Cases, so many, your opinon/recommendation Appreciated

Received my I5-2500K and Z68 Asrock Extreme4 MB on Friday (Was not suppose to arrive until Monday). So on Saturday I put together on the Kitchen table. Used a Corsair TX 650 PSU and 8 gigs of Ripjaw DDR3-1600, CL7, and Zalman 9900Max HSF. Powered up (using IGP), only change to BIOS was to allow XMP Profile 1. Ran Memtest for a couple of Hrs, No errors, Just wanted to confirm it was working before installing in a case. No HDD and bought Windows 7 3 user pack on Sunday. That 9900max was a PITA to get on. I’m going to look into modifying the installation too simply!!!! The temps in BIOS looked good, low 30’s, But this is not in a case, so I would expect mid 30’s. Need the operating system so that I can look at individual core temps @ idle and under load.
Now for the case – Prefer under $100. Like large top Fan over large side fan. (Not a gamer) so probably stick a 6850 in.
USB 3 front panel nice, not a Must, as it looks like most of the cases with a USB front takes a wire out the back and plugs into a back panel USB port. The ASRock MB comes with a front panel 5 ½ in panel adaptor.
Below is my preliminary choices – any pros/cons and/or other cases are welcome.
Primarily concerned with cooling.
$ 67 ( after $25 MIR) Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133183
$ 75 Antec Six Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129073
$ 52 ( after $25 MIR) Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133181
$ 93 Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133176
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More about cases many opinon recommendation appreciated
  1. "Windows 7 3 user pack" - Is that the Win7 upgrade family pack? If so, it ONLY upgrades existing Vista systems to Win7.

    Any of those cases will work well.
  2. The "box" does state "designed for Windows vista*" However that is because the upgrade will only work on vista (and win 7). upgrading a XP system to win 7 is allowed - But it will not do a upgrade per say, it will do a clean install over XP.

    (1) 1 Install is for my new build, have a Vista disk, but will use the coustom instal to do a new install. Will probably make a daul boot - win 7 64 bit and win 7 32 bit - that would kill two "live"
    (2) will use one copy to upgrade a new laptop, Win 7 -> Win 7. Newer laptops mostly do not come with a "Clean" Win 7 disk. Most require you to make your own win 7 disk, which will still have all the "Bloatware" that comes with the loaptop.

    Thanks for your insight on the cases.
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    Antec 900, oldie but still good $99

    Or my case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517006&cm_re=Azza-_-11-517-006-_-Product
    Azza Solano 1000R (red powder coat inside, and red fans)Huge case, fits the 6950 reference card $118 (there is also a blue version, but it costs more).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004&cm_re=Azza-_-11-517-004-_-Product
    $130 (same as above, but all black with blue led fans).
  4. The 3 pack of Win7 works just fine with WinXP and Vista. Make sure you save anything you want to keep. My case is a Cooler Master. About $70 at NewEgg. Its very well made and looks good, but it isn't a gaming case.
  5. Davcon, Thank for the additions, to look at. Had not heard of BitFenix Shinobi.
    Nice clean cut. I looked at the specs. The width look like 8 In. Do you think the Zalaman 9900Max is going to fit, It's close to (little shorter) than the Hyper 12+. Was thinking that I'd probably need a 8.3 at min.

    IH8U - That Azza Solano 1000R Looks great. I have to Kill all thoes Led (LOL). Cooling looks great, case a little narrow for large air cool towers, but if a Hyper 212+ will fit, then my 9900max will. Had already ruled out the Antec 900
  6. Another case up for consideration...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112319
    100% tool-less, usb3 on the front, good cooling, room to fit whatever card you want with a removal hard drive cage.

    I don't know what denotes a "gaming" case but it'd certainly go well with with the components you've picked out.
  7. RetiredChief said:
    Davcon, Thank for the additions, to look at. Had not heard of BitFenix Shinobi.
    Nice clean cur. I looked at the specs. The width look like 8 In. Do you think the Zalaman 9900Max is going to fit, It's close to (little shorter) than the Hyper 12+. Was thinking that I'd probably need a 8.3 at min.

    It will fit no problem the 212+ fits in cases 7.5" wide.
    Proof is all the feeback on Newegg with Rosewill Challenger and Destroyer's both are 7.48" wide and users have 212+ in them.
    Yes i really like the look of the Shinobi too = clean & classy!
  8. Davcon - Thanks, I had been limiting my search to 8.3" and larger, so that opens the field up a lot.
    I have My I5-750 in a Thermalake and it is 9" wide. (It was on sale at Newegg, $135 reduced to like $10/20 bucks as a combo deal about a yr and a half-a-go. I like It, but I think they discontinued it.
  9. I would consider CM Storm Enforcer has a 200mm on top. Kind of a gaming case . But goes with you requirements.
  10. Ordered the case last night.

    First, I would like to thank everyone - all good sugestions.
    IHU8 - Best looking, clean cut, not a bunch of LEDs to light up the bedroom.
    Bullwinkel - The Lian PC-K59 looked like an Excellent, but Did not look like it would take a large top fan.
    Davcon - For some excellent case that I'd never heard of and would not have looked at. Also for the insight on width to allow a 9900 Max (Just a little shorter than the 212+
    Cronos177 - I did consider the CM HAF-912, But a little leary of the problems CM is having with front panel Connectors and suceptibility to ESD

    What I ordered, price wise was hard to pass-up (providiing I get the MIR). $75 - $25 (MIR) + $ 2 (shipping) = $52.
    Thermaltake Armor A60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133181
    Should have it by friday.
  11. For the under $100 segment, grab either a CM 690 II Advanced or the Lancool PC-K62

    Those are consistently the 2 most recommended cases at that price point and they deliver the most bang for buck.

    Personally I prefer the slightly cheaper 690 II because of how many additional fans you can add if needed.

    Don't buy Thermaltake, they're junk.

    The 900 is a decent reliable case but has terrible cable management and it's showing it's age.
  12. Mute point as I already ordered.
    But, I have both a CM and a Thermaltake VB600 series case under my desk - much prefer the Thermaltake (The Thermaltake was a more expensive case than the CM)

    Will agree that Thermaltake fans that are installed are junk, normally replace, But I also replaced all the Fans in the CM case).

    I did look at the CM cases - and would have considered EXCEPT, I'm not Irish and with my luck I would have recieved one with a BAD front panel, one that if I inserted my USB stick I would have ended up with a bad USB port, or worst have to replace the MB and their warrenty only covers the case with a sorry about that 200 dollar MB.
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