I am taking the plunge today on my new system. I'm just looking for some final advice on the case. I really like the CM690 II, but reading some other threads, it seems like a lot of the rest of you really like the HAF 922.
My question is, what specific things about the HAF 922 make it better than the CM690 II (or any other case)? I'm buying a reference design XFX 5850, so fitting the graphics card is not a problem in either case.
Reasons I like the CM690 II:
~External SATA X-dock
~Nicer aesthetics (IMHO)
The 690 is a lot smaller than the HAF. Also, the HAF is extremely high quality, very expandable, fits every GPU out there and practically every cooling system. Not only that, but it has an awesome cooling system as well. The HAF also has dust filters, great cable management and is very easy to build in. It's also fairly cheap compared to other quality cases.
That said, if all you're using is the 5850, the 690 is big enough and good enough already. Unless you're planning on adding a lot of components or a bigger GPU, you should be fine.
Well the advance II has some key points as well.
1. it has filters. not easy to remobe but the filters are there.
2. has a dock up top. nice if you fix other peoples pc a lot.
3. can take either 2 dual 120mm or dual 140mm case fans.
4. a fan can be installed in the bottom to pull air to the gpu
both are roughly the same dimensions while the haf does look noticably bigger.
personally i would go with which ever you think looks the best.