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#1 andru

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:04 AM

Hey guys

I'm looking for a cheap cooling fan and case for my system. I am trying to stick around this web site

www.umart.com.au

I want to spend around $100 on ea

I saw this case what are your thoughts can i get better :


EZCool Apache CH-21A Black with 25mm

Sleek black mesh front panel
Excellent cooling: 14cm front fan and 22cm side panel fan. You can even install additional rear fans if desired.
Easy access front ports - 4 xUSB2.0 + 1 xIEEE1394+AV (HD audio and AC97)
2*floppy covers included (both inside of case)
22cm transparent fan+6pcs of blue LEDs+silver cover +fan controller in the side panel

http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=4

and do not have a clue if i should go for water cooling or not thats if i can afford it.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:58 PM

My personal criteria when looking for a case.

1. No side panel fan...unnecessary and can disrupt proper case airflow.
2. No front panel fan...simply not necessary.
3. Large front panel air intake hole.
4. Ability to mount an exhaust fan under psu.

Stay away from cases that have no large front air intake. Proper case airflow means that cool air enters at the lower front of the case and warmed air exits at the top rear of the case.

That's all that needs to be accomplished and you don't need a crapload of fans to do it.

Edited by skiplc, 25 February 2009 - 03:59 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:59 PM

Don't try water cooling, it generally is unnecessary unless you are seriously overclocking the PC. Besides, if it fails, the consequences are far more serious than if a standard air cooler failed. I have never heard of EZCool before.


Of the limited low-cost choices on that site this one is good, it gets good ratings online:
NZXT Alpha AHN02-UGB Black with blue Side Window(NO PSU)

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 04:34 PM

Not a bad lookin' case...also available without a side window if ya don't want one.

I share the above views on water cooling too.

As far as EZ Cool goes, I was shipped some stuff a few years ago to review. Nothing was any better than what could be purchased locally and one product would have been rated a zero. Sent 'em an email with my observations, and trashed the stuff rather than waste more time trying to get a good testing result.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:19 AM

K I have done my research it's out of these cases. Tell me what you think is best and i'd prefer to spend as low as i can but will spend more if its worth it. I need to know by 2morro night as the store is far away and i will be around on sat morning. Cheers guyz:

I am thinking the last one THERMALTAKE V9 BLACK becuase it looks good and it is cheap
Tell me which one you would choose and why cheerz

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Coolermaster RC-690-KWN1 690 Case Black with Side Window

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Product Description:
Available color Black
Dimension (W)213 X (H)482 x (D)524.5 mm
Weight 9.8kg
Material Chassis: SECC, Bezel: Metal mesh+ABS
M/B Type ATX, micro ATX
5.25 Drive Bay 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay),
4 Exposed (with the use of 3.5 inch Drive Bay)
3.5 Drive Bay 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)
Ventilation Front :120 mm Blue LED fan x 1, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Rear : 120 mm standard fan, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Top : 120 or 140 mm fan x 2 (optional),
Bottom : 120 mm fan x 1 (optional),
Left: 120mm fan x 2 (one is optional)-up to 140mm fans
Front I/O USB 2.0x2, IEEE 1394 x1, MIC x1, eSATA x 1,
SPK x1 (support HD Audio)
Power Supply no P/S


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-------$126
Coolermaster RC-690-KKN1 690 Case with Black mesh design with no psu

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Product Description:
Available color Black
Dimension (in) (W)213 X (H)482 x (D)524.5 mm
Weight 9.8 kg
Material Chassis: SECC, Bezel: Metal mesh+ABS
M/B Type ATX, micro ATX
5.25 Drive Bay 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay),
4 Exposed (with the use of 3.5 inch Drive Bay)
3.5 Drive Bay 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)
Ventilation Front :120 mm Blue LED fan x 1, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Rear : 120 mm standard fan, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Top : 120 or 140 mm fan x 2 (optional),
Bottom : 120 mm fan x 1 (optional),
Left: 120mm fan x 2 (one is optional)-up to 140mm fans
Front I/O USB 2.0x2, IEEE 1394 x1, MIC x1, eSATA x 1,
SPK x1 (support HD Audio)
Power Supply None
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Antec Three Hundred Tower Gaming Case- Black NO PSU

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Features:
No Power Supply included:
To optimize performance of your Three Hundred, your choice of power supply is crucial. Antec strongly recommends choosing from our NeoPower or TruePower series.

9 Drive Bays:
- External 3 x 5.25"
- Internal 6 x 3.5" for HDD

Cooling System:
- 1 rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan with 3-speed switch control.
- 1 top special 140 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan with 3-speed switch control
- 2 front (optional) 120 mm fans to cool the hard drives
- 1 side (Optional) 120 x 25 mm Fan to cool graphic cards

Washable air filters reduces dust build up in your system, which helps keep your system cooler

Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake

7 expansion slots

Top mounted I/O ports for easy access
- 2 x USB 2.0
- HDA & AC’97 Audio In and Out

Unit dimensions:
- 18" (H) x 18.3" (D) x 8.1" (W)
- 45.8 (H) x 46.5 (D) x 20.5 cm (W)

Weight:
- Net: 15.9lbs / 7.2kg
- Gross: 18.7lbs / 8.5kg

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-----------$119
THERMALTAKE V9 BLACK 23cm Case Fan On Top WINDOW NO POWER

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Specifications
Case Type Middle Tower
Net Weight 6.29 kg / 13.87 lb
Side Panel Transparent Side Window
Dimension (H*W*D)
462.0 x 208.0 x 485.0 mm
(18.19 x 8.19 x 19.10 inch)
Cooling System
Front (intake) : Optional
120 x 120 x 25 mm fan or 140 x 140 x 25 mm fan
Rear (exhaust) :
120 x 120 x 25 mm TurboFan (1300rpm,17dBA)
Top (exhaust) : Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm silent fan Built-in
MB Tray (intake) : Optional
230 x 230 x 20 mm silent fan Built-in
Drive Bays
- Accessible
- Hidden
11
4 x 5.25’’, 2 x 3.5’’
5 x 3.5’’
Material SECC
Color Black
Expansion Slots 7
Liquid Cooling Hole Support 1/2”、3/8”、1/4” water tube
Motherboards 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX) Optional
I/O Ports USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
PSU Standard PS2 PSU (Optional)
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Next i need to figure out cooling haveu guys got any suggestions?

Edited by andru, 26 February 2009 - 06:41 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:40 AM

I got an Antec 300 for around $50 from NewEgg not long ago. For the price it's hard to beat. Biggest issue I had was that my video card (4870) interfered with 2 of the hard drive bays - but there were plenty of other bays for my RAID array to sit in.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:58 AM

Of the limited low-cost choices on that site this one is good, it gets good ratings online:
NZXT Alpha AHN02-UGB Black with blue Side Window(NO PSU)



Thats my case I've got for my build, and its pretty nice, but i paid 65$ for it on newegg, normal price. Its pretty good, but i wish i hadn't gone for all the blue LCD lights. I like to leave my computer on sometimes at night, and it doesn't help me sleep.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:15 PM

My first choice would be the Antec 300; the V9 is fine if you like the looks of it.

As far as cooling...

Start with the stock cpu hsf. If you buy a processor without the hsf, here's a good choice that won't break the bank.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...%20CPU%20Cooler

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Pretty good motherboard choice if you're an overclocker.

Whatever you do, get a quality 500w or greater power supply with one +12v rail of at least 50a. It's the most important part of your system and the most overlooked.

Are you adding a video card now or in the future? Or, gonna stick with the onboard HD330 gpu?

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:57 AM

Cheers guys yer ill go with the V9. Ow and i have got a corsair VX550. It's meant to be pretty good. My Cpu runs at 56c on idle and i think it might b the courze of my comp resetting on me when i play gaems or put in the extra 1 gig ram. Also i am eventuly wanting to OC. So if u could help me out with choosing a cpu cooler that wld b sweet.
I'm still tryna stick around umart.com.au and gamedude.com.au go have a look if u have time and tell me what u rekon

I have quad 9550 Black Edition

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:00 PM

Try this one...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...%20CPU%20Cooler

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 08:23 AM

My personal criteria when looking for a case.

1. No side panel fan...unnecessary and can disrupt proper case airflow.
2. No front panel fan...simply not necessary.
3. Large front panel air intake hole.
4. Ability to mount an exhaust fan under psu.

Stay away from cases that have no large front air intake. Proper case airflow means that cool air enters at the lower front of the case and warmed air exits at the top rear of the case.

That's all that needs to be accomplished and you don't need a crapload of fans to do it.

I just built the Antec 300, used 1 front 120mm skythe fan and it is very cool an quite!!
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 08:26 AM

I got an Antec 300 for around $50 from NewEgg not long ago. For the price it's hard to beat. Biggest issue I had was that my video card (4870) interfered with 2 of the hard drive bays - but there were plenty of other bays for my RAID array to sit in.

I just built the Antec 300, Man it's quite an cool!! I used the EVGA 8600 GTS graphics card. Alan
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:28 AM

i wish i hadn't gone for all the blue LCD lights. I like to leave my computer on sometimes at night, and it doesn't help me sleep.


It's also a problem when you have curious 2 year olds running loose in the house
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 02:27 PM

I personally like the Antec 900 and 1200 cases. I am waiting for newegg.com to have a great deal on them.. The 900 was just on sale for 100 bucks.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 06:01 PM

Andru may be able to find some of the suggested items where he lives. But, since he is in Australia and cannot order from Newegg or Tigerdirect, the prices are much likely to be higher.

Edited by DJBPace07, 28 February 2009 - 06:03 PM.

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