LED Case Fan [Lian Li] 140mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 140mm Red LED Case Fan 
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[Xigmatek] CLF 80mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 80mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 120mm Red LED Case Fan [Microsoft] Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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post #3 of 4
go with 500r or arc midi
these cases are more focused on airflow and cooling instead of silence

edit : coolermaster haf (which i think it stands for high air flow) series of cases and silverstone raven cases have good airflow too
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thanks. i will look into those suggestions.
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