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post #11 of 18
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Jack => Actually I already bought it a while ago wink.gif
I'd like to say I regret it but I don't redface.gif
It might be a bit big for what I'll use it for but at least I won't lack space for my hard drives

the only thing "wrong" with a TJ11 is the price smile.gif air cooling performance wise, it is on par with FT02. FT02 may have a 3rd fan, but as far as the heavy lifting, it's mostly done by the middle and back AP181's anyway. the front AP181 is mostly blocked by the HDD cage. granted it still increases the amount of airflow in the case, but as far as cooling the CPU and GPU is concerned, there is little difference between FT02 and TJ11. besides, if you ever feel the air performance is lacking, you can always replace the AP181's for AP182's (i'm sure you can "afford" the replacement fans biggrin.gif )

TJ11 is simply FT02's bigger brother that has liquid cooling support w/o modding.
post #12 of 18
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Got the TJ11 mainly for the way it looks, and no, it's not like I can afford such cases that easily, it was just a big present I got myself wink.gif
At the time I got it for the price of a Corsair 900D, and since there was no other case I liked better it felt really obvious that I HAD to at least own it smile.gif
I'm sure the comparaison you make of it and the FT02 is true but I clearly like my TJ11 too much, thought it could be a replacement for my RV02 as I'm not such a big fan of it.
post #13 of 18
I can see why you bought it though, it is a gorgeous case. I'm jealous.
post #14 of 18
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Got the TJ11 mainly for the way it looks, and no, it's not like I can afford such cases that easily, it was just a big present I got myself wink.gif
At the time I got it for the price of a Corsair 900D, and since there was no other case I liked better it felt really obvious that I HAD to at least own it smile.gif
I'm sure the comparaison you make of it and the FT02 is true but I clearly like my TJ11 too much, thought it could be a replacement for my RV02 as I'm not such a big fan of it.

well if you've owned a RV02. then you know how the FT02 performs in terms of cooling since they share the same steel sub-frame. it's definitely a good choice if you were able to pick it up at a discount and it will likely serve you well for the next decade or more smile.gif most people fail to realize that the primary reason they buy a new case is for aesthetics smile.gif technically speaking you can still build a VERY powerful machine using a beige box from over a decade ago because the specifications for ATX has not changed as far as cases are concerned. a well built ATX box will basically last you forever.

with that said. there are a few things you should keep in mind and take care of if you want to use your case for the long duration. because it's all aluminum, you should be extra careful when screwing anything in since the aluminum threading on the case can be easily destroyed by the steel screw/thumb screw if you don't take extra care. this is one thing i actually prefer on the FT02 over TJ11 because the expansion slot screw holes are steel and can take alot more abuse through different builds and years of reseating the GPU etc.. aside from that little nit pick, the case is pretty solid and will last forever if you take care of it.

I went with the FT02 for the obvious reasons that it's cheaper and I actually prefer the looks of the FT02 over the TJ11. they are both good looking cases, but the TJ11 is simply alittle too imposing in terms of size and would look awkward sitting on the desk smile.gif i like to keep my computer on top of the desk for dust and heat reasons. if i put the computer under the desk, the exhaust heat from the computer tend to be trapped under the desktop and tend to flow right to my chest/arm pit area. it can get uncomfortable at times when gaming for long sessions smile.gif
post #15 of 18
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Hey, I should receive my Akasa Medusa today, if I manage to fit it onto my motherboard despite it's massive heatsinks I'm a happy man smile.gif Thanks to all three of you.

By the way if it doesn't work out for me I'm thinking about the Phanteks TC14PE, orange version smile.gif
post #16 of 18
I think the TC14PE is a better looking cooler. biggrin.gif

Let us know how the Medusa works out for you. thumb.gif
post #17 of 18
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I have it before me right now and by the look of it I think it should be good.

Yeah the Phanteks one looks great, but I also like that black and yellow thing, still my motherboard is orange so the other one would have been better (don't care that much about colours though, I'm most worried about perf with the Medusa).
post #18 of 18
Sounds good. Look forward to seeing some pics. thumb.gif
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