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Hello, I looking to update my aging desktop hardware. The first thing I need is a new case. I'm not looking to spend alot $100 MAX, I would like to hit below that. What's the real difference in a Mid and Full case? I would assume size would be the obvious answer. I plan on running SLI maybe 2-3 HD's and thats about it. No oc'ing or anything, everything pretty much stock. Which type would be well suited for my application?
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post #2 of 25
Mid tower would be best for you.
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Full tower are good for water cooling since it will have more room for the tubes and if you want the rad inside the case. also you have more space for airflow. I saw a 20C temp difference when going from my CMS STC-T01 to this Antec P182.
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post #4 of 25
- A full tower will allow you to have more room for water cooling if you ever wanted to do that down the road.

- Usually, you will be able to install more hard drives and optical drives.

- SLI / Crossfire will be easier to have because of the increased size.

All of these things can be done in a decent mid tower, however they are usually easier when done inside a full tower.
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yeah whatever you do don't buy a Antec P180-182 with a dual slot SLi/CF setup.
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post #6 of 25
Full tower, I will never go back to midtower. Its just so much easier to install your hardware, especially if you have big hands like I do.
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Mid-tower. Never full tower. There's no point in having a case that is too big when you can never fill it up. It just simply does not make sense. Also, full towers are cumbersome as hell if you intend on bringing a desktop to college (trust me, you will want your desktop to bring to college).
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mid tower. not for the space or size.. if u are staying stock, and using air, best is mid tower. the bigger your case is, the more space there is inside, the more air needs to be moved to cool your components. i have had both sizes.. full towers are BAD for air... my rocketfish is a nightmare of an air cool xD
 
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mid tower. not for the space or size.. if u are staying stock, and using air, best is mid tower. the bigger your case is, the more space there is inside, the more air needs to be moved to cool your components. i have had both sizes.. full towers are BAD for air... my rocketfish is a nightmare of an air cool xD
I would say it depends on the full tower. A decent full tower case (antec 1200, most of the cooler master models), actually have excellent airflow due to the use of larger fans (200mm or 250 mm for example).

If moving the case occasionally is required, then a mid, if its going to stay in place, go with a full tower. Far more long term upgrade options are available then.
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post #10 of 25
Mid tower. I can't imagine having to move a full tower around, this thing weighs enough.
    
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