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Okay, so I have a friend who set up a build for me about six months ago, and he mainly used Logical Increments, which is fine, but I was not knowledgeable about computer hardware at all at the time. Now that I know what I'm doing, I'd like to change a few things, primarily the case. I'd like to have something smaller than my current case so I can put it on my desk and take it to friends' houses more easily. I think I've narrowed it down to three options. 1: Stick with my current case (Cooler Master HAF 932), saving some money to put towards other upgrades, and doing what I can with it. 2: Get a Cooler Master HAF XB. 3: Wait for the Corsair Carbide Air 540.
As of right now, I think that I'm leaning towards the HAF XB, as it is cheaper than the Corsair by $40 ($50 right now, as it's on sale right now on Newegg), and I can also buy it now. I just wanted to get some opinions, and if there are any other options, I am open to suggestions. Thanks!
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[Intel] i5-3570K [MSI] Z77A-GD65 Gaming [Sapphire] HD 7990 "Malta" 6GB [Avexir] Core Series 4x4 DDR3-1600 (Red LED) 
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[Samsung] 840 Evo 250GB SSD [Western Digital] Caviar Black 2TB HDD [Western Digital] Caviar Green 3TB HDD [NZXT] Kraken X40 
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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 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[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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[Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] V2 with Cherry MX Green Switches 
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[SeaSonic] Platinum-1000 [Cooler Master] HAF XB [Logitech] G600 [SteelSeries] QcK Mini 
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[Beyerdynamic] DT770 Pro 250 ohm [Fiio] E10 USB Amp/DAC [Audio Technica] ATR 2500 [NZXT] Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller 
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[NZXT] Hue Light Kit [Bitfenix] Alchemy Sleeved Cable Extensions 
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[Intel] i7-6700HQ [Sager] NP8657-S (Clevo P650RE3) [Nvidia] GTX 970M 3GB [Generic] 2x8 DDR4-2133 
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[Samsung] 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD [Generic] 2TB 5400RPM HDD [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro 64-bit [Sager] 15.6" 1920x1080 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
[Samsung] 840 Evo 250GB SSD [Western Digital] Caviar Black 2TB HDD [Western Digital] Caviar Green 3TB HDD [NZXT] Kraken X40 
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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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[Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] V2 with Cherry MX Green Switches 
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[SeaSonic] Platinum-1000 [Cooler Master] HAF XB [Logitech] G600 [SteelSeries] QcK Mini 
AudioAudioAudioOther
[Beyerdynamic] DT770 Pro 250 ohm [Fiio] E10 USB Amp/DAC [Audio Technica] ATR 2500 [NZXT] Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller 
OtherOther
[NZXT] Hue Light Kit [Bitfenix] Alchemy Sleeved Cable Extensions 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i7-6700HQ [Sager] NP8657-S (Clevo P650RE3) [Nvidia] GTX 970M 3GB [Generic] 2x8 DDR4-2133 
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[Samsung] 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD [Generic] 2TB 5400RPM HDD [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro 64-bit [Sager] 15.6" 1920x1080 
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post #2 of 4
can't say much about the air 540 at the moment since there's no concrete results and reviews yet. I'm a bit curious myself if it's actually effective. tongue.gif
there's lots of choices around for a case you can place on top of desks, I'm not sure about the Air 540 yet since I believe it's more on the wide side, and would take a lot of space in yer desk
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Lightscribe DVD-RW Deepcool Ice Blade Pro Windows 7 Ultimate 
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Aerocool Strike X 600w Segotep C2R Logitech X540 
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Intel i7 4770K Asus Maximus VI Extreme EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16Gb (4x4Gb) 
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post #3 of 4
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I've already decided on and ordered a HAF XB, and I know that it takes up even more space on a desk due to it's horizontal motherboard layout, but the biggest reason why I can't put my 932 on my desk is it depth. There are a couple reasons why I went with the XB over the 540. It was originally designed more for my purposes (carrying it around, hence the carry handles), and it also has, once again, the horizontal motherboard tray. The 540 also seems somewhat directed towards watercoolers with it's two 140's on the top and three 120's on the front. I am not into watercooling quite simply because I do not have the money nor the need to set up a custom loop. Thanks for the response, though.
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[Intel] i5-3570K [MSI] Z77A-GD65 Gaming [Sapphire] HD 7990 "Malta" 6GB [Avexir] Core Series 4x4 DDR3-1600 (Red LED) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
[Samsung] 840 Evo 250GB SSD [Western Digital] Caviar Black 2TB HDD [Western Digital] Caviar Green 3TB HDD [NZXT] Kraken X40 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[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 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[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 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
[Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] V2 with Cherry MX Green Switches 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
[SeaSonic] Platinum-1000 [Cooler Master] HAF XB [Logitech] G600 [SteelSeries] QcK Mini 
AudioAudioAudioOther
[Beyerdynamic] DT770 Pro 250 ohm [Fiio] E10 USB Amp/DAC [Audio Technica] ATR 2500 [NZXT] Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller 
OtherOther
[NZXT] Hue Light Kit [Bitfenix] Alchemy Sleeved Cable Extensions 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i7-6700HQ [Sager] NP8657-S (Clevo P650RE3) [Nvidia] GTX 970M 3GB [Generic] 2x8 DDR4-2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
[Samsung] 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD [Generic] 2TB 5400RPM HDD [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro 64-bit [Sager] 15.6" 1920x1080 
KeyboardMouseMouse PadAudio
[WASD] Code with Cherry MX Clear Switches [Logitech] G700S [SteelSeries] QcK Mini [M-Audio] Studiophile Q-40 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5-3570K [MSI] Z77A-GD65 Gaming [Sapphire] HD 7990 "Malta" 6GB [Avexir] Core Series 4x4 DDR3-1600 (Red LED) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
[Samsung] 840 Evo 250GB SSD [Western Digital] Caviar Black 2TB HDD [Western Digital] Caviar Green 3TB HDD [NZXT] Kraken X40 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[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 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
[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 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
[Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] V2 with Cherry MX Green Switches 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
[SeaSonic] Platinum-1000 [Cooler Master] HAF XB [Logitech] G600 [SteelSeries] QcK Mini 
AudioAudioAudioOther
[Beyerdynamic] DT770 Pro 250 ohm [Fiio] E10 USB Amp/DAC [Audio Technica] ATR 2500 [NZXT] Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller 
OtherOther
[NZXT] Hue Light Kit [Bitfenix] Alchemy Sleeved Cable Extensions 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i7-6700HQ [Sager] NP8657-S (Clevo P650RE3) [Nvidia] GTX 970M 3GB [Generic] 2x8 DDR4-2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
[Samsung] 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD [Generic] 2TB 5400RPM HDD [Microsoft] Windows 10 Pro 64-bit [Sager] 15.6" 1920x1080 
KeyboardMouseMouse PadAudio
[WASD] Code with Cherry MX Clear Switches [Logitech] G700S [SteelSeries] QcK Mini [M-Audio] Studiophile Q-40 
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post #4 of 4
The XB is a great choice. I'm sure you will be happy with it. It's very easy to build in and has tons of modding potential.
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