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#1 printerandink

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 07:45 PM

I cannot decide. If it were not for the stripped out pci screw holes on my current case, I would not be considering a new one. But, so far these are what I'm looking at.


This is the cheapest, although I worry about room for vid cards with passive cooling as the radiators can be quite large.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-129-066&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112318


I really like the looks and fans on this one as it has two 120's up front and I already have fans I can stick in it. The dust filters are nice too and really important to me.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112154


I love the locking levers on this although I hate the two 140mm fans on the front as it's hard to find quite and powerful 140mm fans that mount in 140mm holes (they all fit 120mm holes), and on top of that the fans on this case have failed in some reviews I've read which means I may have to replace them. I could not use my 120mm scythes on it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112319

I like the looks of this one too, but it has a 140 up front so I may end up having to buy a new 140 for it. Two 120's probably beats 1 140.

This would be used with a $1000 range pc hopefully with fan-less cards (unless I can find a VERY quiet 6870 for cheap soon. I don't mind the sound of rushing air. I do hate whines, and buzzes and hums though.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112237



Oh, and I will be using one of those quiet seasonic power supplies, either the 650 or 750 plus gold rated one. Would the fan blow the right way for use on the antec case?

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:08 PM

Personally, of those listed I would lean towards the antec case, as I have experience with them and know their tried and true, they make solid cases. I have never even seen a lian Li case, so honestly, I couldn't give a honest opinion on them other then Ive heard good reviews, and from the pictures, they look like any of the ones you linked would be a good choice. Another option (though a slight bit more expensive) is this case, the CM690 II. I use the original CM690, which is just about the same thing it just not quite as fancy looking, and I can say it is a very well built case. Excellent cooling, lots of room to work, and tooless drive bays (both hard disk and optical) make it easy to install and upgrade components, its even designed to allow expansion cards (except for most dual slot video cards) to be installed toolessly, or with screws.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:27 PM

Is it quiet? That's pretty important to me. And does it include filters?

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

The case itself has filters over the front and top fans-where the intake fans are usually located. the rear and side panel fan mounts do not, but their also normally used as the exhaust fans, so its not near as important for them to be filtered. The hard drive trays are designed to minimize hard drive movement-which makes them run quieter (I never hear my hard drives, ever, and I have two 500 gig drives) Its decently quiet-though mines pretty noisy, but noise wasnt a concern for me. A lot of cases of this caliber a lot depends on the amount of fans you use, and how quiet they are. If I was running a single video card, i would likely only be running maybe 3 fans, and if you get the ultra quiet fans it would be really silent. Me personally I have 7 120 mm fans (3 stock which are fairly quiet) and the 4 I added, which since noise wasnt an issue (it was already noisy with my dual 4890s-not much I can do about those) I didnt bother with the ultra quiet fans. But I will say, it is quieter then my old computer case-which only had 2 80 mm fans. They also make optional side panels that have a side view window, which I find actually quiets it up more then the stock side panel.

Edited by the_patriot11, 08 January 2012 - 09:53 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:30 AM

It really all depends on how fast the fan is spinning for the components like cpu fan etc.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:47 PM

larger fans spin slower and tend to be quieter, on top of that they design some to be ultra quiet, almost impossible to hear, although those tend to be a bit pricey.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:09 AM

I think they cost around $20+.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:24 PM

Would the fractal design r3 provide enough cooling without using the side or top fans to cool a 6870 or a 6950 or maybe even a 6970 if the prices come WAY down?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:37 PM

which one? any of the cases you listed should provide more then adequate cooling for any of those cards.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:44 AM

Would the fractal design r3 provide enough cooling without using the side or top fans to cool a 6870 or a 6950 or maybe even a 6970 if the prices come WAY down?

That case should be fine :thumbup2:

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

which one? any of the cases you listed should provide more then adequate cooling for any of those cards.


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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:45 PM

ooh ok i didnt see that one linked, but yes I think it would.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:09 AM

I guess I should have linked it.

Here's the fractal r3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352015

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:12 AM

The white can get really dirty over time.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:09 AM

ya, Im sorry I thought you were referring to one of the cases you had already linked to but was having trouble finding it in the description. (I had never actually heard of that particular model) but I found it, and it looks like a decent case.

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