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Old October 16, 2010, 07:29 AM
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Howdy all,

I'm a little upset about my case. It's the Coolermaster ATCS 840. A really nice-looking, huge, convenient:

-Complete system tray
-air filters
-Lots of options such as external GPU fan shroud, EATX-capable, dual PSU capability...

BUT...I don't like it...the side panels are a little thin...it's so huge inside (cavernous) that the sounds are echoing/reverberating...a little vibration from side panels doesn't help either...

It's a negative pressure case, so there is dust coming-in from cracks, back grille and stuff.

I want to change this and sell it.

The HAF-X is nice, but cavernous also, with lots of air inside, some say it's reverberating noises also. But that doesn't mean great AIRFLOW...
I like the size, but I thin that some newer mid-ATX could be better suited for silent-yet-effective cooling.

I don't want to spend more that the price of the HAF-X on sale $169...I'll recover some $$$ by selling my actual case...
I look at the HAF 922, Antec DF-30 and 35 and the 902(some find them ugly, but I like Antec for some reasons). I need a wide case (accomodate large HSFs like the NOCTUA 14..I need capability for SLI Crossfire some long HD5970-style cards (just in case....)


Any opinions?

AIR COOLING is what's matter, I'm not interested in WC.
Sounds weird, but overall, my Antec 300 had better cooling than that CM ATCS840 case that I got...
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Old October 16, 2010, 11:09 AM
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This looks perfect for you, I'm picking one of these up myself next paycheck.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 4 Channel Fan Ctrl No PS - CC600T In Canada.

It was on sale last week for $150 though if you want to wait it might be on sale next sale too.

-supports 5970's or longer
-Great Airflow
-surprisingly wide with convex side panels for more cable room behind the motherboard tray
-wide enough for those cpu coolers you mentioned
-looks awesome (IMO)
-dust filters, fan controller, front USB 3.0
-All black, good cable management, removable HDD trays

Looks like a winner!
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Old October 16, 2010, 11:19 AM
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600T is from far the best option. A bit smaller, good licking, great construction. drop antec and CM ( even if I love my ATCS 840 ) and get the 600T.
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Old October 16, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Interesting!

Thanks for replying also. I'll be watching reviews and report back!
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Old October 16, 2010, 01:30 PM
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What about a NZXT Phantom?

Amazing Airflow, and a very good case from what I've read.

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Old October 16, 2010, 07:29 PM
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The Corsair 600T is nice! A little too roundish for my taste, but it seems functional.
The NZXT, on the other hand, looks like a case that has been found in a burnt down house...angles looks like a melted case...but yes it fits the caracteristics...I always hesitate to consider case of a "lesser" brand...
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Old October 16, 2010, 08:03 PM
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Maybe a Fractal design R3?
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Old October 16, 2010, 08:17 PM
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The Corsair 600T is nice! A little too roundish for my taste, but it seems functional.
The NZXT, on the other hand, looks like a case that has been found in a burnt down house...angles looks like a melted case...but yes it fits the caracteristics...I always hesitate to consider case of a "lesser" brand...
True,
Perhaps its all in the design.
I for one have used many NZXT Cases with great sucess, and CM , and Silverstone...

It all depends really. They may be a 'lesser' brand. But when it comes to actual function, they are bar none right up there.

Good luck Mate.

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Here's my advice. Buy 10$ worth of neoprene (or noise dampening foam as marketing peeps would call it) Stick them on the side panels of your ATCS, problem solved.

What you're looking for is a steel case, not aluminum
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Where can you get that stuff Jackquelegs besides online?

That sounds like a great idea as it reduces noise and blocks dust.
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