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Choosing case, would CM690>A900?

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June 18, 2009 12:41:06 AM

I am going to build a computer this summer, which will be used for Photoshop CS3 editing and Gaming at the same time. Therefore I am searching for a reasonable Airflow that can cool well my CPU and my VGA card. I've been looking through the case and the Coolermaster CM690 picked my interest. I was wondering if I should get this instead of the Antec 900 case.

I plan on getting this in the next 2-3 weeks:

Case:Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W(May get 650W instead)

MB:ASUS P5Q Pro Motherboard
CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Processor 2.83 Ghz(OCd to ~3.2-3.6 ghz)
GPU:XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB Video Card
Memory:G.SKILL F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800
HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB SATA

Extra Fan: 2x Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan
CPU Heatsink: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink
Mounting Kit: Thermalright LGA775 BOLT-THRU Kit

Resolution: 1650 x 1050
OS: Vista Home Premium x64

Do you have any suggestions on which case I should get? Do you know any other ones that works better than the ones I thought of?(Price range of 100~150$)
a c 716 ) Power supply
June 18, 2009 2:15:17 AM

Every time I have a dilemma like that you are having with the 2 cases, I buy the cheaper one.
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June 18, 2009 3:40:33 AM

I would look at the CM Storm Sniper and HAF 922.
June 18, 2009 4:06:55 AM

I like the CM 690.
June 18, 2009 4:48:45 AM

The CM 690 has better performance, better construction, is easier to build in, and in my opinion looks a whole hell of a lot better.

The Antec 900 is damn close on all of these however.
a c 144 ) Power supply
June 18, 2009 4:53:37 AM

I really like the Antec 900. (I have 3 of them). Excellent cooling.

Unfortunately, everything else is kind of sucky. It's definitely not a tool free case. (OTOH, how often will you change hard drives?) And, without a little work, cable management is pretty much non-existent.

But unlike most people, I am prepared to overlook all the - many - faults because I have been :D 
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June 18, 2009 10:14:38 AM

Thanks for the many replies!

@theAnimal, checked the Storm Sniper, I was really amazed by it, however the price killed my interest. However HAF 922 looks good, makes me become more undecided.

I looked up more on what could match up the Storm Sniper, The Storm Scout came out frequently, and his price is really reasonable. However, I wonder if it has a lot of space in it?

@jsc, I see what you mean about being not a tool free case, I've been switching between them for years already, they are quite troublesome.

I often change the hard drives. Whenever someone asks me to recover their data from a broken drive, I always have to play inside to configure the hardware's setting.

Anything else to add in? For now CM 690 looks very tempting, atm.
June 18, 2009 4:28:09 PM

The CM Scout should have plenty of space.
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