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Seeking a good case for my gaming build. Please help!

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March 13, 2011 7:36:08 AM

CPU-i5 2500k-------------------------------------------$248/$252
MOTHERBOARD-AsRock P67 Pro3-------------------$134
GRAPHICS CARD-GTX570-----------------------------$379
CASE-Antec 300----------------------------------------$55 (Questionable)
PSU-Antec EarthWatts 650W------------------------$99 (Questionable)
RAM-8G 1600 G.Skill-Ripjaws------------------------$121 (Questionable)
MONITOR-LG 2353V-PF 23"--------------------------$169
HDD-Seagate SATA2 3.5" 1TB-----------------------$59
OS-Window 7-------------------------------------------$99
DVD RW-SATA Blu-Ray Combo Samsung-----------$59
CPU Cooler-CoolerMaster Hyper212+--------------$33

Keyboard- Sidewinder X4---------------$44

^^there's my build. I'm pretty happy with it, except for one thing. The case.

I want to upgrade a little with case. Anything within the prices of $90~$130 will be fine. I want something with great airflow (mid tower but nearly full), comes with many fans, looks mildly awesome :p  and of course easy setup. I've got my eyes on a few.

-Antec 900
-CoolerMaster HAF 912
-Coolermaster RC-692 Advanced II
-Thermaltake Armor+ MX (this one is a little over but shouldn't hurt the budget too much)
-Thermaltake level 10 GT (nah jk)

Please give me some advice!

Thank you,
nutmeg
a b ) Power supply
March 13, 2011 8:16:51 AM

i have an antec 900 mk2 and its a good case. bit of a dust magnet but if you keep it clean its well worth the price. the front fans are a little noisy at full but you can turn them down with the on board fan controllers
the haf is also a good case although its fans are slightly noisy
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March 13, 2011 8:16:55 AM

way above my price range :(  here in Australia everything is more expensive
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a b ) Power supply
March 13, 2011 8:31:35 AM

Nutmegman said:
way above my price range :(  here in Australia everything is more expensive



Go out in the wild and track a wild Kangaroo...

Remove and clean the bones.

Use the bones as your computer case.



Not only will it be the most awesome computer case, it will come with a story. *Oh and it will be free*
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March 13, 2011 8:42:13 AM

Randomacts said:
Go out in the wild and track a wild Kangaroo...

Remove and clean the bones.

Use the bones as your computer case.



Not only will it be the most awesome computer case, it will come with a story. *Oh and it will be free*


Damn stereotypicalists :p 
In all seriousness, which case should I get?
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March 13, 2011 9:35:26 AM

Hey man, i have been in the market for a new case latley 2.

My choice
Thermaltake Element G
NZXT Tempest EVO

Tempest evo is a great mid/close full tower.. Its big
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March 13, 2011 9:44:38 AM

Also i have been told that any ram going into a sandy bridge chipset has to be under 1.6V

Not sure if its true or not but i have found the Ripjaws X are great at 1.5v
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March 13, 2011 10:01:10 AM

pipinhot2 said:
Also i have been told that any ram going into a sandy bridge chipset has to be under 1.6V

Not sure if its true or not but i have found the Ripjaws X are great at 1.5v


Does that mean that my current RAM is not compatible?
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March 13, 2011 10:16:33 AM

As far as im told it works fine. But the voltages to the ram often set off the CPU causing the system to crash, i will get back when i find the post.
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March 13, 2011 10:20:20 AM

jprahman:
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Keep in mind that since you have a Sandy Bridge CPU you need to get RAM with voltages below 1.58v. That is because the Sandy Bridge CPU's Integrated Memory Controller doesn't handle high memory voltages well. There was a story shortly after the Sandy Bridge launch chronicling an alarming number of Sandy Bridge chips dying from excessive CPU voltage, but also dying from RAM voltages that were too high.

With that said your RAM voltages have to be fairly high in order to cause problems, but to be safe I'd stick with modules that can run below the 1.58v level that has been mentioned as "safe".
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March 13, 2011 12:46:54 PM

ANTEC DF85
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March 13, 2011 6:44:33 PM

Uther39 said:
ANTEC DF85


nice case...but it's $173 :( 
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March 13, 2011 7:42:13 PM

I have 1.6v RAM and it works fine. It is Ripjaws X and was designed for Sandy Bridge. 8GB DDR3 1600 cas 7-8-7-24

The Antec DF-35 might fit your budget better. The 300 is a great case and the 900/902 are great cases.
The Coolermaster Haf 912/922 are worth looking at as well.
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March 13, 2011 8:05:51 PM

What about the 692 advanced II? That has all the features I want...
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March 13, 2011 8:30:26 PM

f you like the looks and the price is right go for it. A case is something you have to live with. The 692 is a good choice.
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March 13, 2011 11:01:01 PM

get the Antec 300

The illusion comes with more fans and it is a great case and not that expensive.
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a c 259 ) Power supply
March 13, 2011 11:07:50 PM

The 300 Illusion is a newegg specific item. He can not get one in Australia.
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March 14, 2011 12:13:56 AM

oh, sorry about that.
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March 14, 2011 12:14:23 AM

Have you had a look at the NZXT tempest evo?

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March 14, 2011 12:35:17 AM

CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced - $119.00
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
I never recommend this case in North America because it's overpriced and featureless.Comes with 1x120mm fan and that's it = no window or USB 3.0
Wow they've loaded it up for your market which makes it a very good case.
2X200mm fans/1x120mm/Window/2xUSB 3.0

CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window-$125.00
Features 2x140mm/1x120mm plus some other goodies.
It's really a well-designed case i have one..sans a window.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Antec 902 Nine-Hundred is a really good case however i couldn't source one for you.
My guess is they are waiting for 902v3 stock which is an improved version adding a cpu cut-out,ssd tray,and Usb 3.0.
Rock solid case high quality construction compared to the CM's which use more plastic.
I use one for my main rig which runs cool and quieter then my 690II.

Any one of these cases would be very suitable for your build.
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