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Hello all, I'm looking for a case to replace my old Corsair 600t which has fallen apart due to removing brittle plastic parts to get to fan controller and fans for replacement. Below are the things I'm looking for in a new case:
  • Mid-tower/ low form factor - my biggest requirement is a case that has a small form factor but is still compatible with an ATX motherboard.
  • Room for SLI
  • Room for an internally mounted H100i for CPU
  • Decent venting for GPUs (room for extra case fans)
  • Black (or painted interior), no cases with ugly grey primer on the inside
  • Bottom mounted PSU
  • A case that keeps cable management in mind
  • Budget $50-$100.
  • NO BUILT IN FAN CONTROLLERS
  • NO BRITTLE PLASTICS - I'm OK with plastic, but I'm not OK with Corsair 600t-quality plastic. I prefer something that won't fall apart if I have to take apart the chassis for any reason.

If you need any more information, please let me know. thumb.gif
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post #2 of 4
i've been really liking fractal design's define r5 and define S cases. if you have a lot of 3.5" drives, get the R5, otherwise the S is a great case with tons of room for watercooling stuff.

also has lots of sound dampening and the option for a windowed side panel or covered sound dampened one.

don't have the time to double check if it meets all your specs, but i saw the thread and thought i'd give my $0.02 and let you get your own opinion about them.
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Dell S2716DG 27" 1440p/144Hz GSync Asus VG248QE 24" 1080p/144Hz Logitech G710 Seasonic X750 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IMI4tth3w View Post

i've been really liking fractal design's define r5 and define S cases. if you have a lot of 3.5" drives, get the R5, otherwise the S is a great case with tons of room for watercooling stuff.

also has lots of sound dampening and the option for a windowed side panel or covered sound dampened one.

don't have the time to double check if it meets all your specs, but i saw the thread and thought i'd give my $0.02 and let you get your own opinion about them.

That is a very good suggestion and it fits just about all of my requirements. I was looking at the R5 earlier, but from looking at the S definitely seems a lot more roomy on the inside. Hmm, I'll keep this one in mind.
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Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
ARM Cortex-A7 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Broadcom VideoCore IV 512MB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
64GB Corsair Voyager Go 16GB Micro SD Aluminum heat spreaders RetroPi 
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Anyone ever use a AeroCool Cases GT-RS? I'm really liking the layout and footprint. It doesn't look too tall, but has a stocky box look to it. Seems right down my alley.

AeroCool Cases GT-RS

Edited by bajer29 - 2/8/16 at 12:45pm
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz Intel GMA 950 2x 2GB DDR2 120GB 5400 rpm HDD 
OS
Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
ARM Cortex-A7 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Broadcom VideoCore IV 512MB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
64GB Corsair Voyager Go 16GB Micro SD Aluminum heat spreaders RetroPi 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Anker 24W PowerPort 2 OneNineDesign RasPi Black 
Other
8Bitdo NES30 Pro Controller 
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Xeno Storm V 1.2
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core Duo T2400 / 1.83 GHz Intel GMA 950 2x 2GB DDR2 120GB 5400 rpm HDD 
OS
Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
ARM Cortex-A7 Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Broadcom VideoCore IV 512MB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
64GB Corsair Voyager Go 16GB Micro SD Aluminum heat spreaders RetroPi 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 23" LED Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Anker 24W PowerPort 2 OneNineDesign RasPi Black 
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8Bitdo NES30 Pro Controller 
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