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January 17, 2011 1:22:13 AM

im currently looking for a case for a future build thats under $75. i currently have the Coolermaster HAF 912 picked out but it only comes 2 120mm fans one in the front and one in the back. i would LOVE to get the HAF 912 PLUS but its only sold in Europe at the moment. if it does become available in america before i buy my case i will buy it.

im basically looking for the most bang for my buck. i would like cable management , fans, ATX compatible.... i would mainly just like to see what the community would recommend.

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January 17, 2011 9:16:59 AM

You cant beat the 690II for that price... the Haf 912+ maybe better but if not available then the 690II is teh case to get...

if you can shell out $20 more you'll get the Haf 922 - hands down the best sub $100 case you can get your hands on ATM...

BTW a few other cases to consider

Antec DF-10 for $70 + shipping...

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition for $45 + shipping...

Thermaltake V6 BlacX Edition for $ 50 + shipping...

Thermaltake Armor A90 for $70 + FREE shipping (it comes with 3 Fans)...
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January 17, 2011 12:10:58 PM

I vote for the Coolermaster CM 690. That model series has been around for a few years. It's a classic case. Ventilation, airflow, and case cooling are very very good.
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January 17, 2011 2:37:06 PM

I got my Antec 902 Case for 65$ after Sale and MIR
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January 18, 2011 3:33:50 AM

on the 690 II can you install a 120mm on the top? or is it 140mm only? im asking because i plan to add the CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling to it at some point and its radiator and fan is a 120. i could add it to the back but i would like to know if a top mount is optional.
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January 18, 2011 6:46:25 AM

OK charon... there are at least 2 models of 690II available in newegg...

1. COOLER MASTER CM690 II Basic for US$ 70+ $10 shipping
2. COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced for US$ 90+ FREE shipping

None of these are under $75... and if you do decide on any of them consider Haf 922 for US$ 100 + FREE shipping (theres a $10 off if you buy before the 19th)... much better case than the 690II...

Both the 690II models support two 120/140 mm fans at the top and at the bottom... The best place for the coolit rads would be at the bottom as an intake...
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January 18, 2011 12:15:45 PM

abully said:
The best place for the coolit rads would be at the bottom as an intake...


i dont think the hoses are long enough to reach the bottom. it is a pre made unit with coolant already added in and everything.

im currently playing around with the budget and IF i can afford it ill definatly get either the 690II adv or the HAF 922.

but i must say i do like how clean looking the 690II looks. im really liking that interior and it looks like it gives you more options on air flow than the HAF.
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January 18, 2011 1:06:50 PM

The main difference between 690 and Haf is the fan size... Haf has bigger fans (meaning more cfm and less noise)... the looks also change so thats a personal preference...
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January 18, 2011 2:52:16 PM

i just wish the HAF had a black interior but as you said thats personal preference.
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