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post #1 of 11
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Hi all. Long time reader, first time poster.

I am having a tough time trying to find the perfect case. I will be building a new computer when ASUS 1155 motherboards become available, so hopefully I can put an order in by the end of this month. I am going to spend around $2200 on hardware and need a case worthy of that.

My top two choices right now are the Thermaltake Level 10 GT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133188 and the Corsair 800D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139001

I am completely open to suggestions! That is why I am here

I love the dust filters, headphones stand, hard drive access, cable management and even the handle on the Thermaltake. More than anything though, are the dust filters. I like to keep my area clean and those seem to be a huge advantage to keeping things clean and dust free. The Corsair 800D also has nice cable management and hard drive access, but it does not have dust filters.

My perfect case would allow me to have dust filters for anywhere air travels, plenty of room for multiple hard drives and video cards, excellent cable management, be very durable and have excellent AIR cooling. I do not care about windows/lights/weight.

I read the CoolerMaster HAF X and Lian Li cases are excellent as well but I have not seen one that compares to those two cases. Again, I am open to suggestions on a great case for around $300 or less. Also, I have not seen any of these cases in person; going off videos, pics and reviews.
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post #2 of 11
I'd say that the Corsiar 800D, HAF X/HAF 932, and Antec 1200 are some of the best for full-tower cases.
The Corsair doesn't have great airflow, though. I'd only go that route if you plan on upgrading to WC in the near future.
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post #3 of 11
Corsair 800D is not the best for air cooling FYI. They are more designed for water cooling builds.

The HAF X is very nice for air cooling but I'm not sure if it has dust filters standard.
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post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackbalt89 View Post
The HAF X is very nice for air cooling but I'm not sure if it has dust filters standard.
It does.
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post #5 of 11
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No I will not be upgrading to water cooling. Strictly air cooling.
Edited by korva - 3/2/11 at 2:51pm
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post #6 of 11
HAF-X/NZXT Phantom for air (though both can be modded for some water) and 800D for water. (depends on your budget...Mountain-Mods and one of OCNs vendors (CaseLabs) make really nice monstrous cases.

edit: just read that you're going air only and don't like the HAF...I'd recommend the NZXT Phantom.
post #7 of 11
The Antec 1200 do come with air filters. Every intake has one.
post #8 of 11
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Let me clarify. The Thermaltake has removable dust filters.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
NZXT Phantom.
^Great case.
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Dell UltraSharp (U2412M) Ducky Shine II (DK9008S2) SeaSonic Platinum (1000w) CaseLabs Mercury S3 
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