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It fits in my 300 just fine. The Guru3d post seems to indicate it will fit.

1 thing I learned is to pay close attention to the orientation of the fans when mounting them. Those 140's are more oblong than round and have 2 flat side and 2 round side. You want the flat sides up and down.

First time I tried to put the side on my case it did not close. Once I realized where I messed up, things fit.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks. But at this point I've sort of basing my decisions on ability to use 140mm fans also, which the Antec P183 cannot handle. Overall, I'm starting to look into the FT02 or CM 690 II (CM 692). Is it fair to say the SA can fit into those 2 cases?
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For the CM 690 II you might face problems if the top side fan is installed.
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Originally Posted by majinwu;11761288 
Looks like no go after all:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=60968&p=528788#p528788
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why aren't you reading the entire thread? he's not even running an i7-920, like you are.

the silver arrow/p183 fit together fine for me, NO CASE BULGE, all i had to do was dremel out a couple of small holes on the inside of the black plastic on the side panel, NO METAL DENTED on the inside of the panel.
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I understand P183 isn't the best case for overclocking

that would be dead wrong, for a number of reasons.

there is no power supply-generated heat in the upper compartment, the cpu cooler sits right under a couple of fans, and the upper compartment can hold up to 4 fans.

i have both the p183 and the ft02, the p183 is the better choice for cpu overclocking, because it doesn't rotate the cpu cooler around by 90 degrees... the cooler sits and operates in the orientation that it was engineered to operate at.

cooler orientation matters when it comes to wick-based cooling... you want the ft02 for sli, but not for cpu overclocking.

here is a pic of my hardware when it was in the p183:

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the silver arrow/p183 fit together fine for me, NO CASE BULGE, all i had to do was dremel out a couple of small holes on the inside of the black plastic on the side panel, NO METAL DENTED on the inside of the panel.

Until you showed me the picture of your P183, I didn't have any conclusive evidence to go by. While I always wanted to get a P183 and appreciate its design, I still feel FT02 is better for the long run. Plus I'd rather avoid pulling out my dremel.
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i have both the p183 and the ft02, the p183 is the better choice for cpu overclocking, because it doesn't rotate the cpu cooler around by 90 degrees... the cooler sits and operates in the orientation that it was engineered to operate at.

cooler orientation matters when it comes to wick-based cooling... you want the ft02 for sli, but not for cpu overclocking.

You have the rare opportunity to actually own both cases, so I wish I could have asked you questions sooner. But after reading countless threads on these two cases, I still feel that overall, the FT02 is the better case for cooling AND silence (especially since I got a deal for the AP181 fans and FrozenCPU extra dampening foam on all panels!)
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the ft02 should come with ap181 fans already: http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/872439-do-new-ft02-cases-come-ap181.html

i ended up dremeling out a couple of the grills in front of those big fans, because they are pretty restrictive... i had to use the flexible shaft adapter on the dremel to do it, but i already had the pc assembled, maybe it's doable with no adapter, before you do the build.

you can undervolt the fans to the point where they squeak a bit during startup, but it should go away shortly... this case is really all about the fans, they rock.

watch out for hdd vibration, it was so bad on mine that i went to a lian li bay converter instead.
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