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Poll Results: Which case should I get based on my preferences?

 
  • 4% (5)
    Antec Lanboy Air
  • 17% (19)
    Lian Li Lancool PC-K62
  • 27% (30)
    Corsair Graphite Series 600T
  • 22% (24)
    NZXT Phantom Black
  • 12% (14)
    Fractal Design R3
  • 5% (6)
    Fractal Design XL
  • 10% (11)
    Other
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post #21 of 59
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post
I can't even choose on your poll, there's a few good cases on there. If you don't mind doors on the front, the Fractal Design cases are pretty badass. The Lian Li K62 has more features for any case at its price point. The phantom is the only case by NZXT I've ever liked.

Don't ever buy an Antec, unless it's a P182. Everything else they make is garbage.
Indeed there are some good cases there. The wife has the P182. I have the Antec 900. It has been very good for me as it was a decent price/choice at the time. however, it collects dust like none other. Not sure why. My wife's PC does not collect even 25% of the dust this thing does.

By the way, does anyone have anything to say regarding fan replacement in the NZXT Phantom. I know this is the second or third time I have mentioned this, but no one has commented. From what I can tell 120mm seems to be replaceable, while the other 200mm are not except by their own fans. Is this accurate?
post #22 of 59
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Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Why H70? NH-D14 or Silver Arrow outperform it by miles......

and don't get Fractal, seems like theres a few build quality issues......
False. At best there is a ~3 degree difference. And depending on what review you read, that difference is less/greater. With my setup below, I average in the low 60's when benching. Normal usage is in the low 50s.

One thing I always see people fail to take into account when I see this H50/70 vs. big air coolers is space. I personally chose an H70 because I didn't want a massive air cooler consuming the entire inside of my case.

However, looking at what I know now with regards to water cooling and other options, I would have taken the ~$120 I spent on the H70 and Ultra Kaze 3000 fans for push/pull and bought a RASA 360 kit instead -- much better performance for just slightly more.


As for the OP's original question -- A quieter, more sleek build would be best served in the Fractals or the Graphite.
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post #23 of 59
The Lian LI V-1020B is my suggestion.
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post #25 of 59
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Originally Posted by The_Cyb0rg View Post
False. At best there is a ~3 degree difference. And depending on what review you read, that difference is less/greater. With my setup below, I average in the low 60's when benching. Normal usage is in the low 50s.

One thing I always see people fail to take into account when I see this H50/70 vs. big air coolers is space. I personally chose an H70 because I didn't want a massive air cooler consuming the entire inside of my case.

However, looking at what I know now with regards to water cooling and other options, I would have taken the ~$120 I spent on the H70 and Ultra Kaze 3000 fans for push/pull and bought a RASA 360 kit instead -- much better performance for just slightly more.


As for the OP's original question -- A quieter, more sleek build would be best served in the Fractals or the Graphite.
Hmmm.... would a RASA kit fit in pretty much any of these cases and where inside the case typically? Does that really hinder airflow?

Thanks for the advice! The only reason I got the H70 was due to price. I got it for less than $80. I would consider selling it for that price given it has not even been unboxed and getting a RASA kit, but I would have to be sure of the case and that the extra cooling capacity is something I need. I will be putting the Sandy Bridge at 4.0GHz or so which apparently you can do on stock fans stable. That is what kills it for me. And I think I will be putting a 2GB 5870 in there as a graphics card, but they seem to run fairly cool so unless it only cost me another $30 or so I would leave the stock cooling on it.

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The Lian LI V-1020B is my suggestion.
That is a pretty sexy case. If the price were a bit less I would definitely consider this. Also, it does not seem to be optimal for a RASA kit if I go that route, but I could be wrong as maybe I am not seeing a place to mount it from the pics.
post #26 of 59
you don't want any of them.


Wait for the RV03. it will give you the best air cooled temps. EVAR.
    
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post #27 of 59
GET THE LANCOOL FIRST KNIGHT !!!
Its new as hell. Think of an improved K62
    
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post #28 of 59
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Originally Posted by The_Cyb0rg View Post
False. At best there is a ~3 degree difference. And depending on what review you read, that difference is less/greater. With my setup below, I average in the low 60's when benching. Normal usage is in the low 50s.

One thing I always see people fail to take into account when I see this H50/70 vs. big air coolers is space. I personally chose an H70 because I didn't want a massive air cooler consuming the entire inside of my case.

However, looking at what I know now with regards to water cooling and other options, I would have taken the ~$120 I spent on the H70 and Ultra Kaze 3000 fans for push/pull and bought a RASA 360 kit instead -- much better performance for just slightly more.


As for the OP's original question -- A quieter, more sleek build would be best served in the Fractals or the Graphite.
I got a Archon w/ 2x TY-140, BRING IT ON!

oh and my Mushkin Redlines and Gskill Ripjaws fit under my ND-D14 just fine.

Notice how I was only comparing stock bundled fans? Corsair H70 stock is loud and hot.

Rasa kits are overrated, full custom loop FTW
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you don't want any of them.


Wait for the RV03. it will give you the best air cooled temps. EVAR.
All Raven = Ugly

pretty 90 degree mobo cases = FT02/3 & TJ11
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post #30 of 59
NZXT or Graphite.


You do not need to spend ~ $200 on a good case!!!!
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