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April 11, 2003 7:53:55 AM

Hello folks.

What are your favorite mid-tower and full-tower PC cases (brand/specific model), and why?

I am especially interested in hearing from those who build PC's and have experiences with a variety of PC cases.

Many thanks!
DuckTape
April 11, 2003 12:36:24 PM

Antec. Take your pick.

War Eagle
April 11, 2003 6:05:24 PM

I like the Kingwin aluminum alloy cases.
<A HREF="http://www.kingwin.com" target="_new">http://www.kingwin.com&lt;/A>
Available at <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com" target="_new">http://www.newegg.com&lt;/A>

Reasons:

1. They are highly competitive with Lian Li cases in both form and function, but cost significantly less. Why do they cost less? Instead of using pure aluminum, Kingwin cases use an aluminum alloy. They are still much lighter than a steel case, but not quite as light as a full-aluminum case. For adding 10% more weight, you save around 20% in price.

2. They look good and are very well constructed, with no sharp edges on the inside. They are quality cases.

3. They come with a very nice and complete set of hardware.

4. The case is assembled with thumbscrews, meaning you don't need to hunt down a screwdriver just to get inside.

5. The cases have a pull-out motherboard tray, which makes initial construction and upgrades much, MUCH easier.

6. The case comes with many fans, and has room for many more, meaning the cooling on these cases is excellent.

7. The pre-installed cabling is neatly routed along the bottom and sides of the case.

8. You can choose your power supply, which I think is a good thing.



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April 13, 2003 6:33:12 AM

Antec doesn't make cases...next?

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 13, 2003 6:51:50 AM

I'm a builder, a long time builder. I've always liked Inwin and Enlight cases for quality, they are thick, have debured edges, quiet, sturdy, etc. In fact, I've liked these companies even back to the AT form factor days.

I also like Chieftec cases, like the ones Antec uses. These are also thick and include a nice side latch.

I use a Palo Alto case because it's high density plastic, very quiet, very sturdy, very flexible.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 13, 2003 9:36:44 AM

Similar to mr Twitch.
The SB-201, marketed under a number of company names; Kingwin, Dynatron, Atlas and the parent company, Superflower.

Nice and big, lots o' casefans (6), 2 rear fans, 1 top fan, blaaack :smile: , removable hdd tray, removable mobo tray 2 rear fans blah blah blah.

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April 13, 2003 3:01:49 PM

Hey Crash... a question... Do yo know who makes the AOpen cases?

They look a lot like Inwin and they have the Powerman supplies that InWin uses... but of course that doesn't prove anything.



To respond to the original question... I've been using InWin and lately have switched to AOpen for availability reasons and have no complaints about either.


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April 13, 2003 7:07:34 PM

I'm not certain, but I can tell you this: All my Aopen cases have been medium duty (not heavy duty) and well designed. As such I would recommend them if they had a feature you were looking for.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 13, 2003 7:33:24 PM

The thing is they don't really look alike, inside or out, but the construction method is very similar... and there's the PowerMan supply which is In-Win's brand.

It really doesn't matter... both InWin and AOpen are good cases.

Just curious really.... thanks.


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April 13, 2003 7:53:39 PM

Sparkel, Aopen, and Power Man supplies are all made by FSP (Fortron/Source Power Man).

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 13, 2003 8:06:19 PM

That much I already knew... Thanks.


--->It ain't better if it don't work<---
April 13, 2003 8:09:41 PM

I'm just implying that they are using Power Man supplies because that's who makes their own power supplies. Power Man isn't Inwin's own brand as far as I know, but rather the FSP group's brand.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 13, 2003 10:19:20 PM

Quote:
Antec doesn't make cases...next?

Umm...I don't remember the question being about the name of the company that owns the factory in which the cases are made. I remember it being about what is your favorite case. Yes, I KNOW some different brands of cases are made using the same parts that are then re-branded. I use Antec cases, thus they are my favorite.

NEXT?!?!

Go back and use your EYES to read the first post, Crash. Then read my first reply....all **4** words of it. I never said they MADE them.

War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/14/03 11:08 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 14, 2003 1:43:59 AM

"Yes, I KNOW some different brands of cases are made using the same parts that are then multibranded. I use Antec cases, thus they are my favorite."

That's great, i hope you enjoy your antec sticker and PSU, but antec does not manufacture that case you made. Antec buys those cases from another company called chieftec. I agree with crashman's thought because their are A LOT of companies that use the chieftec cases, slap their name on it, and sell it as their own company's case. And i'll garentee you my chieftec case is every bit as well built and sturdy as your antec one ^_^. And so are peoples Enermax, koolance and thermaltake cases. Their all basicly somewhat customised (painted/psu/water cooling) chieftec cases.

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"What kind of idiot are you?"
"I don't know, what kinds are there?"
April 14, 2003 2:30:05 AM

I have good experience with both Kingwin and Lian Li.
April 14, 2003 2:30:22 AM

Quote:
That's great, i hope you enjoy your antec sticker and PSU, but antec does not manufacture that case you made. Antec buys those cases from another company called chieftec.

Hey Jankphil, that's exactly what I was freaking saying, Einstein!!!!!

OK, let me spell it out for everybody, since you guys are OBVIOUSLY not catching on...

I know that Antec cases are not taken from raw materials through the manufacturing process and 100% assembled by Antec employees in an Antec factory. I buy cases from the Antec brand because they are readily available from local stores with Antec brand power supplies in them, and I can return them to the local store if I have a problem with them instead of messing with mail order, while other specific brands of cases (i.e. Chieftec) are not as common in my area.

That clear enough for ya?

Read my posts again. I never said Antec manufactured the focking cases.

War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/13/03 09:40 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 14, 2003 3:48:13 AM

Don't you hate it when your only language fails you like that???


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April 14, 2003 3:51:48 AM

uh...100% assembled? You mean placing a psu into the case. you apparently are listening, you DO NOT have a Antec case. you have a CHIEFTEC case with Antec's name's on it. it IS NOT assembled in an Antec factory. the raw materials are crafted into the CASE IN A CHIEFTEC FACTORY! Antec BUY'S these CHIEFTEC CASES, and throws their name on it. Therefore you DO NOT have an ANTEC BRAND CASE. It's just something Antec throws their name on....

Go to www.newegg.com. Look at the cases, they look identical right. That's because THEY ARE!

"What kind of idiot are you?"
"I don't know, what kinds are there?"
April 14, 2003 4:15:23 AM

I think he understands. He's saying he has bought the Antec labelled cases and he likes them. Can we possibly be any MORE pedantic???



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April 14, 2003 5:06:29 AM

Hi Twitch... even worse, it's already been explained that he bought the Antec case on basis of local availability...

Ok he bought a chieftek case with the Antec name on it, because that's what he could get in his area...

I just don't see why this is a problem.


--->It ain't better if it don't work<---
April 14, 2003 5:25:42 AM

Hi Teq. If it's got an Antec badge on it, it's an Antec. Right? I mean, nVidia doesn't make graphics cards either, but people always say they have an "nVidia graphics card." :smile: Okay, I know--apples to watermelons--false analogy--logical fallacy. I forgot how pedantic we all are.




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April 14, 2003 11:25:38 AM

Dude...RE-READ my freakin post, please....that is EXACTLY what I was saying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quote:
I know that Antec cases are not...

Do you see the word "not" in my previous post? Do you know what that word means? By putting that KEY word in there, I was saying that I know the activites listed after that are NOT things that Antec does.

The only one not listening is YOU.

Oh, and with regards to this:
Quote:
Therefore you DO NOT have an ANTEC BRAND CASE. It's just something Antec throws their name on....

...that MEANS it is Antec-branded. Taking a product, regardless of the manufacturer and selling it under brand name ______ is part of what branding IS. Antec-branded does not mean Antec-manufactured.

War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/14/03 09:14 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 14, 2003 11:58:56 AM

Quote:
Don't you hate it when your only language fails you like that???

Heh, heh, really. I would try it in German if I remembered enough of it from high school, long ago, but alas...

War Eagle
April 14, 2003 2:35:14 PM

Sweet mod!
April 14, 2003 2:40:03 PM

Damn War, you need to relax a little buddy... before you have a coronary thrombosis!
April 14, 2003 2:46:35 PM

Heh, sorry, I just don't like people jumping on me for something I NEVER said in the first place.

(PS: I'm an Auburn University grad. War Eagle is just our motto, or "battle cry")

War Eagle
April 14, 2003 2:50:53 PM

I almost went to Auburn... Went to Embry-Riddle instead.
April 14, 2003 4:57:52 PM

I figured he'd blow up with my reply -_-, oh well, guess I'll have to buy an Antec case and see the 100% assembled difference between the two. It's so easy to push people's buttons on these forums, especially when they write page long comments by "Antec doesn't make cases...next?" which is true ^_^. *shrugs* he'll probably write another page long letter insulting this reply too...


"What kind of idiot are you?"
"I don't know, what kinds are there?"
April 14, 2003 5:11:48 PM

jankphil...listen...I was saying that I KNOW that Antec does NOT manufacture the cases. Read my post again. I'm saying that I know they DON'T 100% assemble the cases, not that they DO. Geez....

From the beginning I am saying that: I...KNOW...THAT...THEY...ARE...PHYSICALLY...THE...SAME...CASE...NO...MATTER...WHAT...BRAND...THEY...ARE...MARKETED...AS.

That's what I've been trying to say all along. I can't get any clearer than this. If you still don't get it, I give up.

War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/14/03 12:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 14, 2003 6:05:20 PM

What I don't get is why any of this matters?

I use AOpen cases... I like them fine and would recommend them to almost anyone... and I really don't care a rat's behind who makes them. They do what I want... end of story.


--->It ain't better if it don't work<---
April 14, 2003 6:19:07 PM

(applause)

Exactly. The case itself is the same, no matter if it says Antec or Chieftec on the box. PS and the little sticker may be different, but I only case about the PS. Stickers for mine get replaced with an AU case badge, to go with my orange and blue paint, anyway.
When Crash said "Antec doesn't make cases," I thought "Yeah...but I never said they did, either."

War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/14/03 01:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 14, 2003 7:55:32 PM

Yes, that they "don't make cases" was all I said. I've found everything that you've said after that to be completely true and logical. Which is why I wasn't the one argueing with you. I can't control other members of the forum!

I have a small beef with Antec, because I'm a system builder. You see, I've never owned a True Power supply, that would be out of my budget for use in inexpensive midgrade systems. I've owned several of their less expesive units, and they were all of inferior quality to my PowerMan supplies. Which is why Inwin cases, which usually include PowerMan supplies, are a good choice for me as a builder.

I've never had a bad Enlight power supply either, and I like their cases also.

Inwin and Enlight give me high quality cases with ultra reliable power supplies for around $50. For me to get that in an Antec/Chieftech power supply/case, I'd spend twice that. Now, the Chieftech cases are very nice, and I've heard great things about True Power supplies by Antec, but as a builder of inexpensive midgrade systems, the expense is too high for me. As for Antec's cheap stuff, every one I've had has been inadequate.

<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>
April 14, 2003 8:15:57 PM

Oh, I know ya can't. Hehe, if anybody COULD control other members of the forum, I can think of a couple of em who would have bound and gagged poor svol by now. Well, at least in the "Other" forum, not necessarily the relevant tech topics.

You had just implied that I thought Antec made the cases, of which I know better. Then, all of a sudden it's being said that I thought there was a difference in Antec and Chieftec cases themselves (leaving the PS out of this, of course).

*Sigh*....time to go home.
War Eagle<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Auburn9698 on 04/14/03 03:18 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 15, 2003 1:15:08 AM

Thanks for your replies, folks.

Best wishes,
DuckTape
April 15, 2003 6:12:34 AM

You must have missed "The Battle of the Case Badges..."



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April 15, 2003 11:57:38 AM

HA! yeah, missed that one.

Nice sig, poobaa

War Eagle
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