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July 23, 2011 12:31:19 AM

Good evening everyone! I am in the process of upgrading some components of my PC and I am having a difficult time choosing a new case. I am currently using a HAF 912 and it has served it's purpose quite well. I bought it when I first built my computer, but I would like to upgrade for better cooling options as well as LEDs. My keyboard and mouse both light up blue and I would like to keep that theme going. I just purchased a Crosshair V Formula mobo which is red, but that won't bother me too much. I'd like to outer aesthetics to match though.

I'd like to keep it under $200. The cases I have narrowed it down to are as follows


Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Phantom Black with blue fans

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to other options as well. Just link a picture if you can or I can look it up if needed.


My specs

AMD Phenom II x4 BE 3.2 OC to 3.8 at the moment. (I will be upgrading to Bulldozer/Zambezi whenever it comes out, but until then this what I'm working with)
ASUS Crosshair V Formula
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 1600
XFX HD 6950 2gb
Corsair TX750 V2
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Wester Digital 1TB Caviar Black (Purchasing a SSD as well, but no clue on that one yet)
No aftermarket sound card yet. I'm not sure if it's needed

Thanks for any help offered!

Edit: It doesn't have to be a full tower case. A mid tower would be fine, I just started looking at the full because I started with the HAF 932. I will also be purchasing extra fans for whichever case I get so the stock cooling the case if offering is not what you need to go on for cooling.

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July 23, 2011 1:14:40 AM
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rmcron5296 said:
Good evening everyone! I am in the process of upgrading some components of my PC and I am having a difficult time choosing a new case. I am currently using a HAF 912 and it has served it's purpose quite well. I bought it when I first built my computer, but I would like to upgrade for better cooling options as well as LEDs. My keyboard and mouse both light up blue and I would like to keep that theme going. I just purchased a Crosshair V Formula mobo which is red, but that won't bother me too much. I'd like to outer aesthetics to match though.

I'd like to keep it under $200. The cases I have narrowed it down to are as follows


Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Phantom Black with blue fans

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am open to other options as well. Just link a picture if you can or I can look it up if needed.


My specs

AMD Phenom II x4 BE 3.2 OC to 3.8 at the moment. (I will be upgrading to Bulldozer/Zambezi whenever it comes out, but until then this what I'm working with)
ASUS Crosshair V Formula
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 1600
XFX HD 6950 2gb
Corsair TX750 V2
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Wester Digital 1TB Caviar Black (Purchasing a SSD as well, but no clue on that one yet)
No aftermarket sound card yet. I'm not sure if it's needed

Thanks for any help offered!



I definitely recommend the HAF 932. I have been researching my "perfect computer" for a long time since I've been stuck out here in Afghanistan. I finally went with the 932 with the HAF X being a close second, but I decided I didn't need all that comes with the HAF X for a simple dual GPU setup. It has very good reviews on ease of build, cooling, etc. I've looked through newegg reviews, TomsHardware posts, and other articles. Here is one from Maximum PC: HAF 932 Review. It has front panel USB 3.0 ports which is also a sweet perk that NZXT Phantoms do not have.

The only con I could find with the case(and I over analyzed to quite a great degree) was that CM is not an American company.

With NZXT, I believe you have to buy their proprietary fans, because of the sizes they use, which is just obnoxious to me. I do like the look, although the high gloss finish could acquire fingerprints very easily.

The Antec 1200 v3 is American :) . However, it can fit less types of motherboards. If you wanted to use an E-ATX later on, you would need a new case. The Phantom and 932 can hold an E-ATX board. The Antex 1200 v3 also weighs the most, despite being the thinnest.

The weights are 24.25 lbs. for the phantom, 29.1 lbs. for the 932, and 31.3 lbs. for the 1200, yet it is 8.4" wide as opposed to 9" with the 932. That little bit will make a difference with cable management. And I just wouldn't want the thinner, yet heavier case.

Lastly, the 932 has a 2 year warranty as opposed to a 1 year warranty for the Phantom and the 1200 v3(according to Newegg). I doubt you would be severely disappointed with any option, but I recommend the 932.
July 24, 2011 2:09:35 AM

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July 24, 2011 2:10:09 AM

Thanks for the thoroughly breakdown as well as your opinions. I was leaning toward the HAF 932 and you sold me on it
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