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rjbarker March 10, 2008 01:14 AM

Advice On New Case!
:ph34r:Hi all,
I'm presently in the middle of a new build and am trying to figure out what case would be most suitable for my needs. Firsty, I don't want something extremely "teenage" flashy, if that makes sense, secondly I do want a few LED Lights and a "visible" window side.
the fellow that is building my Rig has chosen for me (they sell it in their store), a Raidmax Smilidon, but I'm a little hesistant as it only has 1 120mm Intake Fan (front) and 3 80mm Exhaust Fans.
the specs of my build (I provided him with all components except the Case):
- Intel e8400 Dual core
- Evga Nforce 780i MOBO
- PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
- Evga 8800 GTX
- 2 x 1GB (2 GB) Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4-4-4-12 DDR2 PC 6400 @ 800 Mhz
- SATA 7200 Seagate Barracuda 320 GB HDD
- Asus DVD ROM
I want to ensurevthat their is ample cooling and space in case I want to purchase another 8800 GTX (SLI)
I've been thinking of going with the Antec 900 (available at DC for just under $100)...what do you folks think?


CasheKicker March 10, 2008 01:57 AM

Good air flow is a must, I just finished doing some tests with an Antec 900 and a "budget case" http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...es-matter.html .

The Anytec 900 provides lots and lots of airflow but does have a compromise, cable management can be difficult if you want that clean look inside the case, bit it is still a darn good case. There are better cases out there is you want to pay for them.

Don't skimp on a case, it does make a huge difference and the proper airflow and cooling solution will prolong the life of all your gear. Heat kills.

Also good things to look for in a case are features such as "tool less" makes it easy to move things around if you want and to change/add components. Ample space for better airflow and cable management. I am sure many of the members here can make some great suggestions.

SimGamer March 11, 2008 07:33 AM

It doesn't have a windowed side panel but the P182 Antec case is very nice. I just finished a new build with one and it is a great choice. Cable management is excellent, esp. if you use a PS from Antec; the cables will be long enough to route poroperly. Three 120mm fans standard, add another and you have good cooling. My 8800GTX fits, just:whistle: and my fourth fan blows across it to add extra cooling.

It's quiet, black and looks like a cool motherf#*^er:punk:

Babrbarossa March 11, 2008 08:10 AM


This lian-li p-65 is rather austere and has a side window- great case and on sale now

enaberif March 11, 2008 08:43 AM

Budget case with ample room and awesome cooling? Simple.

Coolermaster CM 690

Babrbarossa March 11, 2008 08:55 AM

He wants one with a window dude.

enaberif March 11, 2008 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by Babrbarossa (Post 45333)
He wants one with a window dude.

Budget and window don't exist :P

Cheapest case your gonna find with a window is the TJ04.

And the problem with the Lian-Li you recommended, it doesn't have very good cable mangement and the little part at the top where its curvy makes it hard to work on drives in the upper 5 1/4 bays.

llama_egg March 11, 2008 09:05 AM

Well, he could install his own window...or the Antec 900...though it isn't the roomiest thing I've seen.

Babrbarossa March 11, 2008 09:46 AM

Have a look at the Apevia Jupiter cases- I like them and they're under 100 bucks

enaberif March 11, 2008 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by Babrbarossa (Post 45346)
Have a look at the Apevia Jupiter cases- I like them and they're under 100 bucks

I:sad: oh my.

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