I should mention that i don't like doors on the front of a case!
This is because my case sits inside my desk which itself has a door so it gets hot inside that cubby hole! Add to that the fact that it gets hot in my room during the summer months and the ambient temp shoots way up.
That's why cooling is extremely important and hence the need for an effective cooling case.
I love the case listed in my sig, It's simple without to many flashy features but is still extremely well designed. Also it doesn't have an annoying door on the Bezel or bright lights. Good Quality alluminium all around even the buttons are made of alluminium. Not sure if it'll fit an R600 which I plan to get but I can always make some, adjustments :twisted: .
You could get the best case in he world (unless you are using Phase change cooling) and it would still be just as hot as the cheapest if you insist on putting it in the desk compartment. Desks like that are not made to put mid to high end PCs in, unless you mod the desk for better air flow.
Lan Li or Silverstone are good quality cases, Thermaltake, Antec, and Coolermaster aren't too bad either.
A PC dosn't affect overall room temps that much even if it's run under a heavy load 24/7.
I've experienced that....
When I use to play on my ol' dell dimension 4550, the room would get quite warm after playin for about an hour....
I have no temps, but I was starting to sweat...hehe..
and that was with a new graphics card (x800gto)
I do believe that my room (with my custom) will warm up a bit with the door closed, but not as much as the dell...
Add me to the Antec Nine Hundred chorus. I have two and like them more than any case I've ever built (probably close to 100 now). Exceptional cooling and reasonably priced. It is somewhat larger than the typical case and your cables need to be a little longer but it really isn't difficult, just a bit different. Cables route nicely between the mobo and the drive bays.