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Buying a new case, need help picking.

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June 26, 2007 4:14:10 AM

After putting 8 different cases together and measuring them by fans and DxWxH, I've come down to just two:
The RAIDMAX KATANA(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156077) and the SIGMA Shark(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811226002). Both use 2 x 120mm fans and 1 larger fan (225 and 230mm fans respectively) to cool the systems, plus they are both larger than my current case.

Aspire X-Dreamer: 18.7"D x 7.75"W x 16.75"H (Current case)

RAIDMAX KATANA: 20.5"D x 8.0"W x 17.5"H

SIGMA Shark: 24"D x 9.25"W x 20.5"H

^I'm going by what their websites say, not Newegg^

Technically, both cases will fit in my desk space, so now I'm just looking at reviews and their looks (I personally like the Katana's front better).

What do you guys think?

BTW: What I'm after is a big case that will fit a 8800GTS easily and will be able to cool my system really well.

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June 26, 2007 10:44:26 AM

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BTW: What I'm after is a big case that will fit a 8800GTS easily and will be able to cool my system really well.


If you are looking for a case that will air cool like a champ, will hold 7 fans, and has tons of room (even 8800GTX's in SLI) I would look at the coolermaster stacker CM-830:



Upside: I would put all 7 120mm fans in it, with resistors to slow them down/reduce noise, and you have tons of room.

Downside: its expensive, $260 at newegg right now.
June 26, 2007 1:41:09 PM

Yeah, I don't have $260 to spend on a case.
Up to $100 is as high as I'll go.
Wouldn't that 225mm fan cool really well? As it's huge!
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June 26, 2007 2:01:46 PM

Quote:
BTW: What I'm after is a big case that will fit a 8800GTS easily and will be able to cool my system really well.


If you are looking for a case that will air cool like a champ, will hold 7 fans, and has tons of room (even 8800GTX's in SLI) I would look at the coolermaster stacker CM-830:



Upside: I would put all 7 120mm fans in it, with resistors to slow them down/reduce noise, and you have tons of room.

Downside: its expensive, $260 at newegg right now.
June 26, 2007 3:17:36 PM

Ditch the Sigma case. The Raidmax looks slightly more solid. They both have the look of being really cheap.

I would try to catch an Antec P180/182 on sale. They're roomy and quiet. Newegg had one for $90 about a week ago... and even if you can't get one on sale, you won't be sorry for spending an extra $20-30 for one.
June 26, 2007 5:38:30 PM

Only problem with the P180 is that it's white. I'm trying to get a black case, which is one of the reasons I picked those two.
I'm trying to keep my system's color consistent.

Anyway, I sent a e-mail to Raidmax, asking about their case.

I like the front of the Katana better, but the Shark is a bigger case, and I do want that 8800GTS to fit nicely.
June 26, 2007 8:53:46 PM

The p180 is only black or silver. The white one is the p160.
June 26, 2007 9:53:56 PM

The Antec 900 is at Fry's for $90 before shipping.
June 26, 2007 10:54:51 PM

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The Antec 900 is at Fry's for $90 before shipping.


8O That's a great case right? I'm gonna look into that.

EDIT: Can it fit a 8800GTS?
June 27, 2007 1:56:28 PM

It has all the airflow you need and sure it can fit an 8800gts.
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