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Need a tower - 200 USD budget

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April 13, 2012 4:26:18 AM

So, I'm pulling the trigger on a z77 + i5-3570k this month. Having a tough time deciding between a couple of very different cases (one is mid tower mostly steel, and other is aluminum full tower), with a budget of 200 dollars, cost of extra fans included.

Corsair 550D with extra fans:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VS.

Lian Li A70F:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


To give you an idea of everything going in the case, I plan on sticking to air cooling, overclocking the CPU substantially, and at most a dual-gpu setup.

Size is not a concern, noise is a minor concern, cooling is a major concern. I've never owned a full tower. Which case should I get and why?

Thanks!

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April 14, 2012 12:03:57 AM

I have an a-70f but havnt started the build .. what I can tell you is that the build quality is perfect and the black anodized aluminum skin has to be seen first hand to fully appreciate . Its huge and plenty of configuration possibilities .. My only con is that I've read the fans are a bit underwhelming but that ( if true ) is an inexpensive fix . 140 mm x 2 and 120 mm x 2 and intake fan filters are easy to get to ....about 5 secounds in truth . to be fair I am a fan of the 550d and the 650d mentioned above . I cant stress enough however using a case w/o even 1 bit of plastic ..happy hunting
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April 17, 2012 3:19:07 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I did spend some time looking through the suggestions and other options. In the end I picked the Fractal Define XL and I'm very satisfied with the exception of a couple things(front door only opens 100 degrees, PCI thumbscrew holes weren't uniformly threaded).

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April 17, 2012 5:40:18 AM

good choice.fractal cases are really great.you can solve the thread by selecting any post as 'best answer'
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April 17, 2012 11:16:14 PM

agreed :) 
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April 17, 2012 11:25:48 PM

NZXT Switch 810.
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April 19, 2012 9:39:35 PM

Best answer selected by gmkos.
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