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I think finding the right case is the most aggravating part of building a new rig.There's such a huge selection of cases out there from enough different companies that it's easy to miss the best cases for your equipment and aesthetic needs. Let's put together a resource for case shoppers who are looking for quality, long-lasting cases. Here's what I've dug up looking for a case for myself, mostly harvested from recommendations throughout the forum and review-site roundups.

LGT impartial case review.

Legend:
A - High Airflow Design
S - Silent Computing Features
T - Tooless Design Features
RM - Removable Motherboard Tray
W - Internal Water Cooling

Modest Designs
Lean and Clean.

Mid-Towers

$50 Bargains <$100<$150
<$200
<$300
>$300

Full Towers

<$100
  • Rocketfish Full Tower
  • Ultra M923 A RM T

<$150
<$200
<$300
>$300

Flashy Designs
Show your Stuff.

Mid-Towers

$50 Bargains
<$100
<$150
<$200
<$300
>$300

Full Towers

<$100
<$150
<$200
<$300
>$300

I haven't got much in the way of flashier cases because I'm more of a subtle-case guy. Get all your case recommendations out of the way once and for all, I want to fill this list up.
Edited by Ltar - 1/6/09 at 1:55am
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post #2 of 36
tj07 is a must
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Coolermaster HAF for <$200 flashy
    
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post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
Added:

Antec Sonata III
Hiper Osiris
Silverstone TJ-07
Silverstone TJ-09
NZXT Adamas
NZXT Tempest
Coolermaster ACTS 840
Coolermaster HAF 932
Zalman Fatal1ty
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Phenom 9850 BE Foxconn A79A-S 5770 6GB DDR2 1066 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win7 Visio 37" HDTV Logitech wireless Corsair HX620W 
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Lian Li Lancool PC-K7 Logitech wireless SilkMedallion Mouserug Soundblaster Audigy 5.1 
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Win7 Visio 37" HDTV Logitech wireless Corsair HX620W 
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Lian Li Lancool PC-K7 Logitech wireless SilkMedallion Mouserug Soundblaster Audigy 5.1 
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post #5 of 36
I think you should just take out the flashly modest design thing.
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post #6 of 36
Nice idea. Good how you separated the case styles
    
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Logitech Illuminated Coolermaster Real Power Modular 850W CM-690 Razer Diamonback 3G 
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2x500gb Western Digital Green Power (RAID 0) Some Random Thing that doesn't have LightScribe Windows 7 64bit 24" + 22" 
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post #7 of 36
I think you should make a section for cases that hold watercooling radiators internally, as a lot of people make threads asking which cases can do this. Also, isn't the TJ-07 a full tower?
    
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post #8 of 36
The tj07 is a full tower.
The tj09 is a mid tower.
The ft01 is a mid tower.

Also, I think the antec 300 should be moved to the $50 price point.
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post #9 of 36
how can no one suggest Soldam cases?! those are PWN!
 
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Razer DeathAdder Chroma Samson SR850 + Shure SE215 FocusRite 2i2 + Lepai LP-2020+ + Dayton Audio B652 
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Intel E5-2620 2.0 GHz 6-Core Intel E5-2620 2.0 GHz 6-Core AMD FirePro V5900 Samsung 64gb (16x4) ddr3 1333 pc3 10666 ECC  
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3 x 3TB Seagate HDD 2 x 4TB HGST NAS HDD 2 x 5 TB Western Digital HDD FreeNAS 9 
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post #10 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
how can no one suggest Soldam cases?! those are PWN!

I think this is for cases that people could go out and buy From my understanding they don't export those cases to the US, or worse.
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