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January 16, 2010 6:39:43 PM

Hi everyone. I had posted this in the new build section and managed to get most of the set up finalized. I need some advice with the case.

These are the case options that I'm looking at and right now its down to 4 Coolermaster Cases

Favorite Option -- Coolermaster Cosmos or the Cosmos S -- I would like to know which of the two is better. I like the look of both of them and from what I've heard, the airflow is better on the Cosmos S. Some advice would be appreciated as I'm really confused about what the exact differences between the two are.

Second Option -- HAF 932 Blue or Storm Sniper --both supposedly have better airflow though I think the Cosmos looks better

Interesting Option -- Cosmos PURE (any opinions on this?)

This is my overall build
Components
1. Processor -- Core i7 920 D0 (will OC to 4GHz)
2. Motherboard -- Asus P6X58D Premium
3. RAM -- Mushkin Redline 3x2GB
4. HDD -- 2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
5. PSU -- Corsair 850 HX
6. Optical Drive -- Sony Optiarc 24x DVD Burner
7. CPU Cooler -- Corsair H50-1 with 2x Noctua NF-P12 in push/pull
8. Graphics Card -- HD 5970 (either Sapphire or XFX) .
9. Maybe an SSD as a boot disk.

Thanks in advance for the replies

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January 16, 2010 6:47:02 PM

With the system you're putting together, airflow is a serious issue: some 130W from CPU, plus almost 300W from GPU. On top of it, H50 keeps hot air inside the case (unless you don't follow Corsair's suggestion).
I would suggest HAF 932. I've got one and find it really great. Just add some dust filters (shame on Cooler Master for not providing them with the case), and you are OK to go.
If you really want Cosmos, then get the S. It should help you keep things cool.
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January 16, 2010 6:52:38 PM

I bought the Coolermaster HAF 932 when it was first introduced in August, 2008. It now houses my emergency backup system. It is a huge beast. Case ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent. The stock case fans are outstanding so there is no need to replace them. The case received very favorable comments in technical reviews.

You are right about the Cosmos series. Those cases look better than the HAF 932. People either love or hate the exterior of the HAF 932. There is no middle ground.

Sometimes case selection is a matter of personal preference.
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January 16, 2010 6:56:27 PM

galta - I do not particularly care for dust filters because they restrict airflow. Between perforated mesh and dust filters as much as 60% of the airflow can be blocked. I don't mind using a can of compressed air to remove dust from the interior of the case.
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January 16, 2010 7:18:26 PM

Excellent Build.....The HX-850 and the HAF-932 make a nice pairing with those components. Like the other skeleton face above me here, I gotta agree that case selection is as much an aesthetic choice as a technical one. Whenever I recommend a build for someone, I'll offer up the HAF-932 / HX-850 ($310) combo if the Antec 1200 / CP-850 ($250) doesn't excite. Technically the two cases trade minor wins w/ slight advantages over one an other n various categories. Electrically the PSU's are a relative match, tho the CP has a sound and cost advantage. Over last year I'd say there's been a pretty even split between the two pairing choices however Antec's aggressive pricing of late may have tipped the scales a bit.

As you might have guessed by now, I am real big on quietness though and typically keep all case fans on lowest setting . Personally though, I do like the filters and don't seem to have much of a clogging problem at this low setting I don't clean them as per the manual tho.....too much work..... Do weekly "in place" cleaning with this:

http://www.shopvac.com/vacs/detail.asp?ID=247&HdnSource...

And monthly cleaning w/

http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Air-Compressors...

Got tired of buying those little air cans and finally found one that you could refill yourself. Was afraid I'd blow up the ting in my face one day so just started using the compressor itself which is much faster .... and I have yet to have "liquid air" come out of the compressor :) 
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January 17, 2010 3:06:05 AM

I just put together a HAF 932 and I would highly recommend purchasing this case! There is so much room within the case and I have monster-sized 5870; this case could easily fit 3 5870's. Wiring was very easy and airflow is awesome with fans on all sides ! GO with the HAF 932, you won't regret it ! ! !

Specs:

i7 920
P6TD 02
6GB DDR3 Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D
XFX 5870
X-FI Titanium Pro (overkill but from my old system)
Pioneer 22+ DVDr/rw
74GB Raptor + WD 1TB
Silverstone ST1000-P
HAF 932
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I wouldn't recommend a Corsair PSU if building an i7 on a P6 running Windows 7. I had a TX950 that would crash at Windows 7 installation, and after spending an entire day troubleshooting, I found that Corsair PSU's are having a ton of issues with Windows 7 running the latest P6x boards. I swapped out my TX950, and installation ran through like a breeze. After updating my drivers, etc... the TX950 was still crashing at Windows 7 startup. Skip the Corsair and go for a better PSU from a different supplier. But definitely buy the haf 932 !
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January 17, 2010 11:47:09 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone.

I guess the competition is down to the HAF 932 and the Coolermaster Cosmos S now. Can anyone give me a head to head about the pros and the cons between the two? I'm in love with the look of the Cosmos S. Also, does anyone know anything about the Cosmos Pure that was listed in my original post?

Also, velfaires, I have never heard about the win 7 issue with corsair psus. I will look into that for sure. Thanks for the heads up.

Lastly, one question. The Corsair H50 should be sufficient when OCing to 4GHz right?
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January 17, 2010 11:56:44 AM

velfaires - As with your post in another thread please post a link to the issues you found with Corsair power supplies, Windows 7, and P6x motherboards not playing nice with each other.
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January 17, 2010 4:38:55 PM

velfaires said:
If you are having issues with Windows 7 crashing at the logo screen, replace your TX950, it's a PSU issue !

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] ows-screen
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139013 (see the cons posted by reviewers on Win7 lockups)
Hell, there are multiple posts at Corsair's Forum about this :
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?p=431791
http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84067



From what I'm seeing, the incompatibility issue seems to be with that particular model of PSU -- the TX950. I haven't found anything anywhere about the HX850 having compatibility issues.
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January 17, 2010 4:41:47 PM

velfaires - Saw the links at one of the other threads where you posted. Read everyone, did some research, and answered at the other thread.
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January 17, 2010 4:42:45 PM

thanks everyone for the replies. Down to two options.

Cosmos or Cosmos S -- Best aesthetically. Not so clear about functionality although airflow won't match up to the 932 or the sniper. So BIG QUESTION -- is the cooling enough for my components with the OCing?

CM Sniper -- A larger sized midtower that should fit all my components. I prefer the look of this to the the HAF 932. Also comes with dust filters that to me are a big deal. If the cooling on the Cosmos aren't enough for my use, then this is my case of choice.

So between these 2. Pick one. I know a lot of people swear by the 932 but I managed to take a look at a friend's 932 and it was horrible. I just cannot tolerate the looks. The design is all about function over form and as a product designer I prefer to see a balance between the two.
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January 17, 2010 5:30:25 PM

The Coolermaster Storm Sniper. I have actually taken a good look at the Sniper at a local Fry's Electronics store. Ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent. It's another huge beast and it looks much better than the HAF 932.

I bought the HAF 932 when it was introduced in August 2008. If the Storm Sniper had been available then I would have bought it instead simply all because it looks better. Everything else is almost equal.
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January 17, 2010 5:41:25 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
The Coolermaster Storm Sniper. I have actually taken a good look at the Sniper at a local Fry's Electronics store. Ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent. It's another huge beast and it looks much better than the HAF 932.

I bought the HAF 932 when it was introduced in August 2008. If the Storm Sniper had been available then I would have bought it instead simply all because it looks better. Everything else is almost equal.


Thanks a lot for the quick replies. You've been awesomely helpful

One last question (I like the look of the Cosmos 1000 too much to let go). Would you think the cooling of the Cosmos would be insufficient for my build? The only make or break point stopping me from going for it is the cooling factor (and I don't plan on extreme OC'ing).

If I can safely manage a 4GHz OC running Crysis at max with the Cosmos 1000 and the Corsair H50 or the Noctua NH-D14 then I will definitely choose that over the Sniper (so basically keeping the temp at load at less than 75 or 80)
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a c 248 ) Power supply
January 17, 2010 6:02:40 PM

I seem to recall we have a few members that have Cosmos cases but it's been a while since any of them have posted comments about the case.

I just checked several references. There may be a bit of a cooling problem with the Cosmos case, especially hard drive cooling.

Here are links to technical reviews that you can read yourself:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolermaster_co...

http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Cooler...

http://www.dvhardware.net/review113_cooler_master_cosmo...

Actually it's nothing serious so it should be okay.

Sometimes case selection is a matter of personal preference. Buy the case you like.
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January 17, 2010 6:30:04 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
I seem to recall we have a few members that have Cosmos cases but it's been a while since any of them have posted comments about the case.

I just checked several references. There may be a bit of a cooling problem with the Cosmos case, especially hard drive cooling.

Here are links to technical reviews that you can read yourself:

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/coolermaster_co...

http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Cooler...

http://www.dvhardware.net/review113_cooler_master_cosmo...

Actually it's nothing serious so it should be okay.

Sometimes case selection is a matter of personal preference. Buy the case you like.


Thanks a lot for those links. It seems like the Cosmos is perfect for me and if cooling does become an issue I have room to add a couple of fans as well.
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