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post #21 of 31
nzxt beta evo
hands down.
post #22 of 31
add one for the CM 690 II Advanced. so big that it could pass for a full tower but still stay within mid tower specs. its well built, very striking to the eye, plenty of space for future upgrades (it can fit a long gpu like a 5970) and very nice to work with.
 
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post #23 of 31
I would get a the CM 690 II Advanced. Don't get anything made by antec, antec makes crap cases.
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post #24 of 31
I dont think these are the best cases just recommended them because they all cost less than 100 bucks and they got good airflow of course there are cheaper options out there these are just the first 3 i thought of since i work at frys electronics
    
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post #25 of 31
Thread Starter 
Would a HAF 932 be significantly better than a CM 690 II? Most cooling benchmarks I can find rate it significantly higher.
post #26 of 31
Personally, I'd recommend a full tower. Are they typically more expensive? Yep. Will there be wasted space? Probably. Do the increased dimensions make it more difficult to find a place to put the case? Uh huh.

However, as a beginner, I feel the extra space inside makes the whole installation far less intimidating. There are no worries about things being packed too tightly, cable management, airflow, or component size. Plus, should you choose to upgrade in the future, you don't have to worry about space being an issue.

Now don't get me wrong - I'm not saying a mid tower is bad or won't fit your needs. I'm just saying that a full tower may help reduce installation day headaches, especially for a novice.

Just my $.02.
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Antec 900.
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post #29 of 31
I also recommend the cooler master 690 II advanced. I haven't had experience with a HAF series but they seem decent too.

WARNING: Stay away from Thermaltake and Antec
    
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post #30 of 31
I went from antec 902 to a CM690IIAD...after doing this I cant stand antec box's. 690IIAD is a godly case! I leave you a clicky to a post i just made
http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...l#post13163052 I just typed this not 5 min ago.

For those that dont click, i voe 690IIAD
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