I am about to buy a mostly new system (amd based as I already have the motherboard and ram) but I only want a simple case, just as a personal preference. It will have an phenom x6 (possibly x4) and a gtx570, I will not be overclocking or going sli at any point - I just want a simple gaming system that is capable of running everything at mid settings, high when possible
I really like the style of the sonata elite (and sonata IV). I found a review on overclockers for the elite where they used a gtx280 (so the same length, and hotter than a 570) and it actually gave ok results ( http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_sonata_el...) but I am still uncertain, should I go for it or are there any other similar styled cases I don't know about that would be better?
Also which is better the elite with an extra fan and slightly larger interior (as far as I can tell), or the IV with space for an SSD built in and includes a PSU.
I wouldnt get too hung up on case temperature benchs, instead get something you like the styling of and has all the functionality you need.
From what I can tell those two are identical apart from the PSU and that extra exhaust fan, personally I'd want to buy the PSU seperately.
Thanks for the reply, I keep thinking this but then see a comment saying it is not good enough to keep a decent card cool (which I don't think is the case to be honest), from someone who probably has no idea, and it puts doubt in my mind.
The PSU in the sonata IV is actually very good - it is the full retail version , is more than enough power for me and is pretty expensive on it's own so good value, but I think I will stick to the Elite unless anyone has any suggestions of similar cases.
Also anyone got a suggestion for a decent 120mm fan to replace the one that comes with the case? I am looking at these at the moment