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What is the "best" case optimized for air cooling?

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August 8, 2008 4:50:22 AM

After the stock fans get replaced by some Scythe Slipstreams or Ultra Kazes of course ;]
No budget
a b ) Power supply
August 8, 2008 4:59:28 AM

Antec 1200
August 8, 2008 11:26:35 AM

wow, well if you have no budget then the temple case of choice would have t be the Cooler master Stacker 831. seriously that thing has a ton of fans all 120's supports BTX and ATX, loads of drive bays, great for water cooling or air cooling.

just a great case.
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August 8, 2008 12:33:09 PM

i have the antec 900. it's pretty much all fan (huge 200 mm exhaust on top)

all the fans that came with it (antec tri-cool LED) i left in. so it's a bit 'loud' and quite the dust magnet if left on the ground...

my Q6600 temps average around 29-30C.
August 8, 2008 1:26:55 PM

If money wasn't a concern for me, I would get a Lian Li TYR PC-X2000.
August 18, 2009 9:07:51 PM

if you have no budget (and no sense of hearing), Xclio 1000
two 140mm at top
three at front
three on the side
and a one or two at back
pretty expensive though, and the looks aren't for everyone..
a b ) Power supply
August 18, 2009 9:43:01 PM

the cooler master haf series could be used as air con an th cooler master cosmos would be the fridge
a b ) Power supply
August 18, 2009 10:32:05 PM

A lot depends on whether you want to minimize noise. I bought an Antec P182 because I wanted a quiet system. It's unique feature is a separate compartment for the hard drives and power supply - this prevents hot air from these components from impacting the video card, motherboard and CPU. The system I built with this case is very quiet because I'm able to run with all the case fans on low and still have the CPU at less than 60 degrees on an extended Prime95 run. I don't even need a dedicated fan for the hard drives since the PSU fan draws enough air through the lower compartment to keep them cool.
August 18, 2009 10:35:05 PM

wow....HAF 932.....antec takes 6 120mm fans, HAF 932 takes 10 120mm fans, the stacker 830 can also take 9-10 fans but it is smaller from the inside. I have used a stacker 832, antec 1200, and currently using HAF 932.

Gl
a c 248 ) Power supply
August 19, 2009 2:23:41 AM

A while back I ran across an article that compared the stock cooling capacity of the CoolerMaster HAF 932 and two other cases. One of the other two might have been the Antec Twelve Hundred. I am growing old disgracefully and I forget things.

In the comparison the CM HAF 932 came out on top for ventilation, airflow, and cooling. I think the Antec Twelve Hundred was a close second. Don't quote me on that.

To be fair there are other cases that have excellent ventilation, airflow, and cooling. One example would the the CoolerMaster 690. Right now I am looking at purchasing a LanCool (Lian Li subsidiary) PC-K58 which appears to have great potential for excellent ventilation, airflow, and cooling.

BTW - You don't need ten 120mm fans to achieve excellent ventilation, airflow, and cooling.
August 22, 2009 9:29:57 AM

CM HAF932:
- 3*230mm fans and 1*140mm fan, 17dB
- 564mm in width -> can take any gfx
- cable management
- CPU fan can be replaced without pulling out the m/b
- tool free, cable management
- easy HDD and DVD Rom installation
- 5.25 tool free bay is not firmly fixed, but can be fixed with 1 or 2 scews which is included.
- no dust filter
- air flow is higher than Antec 1200

Antec 1200:
- 5*120mm and 1*200mm fan with jet engine noise.
- 513mm in width -> won't hold any gfx greater than 10.5" which might be the case for DirectX11 gfx
- cable management
- m/b needs to be removed when replacing the CPU fan
- HDD is very difficult to installed
- 5.25 bay is firmly fixed
- front dust filter
- lower air flow compared to HAF932

CM HAF932 beats Antec 1200 almost everywhere. If the dust filter were included and the 5.25 drive bay were firmly fixed, it would be a perfect case.
The HAF932 is undoubtedly the best cooling case out there now! HAF922 would be good to someone who has limited budget and its performance is
better than Antec 1200 as well with price being lower than the Antec 902.

p.s. All high air flow cases are UGLY. IMO, Gigabyte SUMO 5115 which is nice looking with ok cooling performance would be the best choice for non-gamer.
August 22, 2009 9:45:33 AM

BTW, the Thermaltake V9 Black Edition is very cheap and good as well. IMO, it would be better than HAF932 if it their volume were the same.
August 24, 2009 4:48:32 AM

If price is not an object or concern then the Big Johnson 840 is your best choice for airflow, dust control. I have never seen temps so low on a processor, motherboard, and hardrives. 1st case ever to be built with Aluminum and lined with Granite! Why the 840 you say? Because it's twice as good.
August 24, 2009 4:50:28 AM

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The temps on this are on water cooling, however this case can be switched to all air cooling and perform very well. I have never seen a case with better positive airflow then this one. I can turn of the back fans with the fan controller and they still spin with no power to them.

In total I have

1 250 mm intake fan that has a hepa filter on it in the front.

1 250 mm on the top of the case pushing out hot air

7 Scythe 120 mm fans on a fan controller, 3 on the Radiator, 2 out the back left side, 2 pointing at the mother board and Grafix card

1 92 mm on the back, for the hardrives pushing air out

2 80 mm in the psu

get rid of the water cooling and install a Coolmaster V8 and I am sure this case would pawn anyother in temps and air flow. I can design almost any style you can come up with. I believe the Aluminum shell lined with Granite helps to pull heat to the outside and keeps it there. Once a design is created, case building takes around 7 days to complete. Prices on these case would depend on size and design, but they would be some where around Mountain mod UFO cases found at Mountainmods.com
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