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Thread Starter 
I am looking for a new case, something with good airflow and cooling, and wondering if anyone can offer some advice please?

I currently have a midi case that only cost me £20 just over three years ago. It only has one intake fan and one exhaust fan, and the cables are a bit of a mess...I've tried my best to tidy them but there is not much room to put them anywhere.

Here is a pic of the inside of my case (hangs head in shame)



I recently upgraded my graphics card to an Asus GTX 770 and the temperatures get ridiculously high when playing intensive games. Playing Metro Last Light temps hit 80-90c!!
If I open the side of my case and point a small fan in the direction of my pc the temps drop down to 50-70c range...so I guess I need a better case with more airflow.

I have a budget of around £50, but can can go a little higher if necessary...if it gets me a better quality case.

Hopefully I can get something that look's nice and I can tidy up all those messy cables!

These are some examples of the types I was looking for, but wondering if they are any good or if anyone can suggest any alternatives?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coolermaster-Storm-Enforcer-Tower-Case/dp/B004S9S218/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=ICHYLZFWLPD55

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zalman-Z9U3-Tower-Tuning-Compatibility/dp/B0087ZDFH0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=IKYY5KAJM5R6N

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-X-Predator-Black-Gaming-Interior/dp/B008XC6N0S/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=ILQ1QSGUEUWIK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-X-Predator-Devil-Gaming-Interior/dp/B008XBU3R8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=ISZDJP0ZUDUPQ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Devil-Gaming-Screwless-Interior/dp/B00432T340/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=IET9E4ELOEZ4W

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aerocool-Strike-X-Advance-Tower-Gaming/dp/B00608M09K/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=I18L9X5DQL312X

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zalman-Z11-Plus-Installation-Anti-Vibration/dp/B007C008L2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=7HC3YOSKWS4O&coliid=I2Y4C8SQGN79KP

Any advice would be gratefully appreciated biggrin.gif
post #2 of 3
Zalman Z9 Plus is a fantastic case, I was planning on buying one but my budget couldn't stretch to it at the time. Zalman are a reputable cooling/fan manufacture and the case comes with 4 fans which you know will be good quality since they're Zalmans. Not only that but you get a temperature display and fan controller, so you can have peace of mind knowing how hot your parts are getting and know exactly when you can turn the fans down to reduce noise without endangering the system smile.gif
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M.A.S
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Notebook
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-4200U NVidia GeForce GT 750M 6GB RAM @ 600MHz 500GB HDD 
OSMonitorKeyboardCase
Windows 8 64-Bit Dell HD 10-Point Touchscreen Dell Backlit Keyboard Dell Inspiron 7537 Aluminium Chassis 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core-i3 330m Radeon HD 4570m 3GB RAM 320GB HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
DVD RW Windows 7 Home Premium 15" Gloss LCD Dell Studio 1558 
Audio
IDT HD Soundcard 
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for your help...I had a look into the different Zalman cases and I ended up going for the Z11 Plus. I just liked the overall design and thought it looked cooler smile.gif
I might get a separate fan/temp control plate for it, but will see when it arrives.

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