I am trying to decide on which case will be best for me in my build and would like some input as to which may best suit my needs. The build will me a mix between a HTPC and a video editing machine, mainly for splicing VOB files and converting VOB's into wmv,mp4,avi, etc...naturally I want a case thats going to keep my components cool to avoid heat damage. I've yet to see a bad review about the Antec 1200.....but the NZXT whiper appeals to me for the huge HD capacity as well as not being over-flashy with led's. As far as the NZXT's reviews......it's been said that in order to achieve the overall quietness of the machine, a portion of the performance has been cut. I'm not sure if this is directed towards gaming users of for what I want to achieve with the machine. I myself have no plans what-so-ever on using the system for gaming so I'm hoping this cooling issue will bypass me. With that being said.....here's what I intend on using in the build:
OS: I will be mainly using Linux, but will run windows either in a virtual machine or possibly a dual-boot solely for the WinDVD and DVDFab programs.
HD's: Currently I have 10 WD Caviar Green drives that power down when not being accessed. (5) 2TB, (5) 1TB.
My main concern is cooling since I am using 10 HD's, but since they are WD caviar green drives that power down Im hoping much heat won't be generated there. I'm favoring the NZXT Whisper because of the potential HD capacity and the simple case design. And I want a build that doesnt attract alot of attention and the NZXT wins in that category. But if cooling is going to be an issue then the NZXT is out of the question. What are your thoughts???
I would go with the NZXT due to the hard drive layout and sound dampening pads to decrease the noise of the hard drives. I think the NZXT will provide adequate cooling for your needs. The Antec 1200 is the better case (IMO) but it is more designed for the gamers and where greater cooling is required.
Thats my issue there......I like the fact of how many hard drives the NZXT can hold......but in reality as time goes on.....when am I really going to use 17 HD's?? I started with (5) 1TB's and filled them up pretty quick backing up my dvd collection, but when the 2TB's dropped in price I was able to basically put half of them back in protective sleeve's. I can only imagine in the next 2-3 years when a 4TB drive is going to pop up and I'll be switching to those, so I'm guessing my real issue is: which case is going to provide better cooling and not have to be upgraded for any issue in a 5 year time-span. As I comb through the reviews on google it seems like the 1200 is edging out the NZXT. Although I dont game on my computer, I wouldnt mind spending an extra $30to have the extra options that comes with a future upgrade compatible case........geeze, it sounds like Im answering my own question now...lol