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November 25, 2002 5:20:01 PM

Hey guys,

I've been looking for a case for 6 months, because I need to find the PERFECT ONE. I have rejected many good cases because they are close, but not right on.

Here is exactly what I want from a case:

- Aluminum
- Mini/Mid tower
- Slide out mobo tray
- Removeable drive cages
- Snap-in fan mounts for HDD bay intake and rear exhaust
- PSU not necessary (I will buy an Antec TruePower separate)

I've looked at the Kingwins, the Antecs, and the funky Alienware cases, but they all are missing one or more of the items in my list, or they are the wrong size. Does anybody know of a case that has all of these options?

Thanks very much for all your advice! I promise I will quit beating this dead horse...

-DOOM

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November 25, 2002 9:52:24 PM

You can also check out Lian Li and Cooler Master. They make many different aluminum case. I have aluminum cases from Lian Li, Cooler Master, and Kingwin. Personally I perfer Lian Li.
November 25, 2002 11:32:36 PM

My personal choice is the Antec PLUS1080AMG ... Heavy as hell but is that really a bad thing? Build quality is second to none and the 430w true power speaks for itself.

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November 26, 2002 2:57:02 AM

I do not like the design of Antec PLUS1080AMG too much. I have an Antec 1030B which is similar to the Antec PLUS1080AMG. It is larger than my Lian Li PC68 case have less drive bay and does not have removable motherboard tray. The first case for the harddrive cage is blocked by the Vidoe card and every time you have make change to the hard drive you have to remove the video card. I also perfer to choose PSU myself.
November 28, 2002 1:40:09 AM

May i suggest an Atlas case? (Also called Superflower or Directron depend on where you live)

<A HREF="http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/show_product_info.php?cod...*" target="_new">http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/show_product_info.php?cod...*</A>

I just got this one, in black. Its so very cool.
And its got most of the things you want (I think). At the bottom of that page are links to reviews of it.

-Aluminium - Yes!
-Mini/Mid tower - Yep!
-Slide out mobo tray - Yep. Very nice and easy to use!
-Removable drive cages - Yes and No. The top tray you cannot move, but the bottom on behind the front fans is removable and can store up to 5 drives mounted vertically. Ive got two in there kept nice and cool.
-Snap in fan mounts -Yes, sortof. All the casefans in the case use firm plastic push pin thinggies. Its pretty easy to remove the front fans as i did. Of the space for 6 fans, im only using 3 and its uber cool inside.
-PSU not necessary - Usually comes with a 400W psu, but auspcmarket removed it for me. Other distributors should do the same.


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November 28, 2002 2:25:54 AM

Yeah, that one does look pretty much exactly like I want.

Now, here is the million dollar question: how loud is it?

-DOOM
November 28, 2002 4:38:11 AM

Suprisingly good actually.
After reading reviews i was expecting noisier fans. They do have a slight buzz, thanks to their ball bearings, but are pretty quiet, Allmost as good as a panflo silent fan.
And im only running 3 of them, so its even better.

<b>The Intel Celleron 2.1 & 2.2Ghz processors provide consumers with a great way to get on the Internet. Which one of the 478 pins plug into the phone socket? - <i>Intel & The Inquirer</i></b>
November 28, 2002 5:27:20 AM

ya, i was thinking of running only three on the antec truepower, since it can only auto-throttle a max of 3 case fans.

-DOOM
November 29, 2002 4:19:36 AM

That sounds good. 3 casefans is more than enough.

<b>The Intel Celleron 2.1 & 2.2Ghz processors provide consumers with a great way to get on the Internet. Which one of the 478 pins plug into the phone socket? - <i>Intel & The Inquirer</i></b>
December 2, 2002 1:16:08 AM

btw, which 3 fans are you running?

-DOOM
December 2, 2002 2:57:36 AM

Rear two and top.
All pushing air out.
50% of the air seems to come in the side hole, with the other 50% being drawn in the front and over the hard drives. It works well, except the side gill is loose without a fan there. Must fix that.

Decently quiet.

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