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August 9, 2012 12:39:30 AM

Hello,
New build going on. trying to figure a decent case/bang for the buck..with great cooling and room for a quadro 4000 card. This is going to be stabbed into a ASUS p9x79ws board BTW.

Reading over at Amazon and some are having an issue with gtx8800 cards in an antec case mid tower. I think the Quadro 4000 is as big if not bigger... Plus I may add a 680 later down the road to it. NO H20 cooler rather air like the Zalman cnps 12x low

The full tower is a little big to fit in my desk nook.. I do like USB 3.0 in the front and the power on the bottom I guess? I am not sure the biggy on power at the bottom or top of the case. Except heat rises... Price range would be around 100 bucks...prefer less obviously.

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August 9, 2012 1:43:26 AM

If you stuff your computer in an enclosed desk nook, keep in mind that you're likely to bake your computer.
I've recently built an HAF922, and loved it, I would expect it's large enough for a Quadro card, not sure if it'd fit where you want to put it though. Very nice feature set on the case, the build I did was shockingly quiet for what was in it.

Here's a couple Tom's articles giving some good info:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mana-136-midgard-ii...
http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/598-raidmax-ag...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/eleven-hundred-stor...

By no means a comprehensive list, but it's got some handy info.
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August 9, 2012 2:25:00 AM

Thanks you guys that is what I as looking for I guess? Although having the fans installed is preferred, but I am sure since this is my first build I will later wish for a cheap stripped frame and my choice of fans. Just got my video card in the mail and looking forward to installing it soon.

@G unit- 100 bucks, last sentence in the paragraph~peace
August 9, 2012 2:53:59 AM

Well, I am personally using a cheap Thermaltake V3 Black edition for $30. The case is very basic, but there is plenty of space for large GPUs and lots of HDDs. The whole thing is well vented, so heat is not at all a concern. But it is a $30 case, so no extras, but it will get the job done, and has space for a few 120mm fans (one front, one bottom, one rear, there are 2 slots up top, but to use them you would need just the right mobo and some very slim 120mm fans). My own setup has a 120mm on front, 120mm on back, 120mm on bottom, power supply mounted upside-down to act as annother 120mm exhaust, plus I have a hyper 212 EVO with 2 120mm fans on it. All of them are super low RPM (~6-800), and dead quiet. i72600 OC to 4.2GHz never hits above 55*c. There are (much) better cases on the market, but personally I would rather spend my money on the parts inside, and the case sits behind my monitor, so I never see it, only hear it, and with all those low rpm fans that is not a concern.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (currently $50... not worth that much, I got mine at Microcenter for $30 2 years ago)

Moving up I like cases made by Fractal Design or Corsair. Part of this is because I like the quality of their equipment, but the other part is that I find gamer cases to be very plasticey and ugly (and I am a less-than-young professional, and I would rather my clients take me seriously).
Corsair makes the 300R which would fit the bill with plenty of space for long cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you like something that looks a little more professional then I would go for something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
of if you can stretch the budget a bit more then something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you dont mind killing your budget then look for something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also; While I love Newegg for their video reviews, they often do not have the best price when you consider shipping. I always prefer to purchase boxes at a local store when possible so that I can check it before I leave the store, and so that it is more easily returnable if a problem does arise. I have ordered cases from the egg without incident... it is just one of those paranoia things where I would rather pay and extra $5 at the retail store for the assurance that I will not have to return a product as heavy as a case.
August 9, 2012 5:22:42 AM

netcommercial said:
Thanks you guys that is what I as looking for I guess? Although having the fans installed is preferred, but I am sure since this is my first build I will later wish for a cheap stripped frame and my choice of fans. Just got my video card in the mail and looking forward to installing it soon.

@G unit- 100 bucks, last sentence in the paragraph~peace


Here's a few that I would recommend around that range:

Corsair 400R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler Master HAF 922: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fractal Design Arc MIDI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 9, 2012 5:41:18 AM

Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case:COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10 off w/ promo code EMCNBNG84, ends 8/9

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN3-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 9, 2012 7:40:16 PM

Almost all mid towers can accomodate long GPUs these days. It is mostly a matter of finding a case that has the look and feature set you want.

Do you prefer a more bulbus and edggy gamer case (complete with lights and windows?), or are you more into sleek and simple cases? I personally have an affinity for white cases as they really stand out (though I have yet to purchase one other than my wife's PC), but others like the grey/black colors of traditional cases, while others (not many) like the super bright orange/red/gree/blue cases put out by some companies.
August 11, 2012 3:56:02 PM

Thanks you guys... I have looked at each one of these cases, and still deciding. All of your posting has not gone un noticed, or un appreciated. There are a lot of cases to choose from out there and I do appreciate your guidance.
As a matter of fact this one- Big Cyco 1

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seems to be a top pick because of the 5 standard fans, cooling vents and the USB's, nice set up with 2-3.0's 4-2.0's and they are set sideways so when I use a reader that is a bit wide I can run two with out conflict from the reader (rubbing/bumping/no room) So I can do a two camera edit with both sticks in the computer for easy access to scenes.

That write up was a huge amount of info DJ Scribbles as well as your suggestions caedenv along the links you provided G-Unit- I think I like JoAnne's videos better then the other guys on New EGG. Plus it is kinda nice when she says "You can just slide it in" referring to my hard drive...LOL

Very kind of all of you to hop in here and suggest and help out. I am grateful for your help.

Peace,

Necommercial
August 11, 2012 4:58:29 PM

netcommercial said:
Oh one other thing when a case says it is ATX and Micro ATX? I am going with a Asus P9X79WS Is that an ATX board? How can you tell?
Thanks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ATX is a full size standard motherboard.
micro-ATX is about 80% of the size and smaller. (and of course less slots)
the best way to tell is go on Asus site look up the specs for motherboard :) 
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