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March 8, 2012 1:06:51 AM

So I am about to build a new system that I will use to carry to LAN parties and buddies' houses. I like when cases are flashy, and I absolutely want a window. A case that comes with a window is preferred, but if there is another that is outstanding and would be a pretty easy window mod job that takes priority. Lightweight, plenty of space behind the mobo tray for cable routing, and good ventilation are my preferences. A painted black interior is a must. The cases I'm looking at are:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This doesn't have great ventilation, but is only 10 pounds, has a sleek window, and has plenty of space behind the mobo tray.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
12 pounds, easy window mod job, amazing ventilation, fine amount of space behind tray.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Can't find how heavy this is :( 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Medium weight, love the look, good ventilation. Why does anybody think we want toolless expansion slots though?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Because I probably won't liquid cool, I can't think of a reason I would want this over the Challenger.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Maybe, because of the weight and how I like the overall look.

As you can probably tell, I like the flashy designs, but not something that is overly flamboyant. What do you think?
March 8, 2012 2:16:44 AM

Bitfenix survivor looks nice, the 430 has no cable management, and the HAF 912 has a white interior. What is your opinion of the cases I listed?
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March 8, 2012 2:27:14 AM

IMO, I think you should focus more on size rather than weight to decide on a case you can easily carry around. Couple pounds of case won't matter as much as the bulkiness.
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March 8, 2012 2:36:30 AM

The Thermaltake V9 BlacX appears to have terrible cable management for a $100+ case and pass-thru USB3.0 = yuck!
I'm not a fan of Rosewill or Thermaltake cases.
Rosewill cases are not well built.= Bill from Mnpctech agrees.
Can't see them enduring much movement since plenty arrive damaged from shipping alone from Newegg.
Never used a Thermaltake but have handled many in person = don't see the quality there either.
That's my opinion.
I do like the NZXT and often recommend it.
The 430 has decent cable management = have one!
The long narrow space next to the hdd/odd area is wide open.(your looking at the other side panel)
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March 8, 2012 3:01:48 AM

The one reason I haven't looked at much NZXT is because I built a rig for my friend awhile back with an M59, and there was literally less than 4mm of space behind the mobo tray. I now have a big fear of this :p . I didn't see that that hole was there, and how much space is back behind the tray?
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March 8, 2012 3:14:40 AM

Bones2525 said:
The one reason I haven't looked at much NZXT is because I built a rig for my friend awhile back with an M59, and there was literally less than 4mm of space behind the mobo tray. I now have a big fear of this :p . I didn't see that that hole was there, and how much space is back behind the tray?

Google is good!
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Tempest_210/4.h...
I recommend Source cases alot = good value for features.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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March 8, 2012 9:39:09 PM

Wow . first NZXT case that didnt make me go eww .
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March 8, 2012 9:53:46 PM

rufus_22 said:
Wow . first NZXT case that didnt make me go eww .

Yep i'm with you on that rufus_22!
I don't care for their other lines either.
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March 9, 2012 10:50:04 AM

davcon said:
Yep i'm with you on that rufus_22!
I don't care for their other lines either.

ya there other cases remind me of a 1980's mall store front or something " a flock of seagulls " would wear on stage .. Ya I know I'm dating myself .
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March 9, 2012 10:56:56 AM

rufus_22 said:
ya there other cases remind me of a 1980's mall store front or something " a flock of seagulls " would wear on stage .. Ya I know I'm dating myself .

Lol! ya the Phantom makes me think of spandex pants and rollerskates!
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March 9, 2012 10:06:02 PM

davcon said:
Lol! ya the Phantom makes me think of spandex pants and rollerskates!

lol like a " roller-disco-fishing-park ?
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