Can someone tell me which of these cases would be better for cooling. I am building an i7 rig and my last step is to get a case. I really like the price and what you get for the 900 but I ahve been reading reviews where people have said that this case with the GTX 260 55nm is a very tight fit. I would like to eventually OC a little and SLI this card but if it is tight with just this one then I am not sure how the cooling would be with another card.
Would the 902 be better? It is the same size case but just a little wider? Is that worth the money or I could go with the CM 690 which seems like a good deal for the dollar.
I would prefer to not spend more then $130 ($100 is my real desire) and the shelf my computer sits on is only 20.5" long so that limits the cases as well..
Please let me know if any of you have used the GTX 260/280 in combo with these case and the results.
Don't have an i7; running a Q9550 OC'd to 3.6 GHz. with a TRUE heatsink in a GA-EP35-DS3P motherboard.
Cooling is excellent. I'm running the case fans on LOW. CPU temps under Prime95 load are 58 - 61 C. Changing case fan speed does not seem to make much difference. I have the HSF oriented vertically. I figure that warm air rises; why fight physics.
Note: the 900, and probably the 902 also, does not come with a system (case) speaker.
The CM690 is also pretty popular - and a bit less expensive - and it reportedly does not have the cable management problems that the 900 has. But I really like the cooling capacity enough to overlook the flaws - some would say "many" - of the 900.
You will need an HSF. If you are not going to overclock, the stock Intel HSF is good enough. Overclocking will require and aftermarket heatsink. The Xigmatek HDT S-1283 is a popular choice.