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Old May 22, 2009, 05:52 PM
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As you can probably see with my current rig, I am not much of a big updater.

I agree, I would have prefered if the 2 optional fans were 2 120mm instead of 92mm.

Thanks a lot TopDog for the very informative post. Makes me want to get it even more. And yes, I would be very interested in knowing the measurement from the PCI bracket to the HD cage.
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Old May 22, 2009, 06:41 PM
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Looks to be around 26.5cm or 10.4 inch photo was taken a little off angle, actually measured from PCI bracket in pic it looks like from back of case. And you will lose a hard drive bay if you use a longer card than what I have in there 4850 (Palit design board a little shorter than reference). And as you can see even with a dust filter it still gets in there just takes longer (I really have to clean this out )

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Why wouldnt you go with a CM-590 or 690? The sonta is what $180? for that you could get a good 550w psu and a CM-690... the 690 fits all video cards on the market right now, cools pretty well if you throw a couple more 120mm fans in it, looks good, is decently quiet with the included fans, and has good cable managment. Only antec cases ill look at these days are the 902 and 1200, but I much prefer coolermasters cases, they seem to put more effort into making it easier to work inside their cases. Atleast thats my oppinion. Im really happy with my CM-690, lots of spots for fans, great cooling, fits 120mm heatsinks with a little space left over and the build quality is awesome for the price point.

Out of the 2 you have listed I wouldnt get either, Ive never been a fan of the sonta cases, and the 590 is a better case then the elite.
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and the 590 is a better case then the elite.
Would the elite fit any GPU on the market ? What about the 590 ?

What are the advantages of the 590 over the Elite ?
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The 590 has a better chance of holding the higher end GPUs, but it doesnt have as much room as the 690, the 590 mounts hard drives differently then the 690 and loses space that way.

benefits of the 590 over the elite, better stock cooling, better cooling upgradability, the elite has room for 2 120mm fans, the 590 has room for 6 or 7, If you move the hard drive rack around in the 590 youll be able to fit longer video cards though. The rack can be moved into any of the optical bays I believe.

590 also has bottom mounted PSU, which I personally love, helps manage wires and keep your PSU cooler. Problem is some PSUs dont have long enough cables to reach around behind the motherboard tray to the 8pin eps on most motherboards.

You have to look at the features of all the cases at that budget level and really look hard, the elite 330 is OLD, the 590 is aging as is the 690, but the 690 is still a great case with lots to offer. Right now with a GTX 260 in my 690 I have about 3 inches or so to spare before the video card hits anything, leaves lots of room for air to pass through and makes it way easier to work with.

Cooler Master Centurion 590 - Mid tower case

Cooler Master Elite 330 - Mid tower case

Cooler Master CM 690 - Mid tower case

I believe both the 590 and deffinetly the 690 come with 3 120mm fans stock, 1 blue LED and 2 black. I would recommend in both adding atleast 1 top fan and 1 at the bottom to maximize cooling.
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You've got very good Points RS, and I have to agree on the 690 for sure.
It might be an aging Case, but it has damn good cooling options.

As well, just to mix it up.
Full stock Cooling is awsome on the NZXT Tempest as well.

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Yeah tempest has some good cooling, but horrid cable management, personally im huge on cable management. I have to admit though I like the tempest alot more then I like the original 900 case.
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I agree the Tempest isn't very good with the cable management but the case is really quiet and it have a lot of space to work with.
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I'm going to add another vote for the 590/690. I have the 590 and love it. It's cheap and will hold pretty much anything you can throw at it.
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Kilauea,

From the cases mentioned in the thread without any hesitation the Cooler Master Centurion 590.

Pros:
- Full (9x) 5.25" front accessible
- Adjustable cage that converts 3x 5.25 to 4x 3.5" drives
- All and plenty 120mm fan options.
- Bottom PSU
- Water cooling hose options
* $70 - $80 Canadian.. WOW.. I'd consider it the no frills version of the Cosmos S.. Cosmos S doesn't seem much better (function wise but costs 3x more).

Bottom line is there's just so much more flexibility with all 5.25" front accessible.. GPUs wouldn't be an issue.. sticking in a bunch of optical drives or externally accessible hotswap hard drives, etc.
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