I like the 1st one because it has two 120mm fans and a 140mm side fan while the 2nd one only has two 120s. It's also $15 cheaper. The 2nd one looks nicer and I believe the brand is better (not sure). What would you guys recommend? It's going to be used in a $400ish setup.
EDIT: I threw in the 3rd one because it's the same price as #2...
Out of those the first option, the XION Onyx XON-303, is the most attractive.
Number of fans isn't so much the issue, as how big they are, their positioning, and how efficiently they move air. But I'm sure you know this.
Personally, take a look at some of Thermaltake's rigs, especially the Aurora chassis - personally, I like room in a case, but also has the advantage of letting you play around inside, without hampering your necessary airflow. Also, what I don't like about these rigs is that it looks like the PSU is real cosy in there, and a PSU (personal opinion) I reckon, must have a fan or two, as its bearing the brunt of 110/220v from the wall socket, so it is a high-heat, high stress piece of equipment. Keeping it cool can't get you in a bad place.
Also, cruise the market, there are some really awesome cases out there, some unconventional designs, that, in dollars, would be more affordable to you than to me using South African Rands. Best of luck.
Well I looked through Newegg and was trying to stay under the $50 mark, I went slightly over with the last 2 cases but no biggy. I found that sorting the results by rebate gave me expensive cases for the price of regular cheap cases. I didnt see any Thermaltake cases in this price range. I think the 2nd case looks more unique and overall cool but again, the 1st case has more fans (which I think equals better cooling).
The 2nd has an Air Duct instead of a fan on the side. Is this better or worse than option 1 which has a fan instead of a duct? Also, the 2nd is Aluminum...
I have the green version of the Xion case. it is pretty good, but there are no raised screw holes for the far side of the motherboard, so either you have to put in spacers or your motherboard will bend every time you plug something in on that side. It really is no big deal just thought you aught to know. the USB and sound jacks are easy to install because they have one piece connectors that go on the pins instead of connecting each wire individually.
Well I don't plan on upgrading much, so I'll only be plugging stuff into the mobo while I'm building it. I like that case #2 is aluminum which equals better cooling. Is that 140mm fan the Xion has a big plus or no?
Well I don't really need the eSATA port because I don't use external HDDs. That case only has 1 3.5" opening while I need two, one for a floppy drive and one for an internal card reader. This feature can be overlooked if that case really is far superior to the other two. I won't be running a super hot gaming PC, just an AMD 64 x2 4000+ or 4200+ with a $50-$70 vid card. My room gets very hot in the summer so I still want to get as much cooling as possible.
I dont like idea about geting airflow from botom, it just bring more nasty stuff from ground into power supply and it also dont help bring heated air from case as it only cycle air inside power supply.
PS: Whats with that message about me not allowed to edit my own post ???
Ofcourse you can if your mobo have more conectors for fan, but i think it generaly better use quiet low RPM fans.
have 800rpm 12cm fan on CPU keeping my opty at 30-36°C and no way i can hear it in distance greater then 20cm from it
Easy. I still install Windows 98 on old systems that I give away for free that can't run XP. Also, for BIOS updates and RAID drivers, floppies are easier to use.
Back to the OP's original question, I'm getting the case that supremelaw suggested for my new rig.
Vista and or linux dont need raid drivers on floppy and i did modify XP instalation CD with most drivers for my PC so i dont need floppy for that and had some isues once when new bios plus flash program plus boot files dint get into 1.44 floppy, reason i did make bootable cd with bios on it 1st time, it usualy take about 30s to make one and burn it and usualy dont have problem with reading errors like floppy.