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September 23, 2012 3:15:32 PM

Hello, :hello: 

I am soon going to be building my first gaming PC and I obviously need a case for it. I would prefer to spend less than $120 on my case. I shouldn't even be paying that much, but hey, it deserves to look nice. After searching around, I just can't seem to find a case that fits my taste just right, except the White Corsair 600T which is out of my price range. I would the case to have most of the following, in no particular order:

Painted interior - This is a deal breaker for me because I want to show off my PC and without a nice interior, it isn't that great.

Side window - It's nice to see the inside from the out, again to show off. I don't want a case if it has a small window near the top and then a huge fan. Ex: NZXT Phantom 410 or HAF 932 :kaola: 

Rubber grommets on cable holes - makes the overall look nicer

Good airflow - In most cases I don't this is an issue, but in some it is. Quiet is always better as well.

NO SIDE FANS - I hate the look of a nice side panel only to be ruined by a fan mounting space. ESPECIALLY on side window cases which block your view. The only exception would be in a case the the NZXT Phantom in which the fan mounts are used for style purposes.

Good looks - IMO, less is more. I'm not a big fan off the really funky cases like most by Azza or Raidmax. I like it classy yet artistic. Ex: NZXT Phantom, Corsair 600T or Bitfenix Shinobi

Note: I am not a big fan of the following cases, but if you really love them, please just say so. HAF 912 (bare interior), Corsair Carbide (don't like bulged sides), Antec 300 (too plain and great example of the dreaded side fan)

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September 23, 2012 4:28:03 PM

My 2 cents :) 

NZXT Switch 810 (comes in white, black, matte black, and gunmetal) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian 650D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And my personal favorite, Corsair Obsidian 550D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

550D doesn't feature a side window, but the interior is VERY nice and the front brushed aluminum panel is just wicked. One of the best looking cases IMO :lol:  you can barely hear the components inside working as well since this case was oriented for silence :) 
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September 23, 2012 10:22:45 PM

Rosewill Blackhawk has the rubber grommets round the cable routing holes, it has a window, but it also has a fan mount on the left side panel. Although it is not actually on the window.
http://www.rosewill.com/products/1772/ProductDetail_Ove...

The Gelid Darkforce is based on the same design, but has a much larger window and no fan mount on the left side panel, but this is the only place I've found it in the US (I'm assuming you are in the US, apologies if this is not the case):
http://www.aerocooler.com/product_info.php?products_id=...
Where it costs $125.

SilverStone Precision PS06B-W has a large window, no fan mounts on it, but no cable management grommets.
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September 23, 2012 10:23:21 PM

Wow, the Gelid Darkforce looks pretty slick.
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September 23, 2012 11:45:15 PM

Wow, all three of those look great. It's such a hard choice.
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