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#1 CallMeTy

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 08:08 PM

hey again guys,

i just wanted to get you guys' ideas on some of the better mid size cases. there seem to be far more of these then larger cases. originally i was going to go with the haf x case. but now i think i want to go with a mid size to kinda of help out budget wise. i like the corsair 600t but its the same price as the haf so that kinda ruled that one out. i really like the fractal design define r3 case to. it doesnt have to have a side window. and i really want quiet. im wanting to do xfire so keep that in mind. i have large hands if that helps.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 12:21 AM

My personal favorite mid size case, that I personaly use is the Coolermaster CM 690 with the optional side view window, as well as the cm 690 ii

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:13 PM

There are a few things to keep in mind with all cases. Aluminum cases are usually better made, though all steel is nice if you don't mind the weight, larger fans are much more quiet and move more air, and side windows or vents make the case seem more noisy. Shipping will also be expensive. If you are going to be using Crossfire with any Radeon 5800, 6800, or 6900 series card, you should really get a full ATX case given the size and heat they will produce. Graphics cards are getting longer, so make sure your chosen mid-ATX case can hold the one you are wanting before you buy. For quietness, I've heard great things about the Sonata series of cases from Antec. The Antec Sonata Elite is the least expensive.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 10:18 PM

yea i was just searching through all the ones i like and length wise i think theyll be a problem. plus the heating issues, yea i need to go back to wanting a full tower. i just want a nice quiet case, with a good amount of cooling. but i dont want to break the bank im trying to put that more else where

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:21 PM

what is ure price range cuz that can rule a lot of things out

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 11:57 PM

i guess no more then 150

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:49 AM

I will say this, 95% of the time I totally agree with DJB about using full ATX, especially with gaming rigs with dual cards due to cooling, though the CM 690 is the exception to the rule-its huge for a mid atx, almost as big as a full ATX, offers probably twice the cooling a normal mid atx will, and has plenty of cooling, Im setting up mine right now with a crossfire setup using 2 48xx series cards. Very roomy case, barely qualifies as a mid atx, you can keep the stock side panel for quietness or purchase a optional side view window panel (which I got) for it, and its decently priced at only $70. Anyway, I say this just because I use this case both for myself and builds for customers and am very pleased with its performance, and while if you find a full ATX case you like in your price range thats fantastic, but if not you might want to keep it in mind at least.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:23 AM

here are some full-towers in ure price range that i found that have good cooling

this one comes in multiple colors like black, black and white, and red:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068&cm_re=full-tower_cases-_-11-146-068-_-Product black (this one is currently with free shipping-saves $20)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067&cm_re=phantom-_-11-146-067-_-Product white and black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146066&cm_re=phantom-_-11-146-066-_-Product red and black


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&cm_re=full-tower_cases-_-11-119-160-_-Product

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:31 AM

I will say this, 95% of the time I totally agree with DJB about using full ATX, especially with gaming rigs with dual cards due to cooling, though the CM 690 is the exception to the rule-its huge for a mid atx, almost as big as a full ATX, offers probably twice the cooling a normal mid atx will, and has plenty of cooling, Im setting up mine right now with a crossfire setup using 2 48xx series cards. Very roomy case, barely qualifies as a mid atx, you can keep the stock side panel for quietness or purchase a optional side view window panel (which I got) for it, and its decently priced at only $70. Anyway, I say this just because I use this case both for myself and builds for customers and am very pleased with its performance, and while if you find a full ATX case you like in your price range thats fantastic, but if not you might want to keep it in mind at least.


i think the only concern i saw with this case was the 6970 was too long for it. i think the card is 304mm long and the case supports 280 or 290mm. but i think the 5970 would fit it in it. and i could fit two

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:26 PM

just read this review on the 690 II Advanced @ http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cooler_master_cm690ii_advanced/3.htm

"As far as room goes, the 690 II appears to have plenty of it inside the case and Cooler Master's measurements give 11.96 inches from the back of the case to the hard drive bays. This should be more than enough space to house most graphics cards on the market, but unfortunately the HD5970 runs longer in length than most cards and it will not be able to fit. Other than that, the 690 II could accommodate a killer gaming setup."

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:55 PM

well guys i think im going to stick with a full size case. for the fact that i want to run crossfire with two high end cards and i dont want heat to be an issue. and for the fact that im wanting to run some kind of simple cpu water cooling solution so i dont have too much weight on my mobo. so i need space for a reservoir inside the case. anyway i think a full size would suit me better. but for the record i think i would have chosen the cm 690 advanced over the fractal design define r3.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:06 PM

well guys i think im going to stick with a full size case. for the fact that i want to run crossfire with two high end cards and i dont want heat to be an issue. and for the fact that im wanting to run some kind of simple cpu water cooling solution so i dont have too much weight on my mobo. so i need space for a reservoir inside the case. anyway i think a full size would suit me better. but for the record i think i would have chosen the cm 690 advanced over the fractal design define r3.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:38 PM

One of my favorite cases is the COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP, but it is about $50 over your budget. The Antec Twelve Hundred is good, but it will be more noisy with the huge fans and side window. The NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT also looks nice, but it doesn't have quite as many fans as the Antec and the plastic may be a problem cosmetically.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 02:34 AM

aaah ok I see I didnt realize you were using the 5970, so ya, a full ATX is definetly going to have to be in the picture.

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