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December 12, 2011 8:59:53 PM


I'm considering buying new case for my PC. I may want to get pice buy piece to collect new rig.
I just looked through many Pc cases and cant decide but have some wishes:
I want my new case to have:

- no fancy starship build, just "normal" simple look ( if possible )
- mid tower ATX
- as much space i can get of mid tower inside
- at least 2 USB 2.0 + mic / headphones out in the front ( i would be glad if i could have more USBs as i have 2 now and they are in use all the time )
- cable routing behind the mainboard try
- CPU backplate cutout
- "window" sidewall would be great

That is pretty much what i expect from good case. Other than that i have Lamptron fan controller so fans on the case needs to be 3 pin so i can use them with that unit.
I was considering few of them:

1. Obsidian 650D
CONS: Audio and USB behind the flap (as i use them ports all the time flap is pain, is that panel optional ?)
2. CoolerMaster HAF922
CONS: looks a bit like starship, after you conect USB + headphones cables hanging down right on the way of optical drives
3. CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced
CONS: seems quite low space inside
4. CoolerMaster Sniper storm
CONS: that fan speed regulation wont be used since i have controller already
5. Thermaltake V9 black
CONS: my cables would go wild inside since cant route them behind
6. The Antec 902
CONS: Old school 3.5" / 5.25" bays is annoying when pulling devices towards mainboard

Sorry for trying to do reserch here but i really dont want to get something and then go mental and regret.
For front panels i suppose i could get one of those Icy Box IB-863 Front Panel to sort out USBs + card reader

Any comments or sugesstions ?
Perhaps i missed some good position :) 

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a c 275 ) Power supply
December 13, 2011 1:55:35 AM

So what's your budget @ $100 or so?
I own two cases on your list.
CM 690II and 902 btw.
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December 13, 2011 3:21:45 AM

cm storm scout has 4 usb ports in the front and e sata right on the front. also the haf 912 or haf 922 are good choices ;) 
December 13, 2011 6:52:24 AM

If the side window is optional, the Corsair 400R is a good case. Corsair cases have good build quality and excellent cable routing.
December 13, 2011 7:54:13 AM

bwf1975 said:
How about corsair 600t, have this myself, great cable management, all room you need and looks fantastic.
Also has 4 usb, head+mic, ss, firewire and usb3 port on front.
Quality is really good also.

That corsair 600t is really nice case but one thing Im concerned about...
I want internal fans to work with my Lamptron V2 rev5 controller
if the fans have.3pin connectors for rpm reading its fine
But with molex fan connectors would it work?
this case has controller for all the fans but I would prefer
Them working with my controller.

@ davcon
My budget would be up to £140 if I find my perfect case.
December 13, 2011 8:08:49 AM

Fractal Design R3 will be perfect for your build.
Only thing that lacks is a side window - but IMO that is quite fancy and I don't like fancy.
December 13, 2011 9:15:28 AM

Its a nice case but front flap covering actual front wont work
With my controller and all usb cables connected to the front, it would need to be open at all the time
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December 13, 2011 9:22:53 AM

may1 said:
Fractal Design R3 will be perfect for your build.

I'm glad someone mentioned this. Beautiful simplistic case with great cooling and features. +1
December 14, 2011 9:55:28 PM

TamLin said:
Its a nice case but front flap covering actual front wont work
With my controller and all usb cables connected to the front, it would need to be open at all the time

Skythe Kaze fan controller apprently works with the R3.

I worked on the R3 with a friend of mine, and I have to say the 5.25 did have good enough room. Maybe if you can compare the specs of Skythe and your fan controller you can see whether it's compatible?
As for the USB, there are 2 ports with audio jacks at the top of the case that should be more than enough (afterall you have the m/b USB ports as well).