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Which case should I select?

Total: 27 votes (4 blank votes)

  • CM 690 II Advanced
  • 14 %
  • Lian Li Lancool PC-K62
  • 66 %
  • Other
  • 22 %
October 1, 2010 3:05:54 AM

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

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


I'm looking to spend no more than $100 on my case. If you select other, name the case you'd suggest and why.

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a c 713 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 3:12:26 AM

The Lian great case for the price.
a c 274 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 3:53:57 AM

They are both great cases i have the 690II Basic but the Lancool gets my vote.
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a c 248 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 3:59:55 AM

I have the Dargonlord K-60 with the narrow side window for my personal pc. I'm quite pleased with it. Ventilation, airflow, and cooling are excellent. Cable managent is very good. All of the Dragon Lord cases have 290mm (11.4 inches) of space for video cards. It can accomodate all of the ATI Radeon 5000 series cards except the very high end 5970.

Here is a link to a video review of the case done by monstermawd:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2MdUGxWEcU

The lowest prices in the USA are usually at mwave.com:

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/deepsearch_v3.asp?scriteria=...

OOPS! The price for the K-62 is $10.00 lower at newegg. Looks like newegg and mwave reversed prices.
October 1, 2010 4:31:24 AM

What is the biggest pros and cons for steel compared to aluminum?
October 1, 2010 4:35:23 AM

Also, does the mesh on the front of the lian li case have dust filters like the CM?
a c 248 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 5:02:36 AM

I've had both steel and aluminum pc cases. For all practical purposes there's not much of a difference.

The entire front bezel has dust filters from top to bottom. In addition the opening in the bottom panel also has a dust filter.

a c 91 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 6:28:30 AM

No point asking for votes once you include a Lian-Li (Lancool in this case) into the equation.. If you can afford it, get it and let all other case manufacturer and/or fanboys wave the cost flag..
October 1, 2010 8:26:45 AM

Heh, the Lian Li cas is only $10 more than the CM one. ;p
a b ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 8:34:30 AM

Lian Li for me! Awesome case.
a c 124 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 5:01:08 PM

I've owned only one Lian Li case, but that's "so far," as the quality is impeccable. I've bought many Coolermaster cases, but will no longer. Even my RC-690 had untapped screw holes. Most had at least this problem, often others, even though they were minor.
Go with the Lian Li, or check out Antec.
October 1, 2010 5:28:50 PM

DO NOT check out antec... tis build quality its very bad... i wanted to buy a 1200 and when i come to see it it has an horrible sand papper finish and it doesnt look very good
a c 124 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 5:51:43 PM

I've bought a few Antec Sonata cases. They are extremely solid and quiet. Cooling could be better, but these aren't their "gaming" cases intended for overclockers. They often include a 500W Earthwatts PSU. The Antec Solo is a similar case without a PSU, but may have combo deals including an Earthwatts or Truepower PSU.
October 1, 2010 7:18:12 PM

build your own (super easy)... but if you don't wanna do that then lian li is the next best thing
October 1, 2010 7:21:37 PM

yea, xfx makes pretty good psu's well at least most reviewers are always positive thats a really good deal for the combo
a c 248 ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 7:44:13 PM

^5

Excellent combination. Probably one of the best combo's I've seen in a long time.
a b ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 8:04:54 PM

Get the Lanboy Antec! That case is the coolest thing I've ever seen.
a b ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 9:38:25 PM

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

Because it is the most badass case I have ever seen. It comes with a bunch of fans, is small but still has room for a radeon 5970, 3 hard drives and an SSD or 2.5" drive. Bottom mounted power supply. Filters on everything.

The only downfall is it only support mATX motherboards, no ATX. Telling us your GPU and motherboard form factor would be useful.
October 1, 2010 9:59:41 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Get the Lanboy Antec! That case is the coolest thing I've ever seen.


$100 limit, so a $200 case is out of the equation.
October 1, 2010 10:00:12 PM

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

Because it is the most badass case I have ever seen. It comes with a bunch of fans, is small but still has room for a radeon 5970, 3 hard drives and an SSD or 2.5" drive. Bottom mounted power supply. Filters on everything.

The only downfall is it only support mATX motherboards, no ATX. Telling us your GPU and motherboard form factor would be useful.



ATX board is what I'd be looking at for the most part.
a b ) Power supply
October 1, 2010 10:13:48 PM

MrMooky said:
ATX board is what I'd be looking at for the most part.

Looks like I'll have to ask all the questions:
-Plan on going crossfire?
-What length of video card will you have?
-How many hard drives? (usually not an issue)
-Do you need a lot of cooling?
-How important is noise to you?
-Portability?
-Any other preferences?
October 1, 2010 10:14:01 PM

For the price of that Lian Li (Sub $100) I would definately recommend it. Not that the CM is a terrible case. But I would highly recommend the lancool in this case.
October 1, 2010 11:57:53 PM

enzo matrix said:
Looks like I'll have to ask all the questions:
-Plan on going crossfire?
-What length of video card will you have?
-How many hard drives? (usually not an issue)
-Do you need a lot of cooling?
-How important is noise to you?
-Portability?
-Any other preferences?


Will go crossfire in the future
Would like it to fit most cards to keep upgrading open
only 1 HDD
Not a lot of cooling, but a moderate amount
Noise isn't that important, so long as it's not a jet engine
Do not intend on moving it much if at all
The only other preference I have is for the case to look nice
October 1, 2010 11:58:30 PM

I noticed a few people selected other, but only 1 person recommended a case that isn't one of the two choices.
October 2, 2010 7:05:23 AM

Should I be getting a PSU with a fan on the bottom? The Lian Li case has a brace for the power supply that would cover the fan if it were on the top. Can I just turn it upside down in this situation, or would that require the case to be modded.
a b ) Power supply
October 2, 2010 2:33:45 PM

Well, if a case is only available for a top mounted PSU, then even if the fan faces upward, there should be a centimeter or more of free space up there for airflow, if the fan faces down then thats also no worries. However I highly recommend a case with a bottom mounted PSU because the positioning is far more efficient and smart.
October 2, 2010 4:32:42 PM

The Lian Li is a bottom mounted PSU. However, if the fan faces up, it would be partially covered by the brace to secure the PSU.
a b ) Power supply
October 2, 2010 5:23:59 PM

I highly recommend the fan face downwards...if the fan is facing upware then you'd rather top mounted. I would never have the fan facing upward on a bottom mounted PSU.
October 2, 2010 6:58:30 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
I highly recommend the fan face downwards...if the fan is facing upware then you'd rather top mounted. I would never have the fan facing upward on a bottom mounted PSU.



why not?
a b ) Power supply
October 2, 2010 7:45:41 PM

Something out of nowhere...could be a loose screw, a loose part broke off, even a wire falls. If your fan is facing upward it can fall into the PSU...slips through the cage and the fan fins and inside. You might not know about and it can short your PSU and it can blow half your PC up with it. Secondly, if you accidentally cause something to fall like open the computer and somelike a screw falls in, try getting it now...thats why.
October 2, 2010 8:17:00 PM

Good points blackhawk. Is it possible just to turn the PSU upside down if it has a top fan? Or would you have to mode a case to be able to mount the PSU any way other than right side up?
a b ) Power supply
October 2, 2010 8:34:26 PM

Well I think your can just secure your PSU on with either orientation. I don't think it matters weather the fan is on top of bottom of the PSU.

Moreover, to further prove my point about why bottom facing fan is better. If you have a top facing fan, your video card fan and your PSU fan are both sucking air...they will interfere with each other not just that but both will be eating hot air from the system. If your fan is facing down, the PSU fan can suck cool air from the very bottom of the case, even better is if you have vents on the bottom to suck it from below the case. Then the air cools the PSU and is blown out the back...so in effect your PSU is cooled self efficiently and doesn't involve the inner system cooling process.
October 4, 2010 7:26:42 PM

Looks like the lian li pc-k62 is the winner then. :) 
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