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post #1 of 18
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I've been building more and more computers for people, and I give them the options of Cooler Master Centurion 534 or Antec P180/P180B (or a different case if they so choose):
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811119106
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811129017
They complain that the P180B is too expensive and heavy and that the CM534 is too tall and doesn't look too amazing. What I've been looking for for a while is a cheap-ish (under $90 without PSU) case I can offer that supports ATX, is pretty short but still easy to work in, is sturdy, and looks very nice, sort of like an OEM case. A guideline to go by is the nice new Dell XPS 420 case:
http://www.pclaptop-review.com/wp-co...ll-xps-420.jpg
It's shiny (BTW, I like the cases I offer. It's just that my customers seem to want a more familiar experience). Thanks for your help!

EDIT: I already looked at Lian-Li cases, the aluminium seems like it would get dented quickly, and the brushed aluminium looks a little dull in comparison with some of the new OEM cases coming out. Other Antecs also seem like a good option, but again they don't look like they contain a powerful computer to the average end-user.

EDIT2: I also need a good place to put an MS COA on the back. It can cover a vent, I don't care about that.
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post #2 of 18
How about the Antec Solo, looks smaller and still has a simple look.
    
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post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by aksthem1 View Post
How about the Antec Solo, looks smaller and still has a simple look.
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Other Antecs also seem like a good option, but again they don't look like they contain a powerful computer to the average end-user.
I guess what I'm looking for is not a simple-looking case, but a glitzy one that doesn't look cartoonish, like some of those XCLIOs with turboprops built in.
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post #4 of 18
How about:

Enermax Pandora (I use one for my office machine)

Thermaltake WinRS 100 (Haven't used one yet, but it's glossy, and it's got good looks, in my opinion)

Thermaltake Matrix VX

Thermaltake Matrix (I've long liked the Matrixes and have used them for clients also; I've never owned one myself, though)
    
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post #5 of 18
How about a CM Centurion with a side window: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119077

Or CM Centurion 590 with some LED fans like pictured: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119152

Those would bling it up a little bit but without being stupid looking. And if the customer doesn't want too much bling, skip the LED fans and use regular ones. I think that a couple of LED fans and a side window add a nice amount of glitz without going overboard.

I also like those TT cases that txtmsjoe posted above me - those are all pretty sweet.
     
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post #6 of 18
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Thanks. I like the WingRS and the Matrix. I also considered the Centurion 5, but it looks as tall as the Centurion 534 I've been using, and the mesh looks like it would prevent the CPU stickers from sticking (Tt Matrix has a little bit of solid metal on the bottom that looks useful). Another option I was considering was getting a black Lian-Li case and lacquering it. How long does that take; I've never done it.
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post #7 of 18
While I've never laquered anything before, I have used a Lian-Li case. It was a little pricy but *very* nice and well built. The aluminum it was built with was sturdier than the steel of my current CM Elite case.
     
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post #9 of 18
I'd say something rosewill. Unless that's too cheap.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147089

The Centurion is your best bet I'd say. Tell your customers to stop *****ing about height and appreciate that you're building them a computer.
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post #10 of 18
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I'll also consider the CM690, thanks. The Rosewill is definitely too cheap. For some reason, people think if you spend a lot of money on the case the parts are good. That's the reason OEMs make so much money. They have a nice case, but everyone couldn't care less that they used a $35.00 motherboard. Anyone else with case suggestions?
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