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April 5, 2011 2:23:53 AM

Hi there,

I've been looking at cases, contemplating if i want the HAF 922, 912 or others but after a few intense days of researcheding i want to ask the community :D 

I want to fit in 2 570 in sli, thats my main goal, and i want USB 3.0 :D 

i saw the HAf 922 and i know it has gotten great responses but it seems old, and whats the difference between the HAF 912 and 922, as im scared the 912 wont fit two 570 in sli.

If you could recommend any other cases, and if i need a full tower or mid tower that would be greatly appreciated :D 

Thanks

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April 5, 2011 2:39:20 AM

+1 for what Davcon linked to.

For $200 the Antec DF-85 and 1200 or the Haf 932 and Haf X are about as good as it gets. I would go with the DF-85 if I was buying today but I love my 1200.
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April 5, 2011 4:29:55 AM

would a HAF 912 advanced fit two 570's ? , as i noticed it has USB 3.0 aswell which is always nice :D 
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April 5, 2011 4:31:02 AM

and i also saw the HAF 912, can support graphic cards to 10.6 inches and without the hardrive bay to 15inches and i dont plan on having many hardrives, only one 3.5 and one 2.5 SSD so i think the HAF 912 seems to be looking good :D 
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April 5, 2011 4:33:16 AM

if i had to spend $200, i would go with the corsair 650

the CM 922, antec 900 v3 or NZXT H2, all @ $100 are more then capable cases also
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April 5, 2011 4:38:12 AM

LOL123 said:
would a HAF 912 advanced fit two 570's ? , as i noticed it has USB 3.0 aswell which is always nice :D 


The HAF 912 should be able to fit in two 570s, but you would need to remove the HD bay, meaning you would never be able to go over 2 HDDs This is not to mention that you'd likely want to put your SSD cage on top of the bottom HDD cage (that's where I'm putting it) so that your PSU's wires are free to go wherever... if you've got a budget of $200, you can do better than a 912. Don't get me wrong, I love mine, but it is definitely a lower end case. Consider the 922.
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April 5, 2011 4:46:18 AM

the reason why i prefer the 912 Advanced to the 922 is for two reasons, the 912 has a black interior with a window, note this is the 912 advanced found here as i live in asia :D 
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6679...

Also it has USB 3.0 which is future proofing my system which i like. also having a smaller case is always nice and spening less money is even more nice. :)  what are your guys opinions. Thanks
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April 5, 2011 4:52:45 AM

LOL123 said:
the reason why i prefer the 912 Advanced to the 922 is for two reasons, the 912 has a black interior with a window, note this is the 912 advanced found here as i live in asia :D 
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6679...

Also it has USB 3.0 which is future proofing my system which i like. also having a smaller case is always nice and spening less money is even more nice. :)  what are your guys opinions. Thanks


Actually, I'd personally ignore the fact that it is USB 3. Wow, so the 2 USB ports in the front can support USB 3. About the only thing you will see having any significant benefit from this are USB flash drives. External HDDs can be plugged in directly to the motherboard in the back (just plug in the cable and leave it in if you need to move your External HD around).

There is no reason, if you intend for this to be a performance rig, for you to get a smaller case. Bigger cases don't just fit more stuff into themselves, they also have superior airflow (more room to play with cable management, more empty space, etc.)
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April 5, 2011 5:04:02 AM

wannaturnuptheheat said:
Actually, I'd personally ignore the fact that it is USB 3. Wow, so the 2 USB ports in the front can support USB 3. About the only thing you will see having any significant benefit from this are USB flash drives. External HDDs can be plugged in directly to the motherboard in the back (just plug in the cable and leave it in if you need to move your External HD around).

There is no reason, if you intend for this to be a performance rig, for you to get a smaller case. Bigger cases don't just fit more stuff into themselves, they also have superior airflow (more room to play with cable management, more empty space, etc.)



Just been searching the web again, problem is in Singapore we dont have such a nice website as newegg, so i saw that the NZXT Phantom is for sale, it also comes with a fan controller (do i need one?),

maybe i should just get the HAF x, i dont mind spending a little more, and it does look very nice problem is would i need a fan controller or should the fans just run 100% all the time.


Thanks :D 
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April 5, 2011 5:25:51 AM

You need give priority to cooling first when getting a case to fit in a couple of high end cards.. Aesthetics and functionality come next followed by extra goodies such as USB 3.0 and stuff.. For a 200$ budget, the best cases you can get are the CM HAF-X and the Silverstone Raven RV02.. Remember, a case with good amount of space and a nice cooling setup is practically more future proof compared to something with front USB ports (doesn't matter 3.0 or 2.0)..
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April 5, 2011 2:43:11 PM

Yep. For $200, the Silverstone RV02 would be your best bet, or if you can swing a bit extra and prefer it, the Silverstone FT02.

Best aircooled case on the market, and if you have USB 3.0 on your mobo, it will be on the top of the case.
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