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December 21, 2010 6:11:04 AM

if you seen my other threads im trying to build my first pc and right now im stuck on what case to get it seems i cant find the perfect one cause im always reading something bad about it

like alot of the coolermaster cases i keep reading about this grounding problem with the front panel that makes your pc reboot,other cases its a matter of size and air flow problems

so im going to give you my specs of what my pc will look like inside as of now im looking for suggestions on mid towers or full towers as many as you can give me that meet my requirements

i would prefer if the usb ports and the lights for activity and power were on the front panel not on top but at this point i will take anything but that is the preference..i need some thats cool with good air flow but relatively quiet doesnt have to be dead silence but not any weird noises light fan noise is alright..if the case has fans with led lights and they dont turn off please provide me also with good fans to replace whats in there that meet the quiet and cool requirement....one of the main things i liked about some of the coolermaster cases was the ease of putting in hard drives with the tool less design if i could get something like that that would be great

and the last thing in this case is with everything im putting in there now i would like the room for possible upgrades down the road whether it be drives...different video card or extra video card..or even a better cpu cooler since i will be using stock for now

sorry if sound nuts on this or any other post..im just anxious and nervous about doing this for the first time and want everything to go right and want as little issues as possible and things to last

my specs as of now im looking at is

ASUS DRW-24B1ST

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor

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)

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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December 21, 2010 4:57:16 PM

You mentioned everything but your budget.. Please do that..
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December 21, 2010 6:12:46 PM

I am in the process of completing a new rig using the Thermaltake Armor +. Its not overstated, its as big as a walk in closet with good airflow and its solidly built. Designed to easily add water cooling if you so desire in the future. Easy to disassemble for paint etc..
However if you are planning on carrying it around anywhere you don't want it..weighs about 50lbs empty. The Hard drive cage pops right out for easy access and there is also two other small cages for drives that mount on the bottom...which i removed and replaced with fans. More then enough room for the biggest vid cards on the market today.

The pictures are pre completion and the back panel is still off. At the time of the photos i was just testing fans and ensuring that i didn't have clearance issues with the Noctua NH-D14..(which is a huge cooler. it fit perfect.

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I painted the the MB tray and the blue accents to complete a sea snake theme that I was going with but otherwise the case is low on the bling side. The 230 mm fan on the door is blue LED but you can always disconnect the light if its not to your taste.
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December 21, 2010 7:00:58 PM

Hello,

For a mid-tower case, I really recommend the Cooler Master HAF 922.

For a full-tower case, go with the Cooler Master HAF X. I presently own one had couldn't be happier.
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December 21, 2010 7:26:21 PM

Emperus said:
You mentioned everything but your budget.. Please do that..


sorry about that..im willing to go as high as 200 maybe slightly over for a really good case
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December 21, 2010 7:53:08 PM

You're going to be putting a Radeon 5670 in there. You don't exactly need to fuss about having the best air flow. If you think you may be gaming latter and want to put in a monster video card then I could understand. Are you even going to overclock the CPU?

I'd say go with a COOLER MASTER HAF 932

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

or an Antec Dark fleet case.

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

There is also the famous Antec 900 but you don't like the front panel stuff on top so I guess that's out for you. Personally I think I'll go with Cosmo S on my next build

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


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December 21, 2010 7:54:34 PM

By the way, which cooler Master cases did you like? If you got turned off by a few newegg reviews I wouldn't worry about it since some of those guys just don't know what they are doing.
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December 21, 2010 7:54:52 PM

megamanx00 said:
You're going to be putting a Radeon 5670 in there. You don't exactly need to fuss about having the best air flow. If you think you may be gaming latter and want to put in a monster video card then I could understand. Are you even going to overclock the CPU?

I'd say go with a COOLER MASTER HAF 932

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

or an Antec Dark fleet case.

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

There is also the famous Antec 900 but you don't like the front panel stuff on top so I guess that's out for you. Personally I think I'll go with Cosmo S on my next build

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



its still up in the air what video card i will be getting i might be getting a better and bigger one...and overclocking the cpu is def a possibility down the road when im comfortable with my setup..im not gaming though
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December 21, 2010 7:55:53 PM

megamanx00 said:
By the way, which cooler Master cases did you like? If you got turned off by a few newegg reviews I wouldn't worry about it since some of those guys just don't know what they are doing.


i liked several each had the same complaint from a decent amount of people all over the web..cm 690 II advanced,the storm scout
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December 21, 2010 8:26:23 PM

corsair has a new mid-sized case 600T. I know their 800/700 series are VERY popular with the watercooling crowd.
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December 21, 2010 9:26:49 PM

If your budget is $200, CoolMaster Cosmos S.

'nuf said.

Get a refurbished one from CoolMaster for $119 or so. Add all the fans you can, 2-front (on the HDD cages, adding one), 1 bottom, 3 top. Check the specs, most are 120mm, but I thing the bottom is 140mm, also available from the CM Store.
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December 21, 2010 11:10:37 PM

thanks for the replies so i found a few good ones still looking..but this one has caught my eye Corsair Graphite Series 600T..only things im unsure of with it is whats the max amount of fans that can be installed in the case..i believe 3 come with it..2 with white leds

considering how the case is built im not sure if these leds will bother me so can someone recommended fans to replace the led ones just incase that are quiet and cool and also if someone can find out whats the max amount of fans i can put in this thing is that would be great
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December 22, 2010 4:36:44 AM

You might want to get the Sniper Black Edition instead of the 600T.. For your budget however, i'll recommend getting the Silverstone Raven RV02 (front panel is on top yeah).. If you don't wish to spend that much and/or do not like the case for some reason then go for the CM 690 II Advanced..
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December 22, 2010 4:37:06 AM

You might want to get the Sniper Black Edition instead of the 600T.. For your budget however, i'll recommend getting the Silverstone Raven RV02 (front panel is on top yeah).. If you don't wish to spend that much and/or do not like the case for some reason then go for the CM 690 II Advanced..
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December 22, 2010 10:53:39 AM

Consider the TT Armor A60... Excellent all round case for a throw away price... Front panel... upto 6 fans (including my favorite bottom fan)... LED fans can be replaced or covered by installing them inside the case... tool-less installation for all drives (in fact it has click and swap installation)...

The only minus is that its a mid tower...

and if you like color red then go for its AMD Leo edition...
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December 22, 2010 7:26:28 PM

i have a question..im going to be ordering things in stages.. at first to make sure i have room for monitor and case cause i just ordered a new desk

my question is if i order the case..is there anyway to have power go to it without any of the parts i need to buy cause im curious with some cases how the leds look at night cause i would love to keep them if i could but not sure if it will affect my sleep or not so is there anyway to do this?
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December 22, 2010 8:03:31 PM

iamloco724 said:
i have a question..im going to be ordering things in stages.. at first to make sure i have room for monitor and case cause i just ordered a new desk

my question is if i order the case..is there anyway to have power go to it without any of the parts i need to buy cause im curious with some cases how the leds look at night cause i would love to keep them if i could but not sure if it will affect my sleep or not so is there anyway to do this?


You can jump a PSU to work without being connected to a MB. Here's a step by step link After doing this you could simply plug in your case fans into a molex to 3 pin connector to power them up. But honestly I would just buy the case that you like the most irregardless of LEDs that may be present. You can always remove the LED functionality or simply replace the case fans with better options at a minimal expense. I recommend replacement as the stock fans are usually not very good. Regardless dont let an LED or two decide your purchase as you have several options to deal with them if you find them bothersome.
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December 22, 2010 10:34:23 PM

so this is what ive been looking into this batch not sure which one still would like opinions on these if you have an opinion on any of them..besides what im looking for in the case which i mentioned already

if i dont like the leds in alot of these it would have to be fairly simple to replace them..i read some cases some spots are almost impossible or very difficult to remove a fan and add new one

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
LIAN LI PC-P80
Antec Nine Hundred
Antec Twelve Hundred
Corsair Graphite Series 600T
NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK
Cooler master Haf x (love the way this case looks but as i already im iffy based of the static issue with coolermaster cases)
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December 23, 2010 11:13:49 AM

iamloco724 said:
so this is what ive been looking into this batch not sure which one still would like opinions on these if you have an opinion on any of them..besides what im looking for in the case which i mentioned already

if i dont like the leds in alot of these it would have to be fairly simple to replace them..i read some cases some spots are almost impossible or very difficult to remove a fan and add new one

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62
LIAN LI PC-P80
Antec Nine Hundred
Antec Twelve Hundred
Corsair Graphite Series 600T
NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK
Cooler master Haf x (love the way this case looks but as i already im iffy based of the static issue with coolermaster cases)


The LEDs in my case (Thermaltake Spedo Advance) are all modular and can be replaced without any drama. In fact, the first thing I did was switch out the blue power LED for the red HDD LED because I themed mine to all black and red.
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December 24, 2010 4:16:08 AM

iamloco724 said:

Cooler master Haf x (love the way this case looks but as i already im iffy based of the static issue with coolermaster cases)



Static issue with CoolerMaster cases?
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December 24, 2010 8:26:16 PM

the antecs are the ones with front panel issues i dont know of any with cooler master cases.
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