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Windows 7: New case thoughts and recommendations.

06 Sep 2010   #1
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
New case thoughts and recommendations.

So it's been a long time coming but by mid October I should have me an HD5870. I'm aware of the size of these beasts and since my current setup has outgrown my case I want to pick up a new one within the next few weeks.

I don't really want to spend more than £150 because at the end of the day, it's just a case.

I'm looking for lots of space, good cable management decent cooling and I wouldn't mind hotswap bays (I don't really need them so they aren't essential).

I'm generally not favourable of the really extreme looking gamer cases, for example the Antec Dark Fleet. So whilst it ticks all the boxes, that look isn't for me.

So far I've looked at the Antec Twelve Hundred and CoolerMaster HAF X. I like both of these, though the Antec is more subtle.

Just wanted to see if anybody had experience with either of these and if so what your thoughts are. Any recommendations would also be much appreciated.

Cheers!



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06 Sep 2010   #2
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Just as a recomendation - Coolermaster HAF 932, its a huge case, fantastic for Cable Management and it has a very air flow to help keep the 5870 cool and its got plenty of room to house a w/c kit.

Might even be cheaper than the two choices above. not sure about the latter HAF-X

Lucky
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06 Sep 2010   #3
Hondajt

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Steve Ballmer Edition
 
 

I really like SFF cases. Have you given any thought to Lan-Gear? I really like the quality of those cases. And they allow for freakishly long GPU's like you are considering.

As for the ones you mentioned, the 1200 is huge and really heavy. I own one, and don't use it. I switched to the Lan-Gear. I like the Antec 902 since it's a smaller version of the 1200.

Also, I really like thermaltake and silverstone. They make some nice cases that aren't all weird looking.
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06 Sep 2010   #4
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Luckystar View Post
Just as a recomendation - Coolermaster HAF 932
I ahd considerd the 932 but the place I will be buying from are out of stock

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hondajt View Post
Also, I really like thermaltake
I had seen this, Armour A90, whilst not as big as the other cases, it looks really nice imo and is a lot cheaper. I may have to look up some reviews on this one.
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06 Sep 2010   #5
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kylehimself View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Luckystar View Post
Just as a recomendation - Coolermaster HAF 932
I ahd considerd the 932 but the place I will be buying from are out of stock

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hondajt View Post
Also, I really like thermaltake
I had seen this, Armour A90, whilst not as big as the other cases, it looks really nice imo and is a lot cheaper. I may have to look up some reviews on this one.
Your best bet would be to shop around, you may even get better deals on other bits if nessecary.

Try places like Amazon.co.uk, ebay.co.uk or overclockers.co.uk.

Just a little extra recommendation.

Lucky
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06 Sep 2010   #6
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I'm using the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP.

A bit big but room for everything.

Cooler Master also just came out with the HAF 912.
Similar to the 932 layout but shorter. Will take the full size video cards.
The HAF 912 is about $80USD instead of $130-150USD for the HAF 932.

Review of the HAF 912
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=591&Itemid=61

Review on your side of the pond.
Mid September availability. 65 Pounds.
http://www.techradar.com/news/comput...nveiled-714574

If they would have had the 912 out about a month ago I would have probably bought it instead of the 932.
Hope that helps.
Mike
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06 Sep 2010   #7
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Cheers for the thoughts guys. Now the choice is even harder . I'll have to put a bit of thought in to this.
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06 Sep 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This might be out of your price range, but I really like the Corsair 600T. It's got room for full size video cards...as you can see from their website...but the case is not monstrously large like some of these other cases.
Welcome to Corsair :: Corsair Graphite Series™ 600T Product Information

Also, it looks like it's about $150 USD and releasing near the end of September.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...39003&Tpk=600t
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06 Sep 2010   #9
kellymac35

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64 Full
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
This might be out of your price range, but I really like the Corsair 600T. It's got room for full size video cards...as you can see from their website...but the case is not monstrously large like some of these other cases.
Welcome to Corsair :: Corsair Graphite Series™ 600T Product Information

Also, it looks like it's about $150 USD and releasing near the end of September.
Newegg.com - Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Stunning, What a beautiful case the Corsair has my vote!
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06 Sep 2010   #10
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I really love my case. It's a Cooler Master ATCs 840 : ATCS 840 - Cooler Master

The one shown is brushed aluminium, mines the same only black. It is a very big case and a dream to use for a build. The whole motherboard tray slides out on roller bearings so you can mount the chip etc on a horizontal surface and then put it back in. Mounting a HSF and GPU is equally easy and cable management is a dream.
The case is all aluminium and beautifully engineered. The only plastics are the hard drive tray clip-ons.
This is a very serene looking case, no flashing lights or wide open mesh grills. Even the front intake has a solid alloy shield. I think it looks a bit like the monolith from 2001.
I could go on and on but I recommend it highly so check it out or better still see one in the flesh.
I've had mine over 6 months and I still admire it when I'm sat in front of my pc.
Cheers, John
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