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January 12, 2008 1:39:20 PM

Building a new comp, so far got a 8800gts, 680i lt mobo, q6600 processor, on to the next part...the case.

Now I am going for a mix of both functionality and style. I intend on doing a little over clocking, but nothing overboard. I am looking for a case that will kinda have a wow factor looking at it, yes I am the nerd that they are marketing to with the side windom and tons of LED's. I have yet to have anything really jump out at me, thusfar if I had to choose I would go with a

But I am VERY open to suggestions. Please any help?!

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January 12, 2008 2:03:00 PM

Look at Antec, or my personal favorite.. lian li.

lian li makes some of the best quality cases you can buy these days.

Buying a cheap plastic case wont make people say "wow" :) 
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January 12, 2008 2:30:57 PM

the p182 is a dream to work with, ive never seen a case that installed optical drives that easily. I just wish newegg had the p180b still, the silver version is nice... but I prefer black
January 12, 2008 3:03:22 PM

Thanks guys, some good info there, as said I do like the gaudy, but I do kinda want a temp gage on the front, any ideas, But trust me, I am thinking over all the cases here.
January 12, 2008 3:15:44 PM

With the Apevia, you will definitely need that Temp Gage alot more than with the cases which have better cooling.
January 12, 2008 3:34:48 PM

haha touche, yeah I hear ya, thats why I am here, Hey I love the Eagletech case, but thing just screams problems.
January 12, 2008 3:41:46 PM


One of my friends has a different version of that Apevia case but it has the same 3 gauges on the front door. From experience, those gages are the farthest thing from accurate. and the temperature Doesn't give you the CPU temp if just gives a general case temp (depending on where you put the sensor can change the read out too). I own the Armor, It is a very nice case but I would also recommend the antec900 and the coolmaster (links at end). Go for a case that will support what you want and has nice airflow then pick looks. You can always pick up a front panel temp gauge to put in a drive bay that will look cooler and work better. (looks cool with LED fans) (This one looks cool but I think its all plastic :(  )
January 12, 2008 3:49:42 PM

Hideous case you like, it looks like a horridly modified Civic.

Why not something with class and quality like an aluminum Lian Li?
January 12, 2008 3:54:12 PM

Shadow, thanks for great post, some reason Newegg sometimes comes up restricted at work, but I will check all those out, and thats a great idea about the front panal temp gage! I am going to check those out.

And Noya, I know I have a weird taste is cases, I am not defending it. I like crazy colors with lots of lights everywhere, its a study, so I dont mind it being bright.
January 12, 2008 4:46:14 PM

My favorite and probably the best cooling cases I've seen in this thread thus far are the Antec 900 and Coolermaster Stacker. I own the Antec 900 and the air flow is awesome. With 200mm and 120 mm exhaust fans right next to the cpu fan, its perfect for overclocking.

Personally, I don't like cases with doors on front. I owned the Super Lanboy 2 before I owned the 900 and It was always annoying having to open the door to put in or pull out a cd. Which is why in the end I'd always pick the 900 over a coolermaster stacker. Although looks wise, I'd say that the stacker looks a bit cooler than the 900.

The only real disadvantage I can think of with the Antec 900 is that it is a little heavy lugging to lan parties and such. I will say that I've had many friends compliments it though. So it does have the "wow" factor.
January 12, 2008 4:52:17 PM

ant316 said:
Shadow, thanks for great post, some reason Newegg sometimes comes up restricted at work, but I will check all those out, and thats a great idea about the front panal temp gage! I am going to check those out.

That sucks, dude. I place more than half of my newegg orders from work and have them delivered to my work address 90% of the time so that there is always someone to sign for them. :D 
January 12, 2008 5:02:37 PM

I have them delivered to work, and I use newegg a lot as well, just doing this research while at work on a slow saturday afternoon and will have to check them out when I get home...
January 12, 2008 5:05:18 PM

Ok nm, thanks so much guys after doing a quick bit of research I am 99% sure I am going with the 900, just need to switch out those blue fans for some red =)

January 13, 2008 10:36:21 AM

Re cm 690.

I have one and I love it. I looked at the antec 900 and I didnt like as I though it was ugly. My impressions in terms of quality is that they are both about the same.

I have a server dust problem in my house due to 2 boys, 4 big dogs and 2 cats. I cleaned the inside about every month. LOTS of dust. I still clean the inside about every month, but I have way less dust on the inside. I am not sure why yet, could be the filters in front or I have better air flow (last case has very good air flow imho)

I dont like the plastic front, but I really like that I can take it off without any problems to clean the front air takes.

If you a search of my name, you will see how I put my case together along with some customization. I have 5 x 140mm, 2 x 120mm fans and a 80mm slim fan blowing on the back of the mobo.

Fans on the side panel will make air noise due to the holes. I cut a hole for the fan to stop that.

Otherwise, the case is very quite. Only real noise I have is a 10yr hd that is very noisy as it spins which is no fault of the case.

January 15, 2008 3:25:27 AM

ant316 said:
Shadow, is this what you are speaking of

Are there more of these types of products out there?

Yup, something like that will be much more useful with the additional functions too.
My friend is VERY happy with his Antec 900. It's a good choice.

Sorry I took a while to reply. Here are a few more if your still looking.

Newegg again :p 
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January 16, 2008 2:54:26 PM

I got an Apevia case (X-QPACK2). The design was great (so was cooling), but it was marred by flimsy materials, and the drone who assembled it put a screw through the power switch wires. I replaced that with a CoolerMaster 534-series. Very solid, but the standoff screw holes were not all properly threaded, and needed to be at least 1/16" closer to the rear to allow proper grounding of the mobo connectors. I was disapppointed. I've bought plainer CM Elite 330-series cases that were better.

I also find front doors irritating. If I needed another case, I'd jump on that 900 for $45 in a heartbeat, even if really didn't want all those LEDs (a problem with easy solutions).
January 17, 2008 10:19:28 AM

paq7512 said:
I am gonna vote for the Cooler Master 690
I actually like it better them my Antec 900.

I'd like to ask why that is. I am trying to decide between these two cases myself. My question to you as a CM 690 owner:

I looked at the pictures and noticed that there is a wall infront of the the harddrive casing area from the rest of the pc. Doesn't this effect the airflow from the front fan to the back?

Another question is does the bottom case fan mounting have a grill under it? If not, what is your opinion on that.