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July 13, 2011 10:53:51 PM

So I have been tweaking my build that I am planning soon. My latest dilemma is trying to decide which case to get.

It is between the following two cases right now...

CoolerMaster HAF X and the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.

And I also want to make sure it can fit the Noctuna NH-D14 heatsink in it.

My heart isn't set on this particular heatsink but it seems to get great reviews.

Now my personal opinion is a factor here of course. I like the Corsair a lot better. It seems a lot less over the top and classy to me. The CoolerMaster looks like a gaming rig. My main criteria for a case was I wanted a full tower so fitting a high end graphics card (or two) in it will not be an issue. Also I wanted good cable management. Both cases look like they could handle water cooling if I decided I wanted to go that route, but I would assume the two cases both have similar air flow right now. The Corsair seems to win in my eyes in most all the categories (well maybe not in airflow, but the cable management on it looks superior) but it is also $90 more. So I am trying to get others oppinions on if its worth the extras $90 or just save some cash and go with the CoolerMaster.



If it matters the rest of my build is:

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $65
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH $130
MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $190
CPU: Intel Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $220
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 $90
OS Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $120
Graphics Cards: 2 x MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $680
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $165

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July 13, 2011 11:36:55 PM

I Would get the HafX but you dont Need to get a full tower unless your ganna be water cooling or need airflow to cool some stuff... I'd get the Haf 912 Plus OR a Case with USB 3.0... Also your RAM is overpriced... Most 8GB RAM should be under $100 right now so you'd be wasting your money on that 8GB RAM... For it timing, it's good but should even pass $110 awhile other 8-9-8-24 at under $100:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 13, 2011 11:49:33 PM

My opinion of both...

HAF X
-Wider to support bigger CPU coolers.
-Up to 7 fans
-Not many cable management routing holes
-Power supply cable cover up to conceal wires
-Can support up to quad sli

Corsair
-Alot of cable management routing holes
-.10 inch thinner but should still fit the cooler
-Up to 7 fans

Actually, im gonna stop right there. I see no need to spend $180-$279 on a case when there are cheaper solutions that come in mid and full size towers. Like the HAF 922...its cheaper by alot and is very spacious and good cable management options as well. Pretty much a full tower but is called a mid tower.

But if you want me to choose between the two I would say the corsair would prob be easiest to build with because of the cable routing options. Still wouldn't pay that price.
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July 13, 2011 11:50:20 PM

Both these computer cases figure in the list I also recommend to others. But if you ask which one I would take, I'd take both ^^

Since I like Corsair for their PSUs and RAM, I'd take the case to fit with it as well. Both cases are created equal for my own tastes..
July 14, 2011 12:23:32 AM

MrBig55 said:

Since I like Corsair for their PSUs and RAM, I'd take the case to fit with it as well. Both cases are created equal for my own tastes..



[:bohleyk:7] Pay no attention to the Corsair fanboys. They are blinded by the need to pay more for an equal product which you can pay less for. Such as RAM for example. Corsair usually charges $10-$30 more while having higher timings. To a normal PC enthusiast this is ridiculous but to a Corsair follower its an obligation to pay more for a badge and a name.

/rant

By whatever you like. Its your PC, not ours. Silverstone and Antec make some sweet cases!
July 14, 2011 12:43:45 AM

You should also consider the Corsair 650D. It's about on par with the Haf X for price.
It is smaller of course, but still retains the good features of 800D.

July 14, 2011 1:01:15 AM

Antec 900 two v3
Corsair 600T
Haf 922
Haf 912
NZXT Phantom
All the new Slilverstone
CM 690 II Advanced
July 14, 2011 1:48:54 AM

I Recommend getting the Haf 912 "Plus" because it's way cheaper+better than most mid tower case...
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