So putting together a $1200 ish build and looking for a case for around $100. Main things I'm looking for are nice space inside, air filters on intakes (removable if possible), Blue LED Fans, good airflow for good air cooling so I can OC a i5 3570k, toolless design, nice cable management, and also usb 3.0 is a major plus.
So far I have come across the Corsair 400r and HAF 922. The Corsair is nice, but could use a bit more fans and the HDD trays seemed somewhat cheap from vid reviews. The HAF 922 looks nice large and solid, but I don't think it has any air filters and the fans are red
I know they discontinued the HAF 922 blue, which is a shame. I could miss airfilters for a revised usb 3.0 version of that beauty.
If anyone knows of a case that meets what I am looking for let me know.
Well I have just almost completed my first ever build and I have used the RaidMax Quantum, and it is definitely worth the £75 that I paid for it, it has 5 internal case fans, all with either blue blades or blue LEDs, and it also has four blue LEDs on the front corners, well worth it http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raidmax-Quantum-Midi-Tower-Blac...
I liked that CM HAF however it was about 2" to tall for my desk I have. Ended up with a Rosewill Challenger. It has the blue disco fan in front (came with it, along with a rear and top exhaust) I attached a Cougar to the side with a (homemade) filter behid it. My board is an extreme 6 with a 3770k cpu. Using two Adobe programs at once such as Flash and Premier my Mobo is 96 degrees and my Cpu is at 100 degrees. Fans are all set on 2 except for the CPU CMater is on Auto.
OK so still looking, but mostly looking into HAF cases lately. I am kinda caring less about filters atm. I like the features of HAF XM as it is a more updated HAF case with rubber grommets and the like, but seems to be a tad big. I would chose the HAF 922 instead, but it has really no cable holes at all, let alone rubber grommets. I REALLY like the front 200mm fans on many of the HAF's. Also, I really want usb 3.0. Why? Because it is 3.0, thats why!
The GMC H-80 is a nice fan. Its got good airflow with a big 240mm fan on the side panel. Its a toolles design and has very nice cable management. The downs are for you, it has red led fans and no usb 3.0. It has a bottom mounted psu which will save u alot of space. It will run you up just under $100. Is defiantly worth the price!
Shame I couldnt get a HAF 922 size, but with actual routing holes for cables beside the motherboard tray. The 922 is big still, but not quite XM big. I really am not sure I have the space for something on the scale of the XM tbh.