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Hey everyone,

I currently have an NZXT Gamma (as you can see below) I will list the problems I have currently, and list my preferences on a case, and the cases I've been looking at!

Problems (which is sort of a review of the NZXT Gamma case)
  • There isn't enough head room between my motherboard, and the top fans.
  • My Corsair H50 just about squeezes in, the tubes are everywhere, and there's not enough room for a dual fans on the H50!
  • My Zotac GTX 470 fermi's mini HDMI port is blocked by the sides of the case by about 1-2mm, so I can't plug it into my HDTV unless I use VGA, which I've noticed causes some ghosting
  • The apparent fan bay at the front is silly, it doesn't even have one! I managed to literally just stick it to the wide steel mesh using anti-vibration rings!
  • The front panels are a pain to get out, "completely tooless" they claim, still have to use a flat screwdriver to pry them out!

My Preferences
  • I'd prefer a medium sized window with fans that aim directly at the graphics card
  • I'd like it to be made from steel as it's best for airflow
  • Needs to be quieter than my NZXT Gamma, but I can compromise this if the case is super sexy
  • I currently have 2x 140mm Casecom Blue LED fans, and 3x 120mm Casecom Blue LED fans. It doesn't matter if I can't use them, but it'd be cool if I could, so the case would have to have blue or green LED scheme as I've got internal parts that light up green.
  • If all the fans could come with it including a fan controller, and maybe even a display of temperatures, would be sweet
  • Budget £150, preferably cheaper as I want to get an SSD too, and hopefully get a case + SSD for under £220! (so if anyone can recommend a good cheap SSD solution I'd appreciate it a lot)

Cases Considered
  • NZXT Phantom
  • NZXT Whisper
  • Lian Li PC-P50B Armorsuit Black
  • Coolermaster ATCS 840 Black
  • Corsair 600t (but I've been informed that it's not good value for money)
  • Coolermaster CM-690 II Lite Dominator Case
  • Coolermaster HAF X Gaming Tower Case (or the HAF 932, or HAF 922)
  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-10 Black
  • Antec 900
  • Antec 902
  • Antec 1200
  • NZXT Hades (my very first real decision, I was about to buy until I found some things wrong with it, with regards to what I need)

As you guys can see, I'm very picky when it comes to cases, I have an Overclocked GTX 470, and the case may be the difference between + or - 10 degree's, as the case I have currently, I've started to somehow idle at 55 degree's, when it used to be 36 degree's! Probably cause my heater is on :/!

Anyway, any input would be great, and obviously the cheaper the better! So if I can utilise the fans I currently own, that'd be a bonus! If all fans came with the system, that'd be sweet, and I'd love a fan controller.

If y'all can help me, +REP !

Thank you for reading!
    
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Take a look at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112249
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I have the same problems that you do. I had done a lil bit of research for myself and came up with the 690 II advanced with side window. Not many case brands available where I live and the 690 seems to be the best option. Although I must say that the HAFX is a great case with nice features, but on the minus side its HUUGE and costs much more. If space is not a problem for you then you can consider the mighty HAF. (dont think about the smaller HAFs cause the space trouble will still be there)
    
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Either of these would be great.

Coolermaster ATCS 840 Black
Corsair 600T
Coolermaster CM-690 II Lite Dominator Case
Coolermaster HAF X Gaming Tower Case (or the HAF 932, or HAF 922)

I personally love the HAF X and think it is very good value for money. Its very quiet and Cable management a breeze.

I think the 690 II advanced is the best value for money case you have listed.

Another one you should consider is the Lian Li Lancool K62b. Great case as well.
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Hi IOSEFINI, looks like a good solid case, although, can you get a window panel for it? Or would I have to mod one in? I love the design of it! Extremely jealous of you having the A77! If only my funds could reach...

I've had a quick look about, can't find a panel that would fit it's dimensions! Although I would prefer the interior to be matt black, (I could probably paint it so it's not a big deal). The silver is still nice!

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RE:dihartnell

I want the Lian Li Lancool K62B, it's sexy as hell, shame I can't get it in the UK! BLAAST!

I've heard nothing but good things about Coolermaster, so I think I'm taken with them for the time being!

And Lian Li are superb build quality... argh... so many options!
    
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Originally Posted by Roxborough View Post
Hi IOSEFINI, looks like a good solid case, although, can you get a window panel for it? Or would I have to mod one in? I love the design of it! Extremely jealous of you having the A77! If only my funds could reach...

I've had a quick look about, can't find a panel that would fit it's dimensions! Although I would prefer the interior to be matt black, (I could probably paint it so it's not a big deal). The silver is still nice!

Thanks again
I think there is a panel(window) for it, I have to look.
I built 2 comp with this case... its beautiful.
I also bought his bigger brother...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112243
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RE:dihartnell

I've heard nothing but good things about Coolermaster, so I think I'm taken with them for the time being!
I have 2 CM cases (Sniper and HAF X). I had intended to get the Corsair 800D right up until the HAF X came out. The HAF seemed to have all the cosair features plus a few more, just not the refined looks. I didn't mind the HAF looks so went with that and saved some money.

Great shame you cant get the K62B. If I was going mid tower I would seriously look at that or the 690 II advanced.
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