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November 19, 2012 4:43:47 PM

I'm collecting parts for a new PC.

i5-3570K
HD 7850 1G
Corsair Vengence 8G
Corsair|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT (On the Way, $50)
Asrock|Z77 Extreme4 (On the Way, $105)

What do you guys think about using this Cooler Master Case?

It looks fairly old with USB 2 but the USB2 doesn't concern me.

Is there anything else in the too old category or other drawbacks I should be concerned about?

The price after rebate is $50.

Thanks

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November 19, 2012 5:08:09 PM

Its a great case. If u could find the Advanced version .

And tell me your budget so i can reccomend u another case if possible.
November 19, 2012 6:56:19 PM

prototype18 said:
Its a great case. If u could find the Advanced version .

And tell me your budget so i can reccomend u another case if possible.


My goal was to find a Black Friday deal with a good case marked down to around $50-60.
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November 19, 2012 7:17:07 PM

I've got my build inside a CM690-II right now, and I agree that the Advanced version is worth the extra for the top HDD Dock. It's an older case, yes, but it's also built like a rock. Excellent quality, very large, with a lot of room to work with, and plenty of 3.5" bays. If you only need 1 or 2 hard drives, you can actually take out the bottom half of the hard drive rack and open up even more space. Nice cable management overall. Space for a dual radiator, if you ever feel the need. There is absolutely nothing 'too oudated' about it, unless you absolutely need USB 3.0, and 2.0 wouldnt work for whatever reason. I even think you can buy a 3.0 panel for it straight from CoolerMaster, but I could be wrong...


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's another very nice case, similar to the 690-II, although it is a little smaller; I would have bought it myself, had it actually existed when I built this rig. USB 3.0, I believe. Makes me feel old with my Phenom II and 790FX motherboard.

Both are relatively inexpensive, and I'd happily recommend either one of them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even Corsair has their own 'version' of this style of case. It's all up to personal preference, and what happens to go on sale.

Happy shopping! :) 

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November 19, 2012 7:32:25 PM
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hm said:
My goal was to find a Black Friday deal with a good case marked down to around $50-60.


Its really hard to reccomend smth at that budget. Cuz u need a good case :) 

And i have NO cluea about the Black Friday. So i think i cant help you this time.

The max i can do is give u some 80-100$ cases that maybe can go down on BF .

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71082&vpn=RC-692A-KKN5...

http://www.macconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail.ht...

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006I2H084/?tag=pcpapi-20

1 of these 3 cases would be great if u can get them.

500R or Cm690 II are the real performance cases.

Cm 690 II and Phantom are the cool looking cases.

So its really up to you.

I got my case for 40$ on ebay and it was perfect. All fans are working / front panel too.
November 19, 2012 7:54:43 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I'll take a look at them tonight.

Just to calibrate, you my last case was on sale for $20 with a $20 rebate so it cost me about $10-15 for shipping. So my standards aren't exactly high. :) 

I think when I was looking last night I found a USB 3 version of the 690 II and it was $40 more. Unless there's some other magic I don't new USB 3 that bad.
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November 19, 2012 8:11:59 PM

hm said:
Thanks for the ideas. I'll take a look at them tonight.

Just to calibrate, you my last case was on sale for $20 with a $20 rebate so it cost me about $10-15 for shipping. So my standards aren't exactly high. :) 

I think when I was looking last night I found a USB 3 version of the 690 II and it was $40 more. Unless there's some other magic I don't new USB 3 that bad.


U can always add 3.0 on drive bays later :)  Also the board will have on the back.. Not a problem

So 3.0 for 40$ its a big NO
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November 19, 2012 9:02:16 PM

That's a good case too. And a great deal too. If u cant wait till BF get it. It is roomy and silent.

But im still with Corsair 500 R over it.

Or keep eyes on BF for a graphite 600 T

I really really like that case. It has a lot of space and its elegant.

November 19, 2012 9:17:43 PM

prototype18 said:
That's a good case too. And a great deal too. If u cant wait till BF get it. It is roomy and silent.

But im still with Corsair 500 R over it.

Or keep eyes on BF for a graphite 600 T

I really really like that case. It has a lot of space and its elegant.


Those look to be $130 and $140. Definitely out of my price range.

I'm concerned if I wait for BF and nothing else shows up the 690 may be back to it's higher price.
a b ) Power supply
November 19, 2012 9:26:41 PM

Than u decide. U will have that case looking ati it everyday :) 

So choose the one you like the most.

Both are great cases
November 20, 2012 12:52:14 AM

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November 20, 2012 12:55:18 AM

prototype18 & someguynamedm,

Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

The rebate on the 690 ends on the 21st so I'll have to decide by then.

Decisions Decisions
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