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post #21 of 33
Well-said, Afzsom.

Heh!... I just tripped over my tongue trying to say "compartmentalization"
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post #22 of 33
are those the only 3 that you can get? or thats just what you narrowed it down to?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EsaT View Post
Fashion changes, no nonsense look not.
You've actually made my argument for me. That Lian Li design has been around forever (well, since 2005 or so, if I'm not mistaken); it still looks fresh even after all these years.

By the way, I was short-sighted in giving my recommendation. The Lian Li V-series design is good if your motherboard won't have a problem running upside down. When heatpipe cooled chipsets first came into vogue in 2006, they didn't work very well in this case because being mounted upside down prevented proper heatpipe function. So check into whether or not your motherboard can indeed run upside down.
    
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post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by afzsom View Post
Are you trying to decide solely on looks? We can't help you with your opinion. Seems like most here are trying to sway your judgment based on appearances only. The Lian Li has a high quality aluminum construction, and compartmentalization to separate components. Airflow isn't the greatest in this case, so if you're an air cooler, take that into consideration.

If you can tell us what you are looking for in a case, we can better guide you. But just putting three popular cases into your question is just asking for a highly opinionated and potentially flame filled argument.
I meant to say a few things before i went to bed last night, and when i woke up there was already quite a few responses lol.

Was looking for best quality and airflow options, and having the safe feeling of not having to upgrade the case for awhile if I add more hardware. Appearance comes next, though honestly still even then I don't really care all too much for what it looks like, as long as it does what its supposed to do.

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are those the only 3 that you can get? or thats just what you narrowed it down to?
It is not the only 3 I can get, but the ones I was contemplating getting and also I didn't want this thread to go crazy with 100 different options to choose from so made it easier for myself to just pick between 3.
post #25 of 33
Cosmos all the way

Lian Li has your motherboard stuck upside down, nice, but you cant change it around if you don't like it
    
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post #26 of 33
Why did you not include Windy cases
post #27 of 33
While I have not personally owned these cases, I have been doing some reading and searching on cases recently and currently.

LIAN LI PC-V1000APlus II
You do realize this is a mid tower, while the other two are full towers right? Thought I'd mention just incase. One of the great things about Lian Li, is that they are designed in such a way that can be easily and greatly modified. That's one of the perks about this brand. I don't think most know that about Lian Li's. Plus the part about them being all aluminum which makes it much easier to make changes wherever you want. Very high quality craftsmanship built with modders in mind. So if you plan to mod your case Lian Li is definately a brand to consider there.
If you want a Full tower from them you can get something like this or this.
One of the nice things I like about (most of) the full towers, is the ability to put the PSU on the bottom. This helps efficiency of the unit as well as the other components.
These are solid cases, and again, perfect for mods. If you don't know that much about modding, just browse around in the Case Mod Work Logs section, or look for the threads. Most of them have [Project] in the title.


Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS
Another fairly well built case. One of the things I don't like as much is the window. There is a 230mm fan in there, and while that is helpful, where are you going to find a quick replacement? You would have to try to get one from Tt (not sure on $) or mod/replace the window to put something different. The handle on that panel makes it a little tedious to change IMO. As I do recall, you can get a replacement panel, but that's like another $50. Another thing (and correct me if I'm wrong guys), I believe the HDD cage would have to be removed to fit some of the longer video cards. I know that my 9800GTX is quite long, as well as several others are. That cage comes out easy though. As far as craftsmanship, I have heard good and bad. They do have a bit of plastic all over the cases.
Another nice feature, is it has a mesh front panel similar to the Cosmos S.

COOLER MASTER cosmos S
I was looking at this case. It's nice in that one of the features this one has over the earlier Cosmos, is that the front panel is meshed. Great air flow potential there. It has place for 3 120's on the top panel, though I'm not sure how much clearance there is with those mounted. The PSU is also mounted on the bottom of this case. However, this case has some querks to it that I don't personally like. The side panel is limited in the ability to mod it. The mesh sticks out a little from the case and it is odly shaped. The inside of the panel has plastic all over it holding the fan in place. It's a giant dust hole IMO. Another limiting factor, is the drive section is all one piece which goes all the way down the front of the case. I have not yet heard any issues about video card room, but I have read that many are/were not impressed with this case overall vs. the earlier Cosmos case.
Also, a lot of plastic on this case. The back panel also seems to be limited for some reason. There is a bit of space on the top that is wasted. It has 2 holes there for water cooling in mind, but other than that.. I dunno.
I also read that the tooless holders for the drives can be loose sometimes, not holding your components firmly in place. I've read that a couple times though so it was likely those specific cases and not the entire line.

I hope this info helps you in your purchase. I might not be 100% accurate, but I'm close I think I am going to be getting a Lian Li myself. I plan to heavily mod it before I even mount anything in it. Removing rivets and everything
Good luck!
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post #28 of 33
cosmos S, cpu mag said it was the best case out, and i trust them.
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post #29 of 33
my heart says lian-li but my head says cosmos, the Armour isn't in the same league. If you were to get a cosmos S then id have to go with that but if not then its gotta be the lian-li for pure aluminum sexiness. I believe there was mention in the chat of lian-li glory holes but thats not go their xD
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post #30 of 33
the cosmos I actually like the looks of better myself.
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