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post #1 of 22
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So i'm considering buying a new case, but i don't know what to get..

These are my choices..

CM 690 II Advance

Antec 300

Silverstone SST-PS05B Precision 5
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post #2 of 22
Is money an issue? If not I'd go for the CM 690, it's my case and it's really very well designed. Almost every fan surface is screened to keep out dust (and I was disgusted by how after only like a month I wiped a big fat wad of dust off it lol) and provides a ton of fan mounting points. The tool-less design is very good, snap in any drive, pop off or on back plates quickly, etc. Has decent cable management ports cut out throughout the case, letting you route cables pretty well and keep it clutter free. And it has a cool little external hotswap bay, which was what really clinched it for me (and hey it came in handy when I picked up a new spinpoint was too lazy to actually iinstall it in a drive bay!).

The 300 is a good case as well, but I've heard complaints that its cable management options aren't as good and it's a little cramped, but it's still a good case with decent airflow and well designed. It's not one of the most popular cases for nothing.

Unfortunately I dunno about the silverstone one, they generally make quality products but I can't really comment sorry.

My vote is for the CM II 690 though.
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post #3 of 22
CM 690 II definitely.

If the price makes a big difference to you then the other two would work, but the CM 690 II Advanced is definitely a superior case and worth the extra expense
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post #4 of 22
Among the three, the CM 690 II.
    
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post #5 of 22
Antec 300 is an awesome case, iv'e had mine for years and modded it. but whilst it was stock it was still great. it has very good cable management and for being a mid tower its not as cramped as most iv'e seen. also the antec 300 is the most mod-able case out there in case you ever go that route. oh and airflow is un-beatable. also the fans it come with are great and last forever, they also all have fan controllers which is nice.
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Cm 690
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post #7 of 22
CM 690 II i love mine, so easy to use looks great and youd be surprised how much dust i found in my filtes.

One thing though if you plan on going to water cooling i wouldnt recommend.
    
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CoolerMaster 690 II
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post #9 of 22
I would say the CM 690 II would be your best bet as well
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post #10 of 22
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=704&Itemid=61


I bet you haven't seen the Newest Antec 600 Case.. This is bound to be a new hit among gamers.











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An area that's outstanding for the Antec Six Hundred v2 is the construction and build. The hook system for front covers and panels allow easy access to dust filters and fan covers without need for brute force and frustration. The interior is simple, but solid nonetheless. As long as the rims aren't used for lifting the case, the Six Hundred v2 should be able to easily last past Antec's impressive three year warrantee.

For a mid-tower case all the basic functionality is there. The Six Hundred has space for installing reasonable amounts of drives and has plenty of room for multiple graphics cards at the tradeoff of hard drive bays. The two 2.5" drive mounts are the only "extras" you get with the case. Unfortunately that's all. There's no tool-less design, no eSata/Firewire/USB 3.0, limited cable management features.

Throughout the review I've been pointing out things the Antec Six Hundred v2 is missing or could've done better. It happens to be important because the case is a revised edition that costs $89.95 at Newegg (before rebate) or $96.69 at Amazon. That's not a particularly competitive price given how many sub-$60 cases there are that look great and offer the "basic functionality" that the Six Hundred v2 does. Of course compared with those cases, the Six Hundred v2 has quite a couple more features going for it, including the external 200mm fan, a nice frame design, external fan controls, and a moonroof. But when comparing with other $100 cases the performance is only mediocre, the appearance is outdated and incomplete because of the paint job, and interior features are next to none.

Overall I don't think Antec changed the original design enough. The Antec Six Hundred v2 is a solid case but at the current price there are better options. Unless you love the appearance or prefer the simple interior design, it's probably better to wait for a price adjustment, a larger update to the series, or look for alternatives.
Pros:

+ Built-in lighting
+ External fan control
+ Included fans are quiet even at max speed
+ Front fan intake dust filters are thorough
Cons:

- Visually incomplete
- 200mm fan performance below expectations
- Poor cable management
- Over-priced for an out-dated model

The CM 690 and the Storm Scout would be also a great choice.







Storm Scout...

Here is Mine..



Or the NVidia Edition..





This one is known as OverGlocked.


Edited by Enigma8750 - 3/14/11 at 2:51pm
    
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