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Im now officially in the market for a full tower case that incorporates SUPERB cooling. I had a ultra alumunis case and honestly I don't think the cooling was cutting it.

I want to stick around $150 maybe $200 and there are plenty of cases in that range. So many, it's hard to choose. Looks are not a concern anymore, anyone here have a case that they would recommend?

I was looking at the NZXT Zero, Antec 900, and xClio a380...but im most def open to suggestions.
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post #2 of 6
The Antec 900 is a great case. I can also tell you about the a380 as I use to have it. The case is nice. Has massive fans, lots of room to work with and the airflow is nice. Now this is my little story with it. I tried a test without the side fan working and my case temps were actually lower than with the side fan going. But the temp difference was maybe 1-2C. All those 3 cases you are looking at are great cases and they all have either many fans or massive fans. The Antec 900 will be the smallest out of the bunch and I believe the Zero is the largest. Personally, I would get the 900 just cause I'm not a fan of the a380's look anymore , I like having a smaller and lighter case for lan parties and I don't doors on cases.
post #3 of 6
*the Antec 900 is nice, although i've read complaints about lack of space
*Xclio cases w/ the 250's and now the 30+cm fans are always a good option, although factor on the amount of computer noise that'll leak out of such a big hole(s)
*CM Stacker 830 is a good option since there's existing mounts for a ton of fans
*Aerocool Masstige is another option, nothing notable about the case tho
*Aerocool Spiral Galaxies has a "feature" that ducts air from the intake, over the CPU and right out an exhaust. perfect for tower coolers, but with the larger ones the "windtunnel" as it's called may not fit.

or you could take a big 24" tube, rivet a motherboard tray in the diameter, and put a pair of 24" AC fans on either side in push-pull. <== hey, it'd work i guess XD

edit---------------
TT armor w/ the 25cm fan on the side. how'd i miss that one O.o
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thanks for the response. I really liked that CM Stacker 830 and when I found out about the Nvidia edition of it...I pulled out the ole' wallet. It was bout' a hundred over what I was looking to spend but I cant resist the green and black and I myself am a huge Nvidia fan, so it's well worth it to me.

and firestorm do you know where villa rica is?
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post #5 of 6
Just be sure you don't have to move it... Ever. It's gigantic. I have the Stacker 830 Evolution - I think the Nvidia one is the Stacker 832. But either way, it's heavy without anything in it, and once you put things in it, it's even crazier. If you do plan to move it, get a PC harness, but it's very very awkward to move.
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post #6 of 6
meh he will be fine. i used to lug full tower PC with dual PSU's around to Lan's

it hurts but its not that hard; and i am weak so yeah; it was actually super tower

and i didnt have a harness. with that it would be easy
    
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