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CoolerMaster HAF 912 vs Antec 302 and PSUs

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August 8, 2012 10:13:17 AM

Hello Community! I am here to ask you guys to compare some of my choices for my upcoming build. Full thread of that can be found here

One member has suggested to get the Antec 302 instead of the HAF 912.

and get the Silverstone Strider 750W instead of Corsair TX 750W

Can someone here help me decide or suggest a different one with a reason please :)  Also, can you find the suggestion here please: http://pccasegear.com/ or http://www.mwave.com.au/ because those are the two sites I am interested in.

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August 8, 2012 11:18:53 AM

You dont need a 750 a good 650 would power all that easily.

Personally if you can chip the extra $ I would get this case

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Nothing against the 912 but I think it just looks like the XM's bucktoothed poorly bred cousin.

However between your 2 I would still take the HAF 912 over the Antec 302

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August 8, 2012 11:22:10 AM

Thank you for the reply.

I will stick with my HAF 912 then.

Also, can you recommend me a 650W power supply please? That would be immensely appreciated :) 
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August 8, 2012 11:25:51 AM

TX650
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August 8, 2012 11:48:53 AM

Absolutely the TX650 is enough for massive OC in a system with only one GTX 670.
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August 8, 2012 11:56:21 AM

I would get the Silverstone Strider 750W and the HAF 912 personally but that's just me to each his or her own i always like to say anyway,good luck!
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August 8, 2012 11:57:33 AM

Cool, I'll keep my HAF 912 and switch the 750W to a Corsair TX 650W V2

so now, it's

i5 3570k
Hyper 212
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
GTX670
8GB G.SKILL RAM
DVD STUFF
HDD AND SDD

with HAF912
and Corsair TX650W V2 and everything will be fine?

EDIT: OR Should I get the Silverstone Strider to future proof it a bit...

Gahhh decisions, decisions!
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August 8, 2012 11:58:05 AM

That PSU will handle your PC without any issues.
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August 8, 2012 12:44:38 PM

the antec 302 has better build quality.

550w is more than enough for a single GPU system given how efficent the 670 is. 750w is for dual gpu setups
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August 8, 2012 12:53:13 PM

Ahhh, the Antec vote from you again :) 

Thank you, but the outer design of the HAF 912 just attracts me, plus I heard that it has awesome cable management.
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August 8, 2012 1:01:20 PM

i dont think so. the cabling space looks mediocre compared to the antec 302.
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August 8, 2012 3:06:28 PM

The build you've posted looks almost identical to what I've settled on. CPU/CPU Cooler/Motherboard/Case all the same.

I'm looking at a SeaSonic 620W power supply since they seem to have the best reputation. Though I will check out the pricing on the TX650 you've selected and see where that comes in. For the video card I've selected AMD instead of NVidia, but AMD is going to serve my purposes better.

My question is has anyone mentioned potential RAM clearance issues to you and suggested low profile RAM? I've had someone suggest a potential concern with the 212 EVO and the size of the RAM. If anyone else has this motherboard/cooler combo and knows that you don't have to have low profile RAM that would be great.

I'm looking 2x4GB for 8GB total RAM.

Also based on what you've listed I'm guessing your PC should come in right around $1000 if you are diligent with your shopping.
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August 8, 2012 3:40:25 PM

ncasolo said:
The build you've posted looks almost identical to what I've settled on. CPU/CPU Cooler/Motherboard/Case all the same.

I'm looking at a SeaSonic 620W power supply since they seem to have the best reputation. Though I will check out the pricing on the TX650 you've selected and see where that comes in. For the video card I've selected AMD instead of NVidia, but AMD is going to serve my purposes better.

My question is has anyone mentioned potential RAM clearance issues to you and suggested low profile RAM? I've had someone suggest a potential concern with the 212 EVO and the size of the RAM. If anyone else has this motherboard/cooler combo and knows that you don't have to have low profile RAM that would be great.

I'm looking 2x4GB for 8GB total RAM.

Also based on what you've listed I'm guessing your PC should come in right around $1000 if you are diligent with your shopping.


the pc power and cooling mk3 600w is just as good as the seasonic m12ii 620w

most ram clears the 212 evo. corsair vengeance doesnt
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August 9, 2012 6:51:00 AM

ncasolo said:
The build you've posted looks almost identical to what I've settled on. CPU/CPU Cooler/Motherboard/Case all the same.

I'm looking at a SeaSonic 620W power supply since they seem to have the best reputation. Though I will check out the pricing on the TX650 you've selected and see where that comes in. For the video card I've selected AMD instead of NVidia, but AMD is going to serve my purposes better.

My question is has anyone mentioned potential RAM clearance issues to you and suggested low profile RAM? I've had someone suggest a potential concern with the 212 EVO and the size of the RAM. If anyone else has this motherboard/cooler combo and knows that you don't have to have low profile RAM that would be great.

I'm looking 2x4GB for 8GB total RAM.

Also based on what you've listed I'm guessing your PC should come in right around $1000 if you are diligent with your shopping.

No, I have not received any replies about the size of my RAM, TheBigTroll suggested me the G.Skill Ripjawz X and I think he has a pretty good knowledge about them.

Currently, I am spending $1450 AUD without Windows for my Rig, how did you calculate $1000 :o 
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August 9, 2012 6:54:12 AM

Kamen_BG said:
I'd switch the graphics card to this one
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
It's just as good at stock speeds but it can be overclocked higher.

This case is also better than the CM HAF 912.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Yeah, idk whether I want the HD7970, I like the Nvidia side because it allows me to enable FXAA for all games in the Nvidia Control Panel. I dont know if the AMD side has this aswell so thats why I am sticking with the GTX670.

Your suggestion about the CM 690 II looks very nice, I might switch my HAF for that! However I do like the BEEFY look of the HAF912 if you know what I mean.
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August 9, 2012 6:57:48 AM

I sold my HAF 912 to my friend and upgraded to a CM 690 II Advanced.

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

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 
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August 9, 2012 7:14:09 AM

Did you add the lights yourself or was it already there :p 

EDIT: I did some research and some people have found a big issue with the CM 690 II Advanced. Here it is.
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August 9, 2012 7:37:53 AM

Yeah, fans, really? A 140mm fan in the front is more than anyone will ever need, it also comes with a top 140mm outtake fan and a 120mm rear outtake fan.

HAF 912 only comes with a 120mm front and a 120mm out.
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August 9, 2012 7:39:05 AM

No, I meant the problem about grounding and static destroying motherboards.
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August 9, 2012 7:42:17 AM

Very unlikely :pfff: 

I don't see anyone else have that problem.
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August 9, 2012 7:44:13 AM

I don't know :( 

Back when you said that it comes with the top 140mm outtake and a rear 120mm outtake fan. Do you mean it comes with the case or something?

I have never bought a gaming case before and I don't know what to expect in terms of the number of fans I get in the package.
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August 9, 2012 7:45:24 AM

Yes, they come with the case!

140mm intake
140mm top outtake
120mm rear outtake
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August 9, 2012 7:48:14 AM

I remember during summer, I come back home and turn on my computer, it would ALWAYS zap me. I'm afraid that this case will get so much static electricity during summer here. (I'm in NSW Australia btw and it gets to 30-40) during summers.
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August 9, 2012 7:48:40 AM

That's a problem with your electricity, not the temperatures.
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August 9, 2012 7:51:47 AM

It could be a humidity problem during the summers. I still feel unsafe about the CM 690 due to the reports of this grounding issue.

EDIT: I just remembered that during early mornings, my PC would auto restart right when I turn on the PC, so it goes into POST then restarts then the error message that you have rebooted your PC wrong.

I am reading more articles of how the CM 690 keeps doing this especially when touching it or plugging USBs in.

You can still try to convince me to get the CM 690 instead of the HAF912 though, because I'm still unclear haha.

I hope this long discussion isn't annoying you too much.
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August 9, 2012 7:55:42 AM

CM 690 or CM 690 II Advanced? There are multiple versions!

What reports? If it's a few hundred people then it can be a report, not just one person reporting it. Did that guy have proof? NO!
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August 9, 2012 7:58:28 AM

Sorry, when I say CM 690 I mean CM 690 II, I just didn't write it because I thought you knew what I meant. Here is another topic.

Some get the problem, some doesn't.
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August 11, 2012 1:32:50 PM

I'm not an expert on this type of thing, but I've got to believe that any case can be properly grounded to make it a non-issue.
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August 11, 2012 1:39:48 PM

amuffin said:
I sold my HAF 912 to my friend and upgraded to a CM 690 II Advanced.

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

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
nice looking rig bud ilooks so cool :sol: 
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August 21, 2012 10:14:53 AM

Best answer selected by Platinum_Gamer.
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