|16 Feb 2010||#11|
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Having reviewed a good number of cases myself I will say that for the most part CM makes nice chassis; however, you you are looking to keep with air cooling the you should take a close look at the SilverStone FT02. If you are thinking liquid cooling in the future then take a look at the Corsair Obsidian 800D.
Both of these cases will run you some good money; less than 300.00 USD but you will find you will not be looking to upgrade for a good long time after you own either one of these beauties.
I am writing the review for the Silverstone at this moment and it as well as the Obsidian are two cases that will support your current hardware and anything in the foreseeable future.
Here is the link to the Obsidian Review:
Corsair Obsidian 800D
I will post a link to the SilverStone review once it is published.
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|06 Nov 2010||#12|
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I have a Storm Scout for my build. When I seen it upon researching for the build I immediately fell in love with it, add the fact it came with a 700 watt modular PSU as a bargain bundle, things were awesome.
The only flaw I've noticed with it really is the front bottom fan's LED isn't very obvious due to the black grill shielding it, so a quick swap with the top vertical fan solved that problem (and also provides a nice ambient atmosphere next to my Zalman CNPS9500A).
As for the HDD rack as someone mentioned earlier, I did initially think the same thing about lacking cooling, however I've yet to find my HDD's at a temperature that's even slighly warm to touch. (And I have 4 of the 5 slots in play)
Also, the window on the case I believe leaves room for further mod, the grills where you can attach a further 2 fans for extra cooling spoil the view of the inside slightly as they're not easy to look through. Im considering trying to find an alternative window to install (one without the grills, just plain) As I think it'll look much better, but that's just my preference If anyone could point me in the right direction for something like this it would be greatly appreciated!!
As for cooling, CM have done really well with this badman. It's a big spacious case, with loads of room for airflow, it comes with 3 fans stock, and has ability to host a further 2 if desired, 5 total. And with a bit of fiddling around it is possible to get them all working on a fan speed monitor. (not sure if speeds can be monitored though as the 3 stock fans run off the peripheral power).
Really good stuff
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