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July 29, 2009 1:47:54 PM

What would be the best cases preferable under 200$ for a gaming rig but not too extreme of one.
Here were some I was thinking of

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...

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

Please take value into account as well as airflow for gaming, quality of case, space (big mid towers), features (noise reducing, air filters etc..), and looks (notice I didn't big any cases with alien heads popping out of the front).

Feel free to suggest other cases, THANKS

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July 29, 2009 2:49:21 PM

*Fanboy warning*

I vote ATCS 840 if you're willing to pay that much, hard to beat its build quality and features.

I wrote up some detailed thoughts on it here.
July 29, 2009 3:41:39 PM

Yeah I was looking at it but it is expensive, How quiet is it? After doing some research I'm leaning towards the cosmos 1000 for it's looks, silence, and OK airflow which I think I could improve with some better fans.
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July 29, 2009 3:59:15 PM

You want a good case? Get the ATC 840. If you want a great case, well then there is only one solution: Lian-Li

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...

I've built a lot of computers and used a lot of cases and I have learned that there is nothing that can compete with the quality a Lian-Li case, not even my beloved Silverstone TJ07.
July 29, 2009 4:00:06 PM

tkgclimb said:
Yeah I was looking at it but it is expensive, How quiet is it? After doing some research I'm leaning towards the cosmos 1000 for it's looks, silence, and OK airflow which I think I could improve with some better fans.


Better fans can't improve poor airflow, only increase airflow, it wont help.
July 29, 2009 4:10:28 PM

How big are those LIAN LI mid tower cases, I don't want to buy something that isn't much differrent to what I already have. And they don't seem to have that much better airflow than the cosmos 1000 for the same price yet smaller.
Do you really think the cosmos 1000 has really bad ariflow?
July 29, 2009 4:23:49 PM

ale555666 said:
For good air flow I will say the Cooler Master RC-690. You can put up to 7 120mm fans, and it looks good. But you can probably find something better for $200.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yeah I looked at it but the only really things it has that my case right know doesn't have is tool less bays and 120mm fans instead of 80's.
Also it's a midtower and i want a full tower unless its a big midtower. What about the thermaltake V9 black edition, the storm scout, the haf 922 (forgot that one), or the haf 932 for good airflow yet low in price (well the haf 932 is more average price)
July 29, 2009 4:53:07 PM

BroHamBone said:
Deprived of your searching skills! LOOKIE! :o 

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

here is the review

http://icrontic.com/articles/azza-solano-1000-review

.... just thought i would recommend. i have one towards my new build.


It is a great price, but lacks in features such as quietness, air filters. and tool less drive bays (though I really don't need those).

It does look like an antec 900 ripoff but oh well.

I might look into it a little more but silence is really key to me (it does have bigger fans which might make it quieter but what about HD and optical drive vibrations and a loud GPU and CPU fan?)

Plus this is just kinda my thing but I don't particularry like the side panel look.
July 29, 2009 5:02:37 PM

tkgclimb said:
It is a great price, but lacks in features such as quietness, air filters. and tool less drive bays (though I really don't need those).

It does look like an antec 900 ripoff but oh well.

I might look into it a little more but silence is really key to me (it does have bigger fans which might make it quieter but what about HD and optical drive vibrations and a load GPU and CPU fan?)

Plus this is just kinda my thing but I don't particularry like the side panel look.



Quietness is over rated! heh! Air Filters? build your own! plastic, exacto knife, and dryer sheets!

and yess antec 900/1200 mixed looks to me :heink: 

Vibrations? Screw them beezles in tight enough! yeesh! or bend the case a little in.
and what you mean Load?

Connect the fans to the PSU?
July 29, 2009 5:17:35 PM

^ It might be worth looking at the Thermaltake V9, from what I can tell it's a CM-690 with bigger fans and it's around the same price.

and the CM-690 is up with the $150 cases in the first place.
July 29, 2009 5:23:28 PM

tkgclimb said:
Yeah I was looking at it but it is expensive, How quiet is it? After doing some research I'm leaning towards the cosmos 1000 for it's looks, silence, and OK airflow which I think I could improve with some better fans.


I have to be next to mine to hear that it's on, so the fans are nice and quiet. I'm not sure how it is at keeping noise inside the case like from a video card, because I use an aftermarket cooler for that too.
July 29, 2009 5:46:41 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ It might be worth looking at the Thermaltake V9, from what I can tell it's a CM-690 with bigger fans and it's around the same price.

and the CM-690 is up with the $150 cases in the first place.


Yeah I was looking at that one, is it considered a big mid tower i looked at the specs but that didn't really help me, and could you fit a water cooling radiator in there maybe on the top?

Is the cable management good (looks a little lacking)? loudness?

It is a great price and I really like the black inside.
July 29, 2009 6:11:34 PM

To spinny, what system are you running and is it keeping it cool?
July 29, 2009 6:32:13 PM

This is my system:

CM ATCS 840
Asus P6T
i7 920 @ 4.0 GHz With lapped Ultra 120 + MX-2
Radeon HD 4870x2 With Accelero Xtreme
6GB OCZ DDR3 1600
4 Hard drives
X-fi Xtreme Music
Corsair 1000HX

I added a rear exhaust and bottom intake fan to my case, both 120mm and both very quiet models (19dB, iirc).
My cores idle at 39-42C, peak at 67-70C under 8 thread prime95 small FFT load.
GPU idles at 40-41C, I haven't bothered to check it under load.
My ambient is usually 72-74F.

I have no complaints about heat issues. Under very heavy CPU loads, the case temp doesn't go up a whole lot because my Ultra 120 is vertical and pushes air through the heatsink right into the rear exhaust.
July 29, 2009 9:55:27 PM

tkgclimb said:
How big are those LIAN LI mid tower cases, I don't want to buy something that isn't much differrent to what I already have. And they don't seem to have that much better airflow than the cosmos 1000 for the same price yet smaller.
Do you really think the cosmos 1000 has really bad ariflow?


If you want big, then get this:

http://www.sundialmicro.com/lianli_full-tower-pca70b_19...

6 120mm fans with Lian-Li's great airflow designs will net you some serious cooling.
July 30, 2009 2:32:49 AM

Thanks for all the info, sadly it might all go to waste (well not really). I work at a metal Fabrication shop and I asked my boss if it would be doable to make a computer case (I didn't ask before because i thought it would be really hard) and He said it would be a lot of work but I could do it. He thought the easiest way would be to buy a crappy case, or get an existing case and rip out all of the inside stuff (mobo tray, drive bays, stuff like that) and then make the rest of the case. Which I will fashion out of the cases you suggested here. The only problem with ripping out the inside is that the crappy cases have a crappy inside, forward facing drive bays, no holes in the mobo, upper mounted PSU's etc. What I'm thinking is make the mobo tray, can't be that hard (we have a plasma cam). and then ripping out drive bays from maybe a couple computers and placing them how and where I want. Unless I think I can make the drive bays.
I'll keep you guys posted thanks for all the help.
PS do you know where I can find a mobo placement sheet, you know the thing that has the screw placements on it. Thanks
July 30, 2009 2:47:45 AM

I would be shocked if you could make a case as good as a good retail one. Let us know.
July 30, 2009 2:50:16 AM

spinny said:
I would be shocked if you could make a case as good as a good retail one. Let us know.


Well I doubt it will be that good but hey maybe i'm looking at a lifetime career ;) 
July 30, 2009 2:11:59 PM

tkgclimb said:
Well I doubt it will be that good but hey maybe i'm looking at a lifetime career ;) 



TKG Custom Cases™ :o  what!!!!! i better get that copyright! :lol:  I always thought of custom case builds.... hey man take pictures and practice!! hah! one of my best friends is a welder for the navy.... hrm look at that already starting a business. :pt1cable:  :sol:  :kaola:  :na:  ;)  :bounce: 
July 30, 2009 2:52:49 PM

Well I started designing it, and I have the motherboard tray and layout all done, I was thinking about making it really sick and in a cool box and stuff (like that wallee cas) but I decided for my first one I will just go normal. The hardest part I'm running into right know is lining up the pci holes and io shield plate holes on the back panel to the exact right place they need to be for the motherboard.
July 30, 2009 3:01:58 PM

tkgclimb said:
Well I started designing it, and I have the motherboard tray and layout all done, I was thinking about making it really sick and in a cool box and stuff (like that wallee cas) but I decided for my first one I will just go normal. The hardest part I'm running into right know is lining up the pci holes and io shield plate holes on the back panel to the exact right place they need to be for the motherboard.



ouch if you are going to do it like that, you will have to make it for that specific series of motherboards.... if you could just make it to where you can use the actual I/O snap in plate that would be sufficient. or maybe ... weld it in! Hah! no bad idea, no play in it there.. but ya if you could think of a way just to snap in the actual plate cause i believe you can buy them online... like a case hardware pack type dealie thingy of the sort.! :heink:  :pt1cable: 
July 30, 2009 3:03:31 PM

oh by the way since you are doing that... how easy would it be to add a fan mount to the side panel? Cause i though of cutting/drilling a few holds in the side of my case to add another fan :D  I guess the most important thing is the space....
July 30, 2009 3:04:48 PM

yeah I'm going to do that.
Sorry if it sounded like I was going to make he individual slots for the usb ports and stuff. but the Io plate hole and PCI slot holes have to be just the right distance Away from the motherboard tray, so when a motherboard sits in there the holes will all line up, and its kinda difficult to measure and draw perfectly.
July 30, 2009 3:08:41 PM

BroHamBone said:
oh by the way since you are doing that... how easy would it be to add a fan mount to the side panel? Cause i though of cutting/drilling a few holds in the side of my case to add another fan :D  I guess the most important thing is the space....


that would be super easy, I know there are youtube videos on stuff like that but all you really need is the size fan you want, trays the hole and then drill screw holes and cut out the hole with a jig say or a dremel, Or a sharp knife depending on your case material.
August 9, 2009 6:28:06 PM

just thermaltake, tsunami series