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January 15, 2011 2:51:54 AM

Hello,

I have seen several threads on this topic, but I need one a bit more personalized because I haven't seen a case to my liking.

A while back I built a new PC at the time I was a bit short on cash so I was cheap on the case went with this:

It had the high amount of fans that I wanted but was on the shorter end on the size that I want.

Now I'll be getting my taxes in and want to put in another ATI 5870 or 5870 x2 to go with the 5870 that I have so I'm looking for a bigger case. Also with a bigger case it will be nice to have better cable management.

What I'm Looking for:
1. Extremely high air flow (I'm a fan nut :D )
2. Plenty of room
3. High quality case/and fans( though I have 6 good quality 120mm cooler master fans that I can use if needed)
4. PSU on the bottom( My corsair tx-950 takes a lot of my video cards heat out)
5. A little concerned about whether or not my cables will reach all the way since to the top of my mother board in a full tower case, also it would have to go over the massive 5870's...

Thanks for the help, and patience if I forgot anything...

My build is a:

MSI 790FX-GD70 (motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965
Corsair TX 950
Gigabyte 1gb 5870
WV 7200 rpm 1 terabyte hardrive
Corsair Dominator 8 gigs of ram

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a b ) Power supply
January 15, 2011 8:31:39 AM

Full tower
CM Haf X... (best all round airflow)
Antec DF85
Thermaltake Armor+

Mid Tower
CM Haf 922
Lian Li PC-K62
Antec 902

FT 02 and RV 02 will accomodate the 5870 with the fan grills removed... these two are the best in terms of fan management and overall cooling...
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January 15, 2011 3:28:46 PM

My comment on the DF-85 (got to see a demo one in a shop yesterday): the plastic for the 5.25 top bays brackets and holding the front fans seems flimsy. I don't know if it would break easily, but I sure wouldn't try too hard.
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January 15, 2011 3:48:51 PM

HAF = High Air Flow. Any model can have more nutty fans added.
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January 18, 2011 5:52:02 AM

I'm kinda torn between a Haf 932 and an Antec 1200. But I'm leaning towards the Haf 932 because I can personalize the fans. Thanks for the help!
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January 18, 2011 11:56:10 AM

I don't know the HAF 932 that well, but I own an Antec 902 (which is basically a smaller Antec 1200) and although it has some shortcomings (as the HAF 932 probably has too), it IS a very good case with high air flow and you can probably change/replace all the fans as well. I mean 3x120mm intake fans in front, 2x120mm outtake fans on the back, 1x200mm outtake on top and 1x120mm optional intake on the side panel.

I know it's even more money, but I would rather go all the way and get an HAF X than get the HAF 932.
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January 18, 2011 12:18:56 PM

I don't like the Haf X side, with the plastic and only one fan. While an Haf 932 has mesh on the side where you can take out the 230mm fan and put 4 120mm fans in, also on the top there's room for the 230mm fan and an optional 120mm fan, also on the bottom of the 932 you can put in a 120mm fan in front of the psu. All in all the haf 932 is better than the Haf X. To me anyways.
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January 18, 2011 1:56:49 PM

RV02 is better at those prices then any of them.
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January 19, 2011 1:58:19 AM

By Rvo2 I'm assuming your talking about Silverstone's RVO2? That one is not better prices its 30 dollars higher than the haf 932...and has way less fans, in fact it looks like a hot box with 3 fans.
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January 19, 2011 2:42:08 AM

HAF 932 is the way to go. I have it and love it.
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January 19, 2011 12:53:36 PM

cheeks121 said:
By Rvo2 I'm assuming your talking about Silverstone's RVO2? That one is not better prices its 30 dollars higher than the haf 932...and has way less fans, in fact it looks like a hot box with 3 fans.



More fans /= more cooling.

The RV02 is the best aircooled case on the market. Period.

And i was talking compared to the HAF X, which is the second best air cooled case on the market.
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January 19, 2011 1:07:44 PM



Tell me how that is the best air cooled case on the market...1-120mm and 3-180mm on the bottom... Plus if you have carpet the feet sink in so those three fans on the bottom are worthless, even if it has vents on the bottom. You have the top fan and a rear fan thats it, not very air cooled to me compared to the haf 932.
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January 19, 2011 1:23:54 PM

cheeks121 said:


Tell me how that is the best air cooled case on the market...1-120mm and 3-180mm on the bottom... Plus if you have carpet the feet sink in so those three fans on the bottom are worthless, even if it has vents on the bottom. You have the top fan and a rear fan thats it, not very air cooled to me compared to the haf 932.



There isn't a big enough picard.jpg for you. granted the feet may be an issue if your putting the case down on 70s chag carpet which you really shouldn't be doing with any case, but why don't you look up a few reviews. You can use either the FT02 or the RV02 since they're the exact same cooling wise.
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January 26, 2011 1:34:02 AM

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January 26, 2011 12:14:37 PM

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