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September 26, 2010 8:08:17 AM

I'm building a new computer and I'm interested in buying a full tower for more air flow. Right now I'm looking at the Antec 1200... Is it a good buy? Are there any newer models that challenge it?

This is the Antec 1200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

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September 26, 2010 2:40:38 PM

AresReborn said:
I'm building a new computer and I'm interested in buying a full tower for more air flow. Right now I'm looking at the Antec 1200... Is it a good buy? Are there any newer models that challenge it?

This is the Antec 1200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

Yep that's a very good buy i paid that much for my 902 over 9 months ago.
Excellent quiet cooling.Nicer looking then the HAF series imo.
Foolish to pass up the deal on a well-known performance case with free shipping.
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September 26, 2010 2:40:39 PM

I am wondering this as well. On Newegg there is a deal going on for the Antec 1200 Full Tower

129.99 after MIR and 10% off

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

I was going to buy the Antec 900-2 the other day because after MIR it was 65$ !! But I was working all day and was unable to unfortunately.

The real question for me is. Has there been any decent deals even lower than what the 1200 is advertised at or will there be in the shortcoming future. AND is the 900-2 a better case in the long run?
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September 26, 2010 3:38:30 PM

AresReborn said:
I'm building a new computer and I'm interested in buying a full tower for more air flow. Right now I'm looking at the Antec 1200... Is it a good buy? Are there any newer models that challenge it?

This is the Antec 1200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043
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Yes,in my opinion,this case is good but,there are better cases out there. It also depends on the build you are going for.Check out this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...;><> this case is just awesome.<><>But if you want a roomy case with almost the same features here is a decent one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...;><>But,if you really want a good case and do not want to fork out a lot of dough look at this case(i did a build 2 months ago and for the money I would say this is an awesome mid tower)good spacing,good cooling,GREAT PRICE(NZXT HADES) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...;><>And finally there is a case that just came out that caught my eye(but I have not done a build with at the moment) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...;><>But, like I said before,it is what you put into the case and what upgrades you will use that decides the size you will need.
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September 26, 2010 3:43:27 PM

In my opinion the Antec 1200 is a beast. my friend uses one and works great for him. but why dont u look at the newer one DF 85.
however if im upgrading my case, which i will soon i would use the haf x from coolermaster. best airflow imo and would be a great builder for watercooling setups
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September 26, 2010 7:26:54 PM

At that price, i am not sure if any other case (full tower especially) can stand up as competition.. Its an awesome price for a great case..
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September 26, 2010 7:37:05 PM

I'm not building until the sandy bridge comes out, so I'm debating on getting the case now or waiting for another deal later on
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September 26, 2010 10:16:43 PM

Right now I'm deciding between the Antec 1200 and the Cool Master HAF X (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-225&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=11#scrollFullInfo)

They both seem pretty even, and with the 1200 being $80 dollars cheaper I feel it's probably the better buy. I'm pulling the trigger and purchasing a case within a few days. Which one do you think has the best air cooling? (I really don't want to mess with LC at this time)
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September 27, 2010 4:50:14 AM

they are both a beast at air cooling- however if you would like to use non standard sized mobos in the near future. get the haf X.
like i said before my friend used a a1200 before switching to his corsair 800D. when i looked at his case it felt a bit cramped.
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September 27, 2010 6:02:04 AM

I have an Antec 1200 and I can confirm it's a great case and at the price your getting it at its a great deal how ever there are a few draw backs though and i have to mention them. 1) The case could have been about 1 inch wider on the mobo side for cable management if you have allot of drives like me (2 dvd & 5 Hds) you will have trouble fitting all the cables in between the back of the mobo tray and side panel. It took me some time to plan everything out so it would look neat and the fact that i have a modular PSU helped allot cause i didn't have to run cables that i wasn't using. 2) The filters on the drive cages are useless , yes they catch dust and stop it from going into the system but to get at the dust filters you have to remove both side panels off the case unscrew the 8 screws unplug your hds and then clean out the dust. That whole ordeal is a pain in the ass and i just use an air can to blow the dust back into the system and from there vacuum everything that comes out of the case and air can the rest of the system clean. I really don't know how antec didn't think this one through and design the filters so they are pulled out from the side of the drive cage with out having to remove them. This is by far the biggest annoyance with the case because with great air flow comes great dust and you will find your self wanting to clean out the insides of the case and the filters at least once every couple of months. Besides these two minor problems ( cable management , you can do it its just tighter then you would want ) and semi major problem ( access to HD cage dust filters ) the antec 1200 is a great case !! All the speeds on the fans can be adjusted , it can hold big graphic cards . its surprisingly quiet for a case with that many fans and its really well built. I would give the case an 8.1/10. It could have easily received a 9/10 if the problems mentioned above were fixed though. Here is a good review on the case.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Hope this helps :) 
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a c 266 ) Power supply
September 27, 2010 6:30:09 AM

I love my 1200 :) 
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September 28, 2010 7:17:37 AM

Best answer selected by AresReborn.
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