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I want to get a mid tower case around $100 and watercool it and mod it a little. I would paint it, do some cable management holes, make a cool side window, light it up real nice and whatever else i wanna do.
So I need to find a case to start with.

Here is what I have found so far
CM HAF 932
CM 690
Lian Li PC-7F

Here is what will go in it
Intel CPU (Don't know which one)
P45
4850 or 9800GT and I might want to cool them too
640gb HDD
4gb ram
OCZ or Corsair PSU
240 rad
d4 pump
bay style or ek micro res

what would you guys recommend?
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post #2 of 6
I vote the Lian Li due to cable management purposes
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post #4 of 6
the HAF is awesome. it doesnt have a removable mobo tray, but you wont give a rats ass when its installed anyway.
the CM690 is decent, nothing special. at least it isnt the 590, which is made of balls and fail. i know... >.>
Lian Li's are allways good quality... pretty different from the HAF, so it comes down to persponal preferences there...

id go for the HAF myself, i like the looks, then the Lian Li. i havent checked prices, but i think the 690 is the cheapest of the 3.. take that one only of the price difference matters much to you... then again, when its installed en you're immersed in gaming, you wont give a crap about the case anymore... you'll notice the quality difference compared to the other 2 though.
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Antec 900, Lian Li PC-7F, or Centurion 590 if you want mid tower, HAF 932, Antec 1200, or Rocketfish if you want full tower.
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post #6 of 6
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How would I mount the 240rad in the Antec 900. I would like that case because it would look nice next to my Antec 300 haha. I am leaning towards the 690 because of price, but with Xmas this week maybe I can spring for that Lian Li.
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