im very interested in getting the CM 690 II Advanced for my first build..the only issue i have with it is that everything is on top of the case..i dont mind the ports and audio stuff being on there but hdd activity light i would like on the front since my cpu will be sitting on the desk it would be easier to see the activity
so does anyknow of any cases by cm or any other brand that are similar to this case in terms ease of use with drive installation.also comes with the same amount of fans and has good airflow but have atleast the hdd activity light on the front panel doesnt matter where on the front just somewhere on front
HAF 912... comes with just one 120mm fan in the front and you can add another front, 2 top and one rear fans... can even add bigger fans like 200mm in the front and top... with ports and HHD monitor lights in the front... a little wider than 690 II...
The CM 690 II is probably the best case money can buy right now if you know what to do with it. Id recommend buying it over most of the suggestions so far. Im not entirely sure what your problem with it is...if you could elaborate id try to find an alternative, but its very likely your best bet.
What are the components that will have to go in the case?
The case is relatively large, are you certain that it will fit on your desk?
What is your tolerance for noise? If it is on your desk, and close to you, pay attention to the quietness of the case and the fans. The CM 690 has lots of vents which are good for cooling, but not so good for noise.
Do not worry too much about ease of hard drive installation, toolless, or removeable motherboards. You only install once, and nothing is too hard. I do like to see the HDD light to know that the pc is working. If you have a SSD, there is no noise to help tell.
FYI: The case HDD and pwr leads have polarity; if you install one backward, it won't work. No harm done, just reverse it.
Most cases will work. Get one that visually appeals to you. Download and read the manual for the case. It will answer some of the questions you have on a first build. Ditto for the motherboard manual.
well i ran into a new problem..even though the coolermaster cases have great reviews such as this one and i was looking at the storm scout buried in those reviews are a good amount of people that have this static electricity problem with alot of there cases
where if they touch the front panel such a putting in a flash drive the pc reboots
this of course is a big issue and concern to me especially since this time of the year its cold and dry where i am and the room the computer is it is all carpet
im looking for a case that of course is big enough to work in being my first build and all..needs to be cool but also relatively quiet dont need dead silence ..and either need to replace the fans with that do have leds or have an on off switch for the leds
i also like alot of the cooler masters drive bay installation the ease of it with just snapping on and sliding in..the tool less design of that would be nice atleast for drive bays pci slots dont concern me
my specs as of now im looking at is
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
if anyone knows a coolermaster case that will fit my needs and def not have that problem then please suggest or if you know an easy way to solve it then that i guess would be good..but otherwise please suggest cases that suit what im looking for and if the fans need to be replaced then please suggest those as well