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post #11 of 22
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She probably won't like the aggressive gamer-style look, but the NZXT Vulcan meets those criteria, other than the USB 3.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065

After looking at that case, I have decided to blacklist it from all of my builds, for flimsy handle, over-hammed looks, horrid cable management, and bad vent placement. Horrifying vent placement, that is.
post #12 of 22
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er... yes. I prefer using the mu, though, since it actually means micro, and m could be anything. Even though I don't actually have a mu on my keyboard.

That's funny because you used a u not a μ.

Anyway, I'd go with rosewill on a basic case. Their build quality is good for what the price is.
    
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post #13 of 22
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After looking at that case, I have decided to blacklist it from all of my builds, for flimsy handle, over-hammed looks, horrid cable management, and bad vent placement. Horrifying vent placement, that is.

Haha I used it for my brother's build, it's one of the more practical mATX cases out there. I agree, the look is way too early-2000s gamer aggressive, but it's incredibly practical. Handle is sturdy, even moreso than the CM Storm Scout. Cables can be routed around the back behind the motherboard tray, and the side panels are angled so that they can accommodate extra cables back there. Vent placement is great if you use a down flow coolers like the Enermax ETD-T60-TB or Noctua low profile coolers.
post #14 of 22
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But, look at the massive vent on the side of the case. Not good for that fan that's being cut off by the drive bay.

Increasing vents doesn't increase cooling performance. In fact, in some cases, it directly reduces it. Like, for example, when I take the side off of my case, therefore creating a free-air ventilation (like that case would probably be), my GPU temps go up 2 degrees at idle and 7 at load, while CPU temps do nothing that I've monitored, because I'm too lazy to actually monitor them ever.
post #15 of 22
Cooler Master N200 seems like your best bet

I'd look into the Bitfenix Phenom M as well

Fractal Design Define Mini seems like a good fit , it looks like a mini fridge but you need to find it on sale.
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post #16 of 22
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But, look at the massive vent on the side of the case. Not good for that fan that's being cut off by the drive bay.

Increasing vents doesn't increase cooling performance. In fact, in some cases, it directly reduces it. Like, for example, when I take the side off of my case, therefore creating a free-air ventilation (like that case would probably be), my GPU temps go up 2 degrees at idle and 7 at load, while CPU temps do nothing that I've monitored, because I'm too lazy to actually monitor them ever.

Yeah, the front intake fan is completely useless (and the drive bay is removable).

Having the vented side panel makes down flow coolers that much better for the case than traditional tower coolers
post #17 of 22
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But it's horrible for the GPU, which I plan to put in. This thing loads really hot, a full 69 degrees in skyrim. I don't want to take my chances.
post #18 of 22
Why do you ask for help and then tell everyone you don't want their suggestions?
    
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Cooler Express SS Phase Change Cooler Express SS Phase Change Windows Billionaire Edition NEC PA301W-BK-SV 
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post #19 of 22
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Why do you ask for help and then tell everyone you don't want their suggestions?
I didn't do that. I replied to his suggestion.

And, his suggestion came after I decided which one I'll probably use. I asked for more suggestions to see if there were any better. That case wasn't better, in this case.

Also, I didn't ask for help on what makes a good case. I asked for help compiling a list of good cases to choose from, considering that it can take a long time to do on your own.
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