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Need help deciding which case to get.

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December 27, 2011 10:00:42 AM

Alright I'm building my first rig and I'm having a hard time deciding what case I should get.
First the Specs:

Intel Core i5-2500k
EVGA DS Superclocked nVIDIA 560ti
ASUS P8Z68-V Motherboard
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
8gb G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler


I initially wanted to go with the NZXT Zero 2 :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but I don't know if it will be big enough.

I was also looking at the Antec Twelve Hundred V3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the
IN WIN Dragon Rider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want to keep it below $150 USD but I'm not sure which one will be big enough. I also want it to be blue led if at all possible. I eventually want to run SLI.

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December 27, 2011 10:10:02 AM

Since all the cases you are considering are full towers then there should be no problem with fitting all that stuff in there. More than not, case space issues arise when someone is trying to use an aftermarket cooler but I don't see a problem with the Zero 2 since I have the LEXA S and I can fit the Hyper 212+ with maybe 2mm of room before touching the side panel. Although in your case you have an additional 1 inch of space so everything will fit.
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December 27, 2011 10:21:04 AM

Engima said:
Since all the cases you are considering are full towers then there should be no problem with fitting all that stuff in there. More than not, case space issues arise when someone is trying to use an aftermarket cooler but I don't see a problem with the Zero 2 since I have the LEXA S and I can fit the Hyper 212+ with maybe 2mm of room before touching the side panel. Although in your case you have an additional 1 inch of space so everything will fit.




Awesome thank you very much. Just one more question with the Zero 2 it comes with the option to have 4 120mm side fans, so I was wondering if these will do the trick:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've heard that non-NZXT fans won't work, but I've read maybe 1 review that says that.
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December 27, 2011 10:43:31 AM

As long as they measure 120mm I don't see why they wouldn't fit. I looked at some of the reviews and it seems they will fit into NZXT cases.

Something I just noticed when looking at the Zero 2 is that it is fitted for a top mounted PSU so I hope your aware of that.
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December 27, 2011 11:55:32 AM

Engima said:
As long as they measure 120mm I don't see why they wouldn't fit. I looked at some of the reviews and it seems they will fit into NZXT cases.

Something I just noticed when looking at the Zero 2 is that it is fitted for a top mounted PSU so I hope your aware of that.


Is top mounted bad?
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December 27, 2011 12:53:44 PM

Most articles I've read would say it's not the best place for the PSU since hot air rises. If you have a preference for top mounted PSU's then go for it. There are some other quirks I've noticed on the case but that's just from my perspective.
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February 1, 2012 11:46:39 PM

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February 2, 2012 9:38:52 AM

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