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I'm going to give my SS Black to a visiting friend from overseas, who can't get it where he lives, and am considering which new case to get for my new rig (1090t, asrock 870, evga gtx570, ripjaws, noctua d14, seasonic x650, crucial c300 128gb - i intend to OC) -
as you can see it's a pretty high-end build, and i have all the parts, just can't decide on which case to get for it, and it's driving me crazy!
the 3 cases i've been considering are-

HAF X (199$)- prob the best case around as far as i can tell, but it's HUGE, and i'm not sure i need all that space for a single GPU build. the wheels are great tho, as is the usb3, plus cable management seems to be by far the best of the bunch. it has removable washable filters, which is a MUST.
i also couldn't find ANY cons whatsoever to this case in all my searching, except for an issue with the front panel firewire cable shorting the mobo for a few ppl, but i will never use firewire so i can just leave it disconnected.

Storm Sniper black (150$)- the one i had up until now, so i know it's a great case, tho i fee like something new

Antec 1200 (135$ AR)- it's a great case with filters and lots of cooling, plus i have 2 120mm antec blue led fans lying around that i can add to it, so it'll save costs compared to the HAF X (it's also 65$ cheaper, which is significant). i'm thinking maybe the HAF X will be quieter since it has bigger fans (one 230mm vs. 3 120mm etc.).. plus it has no wheels and no usb3 front. some ppl had some gripes with the antec 902 (http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...-my-antec.html for example) and since as far as i know 902 is a 'stripped-down' version of the 1200, maybe it has the same faults?

all of these cases will fit my Noctua D14 for sure (checked manuf sites- for some weird reason the antec 902 is even wider than the 1200..?!).

i like all their looks, so the 'like' factor is pretty much equal here.
i'm hoping someone has experience with most/all of these cases, and can offer some advice.
also if there's a case which you think is better, please let me know (except for the Phantom, as much as i like it, it won't fit the D14 WITH the side-fan)

hope it's not too long a read..

happy holidays
post #2 of 10
I would get the HAF-x out of your choices. Its big and will be a good idea in case you ever do anything later on in the future (Youre not on an overclocking site just to keep the same system and do nothing to it). Theres never too much room.
The Antex 1200 is okay (I have the 902). Its the same case with just slightly more room. Nothing too special about it. It does its job though.

Have you looked at the Silverstone Raven RV02? Not too sure if your D14 fits in there or not
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-154-_-Product
Edited by tlxxxsracer - 12/27/10 at 8:33am
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post #3 of 10
Got the Haf-X.
Excellent.
watercoling - 3 rads : 360 on top / 120 at the back / 240 behind the hdds
Plenty of space.
Hot swap included - (I do use only one) Added a 120mm fan in the 5.25 bay.
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Antec = laughable

Between those, get the HAF-X for its superior space and superior cooling. I'd rather have a Silverstone RV02-E though.
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post #5 of 10
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got the HAF X, tho i'm gonna take off the front panel and check it for the firewire/red led insulation issue before i install my system in it.

thx guys
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Careful... BOOM!
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antec cases suck, speaking from experience after owning the 300 & 900

for ~$200 air cooling, go for the FT02 if you can spend a bit more, otherwise the Corsair 600T would be my choice

HAF-X is great too if you're into that look, but 600T & FT02 quality is superior
post #9 of 10
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already pulled the trigger on the HAF X.
i really love the bold look, and the FT02 and the corsairs don't even come close to it in terms of features and sheer size. not to say they're not awesome cases, just think the HAF X is by far better.
the only gripe is the front panel issue, and they should have fixed that in newer rev.'s, i'll just check that when i get it.

thx anyway guys! have a good weekend
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The only advantages the HAF-X has over the FT02 are size for GPU length and water cooling support. Still a good choice though.
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