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March 15, 2011 10:47:18 PM

Hi everyone, I currently have a budget case that's been fine so far but I've run out of 3.5" drive bays (had 4, lost one to Graphics card). I've been looking around at reviews and such but there are so many options, and I'm hoping to get a case I can stick with for a fair few years so don't want to make a wrong decision.

My requirements:
1. ATX support.
2. Plenty of room for any graphics card I might want to get (just ordered a 560Ti)
3. At least 4 3.5" internal drive bays, the more the better though. I am constantly adding and changing HDD's and currently have 4.
4. Decent Cooling.
5. 2 5.25" drive bays, more would be nice but don't think I'll ever need it.

I'd also like to keep sound down and would like it to look nice, but I'm willing to sacrifice those to a degree.

I have been looking at the Antex 902 v3 (£95)
and the Fractal Design Define R3 (£85) .
Both seem like they'd offer what I want, but I'm not sure if they're the best value for money. I also don't know if I like the look of the R3, and a review said it's quite akward to build in. I change componants or clean out the computer fairly regularly, so I'd rather it be an easy to use case.

On a side note, are there any real advantages to getting a case with an eSATA port (or just using USB I suppose) and backing up data externally rather than internally?


Cheers!

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March 16, 2011 3:21:01 AM

Antec DF-85 Midi Case Dark Fleet - £107.99
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/b003jh7mio/gei...
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Chassis - £92.36 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-902-nine-hundred-t...
Cooler Master CM 690 II advanced - £69.98 inc VAT
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

I own a 902 and CM690II and they are both excellent.
The CM690II is a bit easier too work in but it isn't as good quality as the 902=too much plastic.
The 902 is quiet as far as gaming cases go and cooling is excellent and filtered.
The DF-85 is a full tower and is loaded with features.


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March 16, 2011 12:38:11 PM

Cheers for the suggestions people. I think I'm going to go for either the Antec 902, 1200, Cooler Master HAF 922 or possibly HAF X. Which of those would you recommend? What are the advantages with going for the 1200 or HAF X over the 902 or HAF 922?

Cheers.
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March 16, 2011 3:20:52 PM

Jamieaawroe said:
Cheers for the suggestions people. I think I'm going to go for either the Antec 902, 1200, Cooler Master HAF 922 or possibly HAF X. Which of those would you recommend? What are the advantages with going for the 1200 or HAF X over the 902 or HAF 922?

Cheers.

The only difference is size which is quite large and an extra fan.
HAF's have no dust filtration which can be troublesome.Just add pantyhose.
If you're considering spending more money i would take a look at the Raven RV02.
Silverstone Raven RV02B-W - £125.99 inc. VAT
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/MIDI+To...
Silverstone Raven2 RV02B-W - £122.76 inc. Vat
http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/item-detail.php?products_id=4...
Silverstone Raven 2 RV02B-EW Evolution - £135.56 Inc VAT
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-raven-2-rv02...
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