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I'm getting ready to start building my second PC, and I'm in a bit of a pickle with the choice of the case. I narrowed it down to three:

> Cooler Master RC-942-KKN1 (180)
> NZXT PHAN-001WT (140)
> Antec DF-85 (160)

Now lets forget the price tag of those products, which would you go with (STOCK-WISE). They will not be modified. Tooless design is a MUST. Which case and why? It will be holding my "Future" rig details in my sig. Also, is there a CPU cooler that would work well with this setup and the case you suggested?

Note: I don't know what I'm doing for cooling yet. Is one easier to install a water cooling system in, which one of those would you recommend? I don't know anything about water cooling, but if it's easier and more efficient than air coolers, I'm interested.
Edited by xSeany - 4/1/11 at 5:49pm
    
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Phantom.

Also, I think Newegg had the Fractal Design Define R3 on sale for $100 shipped earlier - might be worth checking out.
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Phantom.

Also, I think Newegg had the Fractal Design Define R3 on sale for $100 shipped earlier - might be worth checking out.
Just watched a YT review on the case suggested. Seems like a budget case(in my opinion). Too plain and simple looking, and tools are needed. I like tooless design more.
    
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If money isn't an issue and you prefer its looks, get the HAF.

Otherwise, get the Phantom.
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I'm not really a fan of HAF cases (just becuase of looks) but I hear nothing but praise from owners and hate (about looks).

Off topic: Wow 12gbs of ram, and a 1200watt psu? That's major overkill, I don't know how anyone can use 1200 watts, even with tri-sli 580s you'll probably only then be getting close. 12 gigs is useless unless you video edit all the time, if you game there really isn't any benefit over 4.
    
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Is there a possibility you can get the Antec Lanboy air? That is one nice case and keeps your system very very cool. If you cant though I would get the HAF-X I love the look of it and with a side mounted 200mm fan it will keep your graphics card cool.
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post #7 of 10
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I'm not really a fan of HAF cases (just becuase of looks) but I hear nothing but praise from owners and hate (about looks).

Off topic: Wow 12gbs of ram, and a 1200watt psu? That's major overkill, I don't know how anyone can use 1200 watts, even with tri-sli 580s you'll probably only then be getting close. 12 gigs is useless unless you video edit all the time, if you game there really isn't any benefit over 4.
I do video editing, in fact I plan to eventually do it more than I game. So bump down the PSU to 1000w?


About the Antec Lanboy Air, that case looks sick. I might be skeptical about things getting inside of it, or dust lol.
    
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I do video editing, in fact I plan to eventually do it more than I game. So bump down the PSU to 1000w?


About the Antec Lanboy Air, that case looks sick. I might be skeptical about things getting inside of it, or dust lol.
Bill Owens from Mnpctech did a review on the Lanboy Air:


Watch it
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Are you running a single 580 or are you planning on adding more? If so, at your current setup, 1000w is even overkill. A good 650 or 750 would run what you have now, with room for overclocking.
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post #10 of 10
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Bill Owens from Mnpctech did a review on the Lanboy Air:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d55Qsxcogb8

Watch it
Thanks for showing me that, I'm now leaning more towards the HAFX case. Pretty funny guy.

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Are you running a single 580 or are you planning on adding more? If so, at your current setup, 1000w is even overkill. A good 650 or 750 would run what you have now, with room for overclocking.
I may add another GPU for SLI in August(birthday!). However, I'm thinking about holding off this build until June/July. A friend was saying I may want to wait for Bulldozer? So I may order things that won't relate to the CPU in the mean time(PSU, Case, HDDs, SSD, Disc Drive, etc).
Edited by xSeany - 4/2/11 at 9:46am
    
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