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Antec Three Hundred vs. Antec Three Hundred Two

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May 24, 2012 12:10:42 AM

Hey Guys. It has been 5 years and I decided it was time to build a new machine. I have been reading about cases, and I am trying to decide between the Antec Three Hundred or the Antec Three Hundred Two. After rebates the Three Hundred is $40 versus $70 for the Three Hundred Two. I don't mind paying the extra money, if it will future proof my machine. Do you guys think the benefits of the Three Hundred Two are worth the extra cost?

a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2012 12:37:57 AM

cases don't really "future proof" a machine. you buy a case for what you want($ of fans, # of HD brackets, cable management, Air Circulation etc) regardless, mobos will likely stay atx sized so a case can last a long time.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2012 12:43:13 AM

I have not used the 302 yet, but did actually like the older 300 for the price.

The 302 does add a nicer hard drive mounting system(the same one used in the Sonata line as well as many cases now days), usb3 on the front as well as some other enhancements like a filtered intake for the power supply on the bottom and a SSD mounting spot on the backside of the MB tray(also water cooling tube outlets on the top and a rear side fan holder/vent).

If those seem like features you will like, then go for it, In general, for the price the 300 was a very good case in my books.

The 302 also seems to lack the 2 120mm intake fan locations on the front(reviews show it that way), but i never used those anyway.

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2012 12:54:51 AM

If you're gaming, using a large GPU and don't like to screw the hard drives into place, then the Three Hundred Two would be the option. On the other hand, I don't know how secure and quiet the hard drives would be in the screwless system. I have built sveral with the Three Hundred and you can have 5 120MM fans if you want. I haven't found heat to be an issue.

Hope this helps.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 24, 2012 2:33:25 AM

Any decent case will last you forEVER if you want. The only significant difference I see between the two is the USB 3.0 ports in front and watercooling outlets if you use them - if that's worth $30 to you, then go for it.

Things like the screwless hard drive mounting system and SSD bay are pretty much non-issues if you ask me. You install those things once and it's not very difficult to do the traditional way, so ... meh.

In my opinion, the 300 is/was one of my favorite cases of all time to work with in that price range. The 302 should be excellent too; its just a matter of whether you think it's worth the price.