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post #1 of 15
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My current case just doesn't have the airflow to keep my components cool so I'm returning it and buying a new one. For $100 I can get the A900 which looks sweet and has lots of fans. If I get a A900 what is a good blue led fan I can put on the side of the case?
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I just bought a coolermaster 690 for $70 shipped from buy.com It came here early and isnt messed up at all.
    
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I just bought a coolermaster 690 for $70 shipped from buy.com It came here early and isnt messed up at all.
i 2nd the cooler master 690. It's a great case, with good airflow, and great cable management. The Antec 900 needs to be modded to have any real cable management. I know quite a few people who were trying to choose between the CM690 and the A900, and chose the CM690 and are loving it. I also know some people who have regretted not buying the CM690 and bought the A900. Personally, i thing the CM690 is better, nicer looking, and a great performer. I idle @ 29*C right now, and when i turn on 2 or my fans, i idle at 23-24*C.
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Don't the new 900s now come with the holes in the mobo tray for cable management?

I have one of the older ones and I cut some holes and it works great, very good temps.

I bought some Red LED Tri-Cool fans, but they're pretty loud!
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I have a CM 690 and an Antec 900, and they're both good cases. In my opinion the CM 690 > Antec 900.

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Don't the new 900s now come with the holes in the mobo tray for cable management?

I have one of the older ones and I cut some holes and it works great, very good temps.

I bought some Red LED Tri-Cool fans, but they're pretty loud!
I have one of the "newer" Antec 900s. They put two holes in the motherboard plate near where the 20/24 pin plugs are on most motherboards. I had to cut three more holes in it because having two holes in the same spot is about as helpful as having no holes.
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post #6 of 15
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Personally I don't think the cm690 looks good at all, but that is my opinion. One thing I regretted about buying this case was not having a clear side pannel. Looks will play a factor in this purchase.
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post #7 of 15
The CM690 is probably the best that you can get in that price range. For your Centurion 5 you can always make your own side panel.
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post #8 of 15
The 690's cable straps in a crappy place if u have front side ide connects. The 900 has the sweet top fan, and nice window that will allow u to hide the side fan's power cable along the framing easily.
post #9 of 15
I just received my 690 today and the only cons it has is that i nearly crapped my pants when i first took the front panel off(i thought i broke it)

Other than that the case seems really roomy and its a modest looking case whereas the antec hast he whole windtunnel look to it.

If you get the 690 you wont regret it.
    
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post #10 of 15
Im a supporter of the A900. I love the customability. But the CM 690 isnt a bad choice either. But id still go with the A900.
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