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So, I have all the parts for a new build, but have been looking since November for the case to put it all in.

I have a budget of £130 /147 euros (absolute max, I'm a very poor mature student!) and want to get a case with these features:

* Great airflow - especially around the hard drives and going into the push-pull aftermarket cpu heatsink - I really want a case which has at least 2 fans cooling the hard drives.

* Room for 7 3.5" hard drives - preferably at the front, although 6 down below and having to put another one in a 5.25" bay would be OK.

* No need to use an extension cable for any of the power cables (I will be using a Corsair HX850 and just don't want to use an extension).

* All cables should be able to be re-routed behind the motherboard tray

* There should be a hole beneath the PSU to feed it fresh air, and there should be a removable filter

* The front fans, and as many other fans as possible should have removable air filters

Phew, quite a list of demands from a case there eh? I was all set to get an Antec 1200, but then read about all the hassle there is to remove the air filters (we have 2 cats so dust/cat hair is somehting I have to keep under control!) and even on the V3 of the case, there still isn't an air intake for the psu..Then I was going to get a Corsair 600T, but read a lot of user reviews complaining about the lack of air flow, no room for aftermarket fans at the front and a third of the psu intake being blocked off due to bad design, then I was going to get a HafX, but have read a *lot* of user complaints about shorting due to issues with the front plate, and even on the latest revision, there is unbelivably still no dust filter for the psu air intake and theres very few hard drive slots...I was set to get a Fractal Arc, then the UK release got put forward to the end of May, and there have been a lot of complaints about build quality with Fractal lately, and I don't want to use any psu extensions.

I was all set to buy an NZXT Phantom, but found out here that with my Thermaltake Frio, the side 200mm fan would not fit.

As a mature student I will be using this machine mostly for video editing and Photoshop, along with gaming via emulators such as mame. I don't really care much what the case looks like, but good constant air flow and low temperatures are an absolute must, as is the need for plenty of hard drive storage

Thank you very much for reading, any advice or thoughts from personal experience would be greatfully received!
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by kita24 View Post
* Room for 7 3.5" hard drives - preferably at the front, although 6 down below and having to put another one in a 5.25" bay would be OK.

That is a lot of hard drives

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/pr...olossus-window

I am ordering this soon and is probably the best option I would say for your price range since it has basically all of your features you want.
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post #3 of 14

I have a CM 690 II its around £60. Here is a


so it might help you decide better.


The Silverstone RV02 is supposed to be one of the best air cooling cases. Some one here will have it and they will be able to tell you.
I would say haf 932 or 922 but you said there was problems with them.
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Thank you very much for the replies; I was going to go for a Bitfenix Survivor, until I saw this review and imagined the horror that might befall my precious drives...


And also the meagre space for cabling (at the bottom anyhow)


I was soooo tempted by the Coolermaster cm90II (even though I had a bad experience with my Cosmos having such poor air flow for the HDs) - if only it had 2 fans to evenly cool all the HDs I would probably go for it as it looks like a really good case, but having seen the way heavy Premiere use has on HD temps, all my drives need a nice even waft of air..

The Raven 02 is nice, but cannot hold enough HDS...So that's out ; (

Edit: Yeah, have thought many times about just going HafX and slinging in a 3x drive bay converter, but saw some horror stories about the problem cases, even some users having parts of their mobos fried, and the official "fix" from Coolermaster was literally a thin strip of plastic to go behind the front i/o connector to stop it from shorting, having seen that, I lost pretty much all confidence in Coolermaster ; (
Edited by kita24 - 4/22/11 at 3:07pm
post #5 of 14
My vote is the 690IIAD, can go wrong with it...also it has a sata hot swap docking bay at the top perfect case for some one wanthing to spend little money and get premo feature's!
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Everything you mentioned is in the Phantom. I really wouldnt be too concerned about the side window fan. I chopped the mounts for mine off with a dremel and just made it a pretty case window to show off the components. I'm willing to accept 1c warmaer temps for a case that perfectly fits my needs, sans a 3rd 200mm fan, maybe you should reconsider?
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post #7 of 14
I heavily advise either the HAF series from Cooler Master (HAF-X ftw!) or the Antec 1200. the 1200 and HAF-X both fit your your description, but I'm not 100& sure about the drive bays. These two are generally considered some of the very best cases. they both come in around 130 euros.

On second thought, I see you already considered both of them.

As for the front panel shorting, I doubt you'll encounter that. I've actually not seen any mention in that of the reviews I've read and watched.
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i say the 690IIAD
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post #9 of 14
BitFenix Shinobi is super cheap and leaves you with lots of extra cash to spend on proper fans for your hdd cooling needs.

You may also want to take a look at Xigmatek Elysium, but only if you're willing to spend extra 10€ and wait until end of May.

In addition, Caseking.de has a neat Casefinder function to help with your search.
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Hmm, I think I may have found my baby.... http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...ternative.html

Any owners of that here?
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