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Input needed, Debating on new case or keeping my current one.

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February 21, 2013 12:00:03 AM

Hello, I am updating my computer and considering getting a new case as well, my current one is massively heavy and cannot sit on my desk but on the floor instead. The two front I/O ports came wired wrong too so i was never able to use them. Here is a link for my current case.
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=...

The new one I'm thinking is only a Mid-Sized case.
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/guardia...

I've had overheating issues with my full tower and am hoping that the Mid-Sized case will be fore effective at cooling. I am also adding an Antec Kuhler H20 920 CPU cooler to go with the new cpu so it doesn't overheat and die out.

I'm using the current psu that came with my old case, it's 1000W so I'm thinking it should be just fine to power my system. The only odd thing with the new case is the PSU is installed on the bottom, where the normal is on the top. I'll post the components that will be in case. Thanks.

AsRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX
Intel i7-3770k
Antec Kuhler H2O 920 Liquid CPU Cooler System
Kingston HyperX 16GB Model KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5 SSD
Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB
Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive
LITE-ON Black Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature IHBS112-29
MSI DH-20AL 20X DVDRW Drive


February 21, 2013 12:05:09 AM

If you are looking for a new case I would suggest something with more cable management. That is a VERY basic case. Whats your budget on a case?
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February 21, 2013 12:19:55 AM

My budget is basically that price range, maybe up to $100 or stay with my current case. I do like my current one it's just a monster and so heavy to transport if needed.
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February 21, 2013 12:43:17 AM

In that price range my personal pick would be the NZXT Phantom 410 or the Corsair Carbide 400R.

This is the Phantom 410, it is offered in a variety of colors as well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a simpler case in appearance but its got it where it counts in features, the Carbide 400R, which I would personally pick over the phantom due to its cable management and the level of cooling compatibility. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you were willing to go a little higher in price theres the Corsair Vengeance C70 in military green, ammo box style, at $130: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These picks are not just personal preference but are based on reading of reviews and video overviews I watched in the course of my own research for my upcoming build. I finally decided on another case entirely, (Corsair Graphite 600t, White Edition) but its FAR out of your price range.
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February 21, 2013 12:59:13 AM

Thanks for the responses, I'm definitely going to look at those cases, as well as another case that goes way over my budget but seemed to have gotten a lot of praise on here, Corsair 650D, I do like the design of it and love the fact that the cables are hidden behind the motherboard, but I'm a sucker for blue led bright lights, regardless how illuminating they can be.
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February 21, 2013 2:37:29 AM

I would grab a 400R. I have a 300R windowed, and I love the Corsair build quality. It doesn't feel cheap, and the 400R is $85 on Newegg right now. Also my cables fit pretty tight, but the 400R has a better cable management space.
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February 21, 2013 6:20:22 AM

If you like the specs of the 650D take a look at the one I decided on, the Graphite 600T, White Edition, or the Silver. They are fairly similar inside to the 650D but in my opinion at least, much more aesthetically pleasing. If you want a side window, avoid the black version, it doesn't have the option, it only has a mesh panel.
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