New gamming case help
Im looking to build a new gaming rig . My experience lvl is fairly low so please bare with me . I'm looking at full tower cases for ease of install , cooling , not scraping my knuckles , et. Most of the cases Ive seen are a bit gaudy for my taste . I found some lian li cases that looked good . whats the general consensus on there products ??
rufus_22 said:Im looking to build a new gaming rig . My experience lvl is fairly low so please bare with me . I'm looking at full tower cases for ease of install , cooling , not scraping my knuckles , et. Most of the cases Ive seen are a bit gaudy for my taste . I found some lian li cases that looked good . whats the general consensus on there products ??
The lower end full towers were in the two hundred dollar range but I justified the added expense by the added ( expected ) longevity of the case . Or am I wrong ?
rufus_22 said:The lower end full towers were in the two hundred dollar range but I justified the added expense by the added ( expected ) longevity of the case . Or am I wrong ?
Nothing really low end quality wise with $150+ cases from quality makers other then they are most often steel as opposed to aluminum.
Lian Li id high quality but toi my mind, they a bit pricey. If ya like the understated look, I'd recommend these $275 combos:
Antec 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 PSU - An outstanding combination. Has the LED fan thing but ya can turn the LED's off if ya not into that kinda thing. Very solid / sturdy case at 33 pounds. Lotsa room, great cable routing, built in fan speed control, two fan mounting locations (side window and behind HD cage) for the extra cooling for SLI / CF. Best feature of case is it fits CPX form factor PSU's which are inherently cooler and quieter. In giving the PSU a 10.0 performance rating, Jonnyguru writes "It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise. "
For a review of how well the PSU works with the 1200 from a cooling and acoustic standpoint, in what the author calls "unfair competition" read this:
Corsair 500R w/ HX850 - Another outstanding case with another 10.0 jonnyguru performance rated PSU. Again, ther ear e some things ti be gained from having the same manufacturer. Rather than me blabbin, read the reviews.
$115 - $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006644&isNodeId=1&Description=500r&x=0&y=0
If ya want something unique, the Level 10GT is the best reviewed, most feature filled case i have seen so far:
rufus_22 said:now that I think about it ...Is a fuul tower case advisable for a medium performence gaming rig ??
Not really imo! there's plenty of high quality mid-towers with lots of interior room.
Some nearly as large volume wise as full towers.
If it's possible visit a good pc shop and have a look.
I was put off of a CM 922 because i felt it was too large for my needs.
Ended up with an Antec 902 which was my 2nd choice initially.
Both great cases btw and most often under $100.
Another large mid tower is the Corsair Graphite Series 600T .
Even cheaper mids like the CM HAF 912 have plenty of room.= $50 and offer alot of flexibilty for the price.
Raven series rv 02 or rv 02-ew (i use this case and its a dream)
Great cases just choose one you like
Theres good cheaper ones to, but generally you get more plastic/more frustrating build with them.
^ all these are top of the line and vary in prices.
10gt by themaltake or w/e is ugly as balls and not a great case by any means
I have the phantom case from http://www.nzxt.com and i always get complements. Its also pretty good with cable management and airflow. I also have an older case from them thats at least 5 years old and it still works.
rufus_22 said:thankyou to all for info .. I have a crippling fear of buyers remorse and will agonize these decisions to death
Well every case manufacturer referred too on this thread are the better/best ones.
Plenty of reviews(video ones too) on the web.Youtube has countless.
The biggest regret as far as pc components go is buying a crappy psu as far as i'm concerned.
That and spending too much on a gpu that's outshined a year or two later by much cheaper ones lol!
rufus_22 said:OK Ive narrowed it down to two .. How important is usb 3.0 ??
I think if your mobo features Usb 3.0 it's silly not to choose a case with USB 3.0.
Not a big deal if decide not too though.if your board features it you still have rear IO ports.
Personally i'd like to add it to my none usb 3.0 board and case.(usb 3.0 pci and 3.5"front ports).
I use flash drives on a daily basis.
rufus_22 said:OK I think I have a winner ... " wait for it " Lian li pc-k9b , any thoughts or caviats would be helpfull ( cringe )
Yes i really like that case and have recommended it before.
Only goofy flaw is you have to remove the top panel to feed 8pin cpu power to the mobo.
You can buy accessories like a top panel with 2x140mm fan mounts= retarded why it isn't standard.
There's also a window version.