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Which case should I get? antec 900, CM 690 or CM Centurion 5?

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July 3, 2008 8:47:18 AM

or something else?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

don't really like all the blue lights to be honest, but its a really popular choice and looks really solid.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i like this one alot and it seems a little bit roomier than the 1st one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i really like this one's slimplicit and sleek design. i also like how it has the inputs on the front panel rather than on top.

All in all, I want the coolest and most quiet case. If it matters I plan on putting a 4870x2(when it comes out). I talked to some people and they said it shoudl most definitely fit in mid sized cases. Also I am going to be using 5 hardrives. Will I need any additional fans AND how much wattage shoudl I be getting you guys think? 750 or 850W be good enough?

I can always go to a full size case but they are much more expensive and i've heard that mid size work just as well and cool better.

also

On the COOLER MASTER RC-690 it says it has 5 internal 3.5"drives. It also says it it has 5 external 5.25" drives. It says on the 5.25" drives that it has a 5.25" to 3.5" converter. Does that mean I could use those as hardrive spaces. Like I potentially use like 8 hardrives? How much more power would I need and woudl I need any extra cooling lol?

If anyone has any suggestions of any other cases or comments I would appreciate it.

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July 3, 2008 9:54:54 AM

i like the rc-690, it would be the way id go.
July 3, 2008 10:39:57 AM

RC-690 or the Antec Nine Hundred.
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July 3, 2008 6:45:07 PM

+1 for the CoolerMaster RC-690.
July 3, 2008 9:18:09 PM

I am a fan of the CM 690... I think the Antec is fugly.... I took out the fan with the lights and put in a higher cfm fan that was just as quiet......


July 4, 2008 4:19:30 AM

lol we all have opinions but i think the antec 900 looks great and the 690 is boring and fugly. Dunno why just a personal preference.
July 4, 2008 9:02:10 AM

I have the 900, there is not questions about it, it's an excellent case with a good airflow but I am considering switching to the CM 690. As it happens, I think I just like its boringness. There is too much bling around the 900. Oh well, I think it's really a matter of personnel preferences, to each is own. In any case, those are 2 good choices. I had the same thought as you XringX, I might take off the led fans in order to replace them with something just as good or better but with less bling. Not that am saying the fan supply with the case are crappy because they're not but there are better options out there
July 4, 2008 10:18:27 AM

what about the 300?? antec 300 is like the competition for the rc-690!! it is HOT.... i would choose that over ANY of these based on price/performance...
July 4, 2008 10:21:04 AM

btw the 900 is fugly, but the coolermasters DO look alright.... 300 is the plain jane of the bunch but damn does she perform...
a c 139 ) Power supply
July 4, 2008 12:46:37 PM

moomoopro said:
On the COOLER MASTER RC-690 it says it has 5 internal 3.5"drives. It also says it it has 5 external 5.25" drives. It says on the 5.25" drives that it has a 5.25" to 3.5" converter. Does that mean I could use those as hardrive spaces. Like I potentially use like 8 hardrives? How much more power would I need and woudl I need any extra cooling lol?
There is one 5.25" to 3.5" converter on the external 5.25" drive stack - probably meant for 3.5 external drive like a floppy or flash card reader. It will take an extra HDD. For the other 5.25" drives you'd need to get separate 5.25" to 3.5" converter brackets. Or external removable hot-swap HDD sled like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can probably get away without any extra cooling but there are options like the Scythe Kama-Bay 5.25" http://www.hardwarecooling.com/product_info.php/cat/31/...

For a single 4870x2 (or 2x 4870CF) the minimum recommended power supply is 600watts. 750W should be good for what you're looking at but pay attention to the number of SATA connectors: Corsair 750TX has 8 - PC P&C 750 has 6.
4870x2 is the same length as the 3870x2 and 8800Ultra which means you might loose the use of one/two HDD cages in case like the Centurion 5.
July 4, 2008 4:11:30 PM

i'm not done building my computer yet, waiting for ram to come in so I know how to manage my cables. the antec 900 is fricking cramp as hell. Mainly because I got a couple of heat sinkers. If I bought the turbo modules for the vga heat sink, definately wont fit. the internal metal case suck. I cant attach my HD anywhere except one of the top 3 spots. If I want to use the other spot I have to find a hole on the core case that is aligned with the HD metal fitters whatever it is. The thing that is used when the slots are too big for your HD. Even if you want to remove it, its going to take some elbow grease, pliers and probably some metal cutters to do it because the top and bottom fan are running through it. The power supply is placed on the bottom. Good because the fans can help cool it, bad because if you used a giga X48... your pci slots are direct above your PSU and the PSU fan is blowing back at it. If you decide to use vga heat sinks, it would cover some of your pci/e slots not to mention some other pins like usb, bunch of optional fan pins and other stuff.


maybe im having all this trouble because i got:

way at the bottom is my final decision.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252922-31-jester07-bu...
July 5, 2008 7:53:03 PM

WR2 said:

4870x2 is the same length as the 3870x2 and 8800Ultra which means you might loose the use of one/two HDD cages in case like the Centurion 5.


Does that only apply to the Centurion 5? or to all mid sized cases? does it include the cm 690 as well?
July 5, 2008 7:54:42 PM

jester07 said:
The power supply is placed on the bottom. Good because the fans can help cool it, bad because if you used a giga X48... your pci slots are direct above your PSU and the PSU fan is blowing back at it. If you decide to use vga heat sinks, it would cover some of your pci/e slots not to mention some other pins like usb, bunch of optional fan pins and other stuff.


Whats a motherboard that doesn't have that problem? were the pci slots are not directly above the psu slots?

a c 139 ) Power supply
July 5, 2008 8:58:19 PM

moomoopro said:
Does that only apply to the Centurion 5? or to all mid sized cases? does it include the cm 690 as well?

No - it doesnt apply to only the Cent 5 - its a common problem with long video cards.
It does not include the 690 since the HDD case is oriented 90 degrees to the Cent 5 HDD case.
Compare the case interior pics and you'll see the difference:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 6, 2008 4:45:17 AM

Egoodz.com has the CM RC-690 for $71 bucks.