Lightweight Case Suggestions

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=N82E16811133196
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=N82E16811147060
12 pounds, easy window mod job, amazing ventilation, fine amount of space behind tray.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
Can't find how heavy this is :(

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133182
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=N82E16811147144
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=N82E16811146084
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?
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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. True, but I am going to be using this:
    http://www.geargrip.com/details_gglt.php?UID=16595810374f5836b95a565
    So then weight becomes the biggest issue. I like the commander as it is the lightest and close to the smallest.
  4. 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)
  5. 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?
  6. 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.html
    I recommend Source cases alot = good value for features.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%2050002120%20600006302&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=7%7C11%2D146%2D078%5E11%2D146%2D078%2DTS%2C11%2D146%2D075%5E11%2D146%2D075%2DTS
  7. Wow . first NZXT case that didnt make me go eww .
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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!
  11. 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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