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June 23, 2012 9:21:43 AM

Hi.
I have been wracking my head around looking for the perfect case to house my pc components, there is so much to take into consideration... would you help me, oh wise and learned forum?

1. Can it fit an ASRock z77 extreme4 mb, i7 3770k, GTX 680 SLI (these are quite long... :pfff:  ), with more than one HDD?
2. Does it provide enough space for air/watercooling? Is the case design efficient in air circulation?
3. Does it have USB 3.0 on the front? If it doesn't that's okay... sometimes...
4. Does it have massive fans? I like fans.
5. Is it's lighting/acrylic panel NOT blue?! Im sick of blue lighting :fou:  please.... Red or plain black will be fine...
6. Is it within the price range of $150?

What say you, Tom's Hardware forum?

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June 23, 2012 10:07:27 AM

WingSeph said:
Hi.
I have been wracking my head around looking for the perfect case to house my pc components, there is so much to take into consideration... would you help me, oh wise and learned forum?

1. Can it fit an ASRock z77 extreme4 mb, i7 3770k, GTX 680 SLI (these are quite long... :pfff:  ), with more than one HDD?
2. Does it provide enough space for air/watercooling? Is the case design efficient in air circulation?
3. Does it have USB 3.0 on the front? If it doesn't that's okay... sometimes...
4. Does it have massive fans? I like fans.
5. Is it's lighting/acrylic panel NOT blue?! Im sick of blue lighting :fou:  please.... Red or plain black will be fine...
6. Is it within the price range of $150?

What say you, Tom's Hardware forum?


i am sorry to say that you won't get the best case for watercooling as your budget is $150....you are using some awesome hardware,why not get a better case?
just let me clear one thing...the most extreme watercooling tower style case is the caselabs sth10....
if you want less xtreme watercooling,get the silverstone temjin tj11.....

hope it helps:D 
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June 23, 2012 10:32:05 AM

mukitbinazad said:
i am sorry to say that you won't get the best case for watercooling as your budget is $150....you are using some awesome hardware,why not get a better case?
just let me clear one thing...the most extreme watercooling tower style case is the caselabs sth10....
if you want less xtreme watercooling,get the silverstone temjin tj11.....

hope it helps:D 


Simply because these parts do not have a home, and i cannot wait for another x amount of weeks to increase my budget...

how about a Antec DF-85? Or a NZXT Lexa Redline Edition? Any good?
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June 23, 2012 10:54:08 AM

WingSeph said:
Hi.
I have been wracking my head around looking for the perfect case to house my pc components, there is so much to take into consideration... would you help me, oh wise and learned forum?

1. Can it fit an ASRock z77 extreme4 mb, i7 3770k, GTX 680 SLI (these are quite long... :pfff:  ), with more than one HDD?
2. Does it provide enough space for air/watercooling? Is the case design efficient in air circulation?
3. Does it have USB 3.0 on the front? If it doesn't that's okay... sometimes...
4. Does it have massive fans? I like fans.
5. Is it's lighting/acrylic panel NOT blue?! Im sick of blue lighting :fou:  please.... Red or plain black will be fine...
6. Is it within the price range of $150?

What say you, Tom's Hardware forum?


For your price range i would recommend these in order of priority.

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D = $159 after mail in rebate, and well worth every penny

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

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D = $139 also well worth every penny

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

Corsair Carbide Series 500R = $139

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 23, 2012 12:02:37 PM

Okay thanks for this, i think i will go with the Corsair Carbide Series 500R, it seems to have everything that i would need.

Any objections?
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June 23, 2012 12:12:03 PM

WingSeph said:
Okay thanks for this, i think i will go with the Corsair Carbide Series 500R, it seems to have everything that i would need.

Any objections?
No that's a great case go for it. ;) 
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June 23, 2012 12:12:58 PM

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June 23, 2012 12:26:13 PM

HAHA it was me that recommended the 500R, yet you gave the best answer to someone else, now im sulking ;) 
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June 23, 2012 12:29:50 PM

Uther39 said:
HAHA it was me that recommended the 500R, yet you gave the best answer to someone else, now im sulking ;) 


BAHAHAHAHA whoops im very sorry, im new you see xP but thank you very much for the recommendation. You win the best answer award, Spiritually :ange: 
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June 23, 2012 5:37:38 PM

In your price range, 500R is a great case.....at benchmarkreviews.com, it outpoints the HAF-X< 9.25 to 9.10

In white, it looks better and is $5 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-139-010^11-139-010-TS%2C11-139-009^11-139-009-TS

If ya want bigger and want the chance to use the 10.0 jonnyguru rated, 850 watt CP-850, I'd look at the Antec 1200V3 and DF-85
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June 23, 2012 11:35:45 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
In your price range, 500R is a great case.....at benchmarkreviews.com, it outpoints the HAF-X< 9.25 to 9.10

In white, it looks better and is $5 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-139-010^11-139-010-TS%2C11-139-009^11-139-009-TS

If ya want bigger and want the chance to use the 10.0 jonnyguru rated, 850 watt CP-850, I'd look at the Antec 1200V3 and DF-85


Dont worry about the PSU, i already have an HX850 :D 

Bahahaha i like how i found this thread and you have given the exact same advice on a case http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/327359-28-best-tower-...

I also like how the 500R was chosen there too, i feel confident on my purchase. Thanks!

Edit: I originally did want to get a DF-85 (i said here before) because it's huge, red, and with lots of fans... But i have already been convinced to get the 500R.
Plus ive been thinking, those ROM drive latches on the DF-85 could get annoying.
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