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Lost in a Sea of Cases

So, just when I think I might have found the right case for my needs, my research stumbles on to yet another option again and again. The amount of different cases being offered is staggering, to say the least. At first I was drawn to the bling of the smoke and mirrors (and LED lights for that matter) you'd find with cooler masters and Antecs, but quickly realized I could go without those types of things. Searching through threads didn't really provide any direction either as they seemed to be the "do you think this looks cool" type of threads.

With that, I'm really hoping I can get some people/builders with some actual real world experience and insight into getting into the nitty gritty of what I'm looking for. I don't have the experience of what to look for in a case, or what to avoid for that matter. I'm also coming from a pre-built HP that will probably find out what it's like to fly soon.

Here what I know so far


The basic configuration will be the following:


i7 2600k processor with the usual accompanying MB and cooler
Radeon 6950 (with the possibility to crossfire a second in the future)
HD and SSD drive
One, maybe two optical drives (one Blu Ray, the other a reg DVD)
650w PSU
Still unsure on liquid cooler, but may very well be a possibility
The occasional gremlin I'm sure

What I need it to have/do:

Sub $100 price tag and mid tower case size preferable.
Looks really mean nothing to me. No one is ever really going to see it, but I'm not against a nice looking case.
I will be overclocking things so airflow will probably be somewhat of a concern.
Noise level goes without saying, but I've seen jet engines.. err.. cases claiming to be whisper quiet
Fans. I don't want to have to buy any if I don't need to, but options are great or if quality of the fans is a factor for ^^^
Toolless and hot swap options are convenient, but once I have things set, I won't be needing to go back in to change things around.

What I'll be using my computer for:

Pwning noobs
Adobe software (video rendering, editing, etc)
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  1. COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216
    A well designed case with alot of features like hot-swap hd,ssd mount,and provisions for liquid cooling.
  2. davcon said:
    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216
    A well designed case with alot of features like hot-swap hd,ssd mount,and provisions for liquid cooling.


    That's a great suggestion. I passed by that one once or twice on my case hunting safari. Lian Li's looked good too. Basically what I'm trying to get at is, I want to avoid paying for something that I'd probably never use or even have a use for (i.e. Hot swap drives, room for a radiator). I don't mind paying a little extra for a case that's going to be with me for quite some time, but I'm sure some of you out there can put me to shame with your rigs and knowledge about this stuff who know far better than I do what to look for. Maybe building computers is like being on crack, and once you pop, you can't stop!?

    I kind of feel like Homer Simpson on the episode where he's playing with the mechanical bed.

    "Bed goes up!... Bed goes down!... Bed goes up!... Bed goes down!".

    Instead of the bed, I just change it with

    "Fan turns on!.. Fan turns off!.. Fan turns on!.. Ooo pretty lights!... Fan turns off!"
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    and you can add up to 5 fans on it buy the optional fans seperately as you like with led's you wont think to change this case for very long time
  4. johnnyq8 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    and you can add up to 5 fans on it buy the optional fans seperately as you like with led's you wont think to change this case for very long time


    `Sub $100 price tag and mid tower case size preferable.` lol
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  6. Best answer selected by DivineDragon.
  7. someguynamedmatt said:



    Those were actually the top choices for me with the last being my favorite as for as aesthetics go. I really appreciate everyone taking some time to point me to some reputable cases. You guys are the best as always!
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