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June 28, 2011 5:22:15 PM

Hello,

I have some question about cases. First my system is:

i7 2600k
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Asus P8P67 PRO
Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz
EVGA Gefource GTX570
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
Intel 320 160GB SSD
Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt

My requirements from the case:
Quiet, Good cable management, good airflow (the temperatures are high where it will be located) and the case is going to be in the corner of the room so I don't care how it looks but there is going to be lot's of dust. I don't plan to clean it more than once in 3-6 month.

The options and prices (not US prices and only for relative evaluation):
Antec Three Hundred - 80$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 basic - 102$
CoolerMaster CM Storm Scout - 103$
Silverstone SSTSG02 - 108$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 pro - 120$
NZXT Tempest Evo - 129$
Antec Nine Hundred - 132$
CoolerMaster HAF 922 - 136$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 advanced - 140$

I'm really looking for your opinions.
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June 28, 2011 8:02:02 PM

If you can tell your location and exact budget, we can search around some local websites and give you a more appropriate recommendation. Till then, from your given options I'd recommend the NZXT Tempest Evo. Also look out for the Lancool PC K-62. It is an awesome case and fits your requirements adequately.
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June 28, 2011 8:49:05 PM

Thank you for the answer.
I think that I'm looking for the best for the bucks. I can afford my self to buy the more expensive in the list, but the question is if I should?
I actually won't mod it or deal with the case to much, all I want it to work without any needs from me.
I thought in going to the direction of CM 690 2 advanced, but I have a feeling that it is not worth the money difference. I really interested in people opinions with respect to the order I put them and relative prices I added.

I've chosen the CM mainly because of dust filters, good cable management and very good reviews in all places, but this one is the most expensive in the list.
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June 28, 2011 9:17:30 PM

You could consider an Antec Sonata, which includes a decent power supply. It can be made very quiet, yet offers good airflow. You can fit a large heatsink inside - I have used a Noctua NH-C12P SE14 in one.

I can't think of a normal PC case well-suited to withstand a dusty environment. You might want to consider an industrial enclosure, but be warned - they can be quite expensive.
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June 28, 2011 9:17:49 PM

Actually Lancool PC-k62 seems really cool as well, so I add him to the list:


Antec Three Hundred - 80$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 basic - 102$
CoolerMaster CM Storm Scout - 103$
Silverstone SSTSG02 - 108$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 pro - 120$
Lancool PC-k62 - 126$
NZXT Tempest Evo - 129$
Antec Nine Hundred - 132$
CoolerMaster HAF 922 - 136$
CoolerMaster CM690 2 advanced - 140$


browsingtheworld - I familiar with newegg and many other great stores. Let's for a minute suppose that is price order and relative difference, so for example Antec Three Hundred costs 60% of the CoolerMaster CM690 2, but is there 60% difference between them?

I know it is strange question, but please help me with it.



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June 28, 2011 9:17:49 PM

i would go with he Cooler Master HAF 922 it has great cable management, and is very quiet due to its large, low RPM, high air flow fans

Also, as a suggestion, if you plan on using this for gaming, i would recommend downgrading to the core i5-2500K as Hyper Threading is basically useless for gaming now. and use the extra money to upgrade your SSD to either the Intel 510 Series or the OCZ Vertex 3 Series SSD (the 320 is intel's low end, the 510 and the vertex 3 are much faster)
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June 28, 2011 9:20:35 PM

compulsivebuilder said:
You could consider an Antec Sonata, which includes a decent power supply. It can be made very quiet, yet offers good airflow. You can fit a large heatsink inside - I have used a Noctua NH-C12P SE14 in one.

I can't think of a normal PC case well-suited to withstand a dusty environment. You might want to consider an industrial enclosure, but be warned - they can be quite expensive.


Thank you for the answer, so should existence of dust filters (and I don't want to create by myself) effect my decision. Because on the paper besides the dust filters HAF 922 is the best. Am I right?
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June 28, 2011 9:33:30 PM

The best two choices in this thread are the 922 for $90 and my suggestion, the Challenger at $50.

The 300 comes with 2 fans while the Challenger comes with 4 and they cost the same.
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June 28, 2011 9:48:14 PM

browsingtheworld said:
The best two choices in this thread are the 922 for $90 and my suggestion, the Challenger at $50.

The 300 comes with 2 fans while the Challenger comes with 4 and they cost the same.


I know that 922 has a dust filter in the front, but its difficult to clean as I remember
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June 28, 2011 9:50:40 PM

r3xx3r said:
i would go with he Cooler Master HAF 922 it has great cable management, and is very quiet due to its large, low RPM, high air flow fans

Also, as a suggestion, if you plan on using this for gaming, i would recommend downgrading to the core i5-2500K as Hyper Threading is basically useless for gaming now. and use the extra money to upgrade your SSD to either the Intel 510 Series or the OCZ Vertex 3 Series SSD (the 320 is intel's low end, the 510 and the vertex 3 are much faster)


So you prefer HAF 922 over the 692 advanced? Can you say why?
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June 28, 2011 10:24:58 PM

svadimr said:
I know that 922 has a dust filter in the front, but its difficult to clean as I remember

Honestly I just stick a vacuum cleaner next to my 912's dust screens.
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June 28, 2011 10:54:41 PM

browsingtheworld said:
Honestly I just stick a vacuum cleaner next to my 912's dust screens.


Sounds like an easy solution for me. Actually why there is a need of dust filters on the fans that push the air out like on 692, it seems that the filters for in air only is good enough?

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June 29, 2011 12:18:32 AM

None of the exhaust fans/ports in a 690-II/692 cases have filters - only intake fans/ports have a filter.

The entire filter concept involves using them to prevent dust/debris from ever entering the case in the first place. To do that properly, all intake ports must be filtered. Further, to prevent dust entering through cracks and crevices, there should be equal or greater intake airflow than exhaust airflow.
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June 29, 2011 10:40:48 AM

RazberyBandit said:
None of the exhaust fans/ports in a 690-II/692 cases have filters - only intake fans/ports have a filter.

The entire filter concept involves using them to prevent dust/debris from ever entering the case in the first place. To do that properly, all intake ports must be filtered. Further, to prevent dust entering through cracks and crevices, there should be equal or greater intake airflow than exhaust airflow.


It seems logically for me. So just to close the gap, HAF 992 has filters as well, so there is actually no add-on value in sense of dust for 690-II
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June 29, 2011 11:15:42 AM

More than happy with my CoolerMaster Scout case :)  Id reccomend that to anyone.
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June 29, 2011 6:00:23 PM

Sם I decided to go on Cooler Master 690 II advanced or Storm Scout. Storm is significantly cheaper and smaller, should I add money for the advanced?
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July 9, 2011 9:03:38 AM

Best answer selected by svadimr.
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July 9, 2011 1:57:21 PM

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