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Okay guys, I'm in the market for a new case. I want a quality case with a good amount of 3.5" bays that are easy to access. I find that I tend to swap hard drives around a lot, and getting drives into and out of my Antec Three Hundred is a real pain in the butt.

I'm currently deciding between the
Lian Li PC-9F
or the
Antec DF-85

Now, the Lian-Li has six 3.5" bays that are oriented so that I could just take the side panel right off and pull the drives straight out without having to worry about hitting my video cards like I do with my current Antec Three Hundred. However, the DF-85 has a whopping NINE 3.5" bays that are accessible right from the front of the case without taking the side panel off, and includes a 2.5" bay that I could mount my SSD in, meaning I would not need to use the 2.5" to 3.5" adapter for my SSD and have it taking up a 3.5" bay.

but sadly, I think the DF-85 is somewhat ugly and I like the looks of the Lian-Li a lot more...

I'd like to hear what you guys think. I'm open to other suggestions as well, just keep them under $170 shipped.
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The CM690II Adv does a great job on swapping out HDDs. There's a hot swap bay on the outside of the case as well - which is very useful. Comes with an SSD adapter as well.
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post #3 of 4
Even an A902/1200 is easy to swap HDDs in and out.

Are you not looking for a full tower?
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post #4 of 4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffries7 View Post
Even an A902/1200 is easy to swap HDDs in and out.

Are you not looking for a full tower?
Well, now that you mention it, I guess a full tower would really make sense for me. In the past I've restricted myself to mid tower due to the fact that I go to LANs, but I do have a separate LAN rig now so that's no longer a problem.

However, I have some other concerns that have kept me from buying a full tower in the past. For example, on every power supply I've ever owned, the 8-pin CPU power cable was barely long enough to reach where it needs to go in a mid tower, and that's running straight to it, not managed in any way, so I'd need an 8-pin extension cable I guess. Cable management is another issue I'd like to address by getting a new case. I really don't have the ability to manage the cables in any way with my Antec Three Hundred.

Edit: I'm looking at the Lian-Li PC-A70F now.
Edited by Redmist - 1/21/11 at 3:21pm
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