I am in the market for a new case for my up coming build, I was wondering if anyone has some case recommendations they can offer up, my max price is around the $180 mark and my requirements are below (see list)
1) Dust filters
2) High air flow (going to be air cooled)
3)Able to fit E-ATX boards (not necessary but would be nice)
4)Good cable management (should go with out saying)
Today Bob, I'm in love with this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooling reviews are all good, takes surfboards and e-atx boards
Cable routing great, hiding them may take more work
and several dust filters (although I'm going to be modding mine with an acrylic window as well)
hope this helps,
My two favorite "gamer" cases are the Antec DF-85 and the HAF-X in that order. The 1200 V3 is nice if ya don't want something styled so aggressively. Neither Antec however fits your "optional" E-ATX criteria. I have added USB3 front port as a requirement
The DF, like the 1200, has built in fan controls knobs (vari-speed front / 3 speed back) and the more "secure" feeling when assembling .... . The filters on the 1200 take a while to take out and clean, if the DF it takes seconds. I don't like the weak feel of the "tool less" features of the HAF whicxh can sometimes be frustrating to line up. Then again the "security feature" which allows locking of trhe 5.25 bays can be annoying when accessing tyen drive frequently.
About 3 outta the 4 peeps I build for choose the DF. Best thing about the DF / 1200 however is that they fit CPX form factor PSU's, the advantages of which are well described in the "Conclusions" paragraph here:
And seriously, if you're not looking just at full towers, an HAF 912 has a crazy amount of airflow, a cutout in the tray behind the CPU mount point, decent cable management, a decent amount of flash, enough room to fit large air coolers (I currently have a Hyper 212+ in mine) all for around $50-60: