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I am looking for a case for my server build. I will be running:

AMD Athlon II x 2 250
Biostar A770e3
ME SIlverline 4GB
WD Blue 320GB
Samsung F4 2TB x 5
ATI X1050 PCie

I'm debating between the CM 690 II Advanced ($84) or the NZXT M59($60 - $44AR). My plan is to add more hard drive later on, so air flow and cooling is a plus. Thanks.
Edited by ali7up - 4/19/11 at 2:39pm
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I personally love Cooler Master cases. That 690 will serve your stated purpose just fine but there are definitely more options that would work just as well at that price point. I have the CM Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP and its just $69.00 after the Newegg rebate and it has free shipping! It has a 120mm (or 140mm) fan that blows directly onto the hard drive bays and keeps them extremely cool. Plus I like the red lights and the sturdy handle on top.
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I personally love Cooler Master cases. That 690 will serve your stated purpose just fine but there are definitely more options that would work just as well at that price point. I have the CM Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP and its just $69.00 after the Newegg rebate and it has free shipping! It has a 120mm (or 140mm) fan that blows directly onto the hard drive bays and keeps them extremely cool. Plus I like the red lights and the sturdy handle on top.
The one difference I see between the 690 and Scout is the 690 support 13 drives instead 10 with the Scout. They both have 3 fans.
Edited by ali7up - 4/19/11 at 3:37pm
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I think the 690 actually only holds 11 because a couple that are listed are converted from other bays. Never looked inside one though so I don't know first hand. How many 3.5's do you think you'll eventually end up with?

It really is going to be your personal preference, both would probably be perfect for you. One more thing, the scout has a REALLY good "tool-less" design. I couldn't find whether the 690 has that or not but its hard to beat when swapping stuff in and out.

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Edited by Roll Cam Tide - 4/19/11 at 4:24pm
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I think the 690 actually only holds 11 because a couple that are listed are converted from other bays. Never looked inside one though so I don't know first hand. Think you'll need all those either way?

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My plan is to have 10 hard drives in this server by the end of the year. I just want to have an option to expand without the need for a new case.

I really like the look of the Scout, I'll stop by frys and see it first hand.
Edited by ali7up - 4/19/11 at 4:19pm
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post #6 of 15
Neither will support that many 3.5 inchers

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post #7 of 15
The 692 has 4 x 5.25" bays and 6 x 3.5" bays so ten drives. If you use SSD's you can mount 2 in one of the 3.5" bays. It does have the external X-Doc though, but that really isn't a full time drive bay.

The Scout does have 10 bays, 5 x 5.25" and 5 x 3.5". It's cooling is good, but it only has 1 top fan mount unlike all of the others mentioned which could be a drawback when it comes to cooling.

The M59 has 4 x 5.25" bays and really only 5 usable 3.5" bays. The 3.5" bay in between the 5.25" bays and the main 3.5" bay doesn't get any cooling so you have to be careful using it for hard drives. SSD's don't get at hot so it is usable for them though. I would go with the NZXT BetaEVO instead of the M59 as it's a little wider, has the same interior layout, has the same cooling capacity, but can be picked up for $44.82 shipped here in the USA from Amazon. It has better cable management than the M59.

Another good option would be the HAF912. It's priced midway between the 692advanced and the BetaEVO and the same as the M59. It has the same 4 x 5.25" and 6 x 3.5" bays arrangement as the 692, but it also has 2 x 2.5" drive bays on the floor of the case next to the 3.5" bays.

You can put in a 4x3 device to turn 3 of the 5.25's into 4 x 3.5" bays on any of these cases. That would get the 692 or the HAF 912 up to 10 x 3.5" bays. If you also use a standard 3.5" to 5.25" adaptor you could increase the Scout to 10 3.5" bays, but the 692 or the HAF 912 would be a better option for 10 x 3.5" drives.
Edited by PapaSmurf - 4/19/11 at 4:28pm
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post #8 of 15
You case is very important and I would spend extra money now and not be sorry you did. The reason I say this this for 2 reasons.every year computers need more and more cooling. It wasn't that long ago that computers had no fans and ran fine. Now it seems more fans the better. If you buy a case now, plan to be able to use it 5 years from now. That way at least when the time comes, you probably won't need to buy a new case again. The other reason is because between now and then, you will benefit from better cooling and in turn, better reliability and longevity of computer parts. Cooler the better.
I chose the antec df85 for my build. Its not a lot of money and comes with 7 fans. Its not real noisy and has lots of space. If going to overclock definitely opt for better cpu cooling. Check out zelman.

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post #9 of 15
The NZXT m59-001bk supports 7 3.5 internal for 45 after newegg rebate.

The Lian Li PC-A70F supports 10 3.5 for 179.99

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CM 690 II hands down..!!!
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