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Coolermaster Storm Scout cases? Seem to have great build quality and airflow. It has a lot of the same features of Coolermaster's higher end cases, but in a smaller size.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
    
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Coolermaster Storm Scout cases? Seem to have great build quality and airflow. It has a lot of the same features of Coolermaster's higher end cases, but in a smaller size.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196
Looked at that case too though nice looking took it off the list.

Looks too cramped, hard drive bays should've been designed either like the 690 II or HAF 912 and see that the cable management is not up to par with some other cooler master cases.

Having said this if this case goes on sale for about $50.00 shipped, I'd would consider it.
Edited by nickt1862 - 1/15/11 at 9:52am
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It's a lot higher quality than some of their other cases, but to each their own. For $45 shipped from Amazon it's an excellent case with great airflow and above average cable management for it's price. If you have a MicroCenter nearby you can pick one up in store for $31 plus tax.
Yeah, they have a good price on this case but I demand more!

And answer to a higher authority. j/k
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Looked at that case too though nice looking took it off the list.

Looks too cramped, hard drive bays should've been designed either like the 690 II or HAF 912 and see that the cable management is not up to par with some other cooler master cases.

Having said this if this case goes on sale for about $50.00 shipped, I'd would consider it.
The individual hard drive rails instead of the racks like the 690 is the main thing I have against the Scout.
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The individual hard drive rails instead of the racks like the 690 is the main thing I have against the Scout.
So you like the racks better?

Please do tell as I never had a cooler master case with the hard drive racks.
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I've never owned one with the racks either, but I have worked on some that do. The thing with racks or rails is that cases that have the sideways mounted 3.5" cage it's difficult at best to mount the drives with any other method.

I prefer the racks as the rails are too easy to lose track of when not in use. I had individual rails on my old Antec SoHo cases, but at least they had the good sense to have clips at the bottom of the case to store the unused ones so you could easily find them when you needed them. You can store the unused racks in the cage to keep them with the case, but even when you store them outside the case you would be less likely to lose them due to their shear size and bulk. I know some people who attached a bag to inside of the back side panel to store them in, but some people wouldn't find that aesthetically pleasing.

The Beta Evo uses the rails as well, but for $40 I could probably live with them as I would be using all of the 3.5" bays anyway. But the rails instead of racks, and only having 5 3.5" bays instead of 6 are the two things keeping me from the Beta Evo as I do have 6 hard drives. I have a Dremel and could easily cut a couple of additional cable routing holes if needed. Not trying to steer you towards it though, just bringing it up. Each person needs to decide for themselves what they find acceptable in a case. When you spend less than $100 US there will almost always be some compromises involved. What I could live with or work around might not be the same as what you can.
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I've never owned one with the racks either, but I have worked on some that do. The thing with racks or rails is that cases that have the sideways mounted 3.5" cage it's difficult at best to mount the drives with any other method.

I prefer the racks as the rails are too easy to lose track of when not in use. I had individual rails on my old Antec SoHo cases, but at least they had the good sense to have clips at the bottom of the case to store the unused ones so you could easily find them when you needed them. You can store the unused racks in the cage to keep them with the case, but even when you store them outside the case you would be less likely to lose them due to their shear size and bulk. I know some people who attached a bag to inside of the back side panel to store them in, but some people wouldn't find that aesthetically pleasing.

The Beta Evo uses the rails as well, but for $40 I could probably live with them as I would be using all of the 3.5" bays anyway. But the rails instead of racks, and only having 5 3.5" bays instead of 6 are the two things keeping me from the Beta Evo as I do have 6 hard drives. I have a Dremel and could easily cut a couple of additional cable routing holes if needed. Not trying to steer you towards it though, just bringing it up. Each person needs to decide for themselves what they find acceptable in a case. When you spend less than $100 US there will almost always be some compromises involved. What I could live with or work around might not be the same as what you can.
Thanks!

Ohhhhhhh I see, I thought that there were functional and or vibration problems with a rail system. I know when I'm done purchasing and completing the computer transfers to their new cases that I'll have loose parts that I'll then get a box and put them all in so not to lose them.

One of the things good about the HAF 912 is that it has more flexibility than even its HAF bigger siblings and other cooler master cases. Once you really look at this case you'll appreciate its build quality and flexibility not even a 690 II has though that's a nice looking case.
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There can be some vibration problems with some rail systems, but that is normally on the cheaper ones that don't snap in securely like the CM and Lian-Li/LanCool ones do. The rails are normally a somewhat flexible nylon/plastic material so they can absorb some of the vibrations. The better ones have a rubber o-ring on the pins as additional vibration dampers.

My problem with the HAF 912 is the unpainted interior and the ugly front bezel. It's constructed well, but I don't like the look. I live up north where it's too cold to paint a case interior outside during the late fall/winter, early spring. I live in a studio apartment so I don't really have any way of painting indoors during that time either.

I can't see ANYTHING the 912 has that the 692 doesn't except for the ability to use a 200mm fan on top. Other than that, the 692 is a better overall case, even the Basic model. I'd pay the extra $10 for the 692 Basic over a 912 any day of the week.
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There can be some vibration problems with some rail systems, but that is normally on the cheaper ones that don't snap in securely like the CM and Lian-Li/LanCool ones do. The rails are normally a somewhat flexible nylon/plastic material so they can absorb some of the vibrations. The better ones have a rubber o-ring on the pins as additional vibration dampers.

My problem with the HAF 912 is the unpainted interior and the ugly front bezel. It's constructed well, but I don't like the look. I live up north where it's too cold to paint a case interior outside during the late fall/winter, early spring. I live in a studio apartment so I don't really have any way of painting indoors during that time either.

I can't see ANYTHING the 912 has that the 692 doesn't except for the ability to use a 200mm fan on top. Other than that, the 692 is a better overall case, even the Basic model. I'd pay the extra $10 for the 692 Basic over a 912 any day of the week.
There is the HAF 912 advanced that has the black interior, 2 200mm fans, 1 120mm fan, ESata, clear side panel and slotted PCI covers.

The HAF 912 can also house a 200mm in the front OR 2 120mm fans instead - the 690 II can't do this.
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Okay, so it can have a 200mm fan in front, but that isn't a selling point for me. I'm not that big on them due to the fact that one's choices of 200mm fans are so limited compared to 120 and 140mm fans. But to each his own.

But even with that I still don't see it being better overall than a 692 if for no other reason than it's just not that attractive and the cost. It's definitely not worth an extra $30 over the cost of a 692 Basic or $20 more than a 692 Advanced, both of which also have an E-SATA port IMNSHO.
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