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January 13, 2013 2:36:43 PM

My 2 favorite cases I have seen are the NZXT Guardian 921 (blue) and the NZXT Phantom Enthusiast (White). I love the way they look and the prices are good ($70 for the guardian, $90 for the phantom). I don't really need a full tower, but the phantom seems to have advantages in cooling and cable management. I prefer cases with blue LEDs and sleek designs (not black boxes), but performance is important. Any input is appreciated.
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January 13, 2013 3:05:55 PM

i really dont see the point of fancy looking cases given they get boring REALLY fast. a black box would be timeless. plus the one i have in mind has better internal features any day (ex. more cabling, better placed grommets, silence)

but if you want a fancy case, just get the phantom 410
http://www.outletpc.com/je6393.html?utm_source=je6393&u...

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January 13, 2013 3:20:53 PM

What was the case you had in mind? In the end looks should be second to performance anyways but it's fun to have some wow factor as well.
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January 13, 2013 3:44:31 PM

The Guardian is really outdated (no space behind mobo for cables, no interior paint, etc.). It was a good case at the time, but that time has passed. This fact alone should count enough for not getting it.

The phantom is a very good choice, looks kinda fancy if you like it, but still mature enough not to get boring. And it has all the features a modern case should have.
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January 13, 2013 3:49:38 PM

whatsthatnoise said:
The Guardian is really outdated (no space behind mobo for cables, no interior paint, etc.). It was a good case at the time, but that time has passed. This fact alone should count enough for not getting it.

The phantom is a very good choice, looks kinda fancy if you like it, but still mature enough not to get boring. And it has all the features a modern case should have.


Should I get the full tower ($10 less) or the 410? I don't need a full tower but it's cheaper and I don't see how more space could hurt.
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January 13, 2013 5:02:11 PM

Norlag said:
Should I get the full tower ($10 less) or the 410? I don't need a full tower but it's cheaper and I don't see how more space could hurt.


Most people don't need a full tower. Only makes sense if you want to put in a lot of HDDs and/or triple/quad GPU setups.

Agreed, the R4 is a really nice case, too.
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January 22, 2013 10:59:20 PM

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