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Ok, thanks for all the help guys.

Now, cases, Ive looked on my usual etailer site (www.overclockers.co.uk) and the CM690IIAD is indeed there, BUT it is pretty pricey, about 72 pounds in UK.
There is another variant, called CM690IILite, but im not sure if it is good ?

Apart from those 2, Ive spotted Coolermaster Storm Scout (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...id=7&subcat=29)

And it looks as if it has quite nice cooling aswell.

What im wondering is, are all of these the same size, and which one would be the best to buy?
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All 3 of the cases you mentioned are tried and true. The Storm Scout is compact and built to be moved around. The CM 692 has excellent cooling and the capability of adding two 240mm radiators should you want to WC. It also has excellent cable management, airflow, and expandability.

This explains the differences between the CM 692 Lite and Advanced....more fans and bells and whistles.

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post #23 of 35
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Thanks for that

Think I will pass on the Storm Scout. Reviews say people have had some spacing issues and im looking for something more spacious, although it does seem to have some nice airflow.

So now ive got a choice between HAF and the CM690II. I thought HAF's were made with airflow in mind, wouldnt it be, overall, a better choice than the 690 ?

Edit: Also found this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-006-XG

Was looking at Antec cases but they are all so ugly its unbelievable
Edited by 1337gpuz - 4/10/11 at 9:35am
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Thanks for that

Think I will pass on the Storm Scout. Reviews say people have had some spacing issues and im looking for something more spacious, although it does seem to have some nice airflow.

So now ive got a choice between HAF and the CM690II. I thought HAF's were made with airflow in mind, wouldnt it be, overall, a better choice than the 690 ?

Edit: Also found this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-006-XG

Was looking at Antec cases but they are all so ugly its unbelievable
Forget the Xigmatek.

HAF = High Air Flow
I favor the HAF 912+. I like that you can fit 2x120mm fans in the front, and even a 3rd with zip-ties in the 5.25" bays. I also like that the HDD cage can be removed for larger video cards. In the 690 II, only the 4 bottom HDD bays are removable, which doesn't really help when trying to make room for a big GPU, and you can only fit a single 120 or 140mm fan in the front.


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post #25 of 35
Just wanted to post that the CM Hyper 212+ is available at Fry's online store for $20 after $10 mail in rebate and is available for $13 after mail in rebate in the Fry's physical store. If you have a Fry's nearby you will not find a better cooler for the money, and even for more money this is a very good cooler as long as you can stand the noise and gaps in the base plate.
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post #26 of 35
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Hmm, The Xigmatek one looks a bit wider inside, it also INCLUDES a 200mm fan at the top, or 140mm, one of those anyway.
Wouldnt that make cooling better in the Utgard ?

juano: Thanks for that, Although I live in Europe, it's pretty cheap here, anyway, so thats good. Its really hard to decide If I should risk getting the Fenrir or get the 212+ but regret later that I haven't taken a larger cooler. Hmm

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Hmm, The Xigmatek one looks a bit wider inside, it also INCLUDES a 200mm fan at the top, or 140mm, one of those anyway.
Wouldnt that make cooling better in the Utgard ?

juano: Thanks for that, Although I live in Europe, it's pretty cheap here, anyway, so thats good. Its really hard to decide If I should risk getting the Fenrir or get the 212+ but regret later that I haven't taken a larger cooler. Hmm

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Ah, I surmised as much (I think I saw a few too many "mates" for you to be American LOL) but your profile said U.S. so I figured I'd post it anyway.

I also found another decent review of the AC Freezer Pro 13 and based on their delta ambient readings, which unfortunately doesn't have the CM Hyper 212+ but you can still make guesstimates based on it, it really doesn't look too bad. Of course it is $40 here in the states (no clue how that exchanges to pounds or euros or crumpets or whatever you crazy folk are using these days) which is twice as much as the CM Hyper 212+ but I would guess that at the heat levels you or I would be asking of it it wouldn't be more than a few degrees plus or minus of the CM Hyper 212+ and it would do that much quieter, but how much noise is worth is up to you. You should keep in mind though that if you are looking at cases with loud fans or have a noisy graphics card then CPU noise doesn't really matter so much, but for me my CM TX3 is the noisiest thing in my case.
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post #28 of 35
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Right-o. I think between the AC and CM, I would personally go with Coolermaster. Alot of amazing reviews about it here on the forums, and everywhere else. What is bothering me, though, that since its 92mm (I think ?) would I have overclocking potential ? Now on stock im getting up to 60C in BC2 after a session at 3.4ghz, I think I'll have to look for more reviews how it compares to stock coolers. I'd be aiming for at least 3.8-3.7ghz, and Ive got no idea how much more heat a overclock of this caliber would produce.

Ive also been reading about the Fenrir, and it seems that it's not that much better than CM212+, give or take 3Celsius, but I think that will depend on the system.

I've also decided to give the HAF 912 Plus a go, it seems to have best airflow out of cases I had in mind - Perhaps the Xigmatek Utgard, but im not sure.

Im ordering tommorow morning, will keep an eye on this thread and google a bit to narrow down my research.
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post #29 of 35
No the CM Hyper 212+ is a 120mm, my CM TX3 is a 92mm but don't worry I wouldn't let you make that mistake if you were trying to overclock. I can't say how high you would be able to over clock on the CM but I wouldn't be surprised if you could get near 4.0GHz. I think the best place to look would just be at user impressions and experiences right here on OCN.net, it's a very popular and affordable cooler so it shouldn't take long to find somebody with a PII X4 with it, and all the heat outputs should be similar for those chips.
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post #30 of 35
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Aha, I see now. I cannot seem to find a review that uses a AMD chip, but I'll keep looking.
Thanks alot again.
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