Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
Our case arrived with a limited installation guide, two reusable cable ties, several screws and standoffs, a ratcheting cable tie with a self-adhesive holder, a ferrite EMI ring, and a security tab.
We had no issues fitting our large gaming platform within the ECA3171-BR-AP, but our large tower cooler prevented the side panel from closing with its top side fan in place.
Moving the upper side-panel fan to the rear and mounting it as exhaust alters the look of the case slightly, and likely improves cooling performance. This was the only reasonable installation option that allowed us to retain all three of its included fans.
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I have the Antec 300 and love it - my current build is/was my first build, and the Antec case was very easy to build in.
My only (rather silly) question is how did you get the case fans to run on low? They appear to be plugged into your PSU, which is what i did, but that forces it to run on high.
I think the Antec 300 and AeroCool models lose for 1 simple reason. They cannot house the longer ATI HD5850~HD5970.Reply
^ Did you read the Aerocool specs properly ? Card Length - 17.7"Reply
AFAIK there are no graphic cards that are longer than 12.5", so it would fit HD 5970...
But as for the 300, I doubt it wont fit the 5970, but other cards would...
But if you will be spending ~$600 for a graphic card, then am sure you wont skimp on the case...
Interesting to see the Antec 300 doing well even when the fan speed's put to low.Reply
No NZXT Beta?Reply
rzilla91Great article!I have the Antec 300 and love it - my current build is/was my first build, and the Antec case was very easy to build in.My only (rather silly) question is how did you get the case fans to run on low? They appear to be plugged into your PSU, which is what i did, but that forces it to run on high.It should be equiped with speed-adjustmentable tri-cool fans, which should have added speed selectors to go from LOW to MID or HI, and back.Reply
I just reread the card length on the AeroCool.Reply
I would like a review on the NZXT Beta. Sub $50 market, you really aren't looking at any of those cases. You are looking at the Rosewills, NZXT, and cheap Thermaltakes.
@falchard - My Vapor-X 5850 fit perfectly in my Antec 300. I don't know what you're BSing about.Reply
I own the 300. It's a nice sturdy case, but in the end it really was a pain in the rear to put it all together. It's extremely cramped.Reply
Also don't ever buy Rosewill. EVER. Their products are terrible. I've bought a few items they've had on clearance (from newegg) and not a single product is worth the 90% discount. One case came bent and the power supply inside was missing some of the power plugs the manual said it had. One item came shipped with a driver all in Chinese. Customer service blamed it on whoever shipped it (right because Newegg is going to switch the power supply inside a case). Newegg switched the case out and the girl on the phone said they have a lot of problem with Rosewill products. The laptop pad was missing fan blades.
Well thats your problem right there, you are looking at Rosewill for electronic products. You shop Rosewill for products that don't rely on electricity like a case.Reply