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July 3, 2010 7:54:45 PM

Now that I have a job, I can't decide which case to buy. My top two choices are the antec 1200 for the looks, and after intense researching I have concluded that the atcs 840 is one of the best cases all around. The only decent part I own is my gtx 260 c 216 superclocked, everything else is part of a dell inspiron 531 (ram,motherboard,etc). So I will install all of those components to my new case in order to upgrade it as time passes. Please suggest me your top choices, bonus if you have previously or currently owned both cases and decided which one is better, thank you!

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a c 164 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 7:59:14 PM

at even price points, cases are mostly about looks. get the one you like looking at.
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July 3, 2010 8:02:17 PM

hmmm what about air flow and space? some say the atcs rapes the antec, but want to be sure because this case must last at least 5 years.
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a c 164 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 8:06:45 PM

have you ever seen the antec 1200? I was actually looking at it the other day (again). it has plenty of fans for air flow and has plenty of space. it is a big case. you can fit two of your inspiron 531 in there and still have room left over.

FYI, i also looked at the 840. also very nice so i'm not saying the antec is better. its just not worse in my opinion.
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July 3, 2010 8:09:22 PM

and it looks much better! and I wont have to spend 30 dollars on a window. But is it future-proof? Will it fit a 5970? I understand that the atcs can do that. Not sure about the 1200.
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July 3, 2010 8:25:07 PM

nice! you are really helping me, so to conclude which one will you buy? or which one do you own? and personal preferences (lian li, corsair, etc.)?
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a c 164 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 8:51:29 PM

i'm partial to antec, i like the clean front they have. i have the 300. but like i said, both are very nice.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:02:38 PM

The ATCS has a bad airflow design purely because of its huge size.. The 1200 is far better in that department.. Considering that you are looking for a full tower for max future expandability, i'd suggest the Lian-Li PC A70F.. Or else, get a good mid tower like the CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition..
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:09:10 PM

How much max are you willing to spend??
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July 3, 2010 9:12:20 PM

Emperus said:
How much max are you willing to spend??


as much as I need in order to have the best case for airflow, so any suggestion will help
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:24:39 PM

I was at same dilemma as you are facing right now.. I was stuck on getting the CM Sniper black edition for about 6 moths (LOL..!!) but it was not getting available at my local dealers here in India.. Just two days back i stuck up with the Lian-Li PC A70F and my dilemma got solved.. Its as beautiful as a case can get.. Purchased it right away (almost 310$ here).. It performs brilliantly, has tons of spacing and the airflow is big and silent.. Just give it a look in person.. You'll love it surely..
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July 3, 2010 9:27:34 PM

Emperus said:
I was at same dilemma as you are facing right now.. I was stuck on getting the CM Sniper black edition for about 6 moths (LOL..!!) but it was not getting available at my local dealers here in India.. Just two days back i stuck up with the Lian-Li PC A70F and my dilemma got solved.. Its as beautiful as a case can get.. Purchased it right away (almost 310$ here).. It performs brilliantly, has tons of spacing and the airflow is big and silent.. Just give it a look in person.. You'll love it surely..


I personally dont like anything from lian-li, just the brand name makes me think they are cheap and chinese. I know they make excepcional cases, it is just me.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:37:12 PM

spartan1081990 said:
I personally dont like anything from lian-li, just the brand name makes me think they are cheap and chinese. I know they make excepcional cases, it is just me.


So only i asked you to give it a look in person.. Lian-Li is a taiwan based company.. You may somehow link them to chinesebut definitely not cheap in any sense of imagination.. Consider this review.. It'll help better project the case..

http://www.pureoverclock.com/article799.html
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a c 164 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:47:29 PM

spartan1081990 said:
as much as I need in order to have the best case for airflow, so any suggestion will help


what are you planning to run? with 3 intake fans and 3 out, the antec has great airflow.
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July 3, 2010 9:48:06 PM

Emperus said:
So only i asked you to give it a look in person.. Lian-Li is a taiwan based company.. You may somehow link them to chinesebut definitely not cheap in any sense of imagination.. Consider this review.. It'll help better project the case..

http://www.pureoverclock.com/article799.html


convincing, another option to consider. "My 5970 looks small on this case" a very convincing quote form a newegg owner
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July 3, 2010 9:51:10 PM

ct1615 said:
what are you planning to run? with 3 intake fans and 3 out, the antec has great airflow.


basically I need something with great airflow, light (I go to frequent lan parties) and durable. For $150+ every case seems pretty much the same. Although the lian-li is the lightest of them all but it does not have a side panel window.
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a c 164 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 9:54:00 PM

spartan1081990 said:
For $150+ every case seems pretty much the same.


like i said before "at even price points, cases are mostly about looks. get the one you like looking at. "
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July 3, 2010 10:00:07 PM

ct1615 said:
like i said before "at even price points, cases are mostly about looks. get the one you like looking at. "

then I guess I will opt for the antec 1200, great airflow, looks and side window. thanks everyone.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 10:06:53 PM

spartan1081990 said:
basically I need something with great airflow, light (I go to frequent lan parties) and durable. For $150+ every case seems pretty much the same. Although the lian-li is the lightest of them all but it does not have a side panel window.


Its not entirely marketed as a gaming case and thus, no transparent side panel.. You can buy it as an additional accessory from Lian-Li though.. BTW, have you looked at the CM HAF-X yet..??..!!
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 10:08:47 PM

Sorry for the post.. Din't read your conclusion.. Good luck with the 1200.. Its a great case..
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July 3, 2010 10:09:26 PM

Emperus said:
Its not entirely marketed as a gaming case and thus, no transparent side panel.. You can buy it as an additional accessory from Lian-Li though.. BTW, have you looked at the CM HAF-X yet..??..!!


everyone says that the 1200 is better than the HAF.
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July 3, 2010 10:11:03 PM

Emperus said:
Sorry for the post.. Din't read your conclusion.. Good luck with the 1200.. Its a great case..


thanks, the lian li's case you have is awesome, but I want a side window. Thanks emperus.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 3, 2010 10:13:27 PM

spartan1081990 said:
everyone says that the 1200 is better than the HAF.


Yes it is.. Even if cooling is similar, the looks of HAF series are downright ugly (personal opinion)..
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July 3, 2010 10:31:06 PM

Best answer selected by spartan1081990.
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July 3, 2010 11:05:10 PM

Emperus said:
Yes it is.. Even if cooling is similar, the looks of HAF series are downright ugly (personal opinion)..


emperus! I have read that the antec 1200 is actually a mid-full tower case, while the lian li you have is a lightweight monster! What is you're experience so far with this case?
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July 3, 2010 11:19:09 PM



Antec 1200 is not that spacious inside as the lian li, reviews say that some motherboards might get cramped. And newegg has both of them for the same price with shipping. The atcs 840 is $20 dollars more with shipping. Your answer about fitting two dells on the 1200 was pretty funny and convincing. $100 dollars more for such case! It is not worth it.
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