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Which Case/Chasis is the Best-est?

Hey,

Need to decide on a case.. Got time until septemeber, but this question has been bothering me for quite a while now.
So, here goes.. Which case should i get for my new gaming build?

Relevent Info:
Max cooler height is 160mm, the Mobo is full atx and i want dust filters. Usb 3.0 is not necessary. Side window is a plus but not necessary. Target budget is $70 but i can stretch that to $100. Should be good looking and should have good airflow, but value comes first. :)

I guess thats it. ..
..
Huh? Wha..? You wanna know all my buld-specs? Hmm. Ok.

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
MOBO: MSI Z77A-GD55
GPU: The Almighty 660Ti 2GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz -- yes, yes.. The high profile ones.
SSD: Agility 4 128GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200Rpm
PSU: Thermaltake Smart M 750W
Case: You tell me! :D

As you can see, this is a build in the making... :sol:

Once again, hope to get a case with good airflow, tons of stock fans, dust filters and good looks and value. Not too much to ask, is it? ;)
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  1. rockstar_7 said:
    Hey,

    Need to decide on a case.. Got time until septemeber, but this question has been bothering me for quite a while now.
    So, here goes.. Which case should i get for my new gaming build?

    Relevent Info:
    Max cooler height is 160mm, the Mobo is full atx and i want dust filters. Usb 3.0 is not necessary. Side window is a plus but not necessary. Target budget is $70 but i can stretch that to $100. Should be good looking and should have good airflow, but value comes first. :)

    I guess thats it. ..
    ..
    Huh? Wha..? You wanna know all my buld-specs? Hmm. Ok.

    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
    MOBO: MSI Z77A-GD55
    GPU: The Almighty 660Ti 2GB
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz -- yes, yes.. The high profile ones.
    SSD: Agility 4 128GB
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200Rpm
    PSU: Thermaltake Smart M 750W
    Case: You tell me! :D

    As you can see, this is a build in the making... :sol:

    Once again, hope to get a case with good airflow, tons of stock fans, dust filters and good looks and value. Not too much to ask, is it? ;)

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html/
  2. Uther39 said:


    Ok. Got it.
    400R, on the top of my list.

    Now, how is the 300R compared to this and any good CM or Thermaltake contenders at the $70 price point?
  3. Best answer
    I suggest this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245
    Upgradable, excellent airflow, lots of room
  4. Xlerator said:
    I suggest this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245
    Upgradable, excellent airflow, lots of room


    Ahh.. CM Storm trooper, how I wish to claim thee.
    'Alas,' I say. We cannot be.

    True Story. :whistle:
  5. The one case that comes to mind is the Cooler Master Storm Scout


    also if one would use raidmax cases, they are having a 15% off promotion at the moment, like the Smilodon series. the CM storm enforcer won the last mid range case battlethat review, and i know lian-li and antec has windowed cases in this area.
  6. amuffin said:


    But its 90.
    And 70 only after MIR. :s

    Anyway, this.. I've added to the list.
  7. dudewitbow said:
    The one case that comes to mind is the Cooler Master Storm Scout


    also if one would use raidmax cases, they are having a 15% off promotion at the moment, like the Smilodon series. the CM storm enforcer won the last mid range case battle, and i know lian-li and antec has windowed cases in this area.


    CM Storm Scout was my choice! But, it doesnt have dust filters... which is why i opened this thread.
    Anyhow, how is the Storm Enforcer in terms of air flow and dust filters?
  8. rockstar_7 said:
    CM Storm Scout was my choice! But, it doesnt have dust filters... which is why i opened this thread.
    Anyhow, how is the Storm Enforcer in terms of air flow and dust filters?

    The scout DOES have dust filters! I own one and I own the CM 690 II Advanced too.
  9. rockstar_7 said:
    CM Storm Scout was my choice! But, it doesnt have dust filters... which is why i opened this thread.
    Anyhow, how is the Storm Enforcer in terms of air flow and dust filters?


    i need to go check the cases myself and see which one has dust filters.


    according to this video the entire front face is a removable dust filter
  10. $10 discount using the code ;)
  11. dudewitbow said:
    i need to go check the cases myself and see which one has dust filters.


    according to this video the entire front face is a removable dust filter


    I read a review which said:

    *Link: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/Storm_Scout/6.html

    Quote:
    Many openings in the case do not have dust filters
    Front feels fairly flimsy and is fragile


    So, i called it off and decided to buy a different case.

    *edit
  12. It's a LAN oriented case :P

    What do ya expect?
  13. amuffin said:
    It's a LAN oriented case :P

    What do ya expect?


    Lol, good point.
    So any better cases, for $70 range?
  14. Well coming from the perspective of having the Storm Scout, the CM 690 II Advanced, and have owned the HAF 912 previously.


    Storm Scout
    Pros:
    Side Window
    LAN Oriented
    Easy to move around
    Cons:
    Bad Cable management
    HDD Cages not removable

    CM 690 II Advanced
    Pros:
    Cable Management
    Removable HDD cages
    Great for watercooling
    Top Hot swap bay
    Cons:
    Inside is a bit small
    Unable to do push+pull with 240mm radiators

    HAF 912
    Pros:
    Great airflow
    Good cable management
    Removeable HDD cage

    Cons:
    Only 1 120mm fan is included in the front
    Has a "cheap" feeling to it
  15. amuffin said:

    CM 690 II Advanced
    Pros:
    Cable Management
    Removable HDD cages
    Great for watercooling
    Top Hot swap bay
    Cons:
    Inside is a bit small
    Unable to do push+pull with 240mm radiators


    Ok. So, heres the list i've come up with:

    1) 300R
    2) CM 690II Advanced
    3) 400R

    I need some more options.. Any thermaltake cases? I'm asking for thermaltake cause i live in Dubai. Thermaltake cases are slightly cheaper compared to other case prices. The rest of the cases are consistent (have a substantial, but consistent premium over US prices.)
  16. Thermaltake cases are very iffy, just like most of their power supplies.

    Pretty low quality IMO.
  17. amuffin said:
    Thermaltake cases are very iffy, just like most of their power supplies.

    Pretty low quality IMO.


    What about the power supply i've chosen? and the Thermaltake A90?
    I thought they were pretty good. :)
  18. Here's a pic of my storm scout:


    And here's a picture of my CM 690 II Advanced:


    And..Here's a picture of the HAF 912 that I sold my friend :P
  19. amuffin said:
    Here's a pic of my storm scout:
    http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/4489/img2726f.jpg

    And here's a picture of my CM 690 II Advanced:
    http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/5872/img3100v.jpg

    And..Here's a picture of the HAF 912 that I sold my friend :P
    http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6712/56227329143364427000982.jpg


    Sweet Builds :D

    So, which one did you have to clean the least? Or never clean?
  20. Best answer selected by rockstar_7.
  21. Xlerator said:
    I suggest this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119245
    Upgradable, excellent airflow, lots of room


    I managed to convince a friend to buy the CM Storm Trooper cause its at such a good price point at the moment. Thanks!! :D

    As for me, i might save up for it or get the Corsair 400R.
  22. Should have gotten the Stryker :P
  23. amuffin said:
    Should have gotten the Stryker :P


    Nah... It's fine, it's almost the same.. :)

    Thanks anyway!
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