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Hey guys/ gals,

I am currently on my 3rd build, however since my last build was in early "2000" I have fallen quite behind the times. I have found it much easier in selecting the correct CPU and GPU for my needs than through the plethora of cases on the market today. A little information below to describe my situation:

Build;
i5 Haswell w/ Noctua NH-D14
Asus Z87-A SLI
GTX 660 SC
HX750 PSU
8GB 1600mhz DDR3

*I am planning to overclock my CPU slightly and expand this setup w/ an additional GTX 660 when the "time is right"

Price point = None as of current (but for the sake of this conversation lets keep it under/ around $250 max)

Size= Size is of no issue. Assuming this I would assume full size would prove to be most beneficial for airflows and interior space. (I am not against other suggestions)

Color= Irrelevant

Aesthetics= I am open to all suggestions

Cooling= AIR. I have no aspirations of turning my current setup into a liquid cooled setup.


I understand my "demands" are not too strict, as to why I am posting this. I would like the case to be functional in regards to cable management, low noise, and most proper/ high airflow.

This setup will be in the unfinished portion of my home (in the basement). With that being said the removable case/ fan filters would be a nice feature to have.

To sum this up; High airflow, moderate/ good sound isolation, roomy, and good cable management.

As of late I have been looking into the;

Thermaltake level 10 GT
Coolermaster Storm Trooper
Corsair 800D
Silverstone Raven RV03

Thanks for your help!
post #2 of 8
Have you looked at the Corsair Air 540? Apparently that's been designed airflow in mind though it isn't really the traditional aesthetic of how a normal tower is set up. The 800D and Raven are also great options.
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Fractal Design Arc Midi R-2 is a great case. It has three system fans and a fan controller built in. I'm running a similar system to yours except CPU is Ivy Bridge. CPU temp is 28C with the medium fan setting in hot weather and I can turn it down to the lowest setting when the indoor temperature drops. It's an easy case to build with and runs very quiet even though it's not designed as a "quiet" case (I can barely hear the case fans on the medium setting and cannot hear the Enermax CPU cooler at all). PSU fan filter and the front panel filter are easily removable for cleaning.
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post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Will these "mid tower" options till be sufficient if I would run SLI in the future?

I really like the unique look for the corsair air. But wonder about its space constraints.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spectre- View Post

coolermaster HAF

IMO there is a lot going on for the exterior of the case. Liking to keep my equipment clean I would find myself wiping it down all the time.
post #8 of 8
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Has anyone had any experience w/ the Silverstone FT02?
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