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Best Gaming Case <17.5" tall?

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December 26, 2010 4:13:14 PM

I have a space limitation for a new gaming system I plan to build.
The only case I can find under 17 1/2" tall is the Cooler Master Centurion 590.
Reviews look decent for the 590 but does not have window to install CPU cooler without removing motherboard.
Wondering if anyone has any other options for me.
Needs to fit medium to high end gaming PC components so must fit larger graphics cards and be less than 17.5" tall.
Thanks!

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December 26, 2010 5:31:41 PM

How about the CoolerMaster CM690 II. You can install a cpu cooler without removing the mobo.
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December 26, 2010 5:49:51 PM

venjhammet said:
How about the CoolerMaster CM690 II. You can install a cpu cooler without removing the mobo.


That looks like a sweet case, but it is too tall to fit on top of my desk, under the upper cabinets.
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December 27, 2010 7:49:54 AM

I would suggest Cooler Master Centurion 5 II for around $55... much better looking (all black front version) than the original... allows you to change coolers without removing mobo... and meets your height requirement...

Another decent case I found is the Rosewill Armor but almost 2 times the price...
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December 27, 2010 1:55:36 PM

@ Geofelt - It'll get cramped even with a single card... No headroom for expansion... Trust me...

Buiding on Geofelt's thoughts... On the other hand you could give Full ATX Mini tower a go... Cooler Master has its Elite 360 (check this pic and this pic for its layout)... Lian Li also has a well crafted case in its PC-A05N...


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December 27, 2010 9:22:01 PM

Thanks, everyone! Looks like the Cooler Master 590 (just have to live without the window) or 5ii are the best options so far. Now to do some research to make sure components will fit!
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