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I'm looking for a new case. It needs to have 8 or more expansion slots. Other than that, not many requirements.

I would like it to be able to house large video cards, good airflow, not very ricer looking (like LED fans and crazy crap, but a little bit of LED is okay), and as for as budget goes I'd be willing to go up to around $250 shipped. Give me some recommendations
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Eff You Intel
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FreeNAS
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AMD Ryzen 7 1700X AsRock X370 Taichi Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X OC 32GB (2 x F4-3200C14D-16GFX) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Plextor M8Se(G) 1TB People still use these? lol Cryorig H7 Winblows 10 Professional X64 
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Pixio PX277 Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-860XP2 Fractal Design Define C TG 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
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Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 SuperMicro X11SSM-F-O C236 Integrated 2 x 16GB Kingston ValueRAM ECC KVR21E15D8/16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
5 x 8TB Seagate IronWolf Pro in ZF2 Array CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo FreeNAS 11 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Gold 
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Fractal Design Node 804 
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i7 4790k Asus Z97 Pro WIFI-AC Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC+  G.Skill 4 x 8GB F3-2133C9D-16GXH 
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2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
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Pixio PX277 Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-660XP2 Fractal Design R4 Blackout 
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HAF X
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Meh the Haf x is kinda ricer looking with the red fans and plastic-y looking front.. You could go with an 800D or silverstone or lian-li case.. higher end pricerange, but worth it IMO
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NZXT Phantom either black or white.
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My techstation.

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Intel i5 2500K gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3 2 x Sapphire 6950 (unlocked to 6970) 12Gb Gskill Ripjaws 
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Intel X25 SSD, 6TB WD Greens Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Soldam Windy Alcadia FX2000R SOJ 
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Silverstone FT02.

http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...=FT02&area=usa

The highest performance air cooling case, period.

Or if this is too minimalist looking check out it's cousin the RV02-e

http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/...V02-E&area=usa

The only drawback I found is that they don't give you a whole lot of room to run cables behind the motherboard tray. If you don't run the wires in an organized fashion it can be hard to get the back panel on without it bulging out on the side. It took me a few tries before I finally got the cables sorted.

One nice plus is the acoustic foam that comes already applied. I purchased more of the same foam from silverstone and covered every remaining surface inside the case with the foam.

In case you didn't know these cases turn the motherboard 90 degrees so that the back panel is now on top. There are three 180mm fans that blow from the bottom venting all hot air out the top.

I love mine.
    
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2x Asus 24" Mac keyboard Enermax ERV950EWT Silverstone FT02 
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Heres a review on the FT02

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Originally Posted by Epitope View Post
Silverstone FT02
The highest performance air cooling case, period.
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I have seen a lot of tests that support that statement. Good to here it from an owner, though!

One thing puzzles me about this case: Its a mid-tower for ATX mobos and does not sound that roomy in the mobo area. So, it is not that big. But, at 15 kg or 33 pounds it weighs more than some of the largest steel cases like the Haf X and the 932 (both E-ATX Compatible). What makes it so heavy?

I know its steel, not aluminum. Does the Unibody just use a lot of steel?

Edit / Correction: the frame is aluminum, and the body is steel. So, there is some aluminum. Actually, that kind of makes me wonder more why it is so heavy.
Edited by feralBit - 1/12/11 at 4:06pm
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