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November 6, 2009 6:23:50 AM

Hey i am looking for a new case after my nzxt case's cooling was having a very neglieable effect on my components, leaving them rather hot. I am thinking of either the haf 922, haf 932, antec 902, cm storm sniper or antec 1200.
could you lot advise me on the best one? any suggestions? thanks
a c 254 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 7:52:29 AM

My choices would be the HAF 932 or the Antec 1200. Either one has great cooling.....just personal preference on looks really.
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 11:02:23 AM

I have the Coolermaster HAF 932. Ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent.

Last December Tom's Hardware published a comparison of four gaming cases, which included the HAF 932 and the Antec twelve Hundred. The comparison included testing cooling. here's the link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/full-tower-case,210...

Since then Lancool, a subsidiary of Lian Li, introduced the Dragon Lord series of cases. Again, ventilation, airflow, and cooling should be excellent. Here's the link:

http://www.lancoolpc.com/en/product/product06.php?pr_in...
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November 6, 2009 2:59:16 PM

well both the haf 932 and antec 1200 are about the same price which makes deciding very hard... Im not sure which is more roomy and just how practical either is. Its so hard to decide when youve never handles the case yourself :( 
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 3:05:06 PM

The HAF 932 has more room. The 932 is wider than a standard atx case so it can easily accomodate one of the extra tall, tower style cpu heatsinks and a large fan on the side panel. The Antec Twelve Hundred on the other hand has a very classy look to it. It's one of those cases you buy and then keep it for a very long time.

Sometimes case selection is a matter of personal preference.
November 6, 2009 3:27:35 PM

+1 for the HAF 932!

Seriously...big, solid, roomy, with huge fans...hard to beat!
November 6, 2009 4:25:50 PM

true true, but i kinda like the antec's design with its big window etc. That thermaltake is interesting rock n rolla, looks pretty good but i havnt heard alot about it anywhere? what do u lot think on that?

also cheers for the replies so far
a c 254 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 5:43:50 PM

Lol hard to choose isnt it? I just faced the same decision. Like I said its all personal preference. The HAF probably does cool a bit better but the Antec has more expandabality for drives. I am about to order one myself since I already have 5 hard drives and may add to that. Thats the max for the HAF but the Antec has room for 9. Also I agree the Antec just looks better. Either one is a fine choice though :) 
a c 124 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 9:01:23 PM

j4mi3 said:
well both the haf 932 and antec 1200 are about the same price which makes deciding very hard... Im not sure which is more roomy and just how practical either is. Its so hard to decide when youve never handles the case yourself :( 


I agree w/ everyone else on the 1200 / 932 as being the top two choice....just about always comes down to looks.....I prefer the more subdued 1200.....then again, I'm an old fart :)  ..... my son though also went for the 1200.

Couple of points about the 1200:

1. LED's can be turned off via switches if the bling starts to bother you.
2. On the plus side, 1200 includes 3 position switch fan control on the top and rear fans and variable speed knobs on the front 3 fans.
3. On the down side, 1200 includes 3 position switch fan control on the top and rear fans.
---confused ? The provided speed control switches negate using the rear and top fans w/ rheostats (fan controllers).
4. The best match for the 932 is the HX series (650/850 watts) of PSU's from Corsair. The best match for the 1200 is the SG series (650/850) from Antec. Looking at he PSU's alone, I'd give the SG a slight edge due to quietness. However, the 1200 also is one of the few that can handle Antec's new CP-850 which is just a hair under the quality of the SG-850 for about half the price.
5. The two optional fans are great for adding extra airflow over the GFX card. You may have to use a dremel tool to trim the corner off one side of a fan housing. Takes about 30 seconds. If I had used only one fan on top of the Prolimatech Megahalems HSF, wouldn't have had to do anything. Having a second fan at bottom of PSU caused the slight interference. In the sketch below, the fan is installed cocked 45 degrees so a corner is at the top.

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6. You shouldn't need an extension for the 8 pin EP power cable if you use an Antec PSU.

7. Case is a bit heavier than the 932....a plus for "sturdiness", however I consider it a minus when lifting :) 

8. Love the air filters. However cleaning all of them requires removing / replacing 28 thumb screws ! (2 for each side panel, 8 screws per HD cage...if it gets annoying, will drop to 2 screws per cage.) OTOH....a vacuum at front of case grille works just fine.

Case looks H U G E on the PS Build desk (aka dining room table) however when brought upstairs was only like an inch taller than Antec it replaced.
a c 124 ) Power supply
November 6, 2009 9:07:49 PM

Won't let me edit dwg so trying again....used dots to replace spaces which site code deletes.....so ignore the dots

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a c 126 ) Power supply
November 7, 2009 2:34:38 AM

j4mi3 said:
Hey i am looking for a new case after my nzxt case's cooling was having a very neglieable effect on my components, leaving them rather hot. I am thinking of either the haf 922, haf 932, antec 902, cm storm sniper or antec 1200.
could you lot advise me on the best one? any suggestions? thanks


Which NZXT case are you having problems with? They make several, some with "bling" and some decent.
Why do you think your current case is a problem?
What components do you need to install and cool?
How important is noise and weight to you?
Do you need air filters?

Antec makes quality cases; my suggestion without knowing these things is the Antec 902.

a c 144 ) Power supply
November 7, 2009 5:18:08 AM

Another note on the Antec cases:
They do not include a case (system) speaker. You will need to find one somewhere. I salvaged mine form old ATX cases and just stick them magnetically to the side of the PSU.
November 7, 2009 6:31:02 AM

why has no-one suggested the CM storm sniper? it was on his list.....

is there something wrong with it?
November 7, 2009 7:36:30 AM

*** " ABSOLUTE CRAP cable management. To the point-there is none. Whatsoever. This makes the interior absoloutely discuisting as well as trapping even more heat (as if i needed that).

So as u can see this case is abit annoying for many reasons (impractical, foam traps heat, non existent cable management, only 2 fans which are bad.

I am trying to cool my system in general, so i want a decent cooling case and i am also probably going to get a cpu cooler (either coolermaster v8, zalmzan cnps10xtreme, thermalright ultra 120 or the titan fenrir (any recommendations??)

My Cpu is a Phenom II x4 965 140w processor. It currently idles at 42-45 degrees which i think is high as my friend has the phenom 955 and his idles at 31 HOWEVER he has an antec 900 case. (with stock cooler)

also @micky, the sniper does look good too however i just wasnt sure if it was AS good as the others, thats why it wasnt my first choice. I have heard coolermaster make better quality cases than antec anyway though, not sure if theres truth in this.
Cheers for the replies guys.
November 7, 2009 9:46:27 AM

@j4mi1
which nzxt case have u got? cause i was originally looking at the nzxt tempest, but i heard its dodgy..... i dunno what to choose anymore either.....
which one is ur preference now?!
November 7, 2009 10:01:02 AM

i have the nzxt hush. as far as im concerned il never be buying from nzxt again, from what i can see here they are cheap and unrelkiable and really only appeal to gamers on a tight budget (which is ironic as this retails for 70 quid!!) Complete rip off.
atm im favoring either the haf 932 or the antec 1200. i think coolermaster r more good quality than antec but the antec looks nice. haf i think has better cooling. both are aound £110. I wouldnt buy nzxt if i were you.
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 7, 2009 10:27:17 AM

jsc - about the lack of a case speaker - They're becoming obsolete just like the reset switch and firewire port on the front panel. My current motherboard has a couple of tiny led's that replace the speaker. I'm getting ready for another project and the motherboard I am looking at comes with a small onboard digital display that replaces the speaker.

micky_lund - There is nothing wrong with the Storm Sniper. It's an excellent case. Sometimes it just depends on who decides to respond to a question. The HAF 932 was introduced in August 2008. The Storm Sniper was introduced later. I just happened to be at a Fry's Electronics Store the day the HAF 932 first went on sale. I actually went to the store to buy the Antec Twelve Hundred. I took one look at the HAF 932 and decided to give it a try. If the Storm Sniper had been available at the time I would have bought it instead. I think it is a better looking case than the HAF 932.

j4mi3 - For cable management the wider cases like the HAF 932 and Storm Sniper are excellent. There's extra space between the motherboard tray and the right side panel for hiding cables. There's also plenty of room to accomodate those extra tall, tower style cpu heatsinks and a fan on the side panel.



a c 124 ) Power supply
November 8, 2009 2:23:28 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
For cable management the wider cases like the HAF 932 and Storm Sniper are excellent. There's extra space between the motherboard tray and the right side panel for hiding cables. There's also plenty of room to accomodate those extra tall, tower style cpu heatsinks and a fan on the side panel.


I was pleasantly surprised, in the1200, to find that little "channel" between the end of the MoBo and the HD cages at that spot. Made a fine home for the 24 pin power connector and other odds / ends. Though with the SATA ports turned sideways in order to give room for long vid cards on the R2E, I found myself removing the SATA cables every time I wanted to add a wire in there.
a c 248 ) Power supply
November 8, 2009 2:45:03 PM

Jack - The Antec Twelve Hundred is a classic design. It's one of those sexy all black cases that you buy and keep for a long time.
November 10, 2009 10:27:07 AM

true...looks so big, shiny, BLACK, but is soooo expensive compared to everything else here (AUS)
its like $250+, the HAF 932 is like $210, and the sniper Black edition is like $220 (normal is $215, but id pay $5 for the side fan, and black interior :p )

i think ill get a CM sniper BE, and keep it with a 850w modular for around 3~4rigs :D 
MICK
November 11, 2009 7:48:17 PM

I use an Antec P193, It took me several weeks to find a chassis that I was going to be happy with. I dont like all this bling or windows or LEDs, and I needed something that would cool a tri-SLI set up.

This CASE is AMAZING. I can run benchmarks all day and my TRI SLI 260 216 overclocked by 25% and they wont break 46deg C (I have the middle GPU fan installed) and with a total of 8 Chassis FANs; this case beets even the Antec 902 or the 1200 for extreme cooling on GPUs. The mass wind tunnel between the fan and the GPU intakes is INSANE.

I would however only recomend this over a A902 or 1200 for cooling when using multi GPU configurations that draw their air from the end, not the bottom or side.

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