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February 13, 2008 3:46:32 AM

What is your favorite case and for what reasons?

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2008 3:54:37 AM

Now my favorite case is the Antec 900, 4x 120mm fans, 1x 240mm fan (exaust) and it fits my ZEROTherm Nirvana.

Favorite case was the Xaser series (very heavy tho)
February 13, 2008 4:06:25 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Big, lots of air flow and almost completely tooless. I like the front panel connectors on the top or top front of the case because my case sits near the floor and this case has both. One of my favorite features is that the drive bay design allows you to configure your components any way you want with 9 slots you can have any combo of fans and drives. This is the case I am currently using and it's the best case I've ever had.
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February 13, 2008 4:19:06 AM

I like the high-end CoolerMaster designs myself. Also I prefer a matte black finish, minimal lights, etc. I have a few aluminum CoolerMaster cases, but I always keep my main PC enclosed in my RC-631: http://www.coolermaster.com/products/product.php?act=de...

The "wave" style door covering the 5.25 bays can be easily reversed or removed. It also has convenient audio, firewire, and usb jacks on top of the case. As well as ample cooling and airflow.

Deciding on a case is pretty personal though. Different people have different functions they're trying to achieve, different aesthetic preferences, and different space requirements... But that's the case for me.
February 13, 2008 6:07:04 AM

I have a coolermaster wavemaster, the thing is built like a tank, but the 4 8cm fans are loud, and they only do an adequate job of cooling.
I have 3 Antec Superlanboys, that are great cases for cooling.
And I have 1 Antec 900 that does an even better job when I comes to cooling.
Get an Antec 900 I believe you will be happy with it.








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February 13, 2008 11:35:03 AM

I use my cats skeleton to store my computer. .

I'm ordering a Antec Performance one P182, it has gotten good reviews and it seems roomy. I don't know yet cause that case would be my first high-end case, well, except ofc for my cat skeleton (also very high-end, fur you know).

cheers :p 
February 13, 2008 12:25:40 PM

February 13, 2008 12:38:21 PM

LC-16M (black). It fits:
- 6 HDDs
- 1 ODD
- 7 expansion cards, including a medium-sized GPU card.
- 4 92mm fans
- 1 80 mm CPU exhaust fan
- SoundGraph VFD media info display with IR receiver
- 3.5" panel devices (FDD bay)

It has remote power down/up with the SoundGraph, looks like a genuine piece of stereo equipment, and fits cleanly in a stereo cabinet.

Yeah, it's a pain to fill it, but the results are beautiful. Only complaint is that the ODD and GPU are tight back-to-back, which prevents use of long designs of either.
February 13, 2008 12:42:41 PM

I have an antec p180 and love it, but it is heavy, not a lanparty rig. Its roomy, well ventilated and quiet. I wish it had lightpipes for power and hdd led's and an external power button though. I guess they thought it better to be able to lock it shut without power button access than have to open the door to start.
February 13, 2008 12:45:54 PM

My favorite case thus far is my Antec 900
Reason: Awesome cooling, my 8800GTX fits perfectly and plenty of room for more upgrades in the future.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2008 1:47:45 PM

I like my Silverstone TJ09 a lot. Plenty of room, great cooling, quiet, no annoying lights. My apologies to all you fans of the Armor and Antec 900, those are very good cases but the lights make me sick :) 

The Sonata III is very nice too - $120 buys you a quiet case and a good PSU, you just can't beat that deal.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2008 1:56:29 PM

My favorite case is the Antec Solo.

Very quiet, has sound deadening insulation on the panels.

No fussy front doors.

No "bling" or lights.

Mid-size; holds what I need.

Very good cooling. At the same noise level, it cools as well as the Antec 900. http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=996&pageID=2739
February 13, 2008 1:58:38 PM

I love my TT Armor. Gunna get another HDD cage for some moar intakez tho ;) 
February 13, 2008 2:04:37 PM

I agree with aevm for the same reasons. TJ-09 all the way.
February 13, 2008 2:14:39 PM

I sprung for my first high-end case, a CM Stacker 830,when it first came out a year and a half ago and I'm still in love with it. Massive, cool, the case itself is pretty dang light, mostly toolless. It is, however, a bit awkward for a completely internal watercooling loop...
February 13, 2008 2:17:47 PM

My Lian Li PC70B and CM 690.
February 13, 2008 2:31:50 PM

No apologies necessary, I love my Thermaltake Armor Case. So much room to work in and keeps everything nice and cool. Some people don't like the blue lights, but I think they're pretty cool.
February 13, 2008 2:32:25 PM

Maybe it's too old to even buy any more... but I really thought that Tai Chi watercooled case looked absolutely bad-ass.
February 13, 2008 2:39:55 PM

my P182 and I love one another, but she is freakin heavy.
February 13, 2008 2:49:36 PM

I just bought the new Lian Li P80 super tower.This case has excellent air flow,with 3 / 140mm fans on the front door as well as a 140mm on the top and a 120mm on thr rear. All 4 / 140mm fans are connected to a built in fan controller. This case also has 10 expansion slots instead of 7.The front also has 12 5.25 drive bays that are all mesh.There's alot of room in this case,and i think its the best case from Lian Li yet.It is expensive $399.99 but its also worth every penny.The front fans cool 6 HDDs and also push air towards your mobo and vidio cards. The CoolerMaster 830 Stacker is also a very good choice.I also own two of them.
February 13, 2008 2:50:14 PM

Another vote for the antec solo. Its quieter than the p180 series (smaller, and more efficient air flow... less fans). Sound deadening panels, no funny front door, HDD suspension... and only $80

Its the perfect mid tower :) 
February 13, 2008 2:52:57 PM

Favorite to work on Gigabyte 3D Aurora (not 570) 4x120 Aerocool Turbine 2000s (1 on T.R.U.E.)

Favorite for looks ThermalRaight Eclipse (Two of the Gigabyte fans from the 3D Aurora)

Favorite for silence/cooling Antec Atlas 2x92mm tricools on low, 1x120mm Tricool on low
February 13, 2008 3:12:43 PM

my favorite case is the one i own from mountainmods.com

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2008 3:31:21 PM

stan116 said:
I just bought the new Lian Li P80 super tower.This case has excellent air flow,with 3 / 140mm fans on the front door as well as a 140mm on the top and a 120mm on thr rear. All 4 / 140mm fans are connected to a built in fan controller. This case also has 10 expansion slots instead of 7.The front also has 12 5.25 drive bays that are all mesh.There's alot of room in this case,and i think its the best case from Lian Li yet.It is expensive $399.99 but its also worth every penny.The front fans cool 6 HDDs and also push air towards your mobo and vidio cards. The CoolerMaster 830 Stacker is also a very good choice.I also own two of them.


Sounds perfect for those setups with 790fx + four HD 3870X2 cards. :D 
February 13, 2008 3:33:37 PM

My favorite case would be the stacker 830 black.
February 13, 2008 4:30:57 PM

Does anyone have the Antec P190 ?

I'm still deciding between this and the P182 with 1000w True quad, the smaller version of the Antec P192.

I like the better cooling and more room in the P190 for long vga's but I don't like the included PSU. You only have 650W for MB and vga's.
This doen not seem enough for the new Ati and Nvidia X2 in quad version (2 cards). On the other hand I'm afraid the lower of these 2 long cards might not fit in the P182.
February 13, 2008 4:46:56 PM

I've got three computer cases, for my three computers of course.

3rd place- A Thermaltake Eureka-a good case, extra deep for those extra long video cards, and set up from the factory for easy watercooling. But its a bit plain looking, and since I don't have watercooling at present, there weren't enough fans for good air circulation. Adding fans helped. I use this mainly for a business machine. AMD/ATI inside.

2nd place- An Antec 900- a good looking case with plenty of fans and holes pre-drilled in the case for watercooling. But its very crowded inside. Intel/Nvidia inside.

1st place- A Chieftec Dragon- Ok, its an old case, seven years old now to be exact, so its certainly not in the latest style and fashion of cases. But its got lots of room inside for hard drives, long video cards and everything else I've wanted to put into it. Being a steel case, its been very durable through the years. It only had 80mm fans from the factory, but 120mm fans have been installed as the need arose. It also only cost $59, so was by far the cheapest case that I've bought. AMD/Nvidia inside.

For sure, everybody has their favorite case, for reasons that may make no sense to other people. Doesn't matter, you buy and keep what you like.
February 13, 2008 4:52:55 PM

Another vote for the Antec P182. I researched tons of cases before I finally went with it.

The cable management behind the motherboard is priceless as it lets you keep the inside oh-so-clean. Plus it's just plain sexy (plain and sexy, that is).
February 13, 2008 4:58:29 PM

Coolermaster Stacker 830 SE w/6 120mm LED fans - very quite!

February 13, 2008 5:02:49 PM

Love my Antec P180, installed two extra 120mm fans in the front in addition to the other three in the case to get a push-pull effect for airflow. Doesn't sound like a jet-engine because of the sound-dampening panels. Also love the bottom mounted power supply too!
February 13, 2008 5:11:39 PM

Antec Nine Hundred Gaming case

http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15900

This case is amazing, it is quite literally the best case i've ever owned. I have no plans to upgrade from it any time soon.

* Unique Top mounted 200mm "Big Boy" TriCool exhaust fan to cool the hottest system
* Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake
* Two front loaded HDD cages for up to 6 hard disk drives
* The HDD cages act as air ducts to take air in more efficiently. Optional middle 120mm fan bracket to cool the hottest graphic cards or CPU
* Two 120mm TriCool blue LED front fans to cool hard disk drives
* Window side panel comes with an optional 120mm fan mount for maximum VGA cooling
* Top tray for your MP3 player, digital camera, etc.
* Power supply mounts at the bottom of the case (power supply not included)
* Rubber grommeted ports on the rear for liquid-cooling tubes allow you to mount external liquid-cooling hardware
* Advanced cooling system:
- 1 top 200mm TriCool fan with 3-speed switch control
- 1 rear 120mm TriCool fan with 3-speed switch control
- 2 front 120mm special black TriCool blue LED fans with 3-speed switch control to cool HDDs
- 1 side (optional) 120mm fan to cool graphic cards
- 1 middle (optional) 120mm fan to cool CPU or graphic cards
* 9 Drive Bays
- External 3 x 5.25"; Internal 6 x 3.5" for HDD, or
- External 6 x 5.25"; Internal 3x 3.5" for HDD, or
- External 9 x 5.25"
* Motherboard: Fits micro and standard ATX
* 7 Expansion Slots
* Top mounted I/O ports
- Power and reset buttons
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x IEEE 1394
- Audio In and Out
* Unit dimensions:
- 19.4" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 18.4" (D)
- 49.3cm (H) x 20.6cm (W) x 46.7cm (D)
* Package dimensions:
- 21.5" (H) x 10.6" (W) x 21.1" (D)
- 54.6cm (H) x 26.9cm (W) x 53.6cm (D)
* Weight:
- Net: 18.5 lb / 8.4 kg
- Gross: 24.4 lb / 11 kg
February 13, 2008 5:44:51 PM

1st place for me is the Antec 900.

A close 2nd place goes to the CM Stacker 830. That is also a fine looking case.
February 13, 2008 7:49:46 PM

NZXT Zero. comes with 7x120mm fans, + 1x80. Using Coolermaster Gemini II, this case removes the need for a fan directly on the heatsink entirely on Q6600@3 GHz.
February 19, 2008 5:29:51 PM

I've used a few different cases for my friends and for my own personal build, and really, the winner of those I've used is the P182. But, I must say that I do like my Thermaltake Tsunami. It's got enough room to work in, it's toolless, and it looks good. But, of course, it has its issues, too. Stock fans are loud, the lock likes to fall apart once or twice a year, gets scratched easily, etc. But in the end, it's all stuff that can be fixed. And, it still looks good.
February 29, 2008 12:47:57 AM

Vote #3 for the Antec Solo, just a really well built case for a price that nothing can beat.
February 29, 2008 1:53:29 AM

I traded my Antec 900 for the Lian Li (Lancool) K7 and I'm glad I did. 3 x 120 mm fans( no leds) and lovely black aluminum finish.
February 29, 2008 2:41:34 AM

Antec 900 all the way :D 
February 29, 2008 2:59:16 AM

Antec Solo using the HD suspension mounting. The airflow is so good that even without active HD cooling (I trashed the front fan mount unit) my Samsung HD501LJ drives never exceed 35 degrees. Cool and Silent rules.
February 29, 2008 3:21:25 AM

Enermax Chakra. Big side fan 250mm. Front and Rear 120mm fans(have to buy them yourself) Lots of room inside to work. Hidden optical drives. Solid construction, sturdy supports and does not have a dammed side window.(Sorry I hate them) I really enjoy mine. All the airflow keeps stuff running cool. Power button and reset are on the top front. I came from a custome dell that had the button in the front, makes it hard to push when you get as little sleep as me. Overall I would say a 8.5 out of 10. The 900 looks nice, but alas I hate that dammed window!(Sorry)
a b B Homebuilt system
February 29, 2008 3:32:47 AM

mlovel2828 said:
Coolermaster Stacker 830 SE w/6 120mm LED fans - very quite!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj120/mlovel2828/250.jpg

Ohhhhhh i see a 621 sub there(or a 641 if the case is huge) :p 

For case, 900 is good for cooling sonata or P180(the sound dampening sides work well) for silence....
February 29, 2008 3:41:17 AM

Nothing with blue neon lights.

P18x series is good, but the damn door is a pain.

Silverstone TJ-09 is pretty cool, pun intended.

But my favorites are Dell 91xx series.
October 14, 2008 4:25:34 PM

I really like the looks of the cooler master 690. Wished I owned one.

But instead I own a crappy rosewill case, it's nice looking with a decent black paint job but has poor cooling due to some oversights they made when they made the case, but once I get around to cutting out all that body fat for better airflow and hacking up part of the inside so I can use the so called 3.5in external drive bays for HD's I be happy. So in the end this case is the smallest nice looking plain case I could get which can fit full size cards and have decent airflow (after I cut out the body fat), not to mention the one of the only few I could afford at the time.

After im done with the mod's I should be able to fit 7 HD's, and 4 5.25in drives into the case, while still providing decent airflow in a pretty small case :D .

This is the case I own.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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