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Suggestions Please! Needing a new case!


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#1 andrewww

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 03:49 PM

Hey,
Right guys i need a new case for my PC. I love the Antec range and i was looking at buying the p182, sexy case but a lil too expensive. I love the quality of the antec cases and i will be looking for that in my new case. I also would like it to be nice and quite. The current case is the NZXT LEXA - i hate it lol. Too big, ugly and loud. Bring on your suggestions!

Incase you wana know what it will be housing, here is the spec:

Asus P5Q Pro
E6600 2.4 @ 3.2
Artic Cooling freezer Pro 7
4 x 2GB of OCZ Reaper Ram @ 1066
HD4850
500GB Baracuda HDD
Sony DVD Drive...

Thanks ;)

Edited by andrewww, 10 July 2009 - 02:51 PM.

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:48 AM

The case you choose is largely dependent on the size of the GPU and how many you have. A mid-ATX tower can handle one of the larger cards, but once you get into the long (11 inches) cards, you start to have issues with components blocking things. If you have a large card or are planning on using two or more of them, a full ATX tower is the way to go as you have more room for expansion and fans. The NZXT LEXA is a very good mid-ATX case with solid construction, but I understand what you mean by ugly. Whether or not something looks good is purely subjective and differs from person to person. Aluminum cases are of better quality, in my opinion. Below are suggestions for both mid and full ATX towers. Since you've listed no budget, I'll aim for a range of cases.

According to your profile, you're in the U.K. so I cannot use Newegg or TigerDirect.
Mid Towers
Thermaltake Element S Black Mid Tower Case
Antec Sonata Elite Black Mid Tower Silent Case - I've seen reviews on this case, it's very quiet.
NZXT Hush Black Silent Case

Full Towers
NZXT Apollo Black Gaming Case
Chieftec CH-07 Dragon Case
Coolermaster Silver Stacker 831

Edited by DJBPace07, 10 July 2009 - 12:49 AM.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:04 AM

I personally just built the Antec 300 case, it is very quiet, but as the others say, watch size for gaming graphics cards.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:51 PM

Thanks! I forgot to add the HD4850 card in the list.

EDIT:

Had alook at those cases. Loved the Thermaltake and the NZXT Hush

Edited by andrewww, 10 July 2009 - 02:55 PM.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:42 PM

Been looking around - I really like Antec 300, i used it on a custom build i did a few bit ago. Very nice case and for 45! Bargin.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 06:52 PM

The Antec 300 is a good case for many basic builds, though I would go for one with more depth should a longer GPU be installed.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:32 AM

I dont game so there would be no need for a larger GPU.
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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:00 AM

What would your suggestion be for a super quiet case? im looking to spend around 100

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 10:51 PM

I've heard great things about the Antec Sonata Elite Black Mid Tower Silent Case. There's a review of it at SilentPC. Though it article is old, many of the design concepts and hardware choices are similar throughout the Sonata line. There is a review for the Sonata Elite at Metuku. Essentially, the Sonata Elite is an updated version of Sonata 3 with HDD vents, a new HDD mounting system, and more sound dampening material.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:08 AM

i was looking at that but i dont like the way it looks. lol.
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:02 PM

I like the simple design myself. Whether or not a case looks good is subjective. Personally, I cannot stand cases with LED's and an overly flashy design. Most of the silent or quiet cases have a minimalist design without any windows. I'm not sure if the below cases are offered where you live, but they seem like they are quiet with good cooling performance.

Nexus Caterpillar Case
Benchmark Reviews - Lian Li PC-B20A Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX Case <<<I couldn't find it for sale in the U.K., but I'm not as familiar with U.K.-based tech shops so you may have more luck. I have a Lian-Li case, they are very nice with high quality.
Extreme Overclocking - Cooler Master Sileo 500 Mid Tower Chassis

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 06:18 PM

Hey I just bought this case from Cooler Master,I should be getting it tomorrow or thursday,I'll tell you how it is,it looks like it has a nice cooling solution,it is not too bold and is very user friendly looking(IE: No door)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119203

Also it's color scheme matches your set-up branding.(Intel)

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:29 PM

That case doesn't look like it would be quiet. Quieter cases are more expensive and lack a side window. Besides, the OP cannot use Newegg as they aren't in the U.S.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 04:39 AM

Oh,yeah sorry,it does look like it will be quieter than his current case though.




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