How's the antec P182?

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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    Saw a thread in the main forum and just kinda got the itch to replace my thermaltake tsunami case. The thermaltake is OK but I've owned several antecs before and always seemed to like them. One of the reasons I don't like the TT is that the side panel won't close. Well, it will but the fan in the window pushes on my tuniq tower.
    The P182 doesn't have a window which isn't a huge deal but I like being able to view the inside of the case especially for the LED error code readouts. Other than that, I like it.
    And I like the idea of the power supply being on bottom.

    So what else should I look at? I have two optical drives, two hard drives (probably add one more within 6-12 months) so I don't need a huge full tower.
     
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    my brother just built a system using one and it looks like a really nice case.

    If you want a large-ish case with a window, have you checked out the antec nine hundred? It's about the same size as the 182, but with a side window and a larger fan on top.
     
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    in terms of cases it's too expensive to be a "entry-level" case and it's too flimsy to be a high-end case. I don't recommend it.
     
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    actually right after I posted I looked at the 900. I don't like all the blue fans but I am sure I could disconnect the wire that feeds the light but keep the fans running. Otherwise it looks ok, I guess. I'm not a "gamer" but I just want a decent gase with decent airflow.
     
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    somehow I knew you wouldn't. :rofl:


    Just for kicks, what would you recommend?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I forget if that's the one that has the black anodized insides, but if it is it's a great case.

    They have one at Microcenter, and I had it off the shelf, on the floor and examining it inside and out.

    The sales guy was right there with me, so I got to tear into it.

    It was not in any way shape or form flimzy.

    Very solid design, inside and out.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh, that's the gun metal gray one. I love that case.

    If they did the black anodizing in there, my geek wood would never go down.

    Afaik, the two cases are mechanically identical.
     
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    hmm. wonder which version you saw.


    sounds nice but I'm sure it would be more $. did it have a window?
     
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    silverstone. I think the TJ04 is a nice solid case for reasonable price. The Lian Li PC series can also be had in that price range.
     
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    I don't think it matters, though.

    The gun metal gray one and the anodized one are the same case.

    I *think* the only P case that is different is the one that comes with the dual power supplies.
     
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    didn't see the tj04 at newegg but might have missed it. Not that I have to order from them. Lian Li's are either waaaay out of my price range or they are just bland. Never really been impressed with their lower priced stuff.

    Guess I'll sleep on it. saw a post at hardforum where a guy went from atsunami to the 900 and he was extremely impressed (not that thats a shocker). It's just not that great looking of a case. The p182 is tempting but I wish I could find it for ~100.

    If anyone has anything else to add, please do.
     
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    That's a pretty good price on the gun metal gray one, considering it has free shipping.

    The normal P180 case can be found for $100 or less on a regular basis.
     
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    I caved and ordered one today. :noes:
     
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    I actually just bought a p182, I'm pretty pleased. It'll have for everything you want to put in.
     
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    :cool:

    How is the cable management? I've heard some people love it and so so-so. I think you just havbe to spend alot of time doing it right.

    Do you have any pics of it? I've seen the online pictures, sometimes it helps to see real pictures with hardware in it, etc.
     
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    Yeah, I heard that too, but I think it was the earlier cases.

    I read that they made some basic changes to how the wires feed from the psu.
     
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    The back section behind the motherboard is neat for getting most of your power cables through. Everything seemed easy enough. Though now I understand the desire for a removable motherboard tray(especially working with a big heat sink).

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    Thanks.

    Yeah, I'm :) and :wtc: at the same time. I get a new mobo/ram/case in next week and I'm on vacation the entire time. :) :)
    But my arm is broken and I don't think I can assemble everything with one hand. :wtc: :wtc:
     
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    I love the case but putting it together was an absolute chore. Most annoying system I've ever put together, but once it's done it's all good.
     
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    What is so difficult about it?

    And I ordered it early friday morning (5 AM their time) but it didn't ship. Guess it'll be wed or thursday before I get it. :hs:
     
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    A lot of case issues come down to the depth of the case.

    For some reason, probably more esthetics than anything, the manufacturers like to keep the case depth to around 18-20 inches deep.

    If they just added a couple of inches to the depth, it would help out a lot, and I don't think it would hurt the looks very much.
     
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    My PSU has a hell of a lot of cables and having to carefully feed them all through this small slot while trying to keep them out of the way of other cables was frustrating.

    It was just annoying to put together, but well worth it in the end. I just love how it looks so good and clean while not having neons, windows and other shit on it. Also all the fans that come with it and the removable drive bays are excellent.
     
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    You took off the other side right?
     

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