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post #21 of 32
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But yeah, there are a million cases even under $50 that are great for high-end PCs.
Yea, my idea of a budget case is < $20. I got my CM5 for $3.99 shipped AR.
Now that is a budget case!
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post #22 of 32
raidmax makes some great cases, i have one for my secondary rig and it has just about everything i could ever need in a case. i actually like it better than my main rigs case.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by Havegooda View Post
Not in my experience, I LOVE my Zero.

~Gooda~
I havent actually seen a Zero first-hand, so I'm not gonna argue with you on that one Full towers are pretty hard to screw up anyway, there is a lot of room to work with.

But if you look at their mid-tower models - Apollo, Hush, Lexa, and Nemesis, you can easily find a cheap Rosewill/Linkworld/other random case that has the exact same interior+airflow design or better (minus the exterior looks) for less than half the price. And the plastic used on those cases is actually more sturdy than the stuff NZXT uses.

Here's just one example:
Hush - $100 shipped:


Random Rosewill case - $30 shipped. Add another $20 to buy the sound-absorbent padding and rubber feet.
The way the motherboard tray is designed allows for better cooling from behind it, and the side vents allow you to install a giant video card without restricting too much airflow, which is what happens with the Hush. It also has better cable management, as you can route cables behind that vertical strip of a motherboard tray and then wrap them around any side of the motherboard to bring them out.


So you end up paying $50 just for the cheap front panel and a paintjob that attracts dust and fingerprints like no other. But if you really care for the looks then there's nothing anyone can say that will sway you to the Rosewill.
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post #24 of 32
As an R5604-TBK owner I can't justify anything more if all you're doing is just slapping the components in and leaving them. Even going beyond that, it's excellent to work in as long as your video card is no longer than a 9600GT. At that point either the edge of the card scrapes the HD cage or the cables bunch up and get kinks.

Otherwise, aside from the plastic face (which is sturdy enough but out of place when almost the entire rest of the case is cold-rolled steel), the non-reversible door (I've heard its hinges are flimsy but haven't had issues), and the flimsy clips that hold the 5.25" bay covers in place (I did break one off by accident, but no biggie since it was from the bay I was sticking my DVD burner in), it's an excellent case. On a desk it has an imposing figure, and under a desk its subtlety ironically draws attention to itself.

It doesn't feel like anything less than a steel mallet can do much damage to it, and loaded down it weighs about 36 pounds, which is quite a lift if you are of lighter build. Rosewill added some nifty touches that make the case that much better. I like the little toolbox that can be removed or left in the HD cage, the tool-free drive mounts are the best I've ever handled, separate doors covering drive bays and power/reset buttons and ports work more than well enough, the stamped risers are great, and having 2 12cm fans (the front of which has a dust filter) standard are welcome treats.

Sorry if this sounds like a mini-review, or even kiss-ass-ish but I just like digging into the thing.
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hmm, In Win F430 case begs for a mod job
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post #26 of 32
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I can not justify the cost of any case. Any money put towards a case could be used to upgrade my PC further. In addition to spending money on a glorified box for computer parts, I have to deal with opening it everytime I want to tinker in it and raised temperatures (no mention added cost for fans from raised temps). I'll stay caseless forever
I agree to some extent( i am caseless myself ). A case is good for a server or a media hub/center. Also, if someone has rugrats running around a case is definitely a good idea
   
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post #27 of 32
For those of you who run caseless, what precautions must you take to avoid damage to your components? I'm thinking of running caseless myself but I don't wanna mess anything up.
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post #28 of 32
I'm getting the NZXT Tempest this week, I prefer it over the Antec 900:

1. Longer and bigger then the 900.
2. Looks better (IMO, the blue LED stripes on the front, plus the sharp angles makes it look cool)
3. Low price (I'm getting it for $90 shipped)
4. DUST FILTERS

This is a great case that is praised by reviewers as an improvement to the 900's design; so I'm getting it.
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post #29 of 32
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For those of you who run caseless, what precautions must you take to avoid damage to your components? I'm thinking of running caseless myself but I don't wanna mess anything up.
Umm, don't put the motherboard on anything metal and don't move the HDD while the computer is on.
post #30 of 32
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For those of you who run caseless, what precautions must you take to avoid damage to your components? I'm thinking of running caseless myself but I don't wanna mess anything up.
Keep motherboard off the ground, dust problems, stuff hitting the fans, water staying right away from it.

And keep HDD still as possible.
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