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What's a good ~$100 mid tower case with a good airflow?

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June 2, 2013 7:54:46 AM

I'm planning on replacing the older full-size tower I currently have with a new and smaller mid-size tower for my gaming build. I'm a bit concerned about the airflow, though, considering I don't run any water cooling. What mid-size towers would people recommend (for around $100)? Or should I get a full-size tower instead?
June 2, 2013 8:07:35 AM

Cooler Master HAF 922 fits really well here.
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June 2, 2013 8:18:55 AM

My personal favorite is THIS Antec 300.
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June 4, 2013 3:22:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I recently found the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2, and that seems to be both a good choice to me, especially for that extra bit of portability. If anyone could clarify whether or not that would be a good case, that would be nice. I think that'll probably be my choice in the end.
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June 4, 2013 8:28:49 PM

Geo_212 said:
Thanks for the suggestions! I recently found the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2, and that seems to be both a good choice to me, especially for that extra bit of portability. If anyone could clarify whether or not that would be a good case, that would be nice. I think that'll probably be my choice in the end.


If airflow is your concern, the scout 2 only has 1 fan in the back. The NZXT has reeeeaaaly good airflow, and even the HAF 922 will be better then the scout 2. Also, before you commit to the scout2, take a look at the original scout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 4, 2013 10:42:13 PM

nostall said:
Geo_212 said:
Thanks for the suggestions! I recently found the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2, and that seems to be both a good choice to me, especially for that extra bit of portability. If anyone could clarify whether or not that would be a good case, that would be nice. I think that'll probably be my choice in the end.


If airflow is your concern, the scout 2 only has 1 fan in the back. The NZXT has reeeeaaaly good airflow, and even the HAF 922 will be better then the scout 2. Also, before you commit to the scout2, take a look at the original scout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If I did buy the Storm Scout 2, I had in mind to purchase fans for the side panel and top to get that extra bit of airflow. Having one in the back, two on the top, and two in the front, it seems like airflow wouldn't be much of an issue. Also, the NZXT Phantom has the same amount of pre-installed fans as the Storm Scout 2, so I'd probably end up adding fans to that, too. And I have to say, I like the more industrial look of the Storm Scout 2 as opposed to the space age design of the Phantom.

The HAF 922 looks really good, I have to say! It's now definitely a contender, though I'd have to urge to replace the red LED's with blue ones due to nearly all of my hardware being blue. As for the original Storm Scout, I'd rather have the Storm Scout 2, mainly because it's nearly the same design and it's available in white.
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June 5, 2013 9:43:44 AM

Geo_212 said:
nostall said:
Geo_212 said:
Thanks for the suggestions! I recently found the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2, and that seems to be both a good choice to me, especially for that extra bit of portability. If anyone could clarify whether or not that would be a good case, that would be nice. I think that'll probably be my choice in the end.


If airflow is your concern, the scout 2 only has 1 fan in the back. The NZXT has reeeeaaaly good airflow, and even the HAF 922 will be better then the scout 2. Also, before you commit to the scout2, take a look at the original scout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If I did buy the Storm Scout 2, I had in mind to purchase fans for the side panel and top to get that extra bit of airflow. Having one in the back, two on the top, and two in the front, it seems like airflow wouldn't be much of an issue. Also, the NZXT Phantom has the same amount of pre-installed fans as the Storm Scout 2, so I'd probably end up adding fans to that, too. And I have to say, I like the more industrial look of the Storm Scout 2 as opposed to the space age design of the Phantom.

The HAF 922 looks really good, I have to say! It's now definitely a contender, though I'd have to urge to replace the red LED's with blue ones due to nearly all of my hardware being blue. As for the original Storm Scout, I'd rather have the Storm Scout 2, mainly because it's nearly the same design and it's available in white.


My Bad! I musthave been clicked on the wrong product or been wearing the wrong glasses, or something. I truly thought the Scout2 only had one fan, and of course it has three. It will be a good choice. I upgraded to the Sniper couple years back and it is totally cool (not talking just aesthetics but airflow). The carrying handles on the S2 just make it better. Sure you want to change out the red fans? Blue and red lights can look really neat.
Just an added tidbit; I have had to deal with Cooler Master service a couple times and have been very satisfied.
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June 5, 2013 11:36:13 AM

nostall said:
Geo_212 said:
nostall said:
Geo_212 said:
Thanks for the suggestions! I recently found the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2, and that seems to be both a good choice to me, especially for that extra bit of portability. If anyone could clarify whether or not that would be a good case, that would be nice. I think that'll probably be my choice in the end.


If airflow is your concern, the scout 2 only has 1 fan in the back. The NZXT has reeeeaaaly good airflow, and even the HAF 922 will be better then the scout 2. Also, before you commit to the scout2, take a look at the original scout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If I did buy the Storm Scout 2, I had in mind to purchase fans for the side panel and top to get that extra bit of airflow. Having one in the back, two on the top, and two in the front, it seems like airflow wouldn't be much of an issue. Also, the NZXT Phantom has the same amount of pre-installed fans as the Storm Scout 2, so I'd probably end up adding fans to that, too. And I have to say, I like the more industrial look of the Storm Scout 2 as opposed to the space age design of the Phantom.

The HAF 922 looks really good, I have to say! It's now definitely a contender, though I'd have to urge to replace the red LED's with blue ones due to nearly all of my hardware being blue. As for the original Storm Scout, I'd rather have the Storm Scout 2, mainly because it's nearly the same design and it's available in white.


My Bad! I musthave been clicked on the wrong product or been wearing the wrong glasses, or something. I truly thought the Scout2 only had one fan, and of course it has three. It will be a good choice. I upgraded to the Sniper couple years back and it is totally cool (not talking just aesthetics but airflow). The carrying handles on the S2 just make it better. Sure you want to change out the red fans? Blue and red lights can look really neat.
Just an added tidbit; I have had to deal with Cooler Master service a couple times and have been very satisfied.


It's no problem! xD But I also took a look at the HAF XM, and after taking dimensions into consideration I think I'm leaning towards that now. The Storm Scout 2 has a CPU cooler clearance of 162mm whereas the HAF XM has a clearance of 196mm, and, having a Cooler Master V8, the Storm Scout 2 would be cutting it close with cooler clearance. The HAF XM also naturally has a larger GPU clearance without needing to remove the rack for the hard drive bay, and I quite like that.
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June 16, 2013 8:31:50 PM

I hadn't looked at the HAF XM, it looks SWEET! Good choice. Should last through at least a couple builds.
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