help me decide what case and cpu cooler to pick. thanks


i have just ordered this parts:

CPU: Intel E8500
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R
RAM: Corsair DHX 2x2GB TwinX DDR2 800MHz CL5 (twin2X4096-6400C5DHX)
video card: eVGA 8800GT 512MB GDDR3 DX10 HDTV 2xDVI PCI-E
Power supply: Enermax Noisetaker II EG701AX-VE 600W Dual Fan
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA II

now i am searching for a case and after market cooler.

the case should be silent and good cooling (i guess everybody likes it like this :-) )
case size does not matter... no problem if its big and heavy.

and about the after market cooler i have no idea what to choose...

here are some options i have a at the stores here:


Raidmax SMILODON ATX Mid Tower Black Model ATX-612WB
Raidmax Katana ATX Mid Tower Black Model ATX-729WB
Raidmax SIRIUS ATX Mid Tower Black Model ATX-701B

Chieftec CX CH-03B-B-A-OP Midi-Tower Model CH-03B-B-A-OP
Chieftec CX LCX-03B-B-A-OP Medi-Tower Model LCX-03B-B-A-OP

Enermax Chakra ECA-5001 Full-Tower 25cm Monster Fan Black/Silver Model ECA-5001

Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Black Model Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Black

Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS
Thermaltake Soprano Dx VE7000BWS
Thermaltake Armor Jr VC3000BWS

please advice
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  1. I've had good luck with antec. Don't know if money is a concern or fancy looks and space. Fry's has had the 900 for $70 recently, and may have it on sale again tomorrow. They are having their aniversary sale soon for one day only. They might ship to your location if you call one of their stores. I use the dallas tx ad for reference. It's posted online.
  2. I would go for the smilodon because compared to the other raidmax cases it is by far the best, all the ratings say that the sirius is a pathetic case, the smilodon is a bit more expensive but it is worth every cent and is the most durable case and the lowest tempreture out of the cases

    Smilodon :) For The Win :love: :love: :love: :love:
  3. Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about cpu heatsinks that you might find interesting:

    Out of all the pc cases you listed, the Antec Nine Hundred series of cases are the best buy. The original Antec Nine Hundred is one of the most popular, if not the most popular pc case among gamers. Ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent.
  4. Two popular heatsinks that work well:
    Xigmatec Dark Knight

    The HDT style HSF's require a different approach to applying thermal compound.
    Suggestions for applying thermal compound:

    I like the Antec 900 case. Excellent airflow and cooling. Downside is relatively poor cable management. And they do not come with a case speaker.
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