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April 27, 2013 12:45:59 PM

Hello community, once more.

So I've recently bought all the parts for my new rig and here they are:
-CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 @ 3.40GHz (Boost up to 3.80GHz);
-RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHZ CL9;
-Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V;
-GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 670 Power Edition;
-HDD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black;
-SSD: Samsung 120GB 840 Series;
-Power Supply: Corsair CX750 750W;
-CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

So, the only component that's missing is the case and I don't really know which one I should buy. I'm in a budget of 150$ (can go up if needed) for the case and I would like it to have a side window, it can have LEDs as well (not really a must-have, I think it would look cool that's all), would like it to have pre-mounted fans, would like it to have good airflow as well and finally It can either be a Mid or a Full Tower case. I've been looking around on websites and even threads here on the forums and I can't really decide. I've been looking at the Thermaltake Chaser MK-I case for a while now but I'm not really sure (it turned me off a bit when I found out that it didn't have any rubber pads/feet for the PSU).

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April 27, 2013 12:51:57 PM

you might want to check out the Rosewill THOR cases on Neweg, they come with 4 led fans (I believe).......one version is on sale with a rebate as well, for under $150. They are full size cases.

Or you can check out Newegg's entire offering, pick one you like and ask for feedback once you have selected one or more possibilities.
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April 27, 2013 12:56:56 PM

When it comes to high end mid towers these days, it’s really hard to ignore what the Corsair Graphite Series 600T White Edition has to offer. After all, look at it! It’s absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Looks aside, the Corsair Graphite Series 600T White Edition is an improvement over the popular and successful original Corsair Graphite 600T. This special White Edition features a new removable acrylic side window as well as a stunningly beautiful, high-quality white paint job that’ll have all onlookers drooling in envy.

Cooling performance wise, you’ve got dual 200mm white LED lit fans as well as a 140mm fan to make sure everything inside stays nice and chilly white removable dust filters make sure the insides stay dust free. Like your PC quiet? How about an integrated fan controller mounted right up top?

Additionally, this case features a roomy interior with up to 8 expansion slots, compatibility with all the common ATX form factor (and smaller) motherboards and even the largest graphics cards on the market today. The case also features completely tool less design and some amazing cable management options with plenty of openings leading to the back of the case so you can make sure the case looks fantastic through that window. And with two 200mm fans (and room for more), the case will keep the interior cool.The cooler Master HAF X case is possibly one of the most popular high end computer gaming cases on the market today, and that’s because it’s damn good. Starting with the appearance of this case, it’s absolutely stunning. The entire “tank like” chassis is finished in black and wrapped in some very high quality steel and plastic. As its name, high air flow, implies, the major selling point of this case is in its top notch cooling performance. Up front through the mesh grill you get a 230mm red LED lit fan sucking plenty of air into the case while up top you also get a large 200mm fan complemented with another 140mm fan to round out the exhaust system. On one side of the case you also get a large window covering 3/4 of the sidepanel allowing you to show off your components, while the other 1/4 of the window houses an extra large 200mm intake fan for unprecedented graphics card cooling performance.

Of course, the case also features some other pretty sweet features such as USB 3.0 front headers, full support for every motherboard size between mATX to XL-ATX, excellent cable management, tool free installation, SLI/Crossfire support, and even casters so you can roll this badboy around.Don’t like it? Check out some other top picks:

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April 27, 2013 1:05:03 PM

I'm personally a fan of the Corsair Carbide, the Fractal Design R4, and just about anything Bitfenix makes.
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April 27, 2013 1:08:34 PM

DarkSable said:
I'm personally a fan of the Corsair Carbide, the Fractal Design R4, and just about anything Bitfenix makes.
+1 i forgot Fractal Design R4 :D 

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April 27, 2013 1:12:27 PM

It's really hard to recommend a case without knowing your tastes, so much of deciding what makes a case good is subjective.

Do you have any other examples of cases you like?

Edit: Also, if you like the Thermaltake case and your only qualm is the lack of rubber pads for the PSU, why not just spend an extra buck or two and get something suitable from a local hardware store, or online when you purchase the case?
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April 27, 2013 1:24:25 PM

lycros said:
It's really hard to recommend a case without knowing your tastes, so much of deciding what makes a case good is subjective.

Do you have any other examples of cases you like?

Edit: Also, if you like the Thermaltake case and your only qualm is the lack of rubber pads for the PSU, why not just spend an extra buck or two and get something suitable from a local hardware store, or online when you purchase the case?


Thank you everyone for the replies! I like cases with a gamer look but I also really like cases with sleek designs (like the Fractal Design Define R4). I'm gonna have to take a decision on this one, there's so many good cases you guys suggested!
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April 27, 2013 3:20:16 PM

Alright guys, I've done alot of research and I've decided to get the windowed Fractal Design Define R4. Thank you very much for the replies and for the help, everyone! I only have one more question: are the 2 fans that come with the case enough for it to be cool or should I get some more?
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April 27, 2013 4:34:50 PM

I'd probably get one more 140mm for the front intake.
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April 27, 2013 7:12:41 PM

Lycros nailed it.

Also, if you really care about silence, I believe the two 120mm fans that come stock can both be replaced with 140mm fans, which will be quieter. I'd wait until you have the case to see if it matters that much, though - that case is pretty amazing.
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April 27, 2013 11:12:47 PM

I believe the two stock fans in the R4 are 140mm.
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April 28, 2013 3:49:08 AM

Yes, the two stock fans that come with the case are 140mm. Do I still need to buy additional fans or should I be good to go with the 2 stock fans? I don't mind buying an extra one, if it's needed.

EDIT: There's a sale right now in my country where the NZXT 810 Switch and the CM HAF X got down to 130€ (around 135$) and the Fractal R4 is now at 125€ (around 130$). I might just get the NZXT 810 Switch or the HAF X instead, I can see they're amazing cases after watching some reviews on them! Should I take it, is it a good deal? What do you guys think?
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April 28, 2013 9:12:31 AM

I didn't realize that - even more impressed with the case now. And no, you most likely won't need an additional fan unless you plan on moderately heavy overclocking.
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April 28, 2013 9:29:39 AM

The NZXT 810 Switch is a very nice case! I would go for that over the R4. It's a little bigger though.
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April 28, 2013 12:13:04 PM

I agree with Lycros

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April 28, 2013 1:42:36 PM

Alright, I'll grab it then, can't wait! And thank you guys for all the help, I really appreciate it!
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May 2, 2013 2:36:32 PM

The 810 switch is a very nice case, but it's not designed for silent operation, if that matters to you. Just throwing that out there, as it's part of why I love the Design R4 - it's very silent.
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May 2, 2013 3:41:55 PM

DarkSable said:
The 810 switch is a very nice case, but it's not designed for silent operation, if that matters to you. Just throwing that out there, as it's part of why I love the Design R4 - it's very silent.


Yeah, I've seen alot of stuff talking about that, I think the NZXT Switch is more useful if you're using watercooling in your build. I'm going to get the Define R4. It comes with 2 pre-installed 140mm fans (one at the front and one at the rear), should I buy one more or are those 2 enough for good cooling and airflow?
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May 2, 2013 3:47:27 PM

Those two and a good CPU cooler should be plenty.
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May 2, 2013 3:49:06 PM

DarkSable said:
Those two and a good CPU cooler should be plenty.


Thanks alot.
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