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November 12, 2008 12:00:21 AM

hello, yes i have read reviews on some cases but i want some opinions, i currently have a mid-tower case and its crammed, and the case is kinda lame, it keeps cool but i need room, i cant add another hard drive and i only have one!

so anyways, i would really like some suggestion on a full tower case with goooood airflow, cable management even though i will be getting a modular psu and lots of space for under $150 :/  thats all the money i have

help me! thanks
November 12, 2008 12:08:08 AM

I would highly suggest the Coolermaster HAF.it's about 9 dollars higher than your target price but its is a sweet case. Lot's of room, good air flow, not a cookie cutter looking case that every one of your buddies have.
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November 12, 2008 12:18:23 AM

That case is about the size of a NZXT Tempest, but the LEXA only uses about 80% of that size. Imagine using your case's entire size used to house things, yeah the Tempest is pretty big!
November 12, 2008 12:21:21 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
That case is about the size of a NZXT Tempest, but the LEXA only uses about 80% of that size. Imagine using your case's entire size used to house things, yeah the Tempest is pretty big!

haha thanks for the suggestion, maybe you can answer this, i found this case that i LOVE and it says its a full tower but it has the same dimensions as my current case... doesnt make sense... :( 
if ya want link to the 2 pages with the cases descriptions, check out my thread, nobody is replying to it so i figured i would ask you haha
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November 12, 2008 1:22:36 AM

dagger - I was wondering about the side fan. I normally use the classic bottom front to top rear wind tunnel effect. Do you know of any technical reviews that address the issue of side panel fans?

About three years ago there was a thread here about fan configurations and air flow. When I started searching for more info I stumbled into an article by aeronautical engineers who were wind tunnel experts. They were commenting on pc cases and recommended the front to back wind tunnel effect. They also recommended removing fan grills, fan guards, and dust filters. Since then case manufacturers have come out with a lot of cases with a variety of fan configurations and case panels made of mesh.
November 12, 2008 1:35:00 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
dagger - I was wondering about the side fan. I normally use the classic bottom front to top rear wind tunnel effect. Do you know of any technical reviews that address the issue of side panel fans?

About three years ago there was a thread here about fan configurations and air flow. When I started searching for more info I stumbled into an article by aeronautical engineers who were wind tunnel experts. They were commenting on pc cases and recommended the front to back wind tunnel effect. They also recommended removing fan grills, fan guards, and dust filters. Since then case manufacturers have come out with a lot of cases with a variety of fan configurations and case panels made of mesh.


Nothing with the Cooler Master case with side fan. But here's one for an earlier case with large side fan:
http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/xclio_propeller_comput...
November 12, 2008 2:05:09 AM

wahjahka said:
that case looks good


That one is discontinued. Here's a version with twin smaller side fans mounted near the bottom of case instead of center, which actually works much better, if still not as efficient as front - back tunneling. Full ATX tower, cheap price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 12, 2008 2:08:38 AM

Thanks! Interesting article. When I started looking at manufacturer's case specifications I found those large fans are typically running at 700 - 800 rpm to keep the noise down. Not much different from the people who install 120mm 1,600 rpm fans and then throttle them down to reduce noise. Either way air flow is reduced.
November 12, 2008 2:14:12 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
Thanks! Interesting article. When I started looking at manufacturer's case specifications I found those large fans are typically running at 700 - 800 rpm to keep the noise down. Not much different from the people who install 120mm 1,600 rpm fans and then throttle them down to reduce noise. Either way air flow is reduced.

correct
November 12, 2008 2:14:59 AM

dagger said:
That one is discontinued. Here's a version with twin smaller side fans mounted near the bottom of case instead of center, which actually works much better, if still not as efficient as front - back tunneling. Full ATX tower, cheap price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its a bummer :( 
what exactly is front - back tunneling?

November 12, 2008 4:32:05 AM

This is a bit more than you were talking about, but you might want to take a look at the Gigabyte Mars case. I am currently using this case and really like it. It has a front intake 120 mm blue LED fan, two rear 120 mm blue LED fans, and two 80 mm fans on the right (bottom of the mobo) side to aid in HDD cooling and help cool the mobo itself. The left side has a viewing port and it comes with both a clear window insert and a black mesh insert (if you want more cooling and more dust ). Right now Microcenter has these cases in stock in both brushed aluminuim and black. It has plenty of room and you can do some decent cable management in it.
November 12, 2008 1:15:19 PM

flycpd said:
This is a bit more than you were talking about, but you might want to take a look at the Gigabyte Mars case. I am currently using this case and really like it. It has a front intake 120 mm blue LED fan, two rear 120 mm blue LED fans, and two 80 mm fans on the right (bottom of the mobo) side to aid in HDD cooling and help cool the mobo itself. The left side has a viewing port and it comes with both a clear window insert and a black mesh insert (if you want more cooling and more dust ). Right now Microcenter has these cases in stock in both brushed aluminuim and black. It has plenty of room and you can do some decent cable management in it.

i will check out that later, thanks
November 12, 2008 6:16:58 PM

Interesting read guys. Those side fans, are they blowing air in or pushing air out of the case? I'm in the same search as wahjahka so I figured I would join into this affair.

~Death Dream~
November 12, 2008 6:25:56 PM

wahjahka said:
haha thanks for the suggestion, maybe you can answer this, i found this case that i LOVE and it says its a full tower but it has the same dimensions as my current case... doesnt make sense... :( 
if ya want link to the 2 pages with the cases descriptions, check out my thread, nobody is replying to it so i figured i would ask you haha


Sure link it, I'm curious. The reason is that a lot of your case's height and length are not the actual box itself, or the area you build the PC in. Rather, they are feet or weird things sticking out the top and in your case the widest point of the curved front. This does not really compare to a "Box-like" case which utilizes all of it's size, and not just some of it. For example, this is my case:

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

The Silverstone TJ07, a famously large case, is very similar in size to your case if you go by the specifications. However by going form experience, I have used your case with blue lights in a build, I can safely say that the "usable" space the case offers is about half that of my TJ07. Hope this helps.

Edit: Here is a picture of the inside of a TJ07, not mine my camera is dead. :pfff:  As you can see there is a lot of room!

November 12, 2008 6:32:29 PM

Probably famous for its price, my god!

~Death Dream~
November 12, 2008 6:38:06 PM

Got it for a $150 shipped off Ebay. As odd as it sounds, I paid more for the version without the window as I am tired of windows in cases. I would pay the full price if i had to do it again though!
November 12, 2008 6:48:43 PM

What is the job of those side fans? Looks to me that the GTX 260 would fit.

~Death Dream~
November 12, 2008 9:52:37 PM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Sure link it, I'm curious. The reason is that a lot of your case's height and length are not the actual box itself, or the area you build the PC in. Rather, they are feet or weird things sticking out the top and in your case the widest point of the curved front. This does not really compare to a "Box-like" case which utilizes all of it's size, and not just some of it. For example, this is my case:

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

The Silverstone TJ07, a famously large case, is very similar in size to your case if you go by the specifications. However by going form experience, I have used your case with blue lights in a build, I can safely say that the "usable" space the case offers is about half that of my TJ07. Hope this helps.

Edit: Here is a picture of the inside of a TJ07, not mine my camera is dead. :pfff:  As you can see there is a lot of room!

http://custompc.co.uk/blogs/raven/files/2008/05/image036.jpg

that case is massive and heres the links:

my curent case: here

the case i want to get: here
November 13, 2008 12:17:24 AM

The cooling is decent, but not great for the price range. I think I saw one of those at a local store and was not impressed. It looks decent from me looking at it online. Let me see if I can not find you a case that just says you, if that Apevia is it then it is it, however the case is very important for a PC, atleast I think so. You need a case that perfectly fits YOU.

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

As you can see I like a lot of cases. needless to say picking a case was very difficult for me!
November 13, 2008 12:34:07 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
The cooling is decent, but not great for the price range. I think I saw one of those at a local store and was not impressed. It looks decent from me looking at it online. Let me see if I can not find you a case that just says you, if that Apevia is it then it is it, however the case is very important for a PC, atleast I think so. You need a case that perfectly fits YOU.

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

As you can see I like a lot of cases. needless to say picking a case was very difficult for me!

i really like that last one, and i really like the looks of the apevia, im just skeptical about the size, it seems like a small full tower
November 13, 2008 12:37:58 AM

Was it the Xclio Windtunnel Advanced you liked? It has some amazing cooling and is very roomy on the inside, I built 1 PC out of it. Both cases will offer a LOT more room than your current case, so don't worry.
November 13, 2008 12:52:56 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Was it the Xclio Windtunnel Advanced you liked? It has some amazing cooling and is very roomy on the inside, I built 1 PC out of it. Both cases will offer a LOT more room than your current case, so don't worry.

yes, the fans are sexy, so just to clarify the APEVIA X-JUPITER G-Type X-JUPITERG will have more room then my nzxt case now?
November 13, 2008 1:32:09 AM

Yes it will. One thing about Apevia cases, buy new fans the stock fans are made by Apevia and from my experience Apevia fans are total junk.
November 13, 2008 1:33:14 AM

wahjahka said:
i really like that last one, and i really like the looks of the apevia, im just skeptical about the size, it seems like a small full tower


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't see the point of spending $160 on that one Raven cited, when it's basically the same, but smaller than the $99.98 one I cited earlier.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They just put "advanced" in the title. Get the non-advanced version. :sarcastic: 
November 13, 2008 2:12:25 AM

The_Blood_Raven said:
Yes it will. One thing about Apevia cases, buy new fans the stock fans are made by Apevia and from my experience Apevia fans are total junk.

good to know, my nzxt stock fans are good (2 120 mm, 1 80 mm) right now my temp is 21C :) 
i bought a blue 120 mm led fan cause one of mine died, but it was like $10 thats expensive for a fan with lights.. :/ 
November 13, 2008 3:59:27 PM

Say you do get this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the fan on the top of it, would it be better to get one of those power supplys with the fans on the top of it or without?

Call me blind but I don't see the link to the Apevia case you're talking about Wahjahka. I probably clicked the link but just don't see the company logo I guess.

I think the one I am linking here is quite nice, many fans. Might disturbed air flow with the side fans though? Think that was mentioned in this post.

~Death Dream~
November 13, 2008 7:16:13 PM

Death Dream said:
Say you do get this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the fan on the top of it, would it be better to get one of those power supplys with the fans on the top of it or without?

Call me blind but I don't see the link to the Apevia case you're talking about Wahjahka. I probably clicked the link but just don't see the company logo I guess.

I think the one I am linking here is quite nice, many fans. Might disturbed air flow with the side fans though? Think that was mentioned in this post.

~Death Dream~

haha well here it is again : this better work for you
and yes i love that case i really like the large bottom fans, but i love a clear sided case haha
a c 701 ) Power supply
November 13, 2008 8:12:14 PM

Since I saw the link to the xclio case I had to post this one.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just installed a new system in that one (bought at Fry's for 89) for my son with both side fans on a 120mm exhaust fan in the back it will blow out a candle if you put it close to any of the other exhaust areas on the case.
November 13, 2008 8:19:07 PM

rolli59 said:
Since I saw the link to the xclio case I had to post this one.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just installed a new system in that one (bought at Fry's for 89) for my son with both side fans on a 120mm exhaust fan in the back it will blow out a candle if you put it close to any of the other exhaust areas on the case.

i love the side fans, very similair to the xcilio
November 13, 2008 8:55:07 PM

On that Apevia you can clearly tell they are measuring it with the feet added into it, I hope you thought about that as well.

I would rather keep my case cool than for looks, I'm the only one seeing my PC and when I am near my PC it should be kicking out some nice graphics on my monitor lol! GAMES!

~Death Dream~
November 14, 2008 12:29:13 AM

Death Dream said:
On that Apevia you can clearly tell they are measuring it with the feet added into it, I hope you thought about that as well.

I would rather keep my case cool than for looks, I'm the only one seeing my PC and when I am near my PC it should be kicking out some nice graphics on my monitor lol! GAMES!

~Death Dream~

yes i was aware of that, thanks anyway! thats why im skeptical about getting it, the measurements are the same as my midtower now and there is noo room in my case
November 14, 2008 12:33:47 AM

ok im just gonna kinda switch gears here kinda but not really,

im leaning away from the apevia (cause of the sketchy dimensions)

so im currenty looking at a case with these options:
-clear sided case
-full tower (large)
-good cable management i guess ttehehehe
-under 200

im gonna see what i can find :)  but you guys have any suggestions dont be scared to say them, now im gonna go searching :) 

wish me luck (im going to need it) :)  :)  :)  :) 
November 14, 2008 1:25:54 AM

Let us know what you decide on. Not to sure if I am looking for one with a side window. That PC I linked to early looks great, just hate the foot pegs.

~Death Dream~
November 14, 2008 1:28:18 AM

Death Dream said:
Let us know what you decide on. Not to sure if I am looking for one with a side window. That PC I linked to early looks great, just hate the foot pegs.

~Death Dream~

hah yes they are kinda odd, i will post my options, then we can have another interesting conversation!
November 14, 2008 1:34:56 AM

Goodluck, I'll be here waiting for you to post and bash them all XD joking lol

~Death Dream~
November 14, 2008 1:38:11 AM

Death Dream said:
Goodluck, I'll be here waiting for you to post and bash them all XD joking lol

~Death Dream~


hahaaa thanks! i will have ten (thats right, TEN) options sometime tomorrow :) 
November 14, 2008 2:22:21 AM

It LOOKS amazing but the how does the air flow work in that? The fan is smack in the middle and there is no fan on the top? i think air flow in that would be horrible my self.

~Death Dream~
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