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July 25, 2010 12:42:22 AM

I'm having trouble choosing a good case for my new build :o  , can someone help me decide?

Coolermaster HAF-922
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6606

Antec Dark Fleet 30
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjQwNQ==

Coolermaster Storm Scout
http://www.cmstorm.com/en/products/chassis/scout/

Coolermaster 690 Advanced (with window)
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6638

Antec Nine Hundred Two
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NzIy

What are the best cases for airflow, cable management, ease of use, and looks.

Thanks in advance

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a c 274 ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 1:13:52 AM

All those cases are good for airflow and a couple are better for ease of use.
Looks are subjective and a personal choice.
I personally own a 902 and 690II.
The 902 has some ease of use flaws(filter access) which have been addressed with the DF series.Also you can't use the side fan if you mount a decent tower HSF(160mm).
However i think it looks better then the DF.
The CM690II has better cable management but is a little noisier then the 902 due to all the open fan locations.I also like the CM690II's looks and it's a little roomier.
I know the HAF is a great case but i heard it lacks filters and is alot bigger then the other cases something i didn't want.I don't like it's looks either.
I don't mind the looks of the Scout or the CM Sniper both good cases from what i've heard.
I think the CM 690II offers the best mix of features available on all the other cases.
Good clean looks,filters,great cable management,hot-swap,added window,and some tool-less features.
It doesn't lack anything the other cases have and pulls it off with a classy look.
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a b ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 2:11:16 AM

Another case you might want to consider is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the CM 692 has the best potential to be good (10 optional fan slots), the HAF 922 (or the case i just linked) has the best on board air flow, the DF is a waste of money IMO, and the 902 is good, however i feel in the time its been out, its been outclassed a little. still a great case, but better has come out, and DF wasnt a worthy replacement.
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a b ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 2:30:39 AM

You should seriously consider this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will cool as well as the other cases, maybe better, is the easiest case to build in, refer below to the video, has great cable management, and looks very good.



http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/05/12/nzxt-...

Compare the PC-P50 (Same as the PC-K62 but aluminum) to the Antec 902, 692 Advanced, and HAF 922 and you will see it hangs with them and beats them in ambient temperature and GPU cooling. As you can see, if anything, the PC-k62 will outperform or hang with all those cases.
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a b ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 3:00:41 AM

^^
Good case.

Though the other cases arent bad either, may be not the DF-30, overpriced IMO.
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a c 91 ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 4:26:14 AM

+1 for the Lancool PC-K62..
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July 25, 2010 4:35:21 AM

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I've decided on Coolermaster for my case but I'm thinking of getting HAF 932 if its worth it. I'l; have to keep this case for a long time so it would be nice to get a good one now. Here are the prices for my chosen cases: (It's Australia so everything is a bit expensive)

CM Storm Scout $127
Has very good cable management and front panel with 4 USB 2.0 ports and stock LED on/off control :bounce:  a little small?

CM HAF 922 $148
Similar to the HAF 932 but smaller and doesn't look as good as the 932

CM HAF 932 $179
The only full tower case at a reasonable price at my nearby store :o  Also good airflow with large fans at lower RPM and ease of use? Not painted and future proof?

CM 690 II Advanced (Window) $139
Blue LEDs and fans, noisy? IMO doesn't look as good as the others

I'm a fan of red lighting :sol:  and side windows so I guess that influenced my choice a bit. With LED fans, they are not as bright as the ones in the pictures, right, because that would be overkill. What do you guys think?
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July 25, 2010 4:50:11 AM

The HAF series have good airflow but they don't come with any dust filters (might want to consider that if your room gets dusty).. As for future proofing and improved looks and features, you can consider the HAF-X which is available for $199 (its a huge case though).. If you need best of all worlds then consider the CM Storm Sniper Black AMD Dragon Edition..
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July 25, 2010 4:58:34 AM

You can buy the appropriate sized dust filters and attach it inbetween the case and the fans cant you? Also, is the HAF 932 worth the extra money compared to the other mid tower cases?
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July 25, 2010 6:23:30 AM

I thought you might live somewhere else but I'm surprised that the prices are so much closer for the 922 and 932 in Austrailia than other places. That sucks.

Just looked up the exchange rates, the 922 is really overpriced there and 932 just slightly overpriced.
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a b ) Power supply
July 25, 2010 1:12:03 PM

Shirosaki said:
I thought you might live somewhere else but I'm surprised that the prices are so much closer for the 922 and 932 in Austrailia than other places. That sucks.

Just looked up the exchange rates, the 922 is really overpriced there and 932 just slightly overpriced.


you mean the 922 in "underpriced" and the 932 is "correctly" priced, right?
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July 25, 2010 5:43:30 PM

No I don't mean that. I meant the 922 is overpriced in Australia when compared to Newegg in the US and 932 is just slightly overprice or about the same if you don't factor in the 20 dollar savings on Newegg.
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July 25, 2010 10:10:33 PM

OH, i though you meant for what they are worth, not in Australia!
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August 2, 2010 6:56:30 AM

Best answer selected by St0rmz.
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