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May 22, 2013 1:02:55 PM

Hello!
I'm looking for a new case for my system. I bought a Gateway fx6850 for cheap (factory refurb) a few years back and have been replacing parts when I had the money to do so. A few days ago, I bought a new video card (an XFX 7970 Black Edition) and a new psu (Seasonic S12 620w) and they work like a charm. That being said, the case turns into an oven. It's not a particularly bad case, but it's cooling really sucks. I mean, one 120mm fan is kinda worthless. I'm afraid of shortening the lifespan of my components so i try not to push the card too hard. I need at very least an entry-level gaming case with good airflow.

My budget is comfortably under $100, but I could stretch it to $150 if I can be convinced. I'm still in high school with my low-paying part-time job, so I'll see if my limit goes up next paycheck :D 

The mobo is a MB.GBN01.003 made by Acer (unfortunately, it's made for Gateway machines), and I have checked, it IS absolutely (and luckily) Micro-ATX - not some special Gateway-only form factor.

My specs (currently):

Intel i7 2600k 3.4 Ghz
Acer MB.GBN01.003 (as mentioned before)
XFX Radeon HD7970 Black Edition (OC'd to 1000mhz)
Seasonic S12 620w
Western Digital 1tb HDD
(will buy a ssd boot drive in the near future)
8gb DDR3 RAM (sorry, don't know the make)
2 Acer B243HL 1920x1080 monitors

If you could help me out, that would be awesome. I will be using this computer for a few things. I got the card not just for gaming, but for 3d animation (mostly just for rendering. I love it for ray-tracing). And yes, I do play quite a few games, and i truly appreciate the power of the 7970 over that silly little gt 440 that was previously installed.

Right now, I'm using this system sparingly and never under very stressful situations to prevent damage. I'd love to use it to it's full potential, for it's power is incredible, and I have put a good chunk of change into it!

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May 22, 2013 1:11:29 PM

small and good air flow dont go together.you have that system and cant get a case?save up for one...
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May 22, 2013 1:18:30 PM

You can get the Corsair 200r for $30 after $20 mir. Comes with 2 fan and can hold up to 10 fans. Check the reviews. It's a great buy. Free shipping too.
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May 22, 2013 1:31:11 PM

jappe66 said:
If you can push the budget a little, the HAF X would be a good choice. It's a full tower though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the cheaper solution HAF XM (mid tower)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yeah, honestly, that's what I've been hearing a lot. I'm considering just going for the HAF-X, for what I've heard, it's worth the extra money. I'm avoiding mid-tower cases, so I'll just go all-out and get it.
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May 22, 2013 1:57:36 PM

The one thing you should check is to make sure the IO shield on that case can be removed. A lot of pre-build system do not have a removable IO Shields. With the motherboard being a mATX you would not need a Full Tower as a Mid Tower would work just fine and still give you plenty of air flow not that a Full Tower would be bad it would just seem kinda small in such a large case.
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May 22, 2013 2:35:00 PM

bryonhowley said:
The one thing you should check is to make sure the IO shield on that case can be removed. A lot of pre-build system do not have a removable IO Shields. With the motherboard being a mATX you would not need a Full Tower as a Mid Tower would work just fine and still give you plenty of air flow not that a Full Tower would be bad it would just seem kinda small in such a large case.


Thanks for the advice!
Thankfully, the IO shield is removable. I'd prefer a Full Tower for if I wanted to buy a new atx motherboard at some point in the future.
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