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Well I have been tempted by a Lian Li full tower. I've always wanted extra room... always bought cases based on small size... which I've had enough with.

I have tried pretty much everything to keep everything cool, but I don't think this case can quite cut the mustard. The biggest problem with Sonata III is that it doesn't allow sufficient air intake. I have about 6 120mm fans, which I have tried in various combinations (not all at once) and still no real difference in temps.

When I open my case door, CPU temps drop by over 5C. Under full gaming load, my system temps have reached over 40C with the door closed.

I think the Sonata is a great case, but an overclocked CPU, along with a new-ish video card can heat things up quite a bit. Its meant for a "silent PC", which it does well, but it doesn't seem to cater for the performance market very well.

I have decided to eventually get this Lian Li A71
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