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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 #41 of 59
As far as I am aware, all the 120/140 MM case fans SHOULD be interchangeable...

Might wanna hop on over to the Phantom thread and ask them, pretty nice people over there, so it shouldn't be a problem.
    
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post #42 of 59
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Regarding the above post the 120/140 are indeed interchangeable. The 200mm size is not except by ones NZXT sells.

I have been looking at videos for these cases and I think for the price the best 3 on the list are the 600T, Phantom, and Fractal Design XL. The only other case I have spotted on the list that has been sub $200, but currently is not is the 700D. Over the past few weeks I have seen it well above $200, but it has been on sale for less than $200 I guess according to a previous post. That being said I do not see the big advantages of it over the 600T other than a triple rad if you are water cooling or if you prefer straight lines to curves. The comparable Lian Li cases to the aforementioned cases seem all too expensive and feature for feature I would have to spend around $250 to get a Lian Li. For $100 less I can still get a great case that seems to match the Lian Li cases in most regards, exceed them in some aspects, but lacks an aluminum construction. I think I would rather take that $100 and apply it to an Xonar ST/STX sound card.

Any thoughts?
post #43 of 59
Theres Lian Li Full towers for 200 @ the egg......
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post #44 of 59
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Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Theres Lian Li Full towers for 200 @ the egg......
The ones you have in mind range from $179 - $239 after instant/MIR. That puts the 800D in that price range as well as the 700D. Again, not sure the extra money is worth it.
post #45 of 59
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
The one huge complaint I see with NZXT is that you cannot replace the fans. That is a major turnoff.
Where did you hear this?

Edited by Rowey - 3/25/11 at 11:50am
post #46 of 59
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
The one huge complaint I see with NZXT is that you cannot replace the fans. That is a major turnoff.


i've replaced all the fans in my nzxt phantom
post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7 View Post
I am talking about the 200mm proprietary fans in which you have to buy NZXT's 200mm fans. It seems that the 120 and 140mm fans are fine.

The actual 200mm fan I guess is 192mm and thus you can only replace the "200mm" fan with NZXT fans. Read reviewer comments here for example.

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Originally Posted by Ubeermench View Post


i've replaced all the fans in my nzxt phantom
See above.

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Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Theres Lian Li Full towers for 200 @ the egg......
Made a secondary public list that has the Lian Li cases as well as the 700D Corsair case.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/25/11 at 12:50pm
post #48 of 59
Thread Starter 
Having a hard time choosing a case. Matter of fact eliminated two and added two. A Lian Li PC-A70f and Silverstone FT02B.

Current Case List

Thoughts on each one:

1.) Lian Li PC-A70f - It is Lian Li so I know it is top notch quality. All aluminum so it is light weight and good for cooling (not sure if aluminum really has much impact though). It lacks some current features that some of the newer cases have like USB 3.0. Lacks better cabling management and no sleeving on the wires. Unless I get a different top panel it is not good for water cooling. Mostly tool less. Dust Filters
2.) Lian Li Lancool PC-K62 - Lots of features, priced competitively, good for air cooling, solid design. Decent cable management and tool less design. Dust Filters
3.) Fractal Design XL - Sleek looking, noise dampening material, multiple options for adding fans, and priced competitively. Dust Filters.
4.) NZXT Phantom - Fairly cheap, lots of options, tons of fans, and spots for more fans. Plenty of room to work with. However, I have seen some quality control issues and the case is HUGE. Also, the bigger front fan lacks a dust filter from what I could gather. Dust filters also don't seem easy to get at and clean compared to other options. I have pets and more dust accumulation than a normal house so that is a drawback. Some people love huge cases and wish they could have bigger or a mountain mod. I only want a case as big as a need and decent for cooling. I would have to see this in person to know if it were to my taste.
5.) Silverstone FT02B - This case is the most different of the bunch and the most expensive. In this price range I also considered the 700/800D, but they could have had better cooling unless I was strictly water cooling and I know they have been on sale for a better price. This case as interesting and different as it may be is not without it's flaws. It can be tight on space despite it's size. Not 100% tool less and the side panels could be easier to remove. Long optical drives are a no no. Just do your research with that one. Sometimes the optical drives are hard to install. Cable managing has a bit to be desired compared to some corsair and lian li cases. Pricey. However, for air cooling the case apparently does really well. Has dust filters that pull out on the side. Nice touch. A little hard to work with from what I read.

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Note: All the above cases are not natively optimal for water cooling. Requires some adjustment, modding, or simply not a good idea. Granted I have not decided whether to water cool my 2500K just yet or not. Doesn't seem necessary as I am not aiming for 5GHz or anything like that. I also have 4 Gentle Typhoons I bought as well as an H70. Depending on the case I would not need or use these.
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6.) Corsair 600T - This case seems to be the most versatile. It can both air cool or water cool. However, the air cooling could be better. Definitely not for Tri SLI. Not much room for expansion in terms of adding fans. The front fan uses 20mm thickness as opposed to 25mm so that can cause trouble if you want to use other fans. Cable management looks like a dream. Tool less design. Easy to remove side panels. Dust Filters. Priced competitively.



Those are my current thoughts and it is real tough deciding. I think two things I should determine are whether or not it is a good idea to water cool a Sandy Bridge setup if not aiming to really OC the CPU. I am thinking simply 4GHz which is easy enough on air. Secondly is budget. I was originally aiming for sub $200 which is good for all but, the Silverstone which I am still hesitant about. I will get fanboys a plenty who praise that case or those that praise other cases as if $300 for a case is cheap or acceptable in addition to a $400+ loop. That is not practical to me and overkill in most cases and not for me. I would do a RASA kit or maybe a Swifttech 2x120mm radiator. Not much if I resold my H70. And I am looking for ease of use, easy to keep clean (ie. dust filters), and easy to use, with good quality, and a great price.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 3/27/11 at 6:22pm
post #49 of 59

I like to watch video reviews when shopping for a case. It helps get a better idea of what a case is really about.

My choice would be the PC-K62. It's feature rich, including an excellent tool-less system, and you can quickly clean the whole thing in 5 minutes with a vacuum. Bye-bye animal hair! It's also the best priced case of the bunch at $90 shipped. Anyway, here is a video for the PC-K62....


And here are the search results for the other cases:

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...&search=Search

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...Design+XL&aq=f

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...+Phantom+&aq=f

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...2B+review&aq=f

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...0T+review&aq=f
Edited by spaceballsrules - 3/27/11 at 9:15pm
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post #50 of 59
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5.) Silverstone FT02B - This case is the most different of the bunch and the most expensive. In this price range I also considered the 700/800D, but they could have had better cooling unless I was strictly water cooling and I know they have been on sale for a better price. This case as interesting and different as it may be is not without it's flaws. It can be tight on space despite it's size. Not 100% tool less and the side panels could be easier to remove. Long optical drives are a no no. Just do your research with that one. Sometimes the optical drives are hard to install. Cable managing has a bit to be desired compared to some corsair and lian li cases. Pricey. However, for air cooling the case apparently does really well. Has dust filters that pull out on the side. Nice touch. A little hard to work with from what I read.
I actually put in an order a few minutes into saturday at tigerdirect for the FT02b-W (w for windowed)

I loooved the 90 degree concept of the raven series, the plastic not so much.. seen this and about cried for joy. However, tiger seems to not have it in stock..

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Order Date: 03/26/11
Order Status: To Drop Shipper - Your order being submitted to third-party warehouse for fulfillment and delivery. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing and shipment.
But! for 240.14 shipped for the windowed one, vs 249.99 + like 29 shipping at the egg.. il wait. (10$ off for mailing list thing..)

If you dont make up your mind in about 2w send me a PM and il try and give you my review
    
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