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October 23, 2013 5:32:49 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for a good mid tower case, with a good cooling system, good number of fans, 5 ports (USB 3.0 preferably and at least one for headphones) and is short (I only have so much space). Any suggestions?

My List of suggested cases:

CM Haf 912
CM Storm
NZXT phantom 410
Apevia-X dreamer4/cruiser3

EDIT: NZXT Source
Corsair 500r

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October 23, 2013 5:39:47 PM

I would recommend the HAF 912. I've had mine for 3 years and I love it. I use two 200mm fans (front intake and top exhaust) and one 120mm side intake. I have the older version with USB 2.0 on the front but I believe there is an updated case with 3.0 ports.

The case has awesome cooling and cable management with plenty of tiedowns behind the motherboard. Also, the cables going to the front panel are plenty long so you can route them behind everything.

On mine I've also modded it and completely removed the lower HDD cage for increased airflow. I just used a 3.5 to 5.25 adapter to install my HDD under my DVD.
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October 23, 2013 5:52:50 PM

MD1987 said:
I would recommend the HAF 912. I've had mine for 3 years and I love it. I use two 200mm fans (front intake and top exhaust) and one 120mm side intake. I have the older version with USB 2.0 on the front but I believe there is an updated case with 3.0 ports.

The case has awesome cooling and cable management with plenty of tiedowns behind the motherboard. Also, the cables going to the front panel are plenty long so you can route them behind everything.

On mine I've also modded it and completely removed the lower HDD cage for increased airflow. I just used a 3.5 to 5.25 adapter to install my HDD under my DVD.


I've heard good reviews on this case, but I question the credibility of there being a USB 3.0 Case, which is why I'm conflicted on getting this case. Also, I'm going to be using audio and wired keyboard and mouse, and I don't think 3 ports (i thinks that's how many) will cut it if I need another port. Glad to hear your experience
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October 23, 2013 6:01:47 PM

MD1987 said:
This case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
comes with blue fans installed and one front USB 3.0 port.

Not sure if that helps, but the case exists!


Wow. I missed that by a mile. Glad to hear this, but it's still lacking a good amount of USB ports unlike the phantom. I'll probably just get an external port upgrade. Thanks!
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October 23, 2013 6:17:10 PM

MD1987 said:
This case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
comes with blue fans installed and one front USB 3.0 port.

Not sure if that helps, but the case exists!


Just quickly asking. Would this still beat an NZXT Source or a corsair 500r in terms of price, efficiency, and Ports?
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October 23, 2013 6:21:52 PM

A Corsair 500r would be a better case for sure, but it's also a bit more expensive :D  It does have the USB3.0 you are looking for though.
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October 23, 2013 6:32:15 PM

MD1987 said:
A Corsair 500r would be a better case for sure, but it's also a bit more expensive :D  It does have the USB3.0 you are looking for though.


True. I'm trying to be price efficient. But does a Source still beat it in terms of efficiency (The USB 3.0 version)

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October 23, 2013 6:36:56 PM

The 500r is bigger and has a handful more fan mounts, so I would say no. The Source doesn't have any mounts for 200mm fans which I find to be great in terms of CFM and noise level.

If you can budget it, the 500r is probably what you are looking for.
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October 23, 2013 7:05:23 PM

MD1987 said:
The 500r is bigger and has a handful more fan mounts, so I would say no. The Source doesn't have any mounts for 200mm fans which I find to be great in terms of CFM and noise level.

If you can budget it, the 500r is probably what you are looking for.


HAF 912 w/ USB 3.0 vs 500R
I'll probably go with HAF, since it's $60 w/o MIR's
Will it work?
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October 23, 2013 7:07:09 PM

Yes, and if anything you can always add a PCIe USB 3.0 card if you absolutely need it.

But as far as cooling and cable management go, the HAF912 is a solid choice.
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