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Hey guys. In light of there being no more pink Phantoms to be found, it looks like my friend's workstation-lite will need to go in something else that'll be painted. I'm looking at the best case to effectively cool a 3820 and W7000 while still having a clean exterior that's easy to paint. Fractal Design's XL 2 and R4 are topping the list right now, but I don't know what all is out there.
    
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i just got a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2, and the thing is chock full of features, and has amazing build quality. Not to mention it is sleek, and relatively cheap when it is on sale
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Well I can think of a few.

First being the Bitfenix Ghost Bitfenix Merc Alpha or Beta is another good one. The obvious NZXT Switch 810, I can't see the Corsair 650D being too hard to paint, just a little more time. If you feel really ambitious, try this Silverstone Raven RV02, with the reverse motherboard layout, you can see the top of the GPU and other things which is really cool, then you would have more things to paint/sleeve wink.gif
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the storm stryker and trooper should be considered
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the storm stryker and trooper should be considered
Too many frills and such, much harder to paint compared to a flat surface.
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Fracal Design. The Arc XL should be coming out soon I believe.
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Awesome feedback guys, and speedy at that. I'll be emailing it over and letting her decide.

I keep forgetting how sexy that Switch 810 is. Dammit.
    
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i7-3820 is 130W TDP
W7000 (~950Mhz HD7870 ) is about 150W....

Fractal Design:
Define XL R2 (full) ...try to get for $90
Define R4 (Mid) .. try to get for $70-80
Arc Midi R2 (mid) ... try to get for $70-80

Nanoxia:
Deep Silence 1 ~$110
Deep Silence 2 ~$90

Corsair:
550D (large mid tower) ... try to get this for $90

Silverstone
Raven RV02 / Rv03 ~$160
Temjin Series TJ04B-E ~$150

Antec
P280... inferior thermals ~$90
P193 V3 ~$150 ... would be hard to paint

NZXT
Switch 810 ... plasticy

Bitfenix
Ghost... not that great thermals
Shinobi XL (full)

Thermaltake (if you want a gamble)
Urban S71 (full) ... not many reviews of it , Vortez says the fans are loud & filters are bad
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/thermaltake_urban_s71_review,9.html
http://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hardware/gehaeuse/26111-test-thermaltake-urban-s71-full-tower-mit-exquisitem-design.html?start=5
Urban S31 or S41 (mid)... seems to be unavailable , S41 is slightly wider
http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/gehaeuse-und-kuehlung/2013/thermaltake-urban-s41-im-test/5/

In Win
G7 (it's a cheap case)

P.S. if you don't already own the Firepro, try to get the 50% offer if your company qualifies http://www.fireprographics.com/experience/us/
Edited by AlphaC - 6/18/13 at 5:50pm
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