[SOLVED] Help choosing a case from limited selection
I live in a middle eastern country and let's just say we desparately need our own newegg. I am stuck with a limited selection of cases for my new build (i5-2500k, Asus Z68 Pro) and not interested in paying high shipping prices for the cases (they're heavy).
(UPDATED) My only requirements are: - that it should have decent/acceptable airflow (gets really hot in here!) - Good dust guards/filters (you guessed, hot and dusty!) - and has front USB 3.0 I/O ports
Your help is much appreciated. My current preference is the CM Storm Enforcer
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Antec eleven hundred is the best case out of all of them!
I will be updating the original post as I get votes.
1100 or 500r!
Someone over at Anandtech recommended the Antec P280
When I did some research on it, I figured out that the )280 shares the same Chassis as the Eleven Hundred, but the Eleven Hundred has better airflow at the expense of louder noise
I think with how the weather is in the middle east, I would tolerate a bit of noise for better cooling
Corsair Carbide Series 500R as it has the best cfm inflow from the 2 front fans... the p280 is a very solid case and hard to pass up if you want quiet understated looks.
and here comes one more thumps up for 500r.
Damn! 500R coming from behind to take the lead
i am sure 500r will win at the end LOL
Peeps recommending the 500R, is that what you're currently using/used in the past?
I don't have a P280, but I have it's predecessor the P183 and I love it. Of the cases listed I would go for the P280 or the 500R.
Guys, another thing came to my mind:
Will better cooling/airflow (and thus more fans) accelerate dust build up problems?
Where I live it can get dusty at times (I know the, dust and heat, the bane of electronics! but I have to live with it...)
I see that the 500r and 1100 both have removable dust covers
problem with the silverstone is that it is not available in my country (but should be given its dust blocking abilities which you mention!) so it will cost me my left kidney to ship 25 lbs internationally
A review on TechSpot is dinging the 500R for being wide open for dust from the side panel:
Lacking side panel dust filter, Only mATX and ATX mobo support, Fans could be a bit more silent A full $40 (40%) more expensive than the 400R, Dust can easily enter the system
see brotha,no case is "all good" everyone of them has some pros and cons.so pick up the one that suits you best. from me,i would suggest 500r or nzxt phantom.it's a great tower for it's price.
You are right
I might buy dust filters for the side panel to keep out the dust
still it won't 100% dust proof
True, but as you said, there isnt one cast that is dust proof in that list.
It just means I'll have to maintain the case and components very frequently
^and you know one thing,it's fun!
If you find that your dust filters aren't keeping out enough of the dust, then you can try putting cheesecloth over the intakes. A single layer is thin, catches fine dust particulate well, and is very inexpensive. I've used it on ventilation systems that supply air to electronics. Just don't make it too thick; 2-3 layers thick should be good. It will reduce some of your airflow so monitor your temps when you first install to make sure you still have sufficient cooling.