Go Back   Hardware Canucks > CASES & COOLING > Cases

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 10, 2008, 02:14 AM
rjbarker's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Courtenay, B.C
Posts: 5,932

My System Specs

Talking Advice On New Case!

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
- LG DVD RW
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?

Thanks
B
__________________
Introducing me n my OCD to Watercooling, is like taking an Alcoholic to an "all you can drink" Beach Bar in Mexico

.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 10, 2008, 02:57 AM
MVP
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Halifax, N.S.
Posts: 498
Default

Good air flow is a must, I just finished doing some tests with an Antec 900 and a "budget case" Case Cooling and Airflow - How much does it matter .

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.
__________________
RIG #1 - Intel E8400 // TRU-X 120 w noctua NF-P12 // GA-X38-DQ6 // GTX285 OC // 8g Ram OCZ Fatal1ty PC8500 // X-Fi Elite Pro sound // z-5500 speakers // OCZ 850w Gamer XTream PSU // WD Raptor 150g // Seagate 1Tb // 2xSeagate 500g ex// Logitec G-15 keyboard // Vista Ultimate 64bit
RIG #2 - AMD64 3500+ // Asus A8N-E // 8800GTS 512 OC // Enermax Liberty SLI 500W Modular PSU // WD Caviar 250g

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 08:33 AM
SimGamer's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The Office
Posts: 67

My System Specs

Default P182b

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 and my fourth fan blows across it to add extra cooling.

It's quiet, black and looks like a cool motherf#*^er
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 09:10 AM
Babrbarossa's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 3,673

My System Specs

Default

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...I&promoid=1051

This lian-li p-65 is rather austere and has a side window- great case and on sale now
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 09:43 AM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,658
Default

Budget case with ample room and awesome cooling? Simple.

Coolermaster CM 690
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 09:55 AM
Babrbarossa's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 3,673

My System Specs

Default

He wants one with a window dude.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 09:57 AM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,658
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Babrbarossa View Post
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.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 10:05 AM
llama_egg's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lloydminster
Posts: 748
Default

Well, he could install his own window...or the Antec 900...though it isn't the roomiest thing I've seen.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 10:46 AM
Babrbarossa's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New Brunswick
Posts: 3,673

My System Specs

Default

Have a look at the Apevia Jupiter cases- I like them and they're under 100 bucks
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 11, 2008, 10:52 AM
enaberif's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Calgahree, AB
Posts: 10,658
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Babrbarossa View Post
Have a look at the Apevia Jupiter cases- I like them and they're under 100 bucks
I oh my.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In need of advice doup93 Video Cards 6 March 17, 2008 06:40 PM
need advice Rapid-X CPU's and Motherboards 7 January 30, 2008 04:15 PM
Need some advice for a low budget PC ebdoradz CPU's and Motherboards 14 December 14, 2007 08:52 PM
A+ Case Black Pearl WCR Edition ATX Case Babrbarossa Reviews & Articles from the Web 0 June 19, 2007 10:28 AM
Need some advice....Please lol. cdn_Madrach Troubleshooting 9 May 30, 2007 05:47 PM