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Case decision. Out with the old, in with the new?

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December 31, 2011 12:50:03 AM

Hey all.

I've been rocking a Silverstone TJ-10 for a while now...and I'm about to rebuild almost everything.
The case has held up quite well...and I don't really have any major issues with it other than.

1) The little tab that hinges the door broke, but I repaired it. (I'd love to get an actual replacement part for this so if anyone has an idea on how to do that I'm all ears :)  )
2) Cable management is so-so
3) It's HUGE.

So, I've been looking at Corsairs 650D. Which has almost won me over on cable management alone.
It's definitely a step down as far as price / materials...but it's simple, clean and looks well designed.

I'm not super into a case that looks like some sort of alien porn box.

I also dig windows, so something with that option is nice.


So, big question is...what's a good option for a decent gaming rig (no SLI, but higher end components)
that is more mid-tower or smaller sized, has a nice window option, and of course keeps things cool.

I def want headphone / mic / USB jacks up front as well.

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December 31, 2011 1:15:40 AM

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I'm not super into a case that looks like some sort of alien porn box.


I hear that! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 

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So, I've been looking at Corsairs 650D. Which has almost won me over on cable management alone.


Corsair cases are *AWESOME*. I have the Graphite 600T and it's amazing - the cable management, removable HD cages, front USB 3.0, everything about these is sweet.

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1) The little tab that hinges the door broke, but I repaired it. (I'd love to get an actual replacement part for this so if anyone has an idea on how to do that I'm all ears :)  )
2) Cable management is so-so
3) It's HUGE.


1 - If you want to get a replacement you could always try contacting Silverstone's technical support. I've got replacement parts from both Corsair and Cooler Master for my two cases and they are generally pretty reliable about sending them - even if it takes a while.

2 - Yeah cable management can be a pain - I had an Antec 900 and I replaced it with a Cooler Master HAF 912 for the same issue.

3 - If size is a concern for you - the only thing about the 650D is that it's huge and expensive - the slimmer Carbide 500R might be a better option for you - especially if you wind up transporting your PC anywhere.

Alternately - there's two options I highly recommend. One is the NZXT Phantom, the other is the Fractal Design Arc MIDI. Now neither of these cases include windows but the manufacturer gives you the option to purchase one. They're both very well designed, excellent and roomy, and both have similar styles of cable management like the 650D.
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December 31, 2011 1:39:35 AM

I'm personally a huge fan of rosewill cases. I know - funny right. The fact of the matter is that they make metal cases with a bottom mount psu, tons of fan ports including bottom intake (my personal favorite), front usb and audio, side panel windows and most of their cases are under $70. That's value. I've owned the R102-P-BK and the Cruiser. I really really like the cruiser, mostly for the value, and would recommend it to anyone building a gaming rig.
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