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Case Recommendation

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November 9, 2012 6:15:18 AM

I’m building a PC and I only need one more item, the case. I know that I need an ATX case. With the below mentioned parts, should I get a full tower or a mid tower (I’m especially worried about fitting that Hyper 212 Evo)? My budget is $200 max. Features such as noise reduction, removable storage device trays and cord management are important to me. Conversely, I would prefer the case had minimal or no LED lights (would keep me up at night).

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2678-KR

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

SSD Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

Power Supply: Corsair AX760i Modular 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply (Not Yet Available)

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November 9, 2012 8:30:29 AM

There are heaps of great options for under $200. Also, the hyper 212 is not that big compared to some other coolers. You really only need a mid tower for your build

Corsair 650D. If it was me, I would get this no questions

Corsair 600T

Cooler Master XM

Cooler Master HAF 922. My case

These are only a few ideas. The case choice really comes down to what look and features you want and any future planning. All of these cases are compatible with watercooling should you see fit. I would say the HAF cases are slightly better performing for air cooling but the Corsair cases are higher quality and are very solid. I hope this helps.
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November 9, 2012 3:44:25 PM

Leds can always be disabled so don't let that put you off an otherwise liked case :) 
November 9, 2012 11:52:33 PM

Thanks for the links but I'm only going to buy from Newegg. Seems like Corsair or NZXT are more what I'm looking for. There are too many freaking cases to choose from, lol.

Quietness is a concern for me as well. Not sure if I mentioned that in my OP. The Corsair 550D looks nice.
November 9, 2012 11:56:47 PM

I don't have very much technical knowledge on what I'm doing so I'm trying to use process of elimination to whittle my choices down.

With the motherboard that I bought (Sabertooth Z77), would I be able to use USB 3.0 ports that are on the front of some cases?

Is there anything I'm not thinking about in regards to a case that I should be?
November 16, 2012 11:09:22 PM

Best answer selected by majax.