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the 300 is good my only problem with mine is my power supply has so many connections its hard to have any wire management in the case. I should of gotten a modular PSU. I like the 690 and this Lian LI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112099
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The M9 is an okay case, I have one in my basement. I dont like the tooless bays though, but you do, so it could be a nice case for ya! I do like the NZXT Hush...and before you say NZXT's are all ugly I've had alot of people tell me they like what I've done with mine, so if you want them to...they can look nice
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The M9 is an okay case, I have one in my basement. I dont like the tooless bays though, but you do, so it could be a nice case for ya! I do like the NZXT Hush...and before you say NZXT's are all ugly I've had alot of people tell me they like what I've done with mine, so if you want them to...they can look nice

Will a 120 fit at HS&F level in front, M9?
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Antec 300 or CM 590.
    
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The Gigabyte 3D Aurora. Subtle, yet sophisticated.

Or if you're looking for something simpler.. Lian Li
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Originally Posted by MM-K View Post
Maybe NZXT Hush or Alpha for better cooling?
Checked them both out... Newegg doesn't seem to carry the sexy mirror-finish Hush, though. I dig the styling on the Alpha, too, but is there a non-window version?

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Although subjective, here are some cases that I feel fit the bill that you have laid out.

Mid Towers:
I dig the Thermaltake, very similar styling to the CM 590.

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Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
The M9 is an okay case, I have one in my basement. ...I do like the NZXT Hush...and before you say NZXT's are all ugly I've had alot of people tell me they like what I've done with mine...
What exactly have you had to do to get a beautiful case like the Hush or Alpha to look nice?


So anyways, I'm looking at the NZXT Hush, Alpha, and Tt M9 now and my questions are...
  • Will the Hush have sufficient airflow for overclocking on air with an AC Freezer 64 and an HR-03GT+90mm? If so, where can I get a silver-fronted one?
  • Is there a non-window version of the NZXT Alpha? That's another sexy case and I'm seeing generally favourable reviews for it. Is there, again, enough airflow?

Tt M9 looks good, similar to the 590, but with the power buttons moved up higher (good thing) and a top-mounted PSU. A mesh bezel seems unlikely to pose any airflow problems, although I wonder if that perception is faulty. The Centurion 5 I have now has a similar mesh bezel, and I sometimes wonder if, with three hard drives in front of my intake fan, air is simply flowing through my top drive-bays and right out the back. Maybe a solid bezel would circulate air under the GPU better.

If any of you think the Hush will have airflow problems, or I can't find the black with silver bezel model online, I'll forget it. We've got to put the components first, after all. I'd like to keep this case around quite a bit longer than I've had my Centurion 5... which I didn't expect to give away when I got it. I normally don't even consider hinged bezels, as a matter of day-to-day convenience, but damn that silver look is sexy.

I'll got to the Alpha if the Hush can't be had in black and silver, again so long as nobody thinks I'll find airflow issues with it. My internal components come first, but "sufficient" is good enough for me. I plan to overclock only as far as my current cooling will take me, no record attempts here. It's also worth noting that the Alpha is the least expensive of the three without a side-window.

Barring those cases, the M9 is where I'll go. I leave these conditions to you guys, now. You're the experts.

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Will a 120 fit at HS&F level in front, M9?
Do you reckon my AC Freezer won't be up to the task of cooling a 9850 BE OC? It keeps my opty 1216 pretty chilly (48-50 load w/ 2.4->2.76 OC @ <65F ambient). I suppose a BE Phenom would be a little wasted if I don't OC it at ALL, but I'm pushing my budget already.
Edited by Ltar - 12/24/08 at 12:22am
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Will a 120 fit at HS&F level in front, M9?
If you mean can you mount a 120mm fan in the 5.25" bay, at the level of the heatsink...I don't believe so unless you get some sort of Kama bay or bay device, or some zip ties. But I'll take a closer look later today.

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What exactly have you had to do to get a beautiful case like the Hush or Alpha to look nice?
Eh, I don't have either of those cases. I had a cheaper NZXT that took some painting and colour co-ordination to really look impressive.




As for the cooling issue...

The Hush has a nice front to back airflow, but the Alpha is a little different. The front fan looks limited in its use, but it also has the side fan there. The side fan will bring in alot of cold air right where its needed, but takes away from the front to back feel of things.

I think overall if you asked me to pick a case, based on overall interior look and performance, I'd probably get Alpha.

But if you gave me another choice of NZXT's, I kinda like this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146047
Edited by Kopi - 12/24/08 at 12:49pm
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