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Poll Results: Which case should I get?

Poll expired: Apr 26, 2011  
  • 10% (1)
    Antec 1200 V3
  • 50% (5)
    Corsair 600T White Edition
  • 40% (4)
    Silverstone FT02
10 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
And I need your guys' help and opinions to pick one. Basically I'm looking at the FT02, the 600T White Edition, or the Antec 1200 V3.

FT02

I love the clean look of this case compared to the raven series, and the amazing cooling it offers with low noise. A little on the pricey side but I wouldn't have to buy en extra fans as it comes 100% ready which is nice. I love the design philosophy and the air cooling the processor and GPU is100% cool and not partially warmed by HDD's like in a traditional case layout.

However I basically have three gripes with this case: Top mounted power supply, even though it probably makes no difference, I don't like the idea of gravity fighting against it. All in all not a big deal I can live with it. Cable management doesn't seem as clean as it can be like on other cases, even looking at videos of "pro" modders, many cables are just lying infront of the fans which I would assume would restrict some airflow and seems silly. And finally my biggest concern is it can only fit 12" video cards. I'm planning on buying a quality case that will last me many builds, and this doesn't seem very future proof to me seeing as the trend is longer and bulkier graphics cards. I wish Silverstone had the foresight to make this case just slightly taller. And it's too bad their FT03 is basically a glorified garbage can instead of addressing a few of the issues with the FT02.

600T White Edition

Right now I've sort of been waiting for the 600t white edition to come out before making a decision. I love the styling on this case, it's positively sexy. I love the high quality build, attention to detail, and amazing cable management features. Plus the price doesn't hurt too much either.

However I am very worried about it's cooling potential. I'm hoping that the revised 200mm fans help make this case much cooler with stock fans. I know the white edition comes standard with the windowed panel / mesh inserts, but ideally I would want to keep the window panel on and not have to pop 4 fans there instead. Also it's a shame the fan controller is basically a joke, does anyone know if they are looking into making it better for the white edition? Not crazy about the plastic HDD trays, they look flimsy and easily breakable which doesn't suit my "long term" needs. Finally I'm also worried about if the 200mm fans were to break, I know they don't exactly use a standard design the fans are slimmer than usual so it would be impossible to replace them because as far as I know Corsair doesn't sell replacements.

Here's a link to it's cooling performance, aka my biggest gripe and worry about this case.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cas...-600t-review/2

Antec 1200 V3

My final choice is the antec. Logically I shouldn't even be considering it but I fell in love with the look of it and the blue LED's. I know it has excellent cooling but can be rather noisy at high settings, I don't think it'd be too much of an issue and I'd be willing to replace the 3 120mm intake fans with ap121 blue LED's or scythe gentle typhoons if needed. I Like that the HDD cages are steel and mounted with screws, it seems built to last and I don't mind that it takes a little bit longer to install hardware. I don't see myself adding / removing hard drives all that often if ever.

I know the cable management sorta sucks on this case but I've done a lot of research on it and modding it wouldn't be a problem and seems simple enough. Flip the HDD's around for stealth cabling and drilling some holes for wires. Maybe drilling a couple more holes for cable management to the motherboard. But what I am worried about is the lack of space behind the motherboard tray that everyone keeps talking about and no hole / filter for intake on the PSU. Also kind of a pain that I'd most likely have to buy an extension for my 24 pin power connector and maybe even my 4 pin.

So if you read through the whole thing I salute you, any insight would be very helpful and greatly appreciated. Also as a side note, I'm not to keen on the HAF X or any of the Cooler Master cases really.
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post #2 of 21
Antec= shabby build quality/dust magnet.
FT02= cannot watercool

Get a:
Lian Li B25F
Lian Li B25FWB
Lian Li 8FI
Lian Li 9F
Lian Li A70F
Lian Li A71F
Corsair 650D (much better looking than the 600t)
Fractal Design Define R3
Fractal Design Define XL
Cooler Master ATCS 840
NZXT Phantom
Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower

MUCH BETTER CHOICES (with the ability to air cool AND water cool)
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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Antec= shabby build quality/dust magnet.
FT02= cannot watercool

Get a:
Lian Li B25F
Lian Li B25FWB
Lian Li 8FI
Lian Li 9F
Lian Li A70F
Lian Li A71F
Corsair 650D (much better looking than the 600t)
Fractal Design Define R3
Fractal Design Define XL
Cooler Master ATCS 840
NZXT Phantom
Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower

MUCH BETTER CHOICES (with the ability to air cool AND water cool)
I am not looking to water cool, and why would you buy a FT02 to water cool anyways? It's designed to be a pure air cooling monster. Also, the 650D is pretty much the same interior as the 600T and as far as aesthetics go, which are a personal opinion anyways, I find it looks boring and plain. Plus, it might very well have the same cooling issues as with the 600T.

I'll look into the Lian Li cases, but for the most part they seem to be overpriced for what you get. Aluminum yada yada I don't care for it too much.
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post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by myst88 View Post
I am not looking to water cool, and why would you buy a FT02 to water cool anyways? It's designed to be a pure air cooling monster. Also, the 650D is pretty much the same interior as the 600T and as far as aesthetics go, which are a personal opinion anyways, I find it looks boring and plain. Plus, it might very well have the same cooling issues as with the 600T.

I'll look into the Lian Li cases, but for the most part they seem to be overpriced for what you get. Aluminum yada yada I don't care for it too much.
The Lian Li cases I recommended to you are around $200.
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post #5 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Antec= shabby build quality/dust magnet.
FT02= cannot watercool

Get a:
Lian Li B25F
Lian Li B25FWB
Lian Li 8FI
Lian Li 9F
Lian Li A70F
Lian Li A71F
Corsair 650D (much better looking than the 600t)
Fractal Design Define R3
Fractal Design Define XL
Cooler Master ATCS 840
NZXT Phantom
Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower

MUCH BETTER CHOICES (with the ability to air cool AND water cool)
The FT02 case is hands down better than all the cases you listed.


Yes it can't watercool because it wasn't designed to do so,besides watercooling is much more expensive and you are exposed to leaks that will damage the components .
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post #6 of 21
Lian Li cases are great. I would look towards the Fractal Design Arc Midi. The FT02 is a great case. I recommend you go for the FT02 out of the 3 you've chosen.
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post #7 of 21
I don't like lian li, they are plain looking case for 200$.
Just get a CM HAF 942 you'll be pleased or your 1200 v3.
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eduardv View Post
The FT02 case is hands down better than all the cases you listed.


Yes it can't watercool because it wasn't designed to do so,besides watercooling is much more expensive and you are exposed to leaks that will damage the components .
Leaks: you don't do it properly

Don't forgot that Lian Li is much high quality than Silverstone.
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post #9 of 21
I have the 600T black edition and not only does it keep my case cool but it keeps my room cool as well. My fan controller works fine (some people are complaining that theirs doesn't change speed when you move the knob) and I have set it at maximum speed so that it provides maximum cooling.
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2 View Post
Leaks: you don't do it properly

Don't forgot that Lian Li is much high quality than Silverstone.
The FT02 is the flasghip case from Silverstone,the build quality is superb belive me.
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