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March 23, 2011 3:07:30 PM

I'm looking to build a computer this is what I'm looking at now.

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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Rosewill THOR Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case support XL-ATX, Four Fans-1x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1x Top 230mm Fan, ...
Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-1000 1000W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active-PFC Power Supply
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998947 (designed for the X58 motherboards)
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
EVGA GeForce 465 GTX 1Gb 625MHz (aready have card)

What I would like to know which case would give me the better air flow and room for expansion. Without packing the case and cutting down air flow?
March 23, 2011 4:42:11 PM

Both cases are very similar and both will give you great cooling and cable management options. That being said, there are a few pros and cons for each case.

The Thor seems like a great case but the reviews show that the plastic case is a bit flimsy and the top panel is at risk of breaking off during shipping.

The NZXT case is sturdier and has slightly better placement of the cable management grommets, but uses non-standard fans that will require you to buy the NZXT made fans if you want to replace or add fans in the future.

If you aren't set on either case I would recommend this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is a solid case with just as much room as the other two but also provides optional skirts that will help direct airflow directly to/from video cards. It also has 5-1/2 inch bays that you can pull out from the front. It is a little more expensive though.

If you're just worried about what it will fit then any of them will work. All these cases will fit an E-ATX motherboard and the largest video cards out there even in CrossfireX/SLI setup.
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April 2, 2011 1:08:58 AM

Wade58 said:
I'm looking to build a computer this is what I'm looking at now.

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
or
Rosewill THOR Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case support XL-ATX, Four Fans-1x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1x Top 230mm Fan, ...
Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-1000 1000W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active-PFC Power Supply
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998947 (designed for the X58 motherboards)
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7970
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
EVGA GeForce 465 GTX 1Gb 625MHz (aready have card)

What I would like to know which case would give me the better air flow and room for expansion. Without packing the case and cutting down air flow?



Ok got my case Thermaltake level10 GT
Thanks for the help.
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April 5, 2011 1:56:56 AM

Wow, great choice! I'd love to get my hands on that case myself.
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