Case recommendations?!

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  1. PunkInDrublic

    PunkInDrublic Active Member

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    Things that matter to me:
    *Cooling! Needs to have space for front fans next to the hard drive bays. Rear fans, top fans, side fan a bonus. Quiet is a plus but not necessary.
    *HDD drive bays, I'd like at least 5, 4 might would be ok if everything else was good.
    *Tool-less would be really nice
    *I like the side loading HDD bays
    *Room illuminating LEDs to a minimum
    *Classy. No crazy ricer designs.
    *Price < $150. <$200 if it's got everything I want.
    *Solid build/quality. Everything fits and slides nicely.

    Things I don't care about:
    *Name brand
    *PSU
    *external bays - 1 5.25", 1 3.25" is fine
    *LEDs
    *Front ports (USB/Firewire/Audio/whatever)
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    So far two have caught my eye:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Pros:
    *Awesome cooling. 200mm top, 120mm rear 2x 120 front ftmfw. Apparently quiet too
    *Cool design. Not too ricey, not too subdued. Interesting with the tray and top panel/power button stuff
    *Lots of HDD bays
    *Cheap + Free shipping
    *Good reviews

    Cons:
    *Ridiculously lit up. Will probably keep me awake
    *Not tool-less
    *Normal HDD bays (not side loaded)
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233002
    Pros:
    *Tool-less
    *Side loaded HDD bays
    *Lots of HDD bays
    *Nice subdued design - I like the vents on the side
    *Cheap
    *Good reviews
    *Not really lit up with LEDs

    Cons:
    *Not as good cooling. Although there is one fan next to the HDD bays
    *No free shipping
    *Currently out of stock

    So are there any cases that might have the best of both worlds? I really like the idea of multiple front fans on the HDDs. I think if the first case was tool-less I could live with the other stuff.

    What does OT think? Thanks.
     
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    I've got the antec nine hundred, and if I was buying a case again, I'd get the same one. Yeah, the blue led's are a bit much, but other than that, it's a great case with great cooling. Nicely finished edges, tons of room, and a 120mm fan in each of the hard drive cages. All the fans it comes with are the antec tricool ones, so they have a low, medium and high switch as well. There's also room to mount another 120mm fan in the door to blow on the video card, north bridge and part of the cpu. I've got plenty of space left in there even with an 8800gtx and 4 hard drives.
    The blue LED's and all the fucking thumbscrews would be my 2 complaints. There's thumbscrews on everything, and it gets old fast.
     
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    thumbscrews are okay if they also have phillips heads.
     
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    yeah i was really liking this case until i saw it wasnt tool less. i could probably live with the LEDs even.

    i might still go with it. it sounds like an awesome case aside from those issues.
     
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    That coolermaster stacker is pretty intense, but definitely out of my price range.
     
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    I like the TT Armor myself.
     
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    Dr. Smooth dazed and confused

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    check out the cooler master cm 690. its a sweet case for the price
     
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    its only $10 over your price range after rebate
     
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    Harry Caray Fine purveyor of x.264, h.264 & TS HD-Video !!! HD

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    I agree on the CM Stacker... if that's out of your $$ range, then anything CM should do..

    They are a quality product:bigthumb:
     
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    looks awesome. front, back, side fans, tool less side loading hdd bays, minimal leds, cheap, subdued style :bigthumb:
     
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    Dr. Smooth dazed and confused

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    its even better in person. very very nice case. 2 complaints: PS on the bottom, so getting the cords to their spots on the MB can be difficult, depending on the MB. the side panel is also rediculously tough to get on and off. i bent the clips a little with a screwdriver and it works much better. other than that it's an amazing case
     

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