Originally Posted by Tom607
I don't like the look of the Azza case looks a bit like a toy :/ and I don't want to sound like a hypocrite but rv03 and 800d costs a little over my budget. I mean I know I'm probably being really pathetic but the 800d looks like an average dell pc aswell, no offence :/
I do like the look of some of the minamalistic pc's such as fractals and some of the nxzt's
I probably will consider water-cooling but not for a while
Right on man, I've been preaching that to anyone who will isten. The 800D looks like some humdrum server case you would fill with hard drives then stuff into your closet. Boring hunk of lifeless metal. I honestly cant figure out why everyone drools over blowing $300 on a server rack. "Water cooling" tends to be the response I get, but to each their own.
I am actually very much in favor of the route you're taking, as I have typically done the opposite with poor results. I usually splurge on hardware and get a budget case, which I just end up taking the side panel off of because the airflowsucks.
I just upgraded from a Raidmax Smilodon (lol) to a NZXT Phantom and it's like night and day. The build quality of the phantom, overall room inside, cable management, and bells and whistles are fantastic. I would HIGHLY recommend this case if you want something very eyecatching with all the features, and at a pretty reasonable price compared to other cases in the same league. (I picked a white one up on newegg for 120$ 2 days ago so they do go on sale, but theyre only 140$ at full price.)
Also check out this thread
to see some gorgeous Phantom builds that OCN users have come up with. This post in particular shows off a nicely organised interior with NZXT sleeved cables.
Also the Phantom uses a mesh for the side panel, but if you're dead set on acrylic several members have modded their Phantoms with great success.
Would also HIGHLY recommend splurging on a modular PSU. So much of a headache messing with all the extra cables...
Good LuckEdited by Shredicus - 4/2/11 at 7:00pm