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April 2, 2014 7:09:54 AM

Hello everyone!

I'm planning to build a new gaming PC, and I don't know which case should I get. I found 4 cases so far that seemed good, they are:

- Corsair Obsidian 350D Windowed
- Thermaltake Urban S31
- Zalman Z11
- Sharkoon T28

I would like a windowed case with good airflow, preferably Micro-ATX, but ATX is fine too. Some lighting doesn't hurt either. If you have any recommandations or advices please share them with me, be it about the case, or about any other part of my system!

My planned build so far:

CPU: Intel i7 4770k
MOBO: MSI Z87-G43
GPU: EVGA GTX770 Superclocked Titan Cooler 2GB (Already have it)
RAM: KINGSTON 8GB HyperX DDR3 1600MHz CL9 KIT KHX16C9B1BK2/8
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO750W (Already have it)
Case: ???

Feel free to recommend the change of any part! (except for the GPU and PSU I already have them)

Thanks in advance, Chong Wiz

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April 2, 2014 7:24:32 AM

personal recommendation order would be :

obsidian 350 - sturdy, easy to build in, understated looks - will last you

sharkoon - a bit more on the aggressive side, good reviews, interesting color interior- has lights

thermaltake - like the looks and the sata dock at top, clean look ... disclaimer: i've had a thermaltake element T - bad experience, lots of vibration, thin metal bending, button broke ... your mileage may vary

zalman - a lot bigger in person than i expected, not a fan of the looks, not overly familiar with the brand's build quality or ease/unease of building and cable managing

others to look at:
Fractal design r4 - arc midi model as well
nzxt phantom 410 (multiple colors available)
bitfenix shinobi (white or black option)
bitfenix ronin
Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White
IN WIN GT1

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April 2, 2014 7:25:23 AM

Corsair 450d is sadly not available here in Hungary.
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April 2, 2014 7:35:18 AM

vagrantsoul said:
personal recommendation order would be :

obsidian 350 - sturdy, easy to build in, understated looks - will last you

sharkoon - a bit more on the aggressive side, good reviews, interesting color interior- has lights

thermaltake - like the looks and the sata dock at top, clean look ... disclaimer: i've had a thermaltake element T - bad experience, lots of vibration, thin metal bending, button broke ... your mileage may vary

zalman - a lot bigger in person than i expected, not a fan of the looks, not overly familiar with the brand's build quality or ease/unease of building and cable managing

others to look at:
Fractal design r4 - arc midi model as well
nzxt phantom 410 (multiple colors available)
bitfenix shinobi (white or black option)
bitfenix ronin
Thermaltake Chaser A31 Snow White
IN WIN GT1



So out of the 4 you recommend the 350D in first place?
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April 2, 2014 7:52:18 AM

from personal experience, i love building in corsair cases, and their obsidian line is almost always rock solid... you don't get the lighting like you do with some of the others, but the materials are usually rock solid.

One thing to watch for is the 5.25 bays in the 350, looks like you need a 'half height' drive. to prevent interference.
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April 2, 2014 8:32:08 AM

vagrantsoul said:
from personal experience, i love building in corsair cases, and their obsidian line is almost always rock solid... you don't get the lighting like you do with some of the others, but the materials are usually rock solid.

One thing to watch for is the 5.25 bays in the 350, looks like you need a 'half height' drive. to prevent interference.


I have a half height in my current system, so that won't be a problem I'll use that. And any recommandations about CPU, RAM, or MOBO? My main purpuse is gaming.
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April 2, 2014 8:59:26 AM

ram- check with the motherboard manufacturer you go with to ensure compatibility, i typically stick with gskill or corsair, went with avexir LED ram for bling my most recent build. CPU cooler, love my new phanteks- comes in various color combos...

MB - i usually go with asus or asrock personally, ive done 2 MSI builds and they're good as well, only one gigabyte build under my belt. someone else is better suited to field those..

here's my most recent build from over the past few weeks :
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dustybible/saved/U1O

gallery: http://imgur.com/a/CBjCl#20
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April 2, 2014 9:00:25 AM

reviews show that there are some issues with that mb you listed... looking in a similar price range.
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April 2, 2014 9:05:52 AM

take a look at the Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
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April 2, 2014 10:08:56 AM

Thank you so much!
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April 2, 2014 11:17:20 AM

hope it helps
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