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Mid Tower ATX Case - new i7 w/ SLI

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January 13, 2011 6:34:57 PM

Hi All-

I'm looking for a high end mid tower atx case that is less then 18" h x 10" w.

It needs to have good ventilation in the front and back as it will be blocked by a panel on both sides. It has to have enough room to support SLI as well.

I was looking at the NZXT PANZERBOX but it seems to be back ordered everywhere. Any other suggestions?


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January 14, 2011 1:31:24 AM

Welcome to Tom's Hardware...

I would go with the Antec 300 Illusion over the NZXT case. If you could go a little higher, the new Antec One Hundred is nice, as well.
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January 14, 2011 8:42:10 AM

Any of these would be good for what you need:

Antec 300 Three Hundred
Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced
Coolermaster Elite 330 Black
Antec 900 Nine Hundred
CM Storm Sniper Black
Xigmatek Utgard Black
NZXT Gamma Black
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January 14, 2011 8:54:00 AM

Most of the cases listed are bigger than your specified 18"x10".

The Antec is 18.5", does it have to be exact or can it be a bit bigger?

What is your budget and where are you buying from?
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January 14, 2011 10:13:36 AM

oh sorry :$ I completely forgot about the specified size you're after. Ignore me ¬_¬ rather tired this morning.
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January 14, 2011 10:20:32 AM

I went through 10 and they were all too big then gave up. [:fisshy:2]

Thats why I re-posted.
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January 14, 2011 1:26:31 PM

Yes 18"x10" is the max size I can fit... There aren't too many that are shorter then 18" high but the Antec 300 might work.

As for as budget anything less then $200 is fine.

Thanks for the replies.
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January 14, 2011 1:55:45 PM

This is a quality case, I own one, didn't know you could still get them, its 18.58x8.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Antec isn't the quality of the Silverstone but because it is that much newer and newer cases are focused on super cooling it will keep your components cooler, the SS will still do a good job the the Antec 300 is fridge like when ts loaded with fans, I own one of them also. :D 

Quality and style the Silverstone, Plastic fridge and looks ok Antec.
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a b ) Power supply
January 15, 2011 7:35:10 AM

If a mATX mobo will be OK with you then Antec Mini P180 will be a good choice... Its dimensions are 17.1"(H) x 8.3"(W) x 17.2"(D)... just below your max specs...

Edit - A couple of cases to interest you... Silverstone TJ04 http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_spec.php?pno=t... (but no idea on its performance but its a silverstone)... specs are 8.5"(W) X 17.55(H)...
and
Silverstone KL-02 http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_spec.php?pno=k...... dimensions are 8"(W) X 17.2"(H)...
they both supports standard ATX boards...

I came across this also Rosewill TU-155 II 500 http://www.rosewill.com/products/s_1271/productDetail.h...
and
NZXT Hush http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/classic_series/hu001
and
Tuniq 3 http://www.tuniq.com.tw/Chassis%2520Info/tuniq3/tuniq3....

All these cases have the PSU mounting at the top...
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January 15, 2011 8:49:48 AM

The TJ04 is the one I listed and own, its quality but has limited cooling compared to modern cases.
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January 25, 2011 1:17:38 PM

Best answer selected by jstango.
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