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Which Size Case For Better Cooling?

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July 6, 2008 6:46:22 PM

I'm putting together a gaming rig and want to know which size case is better for cooling. I'm deciding between two cases of the same line, one mid and one full:

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

Which one should I go for? I wanted to go for the full size because I'm putting an evga GTX 280 FTW in it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also heard that the card fits in the mid tower, so.

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July 6, 2008 6:54:27 PM

if you have the room for the full tower go for it they are close to the same in design and the full has side fan
July 6, 2008 9:24:35 PM

errr, i think those case are ugly IMO, but hey. the bigger the case the nicer it is to work with.

quick point, arnt 2 gtx260 in Sli quicker and cheaper than a single gtx280, i personnally wuld buy either just, wait for price come down especially now the 4850 can be had for £110
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July 7, 2008 3:58:53 AM

Neither case has an optimal cooling design and frankly, I really don't like windowed cases with their associated EMI issues, but if you have your heart set on one of these two then go with the full size unit.

Also, WRT to your plans for SLI, are you aware of the issues associated with nVidia chipset motherboards, currently the only ones which will run SLI. If you have "any" overclocking plans, then you should make yourself aware of the potential issues associated with these chipsets, most notably data corruption issues. Some people are lucky, many are not.
July 7, 2008 4:25:06 AM

Well genzeleam you get what you like me i am a old cheap guy i have a cm690 that keep all cool and it is about $70.00 but all said it is about what you like sir
July 7, 2008 7:05:18 AM

genzeleam, I would recommend the full tower case, as it allows for better cooling, as well as the flexibility to add more components such as watercooling, SLI solutions, or extra fans in the future.

As far as the saying either case has less than optimal cooling, I can say from personal experience as a computer vendor, that there are FEW cases that have BETTER cooling than either of these. I believe that statement to be false.
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