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I currently have a Rocketfish, and although it's overall a good case, it's just too big for me. I believe I will be selling it to my friend for around $60, so that's about how much I'm looking to spend. I'm looking for a mid tower that is the following:
affordable (around $60-$65 or so)
steel (aluminum isn't sturdy enough IMO)
good cooling, especially for CPU and GPU (something the RF doesn't have)
plain looks (LED fans are OK, a window is OK, but I don't want a whole bunch of plastic)
no door (a door would be OK, but I'd prefer a case without one)
decent stock cable management or potential to mod for good cable management
largish for a mid tower (need room for big CPU cooler and possibly multiple GPUs for folding)
preferably, an entire stack of 5.25" drive bays in the front like Antec 900

The options I've come up with so far is the Antec 300 and Cooler Master Centurion 590. I am currently leaning towards the Centurion 590, but I am open for suggestions.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I am going to order from Newegg
Edited by Pic0liter - 12/20/08 at 6:58pm
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post #2 of 42
cable management with the CM 590 is great and it has good airflow as well. Newegg has FREE SHIPPING on the CM 590 case.

CM 590, $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119152
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post #3 of 42
I just have to say antec 300. I love that case to death, but I just love the 900's window and led fans.
It's also $50 here, $10 cheaper than the cheapest centurion for sale here. Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 42
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Originally Posted by hawaiian_geek View Post
cable management with the CM 590 is great and it has good airflow as well. Newegg has FREE SHIPPING on the CM 590 case.

CM 590, $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119152
But if you're good with modding, just drill some holes for cable management and it'll be amazing.
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post #5 of 42
I'd go with the Antec 300 as well. I have the 900, and it's basically it's little brother. It's steel, has decent air flow, etc. Really great price for the quality you get. Newegg link so you can check out the specs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042
    
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post #6 of 42
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The Antec 300 looks a little small IMO. I'm coming from a huge full tower, so I want something reasonably big, but still a mid tower. From the pics on Newegg and other pics I've seen around the web, the Centurion 590 looks bigger than the 300, which is desirable IMO.
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post #7 of 42
They're both nice i personally like the look of the Antec 300 the most, i'm just a huge fan of the Antec 3/9/12 series.
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post #8 of 42
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The Antec 300 only has room for 3 5.25" drives, which, combined with the lack of many fans, is the main reason that I'm and leaning towards the Centurion. If everybody thinks the 300 is better than the 590, I will give it more consideration, but the Centurion 590 seems like an overall better case to me.
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post #9 of 42
both are great. You'll probably like the 590 more though, since you're coming from such a big case
    
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post #10 of 42
The 300 is a compact mid tower. It looks small, but a full size board with a large HSF and 2 larger GPU's does fit. Cable management is OK stock, but can be modified pretty easily.
The only thing I don't like is it has no 3.5 external, and that is what my card reader/ fan control is, so I need to find an adapter.
It comes with a 120 and 140 mm fan with room for 3 more 120mm, how many fans do you need?

I have no experience with the CM 590.
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