aluminum vs. metal case

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  1. MeanGreen

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    Aluminum is metal. Do you mean Aluminum vs. Steel? Or Aluminum vs. Plastic?

    Steel > Aluminum > Plastic. Steel is the strongest case material, and it will keep your parts from bending at all (which is good), but it's heavy. Aluminum is weaker and it dents more easily, but it's lighter -- though, the weight only matters if you have to carry it, and if you're carrying it then you want the strongest case you can get.

    Plastic is crap. It doesn't conduct electricity so it can't ground your components properly, or protect your computer from EM radiation, or catch your static electricity when you reach inside the case. Plastic on the outside of a metal case is okay, but it looks kinda cheap unless it's really well-made.
     
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    Ditto on all points. Lian Li's aluminum cases are built very well, and I haven't dented any of mine.

    Try to find those cases in a local retail store if you can so you can examine it and get a feel for the build quality.
     
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    sorry guess the second one is a steel chassie. I was told that the aluminum case dispersed heat better then the just standard steel cases, wasn't sure if that would be a big enough of a difference to really have to worry about.
     
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    go laugh in that guy's face.

    you can completely change the temp by adding a fan.......the difference in heat between steel/alum/plastic isn't worth considering. Get one with good ventilation and you're all set.
     
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    Don't count on your computercase for cooling. The only exception is when you own this beast: http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=64&code=020
     

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