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Hey guys. Ive been in the market for a good quality/good cable management/quieter running and smaller case. It doesnt have to be but I prefer toolless and my price range is around 200(can go higher a tad). Ive done about 2 days worth of searching and found these 3 I like best. What do you guys think? Also the easier the case is to work in/around the better! I love silverstones ft03 just for the access.

Fractal Design R3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352004

CM 690 II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216

Corsair 650D: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811139004

Now I want to point out that Im not looking for the cheapest case or most expensive, Im looking for that right balance of price and quality, I LOVE aluminum cases or cases with little to no plastic. Also has to fit (almost)everything in sig.

Thanks in advance fellas
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post #2 of 28
650D.

If you didn't mind plastic, I would recommend an NZXT Phantom.
post #3 of 28
if you hate aircooling+looks+room+??? = Fractal!

if you like\\hate aircooling+Looks+ More room = 650D(i suggest the 600T though)

if you like aircooling+Looks+cheap+room= cm 690
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post #4 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by frankth3frizz View Post
if you hate aircooling+looks+room+??? = Fractal!

if you like aircooling+Looks+ More room = 650D(i suggest the 600T though)

if you like aircooling+Looks+cheap+room= cm 690
Yes fractal is small
650D best looking/features
690 price/performance
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post #5 of 28
if you want doors
r3
if not the cm 690
ugly 650d with latches
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post #6 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
650D.

If you didn't mind plastic, I would recommend an NZXT Phantom.

I just checked out the Phantom, if you dont mind me asking, why would you recommend that case? Price? Performance? Im willing to look at plastic cases(note my antec lol) if they are worth it. Any info appreciated *Edit saw that was a full tower

Quote:
Originally Posted by frankth3frizz View Post
if you hate aircooling+looks+room+??? = Fractal!
if you like\\hate aircooling+Looks+ More room = 650D(i suggest the 600T though)
if you like aircooling+Looks+cheap+room= cm 690
lol that was perfect really.

Also good find on the 600t, thats going up as an option lol- Edit* I see its plastic some.. Perhaps its worth saving some lettuce and just getting a partial plastic case..

reps given
Edited by CrazyNikel - 3/29/11 at 7:08pm
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post #7 of 28
i suggest you also look at the raven..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163154

i kinda noticed what kind of cases you want. you want the simple look. and the raven has a very simple look and a window with awesome aircooling.
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post #8 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by shineon2011 View Post
Yes fractal is small
650D best looking/features
690 price/performance
100% agree I owned a 690 II great case but hear lots of great feedback from the 650D owners.
    
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post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by frankth3frizz View Post
i suggest you also look at the raven..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163154

i kinda noticed what kind of cases you want. you want the simple look. and the raven has a very simple look and a window with awesome aircooling.
Its a full tower, Im trying to go to a mid tower(my 1200 is just to obnoxious lol) but appreciate the info.

And I do prefer less plastic that's for sure but Im not OPPOSED to plastic.
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Asus 24x Corsair H100i Windows 10 Home  QNIX 2710 2560x1440p 
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corsair k70 blue Evga SuperNova 750G2 Corsair 540 Logitech G602 
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Hard surface pad Creative Sound Blaster Z--> Schiit Modi Optical... 
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80GB X25-M Seagate 7200.10 250GB HDD Corsair H50 Rotating 
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Love the Corsair but the airflow is suppose to be weak. You air or water, H50/70 maybe?
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