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October 6, 2011 7:51:13 PM

Hi, I'm not too familiar with cases, but I currently have an HPE-580t that I'm looking to transplant into a larger case. I'm looking to try out some over-clocking in the future and adding a liquid-cooler, but my current case won't accomodate anything much larger than my stock heat sink. The board is a Pegatron 2A86, mATX. I'm looking for a mid-tower that will accomodate both ATX/mATX. I would appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.

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October 6, 2011 8:09:52 PM

What is your budget in $/£/Euro and could you list the rest of your system specs please ?
October 6, 2011 8:26:43 PM

I don't want to go overboard, maybe between $75-$125 or so. This is all stock from HP, I haven't made any changes yet.

CPU - i7 960 3.2 GHz
Mobo - Pegatron 2A86 mATX
GPU - ATI Radeon 5770
PSU - 460W
1.5 TB HDD
12GB RAM
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October 6, 2011 8:32:26 PM

ive seen a fair share of consumer motherboadrs fail shortly after the warranty expired. and hp usually locks the bios so you cant OC. personally id stick better fans in the case and a good brand of mobo in there, then do a new case next. my rule of thumb is make it reliable, then add some bling. but if you really want a case now, what colors are you looking for, and do you want a window?
October 6, 2011 8:52:21 PM

haf 922 90.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3 fans, 1-120mm 2-200mm

antec 300 illusion 70.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4 fans, 3-120 mm, 1-140mm

Haf 912- 60.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Those are some pretty good cases, but cases are kind of dependent upon the user, so you might not like the looks of the hafs.

The haf 922 is the biggest of the three cases, but any of them should suit your needs fine.

If you want a better idea of a case that you like, go to youtube and type the case in so you get a better idea of how they will suit your needs. There are often reviews on these very common cases.

I also suggest to look at cases on newegg cases page
http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=9&na...

Really the only way you can pick one is by looking at them, after you get one you like then we can suggest alternatives to the case you choose, or better options.
October 6, 2011 8:59:35 PM

Coolermaster makes nice cases. I think, for the non-hardcore-gamer/overclocker, that this case is better than the HAF's, mostly because it includes dust filters and it is likely to run much quieter while only sacrificing a small bit of airflow from the admittedly huge amount of airflow the HAF line offers:

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

I'm building a Sandy Bridge gaming rig with a 2GB 6950 card at its center, and I'm confident this case can provide more than sufficient airflow while helping to repel dust and to contain some of the noise of the card (nothing else in my build makes hardly any noise).
October 6, 2011 9:13:33 PM

inuyasha-rules said:
ive seen a fair share of consumer motherboadrs fail shortly after the warranty expired. and hp usually locks the bios so you cant OC. personally id stick better fans in the case and a good brand of mobo in there, then do a new case next. my rule of thumb is make it reliable, then add some bling. but if you really want a case now, what colors are you looking for, and do you want a window?


Yeah, the BIOS is locked, so I'm not going to be able to OC until I get a new board. Just trying to get myself in a position so I'll be ready to do it when I have everything I need. I actually already have a Corsair H80 liquid cooler that I got from a friend. He barely used it before he upgraded to a custom cooler system.


Thanks folks, that gives me an idea of what I'm looking for, I appreciate the input.
October 6, 2011 9:15:16 PM

That is a good case that pdxoutdoors suggested

It is not as wide as the HAF 912 or 922, and I know the 912 and 922s have good cable management.

The HAF series have dust filters on front panels as well. In terms of them being louder, I dont think it is going to make much of a difference, meaning i dont think the hafs are going to be much louder than the cm692.

Either way the hafs, the antec, or the cm692 are all good case. Like I said cases are a personal preference.
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