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Which of these cases should I get?

Last response: in Components
March 17, 2012 7:53:02 AM

I'm trying to decide between these cases
Corsair 400r
Lian-Li Lancool PC-K58W
Cooler Master HAF 912
Antec 302

I don't want to spend more than $100 on the case.

My main priorities are cooling, ease of use, and not being too noisy.

Dust filters are a major plus since i have a dog.

USB 3.0 front panels are nice, but not a huge deal.

I don't care one way or the other about side panel windows.


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a b ) Power supply
March 17, 2012 8:31:43 AM

Well, I can narrow it down for you.

The Lian-li and Antec cases have better cooling than the corsair and coolermaster options.

Antec's xhundred series are solid standbys, you get great bang for the buck.

Lian-li has a reputation for superior build quality; attention to detail, their cases tend to have nice little touches throughout, but they tend to cost more.

I think I'd go with the lian-li if it were me. seems to have the best cooling of the four. you could of course add fans to the antec case, but since a good case fan runs at least $10, I'd spring for the more pre-loaded case. The 140mm fans will also be quieter than the 120's.

You might also look at some of rosewill's $50-100 cases. That's Newegg's house brand - they also have great bang for the buck.
a b ) Power supply
March 17, 2012 10:31:06 AM

Nonsense about the Corsair and CM, they have as good, if not better cooling as the Lian Li and Antec.

The Lian li you are looking at is their bargain line the Lancool. The build is cheaper with some sharp edges to the metal. I know, because I bought the K59 variant on sale for under $50. I like the case, but it is a much cheaper build than Corsair builds, which I have the 600T for my gaming case.

The Antec is nice because of the folded metal takes away the sharp edges to the case.

The CM HAF 912 is a great bargain, but has less features than the others.

Lian li is a solid choice with good cooling. Cable management is OK but not superior.

Corsair has good cooling and great cable management.

And another budget case for your consideration:
The Cougar case is well cooled, their fans are great and cable management is good.