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Poll Results: Which case should I get (links below)?

 
  • 13% (6)
    NZXT Tempest EVO
  • 36% (17)
    Cooler Master CM690II
  • 6% (3)
    Cooler Master Storm Scout
  • 26% (12)
    Lian Li PC-K62
  • 17% (8)
    Other (please specify)
46 Total Votes  
post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Okay gang, so I need a new case first, but which to buy and why?

Every last dollar counts, as I'm trying to upgrade more parts soon, so the best value, bang4thebuck option is preferred, but I'd like to retain as much quality as possible.

Really focused on number and style of HDD mounts, included fans (number, sound level and cooling ability), cable-management, quality-feel, spacious interior ... top fan/s for vertical-mounted AM3 cooler is a MUST. I intend to crossfire soon and continue to add more HDD's & an SSD in the near future. Window is preferred but not essential yet side fan's are a slight but not game changing detractor (I like enclosed, leak-free cooling so the less mesh the better), black inside is a must.

Here's my short list:

NZXT Tempest Evo @ $89 +free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146062

Cooler Master CM690II @ $79 +$10 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

Cooler Master Storm Scout @ $89 +$10 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62 @ $99 +$10 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112239


I like the Cooler Master's the least because of the lack of included fans - I don't want to have to spend more to fill up the spots until I overhaul the whole case's cooling fans (if ever). If the NZXT's side panel didn't have a fan I would probably jump on it, I'm leaning that way anyways but I get the vibe that it might feel a little "cheap". I'm still thinking about the NZXT Phantom, which I adore but I'm apprehensive about the total cost including additional case fans etc ...

So what should I do?

Finally I was going to purchase the NZXT black sleeved extension cables for my 24pin and 8pin mobo plugs, and a set of 6 all black SATA cables to improve the look and ease of cable management. Is this worth the ~$40? I have no intention of sleeving cables myself and only care somewhat about the look, but it would be nice.

Thanks for looking and responding ...
post #2 of 25
You may want to also look into the Coolermaster HAF 912... Beast of a case with a nice low price. I think it only comes with 2 fans though...
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post #3 of 25
My vote is for the Lian-Li. Awesome cable management and looks super sharp. Well built too. It's a few bucks more, but save the $40 from the extensions and get the better case. You can always add the extensions down the road.
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post #5 of 25
Raidmax Smilodon BE, its the only case to have EVERYTHING, room for fans, side panel window, air dict, green LED's and you can mount a fan on the top (metal cutting required):
Sauce:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156078
PS: The pics make the lights look fugly, but i have it and it looks SO SICK!!
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post #6 of 25
CM690 II Advanced great case. mid tower but it is in full tower specs. good cable management as well and lots of areas for fan additions. can fit a good sized rad as well.
 
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post #7 of 25
I recommend the HAF 922. I have it and love it! It's got lots of space and looks pretty cool.
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post #8 of 25
Coolermaster 690 II is a great case.The orignal was great and the II is even better.Id go with that or the PC-K62.I have the K62 and its a great case but i think the CM690 II is just a little nicer and offers more options.If i had it to do over id go with the 690 II
    
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post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses so far.

A quick "not interested" to the A05NB, a disgusted look for the Raidmax Smilodon, and a maybe but unlikely to the HAF912/922.

The HAF 912 was an initial possibility but I'd have to spend $100 total including case fans, and then I'd have to paint it still. Doesn't seem worth it when the PC-K62 has included fans and paint job, plus all the other features.

My concern for the PC-K62 is that the front 140mm fan isn't going to pull in enough cool air to balance the rest of the venting fans.

My concern with teh CM690II is that I have to buy more fans before it is "ready" ... thus increasing the costs.
post #10 of 25
Xigmatek Utgard
Specify,

the Xigmatek utgard because no way you will ever find a better case then this one with a price of just $59,99
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Lamptron FC5 V2 fan-controller AlphaCool VP655 Pump + Plexi Top EK Spin Bay resevoir 3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon's 1450rpm 
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