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Case better than Corsair Carbide Series 500R

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February 12, 2012 8:55:40 PM

I'm building up from a pre-built gateway dx, back to my custom built glory (old computer got stolen)

I got a 6970, love it, but since my case only has one rear fan and was not even intended for anything more than it's crappy onboard video it overheats BAD!

I'm really close to deciding on my upgrades, apparently an i5 2500k beats any amd processor in it's price range, since for gaming the bulldozer seems to be a failure and there's no phenom 32nm that I could find.

I need a case that can fit an 11 inch card, I need a case that will have extremely good airflow and will be future watercooling accessible... far down the line, and I need a case that has a front 3.0 usb.

The best that I could find so far is the corsair (i will be capitalizing on the top 2 fan expansions) -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Followed closely behind by the antec 900 2 v3 -
http://www.altex.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Two-Version-3-1...
I fear the antec may be too short for my gpu and I also dislike that it's option for a side fan is so small.

I want a GREAT case for future upgrading <$150 and just want confirmation by the end of the night, because there's a newegg special that ends today to get the corsair for a total of $105

*also on this build I'm currently in the blue on a motherboard as I am normally an AMD guy, but I would require a motherboard that can accept my 1600 vengeance ram (even though people say the i5 doesn't support it, I still plan on utilizing it)
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February 12, 2012 9:22:22 PM

The 500R is the way to go and the deal right now makes it all the sweeter....white one sure is pretty tho :) 
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February 12, 2012 9:22:27 PM

You can try going with the Silverstone Raven RV03, it has a 90 degree board rotation and will cool your components better.
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February 12, 2012 9:57:59 PM

I just did my build with the Corsair Carbide 300R and it's a MONSTER for space, it has a ton of room and it's a regular looking all black case, i love it because it's not flashy and plenty of room for H20 setups and monster cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 13, 2012 1:44:35 AM

Best answer selected by Venivik.
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February 13, 2012 1:48:01 AM

redeemer said:
You can try going with the Silverstone Raven RV03, it has a 90 degree board rotation and will cool your components better.

it's a great case, but it doesn't appeal to me because it is more expensive and the biggest win the 500R has that I can't find in any other case is the ease of the top loading radiator for water cooling my cpu in the future. I'm ordering it now.
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