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post #11 of 18
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Yea I'm not too concerned about it the USBs, I keep my computer on top of my desk and pretty close to my peripherals.

I'm really leaning towards the Z11, it was the first case I started looking at. I built a PC for a friend of mine that was on a pretty nice budget (around 1k) and I got him a z9. That machine was LARGE, lots of airflow, the SSD mount was inconvenient, but the rest was awesome. I assume the z11 is that and then some. I might get a HAF or z9 for the second computer though. (i5 750 ocd to 3.6ghz + 78502gb SLI. I.e. little brother)
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post #12 of 18
Fractal Design Arc Mini $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352008

This gets my vote.

Edit: This is Mini ATX do you need a full size ATX case? If so you could try this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352031 it's 20 bucks more.
Edited by SlyFox - 10/11/13 at 11:36am
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post #13 of 18
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Eh nice looking cases but slightly out of my price range. z11 is $60 ($50 AMIR) seems like the best option at the price point.
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post #14 of 18
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K I am reviving this dead thread.

I was going to get the z11 / z9 from Microcenter at ~$59. Not bad, but I decided not to, and I am picking up 2x 7950s next week. Now I need a cheaper case and these are my choices so far. I need at least 12.5" clearance for the PCIe as the Gigabyte Windforce cards are very long, longer than most 7950s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146115

http://www.microcenter.com/product/323929/V3_Black_Edition_ATX_Mid_Tower_Computer_Case

They both seem to be better than my Raidmax Smilodon. Bottom mounted PSU, 2 top 120mms, etc. As long as they have the space they will do. Anyone have any recommendations?
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post #15 of 18
Thought about this again. You have two identical cases that are pretty awesome except you can't get enough CPU cooling. This wouldn't make sense unless you had two of them.

if you're willing to mod, there's a lot of depth above the board because of the top mounted PSU. You could fit a pretty thick 120mm water cooler up there if there was a hole for it. I suggest making one:

-Make sure yo can actually fit a 120mm fan between the PSU and the HD bay. You'll want a little space on each side as well because AIO radiators are slightly longer than 120mm. You should still be able to fit it sideways if you have to though. IF you have room (you should from looing at it but it;s best to be sure) then:

-find a tool rental store and rent a 4 3/4" or 4 5/8" metal cutting hole saw, and a power drill if you don;t have one. This won't be terribly cheap, but also not too bad. Should be cheaper than replacing one of the cases.

-Empty your case of all your components but the PSU, mark where the psu stops on the inside of the case with a marker and use the hole saw to cut the hole from the inside. This risks the fan being visibly uneven on top, but guarantees it will be centered where it matters. If you are more concerned about it looking right from outside, get a tapp measure and figure out where it would come out on top so you can get the center, and drill from the top.

This will give you a hole for a nice thick 120mm cooler which should be enough to cool your CPU, and it will blow all the waste CPU heat out of your case, so the remaining fans will be enough to do what else is required.

COST:
whatever the tool rental costs
a couple 120mm fan grills
2 120mm AIO coolers.

This may or may not be cheaper than replacing your cases, but it;s a thought.
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post #16 of 18
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Well there's a new variable I mentioned in the post above. PCI clearance. The 2 cases I posted have a 330mm clearance with no HDD blocking the way, and my current case has ~270mm clearance. I can remove the HDD cage, but have no other mounting options. I could drill into the bottom of the case to mount, but I am concerned about heat.

The 7950 I am getting is 12.5 inches I believe, might be 11.5.
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post #17 of 18
CoolerMaster n600 is $49 after a rebate which seems like pretty nice deal. Looks a lot nicer than the zalman cases too (imho).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119278&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20N600
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post #18 of 18
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Not a bad case, but 2 of them would still be $100, nearly twice what 2 NZXT source 210s cost.
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