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Either mod your dest to acomidat the P192.
Or go with the CM690.

It might be cheap but it beats most cases that are in your price range. :/

Also I'll be selling mine in the coming months.
Yeah, those features of the 690 are something else!
post #22 of 33
CM690 is the best bang/buck that I can recommend in good conscience for your price range and size considerations. In all honesty, it is probably the best damn case released in a while.

Looking at the rest of your build (and I know you are sick of me saying this), take the money from your budget increase and upgrade the video card from a 8600GTS to at least an HD 3850 or 8800GS. Trust me - your system will last much, much longer if you do so. Imagine looking back on your system in 2010 or so - will you still be using the 8600GTS? Probably not. But the 9600GT, HD 3850, or 8800GS? Sure!

Anyways, I hope this helps. I just want to make sure that you get the best value for your parts. There is an XFX 8800GS for $120 at Newegg right now, so do check it out.
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CM690 is the best bang/buck that I can recommend in good conscience for your price range and size considerations. In all honesty, it is probably the best damn case released in a while.

Looking at the rest of your build (and I know you are sick of me saying this), take the money from your budget increase and upgrade the video card from a 8600GTS to at least an HD 3850 or 8800GS. Trust me - your system will last much, much longer if you do so. Imagine looking back on your system in 2010 or so - will you still be using the 8600GTS? Probably not. But the 9600GT, HD 3850, or 8800GS? Sure!

Anyways, I hope this helps. I just want to make sure that you get the best value for your parts. There is an XFX 8800GS for $120 at Newegg right now, so do check it out.
I totally agree.

Anything 8600xxx is pretty bad. Definitely get a 3850 or 3870 instead of one of those.

The CM 690 is looking like your best bet. I looked for a Stacker 830/832 with a rebate but I can't find one. I got mind for $109 after the MIR. Since you have a month, you might want to keep your eyes peeled. They have been going on sale (w/ MIR) constantly on different websites since November.
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I love my Lian Li A05B. It's a nice smaller case that will easily handle the Tuniq Tower and any 8800 series card. It has great cable management for it's size and has a bottom mount psu.
post #25 of 33
Honestly, your beest cooling is goign to be with the CM690. I looked for months at cases on and off, and then I found a deal for the CM690. I instantly fell in love with how the case looked just from small pics. It has the faetures you're looking at, plus you have options for tons of cooling (god knows you're goign to need it for your e2180 OCs)
I have one and I love it. I added to it by buying 6 (i only had 4, but one fan broke and I ordered 2 more to replace it) Yate loons (1 rear exhaust, 2 top exhaust, 1 original fan for hdd cooling) and then added some to the side vents. They are dead silent for me. (I am a quiete freak, I have wood flooring in my room and it seems to amplify noise) and even to me these are quiet and move a good amount of air. ( i have already nicked my kuckels with them)


For your situation, Get the CM690. Best bang for the buck, use the extra $ to get you some good fans (the stock ones don't move enough air) and if you don't like noise, get a fan cooler. Save your money and get this case.
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The quoted Armor series is too tall. The case must not exceed 19.5". It can squeeze in without a single hair to spare at around 19.7". But then it would leave marks.
post #27 of 33
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CM690 is the best bang/buck that I can recommend in good conscience for your price range and size considerations. In all honesty, it is probably the best damn case released in a while.

Looking at the rest of your build (and I know you are sick of me saying this), take the money from your budget increase and upgrade the video card from a 8600GTS to at least an HD 3850 or 8800GS. Trust me - your system will last much, much longer if you do so. Imagine looking back on your system in 2010 or so - will you still be using the 8600GTS? Probably not. But the 9600GT, HD 3850, or 8800GS? Sure!

Anyways, I hope this helps. I just want to make sure that you get the best value for your parts. There is an XFX 8800GS for $120 at Newegg right now, so do check it out.
Well, as you can see from the red price of that video card in my list, I already purchased the 8600GTS (for $20! hehe). So, I'm good for a while.

But I'm excited about how the prices will go down, because I'm planning on trying for the 8800GTS this summer if the prices fall enough! Do you think they will?
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The quoted Armor series is too tall. The case must not exceed 19.5". It can squeeze in without a single hair to spare at around 19.7". But then it would leave marks.
What are you going to slide you case into? Sounds like a space with very little ventilation.
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post #29 of 33
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My instincts have been telling me all along that the 690 is the best case for me. So you know what? I'm going to get some fans. That's a good idea. Sure, it may not enhance the outside appearance, but that's fine. Having 2 optical drives will look cool enough.

I think it's time to make a Fan thread in a while.
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What are you going to slide you case into? Sounds like a space with very little ventilation.
It's a desk hole which measures just a few mm shy of 20", it's exactly 11" wide, has a 5" opening in the back, along the entire 11" width.

The ambient temperature remains below 70F at all times. It's usually between 65 and 68. It's a relatively furnished basement.
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