As the title says, I'm looking at these two cases. I also could consider the CM HAF 922 (the smaller one).
The build would be a P55 Mobo probably a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P. Core i7 860. and an ATI 5850 based vid card. Would have a tower type CPU heat sync (CM 212 being the current choice). Have no need for liquid cooling. Would have a 1TB hard drive and a 60-80GB SSD for a boot drive. External drives ill probably be a couple of opticals (like to have a source/destination pair), and a flash card reader.
Both cases would easily fit this hardware, plus significantly more. Both have the major features I want. Good cable management (with back panel routing), top-front mounted control/connector panels, toolless component installation, enough fans to get airborne under there own power. Etc., etc.. Actually, they have more in common than not. Both cost right at $100.
The CM seems to be a little ahead in the bells and whisles department (a front mounted esata port + the top quick connect drive mount. The LL might be a bit better quality.
So, anyone do builds with these yet? The CM is VERY new. Anyone have a preference (and why)?
The CM 690 and the Dragon Lord are excellent cases. Both have excellent ventilation, airflow, and cooling. I've got the Dragon Lord for my new personal pc.
Sometimes case selection is matter of personal preference. In your situation you have narrowed it down to two excellent cases which makes it a little more difficult to decide. The only thing to do is get the one you like better.
So people like the K62 (even with/after the window cracking flaw)?
Anyone do a build on the CM690II yet, or is it too new?
Looking at it's specs/reviews online I would have to still go with the K62 for several reasons:
Majority of the optional fans (10 supported fans in total) are intake fans.
Only 3 total fans can be efficiently used as exhaust fans leaving a whopping 7 fans for intake. This can present various problems such as dust pile up, and may be too loud.
They include dust filters for a few of the optional fans however these may get clogged up easily as 7 intake fans will attract dust like no other. Of course you don't have to use the optional fans.
Overall the K62 still gives more features for the bang.
For one it includes dual 140mm fans (the CM 690 II has only 1 included), both of which are blue LED lit. 140mm blue LED intake fan in front with an easy access dust filter also included. All the fans use a rubber fit/lock mechanism (enter into a larger hole, and slide into a smaller hole for locking. The fans are padded with rubber as mentioned, so vibrations are kept to a minimum which overall lowers sound pressure levels from vibrations (less noise).
Hard drive cages are metal, opposed to plastic in the CM690. Also the locking mechanism is so much better built, more reliable and safe. Expansion slot locking mechanism is the best I have seen/tried, it is a great improvement over Philips screwdriver screws, and thumb screws. Not only is there a locking mechanism for the expansion slot, there is also 8 expansion slots compared to 7 on the CM690 II.
Comes with plastic cable management brackets, this will help your case look neat and organized. Much better then just using a zip tie and locking all the cables together.
Power supply latch for added support. Really smart idea for large power supplies (screws can become inadequate once you hit heavier/longer power supplies).
Also the K62 uses a 100% tool-less design for all components of the computer. Down from the PSU, Hard drives, 5.25" drives, and motherboard. All of it is tool-less. Keep your Philips screw driver in the tools section because you won't need it. I have yet to see a case in the $100 range offer a complete tool-less design, most give tool-less hard drive and or 5.25" bay drive bay designs..
While doing dig up on the K62 I found a little issue that bugged me. The lack of space for a dual 120mm radiator for water cooling. I am afraid it will have to sit at the top of the computer with no way to secure it without modifications.
BigStack - When the design flaw on the K62 was fixed, there was no reason not to like it. You also have to remember there are 7 different versions of the case with and without windows on the side panel. I actually bought the K60 with the narrow side window because it helps hide the drive cage and drive cables from view. Looks very good sitting on my desk.
mwave.com has the lowest Dragon Lord prices in the USA. Last Friday I went to the web site to order another case. I had a request for a build. 4 of the 7 models were sold out.
BigStack - Well, there is such a thing as passive cooling that does not involve the use of any fans. Then there are micro-atx systems that do quite well with just one fan at the bottom front and one fan at the top rear. There are some mid-tower systems that also do well with just two case fans.
This post may be useless to you as I have no experience with the lancool or the 922 but I just built my first ever rig with a 690 ii advanced and have to say I was more than happy with the results. Also, my build was an amd am3 platform (probably equally useless to you) but here are my initial impressions of the case:
Cable management was incredibly easy. Again this is my first build and I feel my lack of medussa like cable management rivals anything I've seen in videos.
Airflow (with 1 additional 120mm side panel fan) is plenty to keep my amd 550 (unlocked both "dormant cores" and have a decent stable oc with aftermarket cooler) at perfectly acceptable temps.
Plenty of room to spare with an amd 5850.
Tool-less design is great (hdd bay takes some finagling).