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Old March 26, 2008, 03:54 PM
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What about the mini-P180 then? Antec.com - Performance One

edit: damn, m-atx only.
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Old March 26, 2008, 04:33 PM
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low, I didnt suggest it 'cause I totally forgot about it!
I've gone through 4 cases since then, I know its here somewhere...
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Old March 27, 2008, 12:02 PM
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That drive cage is a little weird. However, if you never go in there you will never see it. And I bet that big gap in the middle would be nice for the full length video cards. I have a Sonata II and my 6800 only just barely fits in there.

My Sonata is also a bit of a lemon. If you close the front cover over the CD bays it rattles really badly. I just took it off, but that kind of defeats the purpose of a pretty case.
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Old March 27, 2008, 01:07 PM
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if it were me i would do selection in thsi order.

1. P182 - decent air cooling (includes 3 120mm fans with space for 1 more) and tons of harddrive mounting spaces (around 6 )

2. Sonata Series (very quite and decent air cooling)

3. Antec 900. not really a "coder" box but has tons of air flow including the huge ass 200mm fan on the top.
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Old March 30, 2008, 02:12 PM
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Thanks for all the help guys. It's difficult to choose when there are so many options and sometimes someone knows about a great case that you haven't seen yet.

I'm passing all this info to my buddy.

I really like that mini P180 3.0 Charlie, it's the first one I've seen that's all black inside. But $120 sans PSU is pretty steep considering the Sonata III is $100 with PSU.

We'll see what he says.
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Old March 30, 2008, 03:02 PM
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Be careful if you select the mini-P180, since it's for a mATX board only.
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Old March 30, 2008, 05:06 PM
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Coolermaster 590 or 690

Both great cases with awesome air flow.
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