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July 13, 2010 1:19:28 AM

I am building a new rig soon and was planning on getting the Thermaltake Element V black edition but was recommended the Antec 1200.
The only reason I was going for the Thermaltake is because I am getting 2 gtx470's and will be running air cooling (Maybe someday water when I stop being noobish and can afford it) and the case was more friendly to these it seems? Also the Thermaltake is a tiny bit cheaper on newegg. Won't be building for about 2 weeks so no rush but this is my 1st build and really want to get the best. Thanks in advance!

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July 13, 2010 1:36:21 AM

Little cheaper would be a good enough reason to me.
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July 13, 2010 2:40:55 AM

The Thermaltake is longer and wider. This will require the air to travel farther through the case. However, there should be a little more length for the video cards.

The Antec has more intake fans in the front to pull in cool air, more exhaust fans in the back to push out the warm air, the same 200mm top fan, but no side fan.

The Antec is actually cheaper, because it has free shipping. The Thermaltake is $179.98 including shipping. The Antec has free shipping, and costs $169.99.

My choice, between those 2, would be the Antec, hands down.

However, I would recommend the HAF 932 over both of them. Since you are thinking of water cooling in the future, the HAF 932 has a liquid cooling filling port easily accessible. I can tell you from personal experience, that the fans are whisper quiet. Plus, it's cheaper than both that you are looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 13, 2010 4:31:24 AM

K quick question are you running stock fans and will this case be enough to keep my cards cool under a moderate OC? If i go with the Element I will be getting the optional 50mm fans for the rear VGA spots and maybe the extra 200mm up top too. My biggest concern is keeping everything cool. Noise, and cost isn't really a issue.

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July 13, 2010 4:38:43 AM
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The Antec also has 2 optional 120mm fans. 1 on the side and 1 internal inline with one of the front intake fans. You can change where it goes depending on HD configuration. I have all 7 x 120mm in mine as well as the top 200mm then a 140mm on the PSU a 120mm on the CPU cooler and a dual slot video card. Needless to say airflow is amazing.
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July 13, 2010 4:46:38 AM

Yes, I'm running the stock fans in the HAF. I've got he stock CPU cooler, and have the CPU OC'd. My CPU idle temps are ~34C.

The Antec 1200 is a great case. I can't take anything away from it. Whichever you go with, I think you'll be happy with.
July 13, 2010 5:25:19 AM

K thanks you guys helped alot!
a b ) Power supply
July 13, 2010 5:25:39 AM

I have the 1200 and am very happy with it. If you go for it consider the CP-850 power supply. They were made for each other.
July 13, 2010 5:25:45 AM

Best answer selected by carnedude.
July 13, 2010 5:58:37 AM

I was planing on the Corsair 1000hx for more future proofing
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