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Which to Mod: Centurion or Aluminus?

Poll Results: Which Case Should I Butcher?

 
  • 50% (4)
    Ultra Aluminus
  • 50% (4)
    Cooler Master Centurion 5
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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I walked into my kitchen today, and realized I have an Aluminus and a Centurion, plus about 6 fans, just sitting in there, collecting dust. I figured I might as well mod one. No extra hardware to put in one right now, but this summer I could put a cheap system in there for something.

So, which case?

Ultra Aluminus



Pros
- Thin Metal (easier to cut)
- Full Tower
- Most of exposed interior is already black (if I were to go the all black route)

Cons
- Thin Metal (easier to mess up)
- Front Door
- Slightly cheap all around quality






Cooler Master Centurion 5



Pros
- Great Quality
- Toolless Rail Design Makes Building Easy
- Mesh Front for good Circulation

Cons
- Thick Metal (Harder to Cut)
- Mid Tower
- Lots of Bare Metal inside




So, which one would you choose? And why?
    
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post #2 of 11
The Coolermaster is vented much better and breathes beeter for air cooling. Plus it needs a makeover. Intake fan fits nicely in the drive bays up top, and the hard drive holder is removable and the hdd can mount where the floppy drive would fit. Better airflow intake at the top and bottom. Some custom bent airfoils with thin metal flashing can redirect cooling flow to ram and vga. It works well. I did this with the Coolermaster CM532 case.
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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Oh, it may be water cooled, too. Should have said that.
    
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post #4 of 11
I think the Aluminus looks better at stock, so I think you should make the "uglier" one get the upgrade

(I put "uglier" in quotes because it's not really ugly, just not as good-looking as the other option IMO)
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post #5 of 11
ALuminus, quite a nice case, el-cheapo chieftec clone, but you could make a hell ova nice case with it. personally i think the centurion looks the best stock, i dont like modded centurions lol.(the only centurion mod i liked, was one 'melted' together with an stacker.)

Edit:
what the lulz, i cant vote?
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post #6 of 11
Ultra Aluminus, it has all ready been said but that is a nicer case standard, so you should get a better result once moded
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post #7 of 11
Ultra Aluminus.

You have cases and fans sitting in your kitchen?
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post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I live in a campus apartment with 2 other guys. It's the only non-carpeted floor in the apartment, so it's where I build and thus, where I keep all of my extra hardware.
    
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post #9 of 11
id say the aluminous
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post #10 of 11
the aluminus, i have it and love it. havn't tried any mods to it yet but i love the case!
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