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Windows 7: Time to upgrade my case

23 Sep 2012   #11

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Antec's are excellent cases, as well the Corsair, CoolerMaster, Thermaltake, Lian Li, NZXT, Silverstone, Fractal Design, BitFinex are all outstanding case manufacturers. I just settled on this fantastic full tower case the CoolerMaster Storm Stryker and it's crazy good.
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23 Sep 2012   #12
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

+1, outstanding case (storm trooper aswell), they were too big for my rig but it might be the look of my next case in few years.
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23 Sep 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Antex Eleven Hundred or Antec P280....phenomenal cases, and very very good prices.
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24 Sep 2012   #14

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TanyaC View Post
Interesting that no-one has mentioned Antec at all. Are they not up to the task? The DF-85 looks worth considering?
Seems that two years old Antec case have some defaults of misconstruction.

-Lack of anti-vibrations for HDD and 2/1.2" drives
-No Dust filter for protecting and give fresh air to the PSU
-Bad socket windows to fix the Backplate
-Doors 5/1.4" blocking access to dvd/cd drive (even if they are removable)
-No tool less for Hard drives...
-Dvd/cd drive have to be short therefore not hitting the 140mm Fan...
-Difficulties to remove the protections of the bay 5.1/4"
Some good points. There seems to be no one manufacturer/model with the perfect combination.

I was leaning towards the DF-85 because of the hot-swap SSD bay, which I will get alot of use from.

And the doors on the front open right up for access to the HDDs.

Gosh, I have looked at so many brands/models over the last two days I have got a headache.

Well, thank you all for your thoughts and feedback. I'll post some pics when I decide which one to get and have it all up and running..
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24 Sep 2012   #15

 
 

I could sell you my Lian Li V1020-A
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24 Sep 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I could sell you my Lian Li V1020-A
Now there's an offer. I really like my Lian Li case.

Tanyac,

there are a lot of cases that offer what you are looking for, hot swap bays, front doors, more cooler room. Both price and style may help you narrow it down a little. Or perhaps smarteyeball's offer much more. Dont' have a headache over it though, take your time and prioritize what you want and have a little fun with it. That way when you're done you'll be very satisfied with what you bought.
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24 Sep 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TanyaC View Post
I've been running my Antec 900 two for a couple of years now and it has some annoying attributes that have finally got the better of me.

The disk enclosures have 8 screws that have to be removed every time you want to do any work with a drive, then you have to remove the 4 screws per drive, and typically I have to unplug the case fans because the cables are relatively short. Irritating.

The USB 3 connector is a cable that runs from the front of the case through a hole in the back of the case to a USB3 connector on the back of the motherboard. Nuts when my motherboard has a USB3 header on it.

The fan speed switches are on the back of the case. I do a lot of gaming and media encoding. When encoding video the temp jumps from 35 to 63c. With the fans on full speed it drops to 62c. I have found that I have two fans working against each other, which I will fix, but I don't expect it to make alot of difference.

The fan power connectors are PATA connectors, so I can't plug them onto the motherboard and manage the speeds from my ASRock tuning utility, meaning I have to keep pulling my PC out of the desk to adjust fan speeds. With both case fans going full speed it is quite noisy.

I can't put a side fan on because I have a NOCTUA NH-U9B-SE cooler, which must be oriented top to bottom because the memory slots are too close to orient it front to back. The Noctua leaves no room for a side fan. This may be unavoidable.

I've had a look at the "Show us your rig" and system specs of some of the PCs from members here. There seems to be a lot of variation in cases.

I am not brand loyal. I have a budget of around $250.

I have no spot coolers or memory cooler. I strongly prefer quiet.

I'm not into fancy colored lights and flashing thingies..

The graphics card is a EVGA 670 SC w/4GB.

I run my rig overclocked to 4.6 - 4.8 when I'm not encoding, as x264.exe is extremely sensitive to overclocking and becomes unstable above 4.0ghz.

So, with all of the in mind, any recommendations?

thanks
Tanya

Hey mate I just bought a Coolermaster HF case, from pccasegear.com, cost me $140 including delivery to SA. great case PLENTY of room, have a look on there site.
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24 Sep 2012   #18

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I could sell you my Lian Li V1020-A
Thanks for the offer, but I have settled on a Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced from PC Case Gear for $169.00 AUD. It hasn't got everything I wanted, but it's close.
  • I had to lose a 5.25 bay for the USB 3.0 ports.
  • The fans don't have filters, which means in my house I'm going to be opening this case up frequently to vacuum inside.
  • There is no Hot swap SSD bay on top.
But, there was no one case that had it all. Not even the Cosmos II at $389.00 AUD

Price was not a consideration with any of the cases. Air flow and noise were the primary considerations. The HAF X was no good as the shroud around the side fan interferred with my Noctua Cooler.

The DF-85 was second choice, but was a little cramped for space.

thank you all for your input.

Tanya
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24 Sep 2012   #19

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TanyaC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
I could sell you my Lian Li V1020-A
Thanks for the offer, but I have settled on a Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced from PC Case Gear for $169.00 AUD. It hasn't got everything I wanted, but it's close.
  • I had to lose a 5.25 bay for the USB 3.0 ports.
  • The fans don't have filters, which means in my house I'm going to be opening this case up frequently to vacuum inside.
  • The is no Hot swap SSD bay on top.
But, there was no one case that had it all. Not even the Cosmos II at $389.00 AUD

Price was not a consideration with any of the cases. Air flow and noise were the primary considerations. The HAF X was no good as the shroud around the side fan interferred with my Noctua Cooler.

The DF-85 was second choice, but was a little cramped for space.

thank you all for your input.

Tanya

Take a look at the Antec Eleven Hundred and the Antec P280. Removable dust filters under PSU and front intake, GOBS of room and the P280 is a quiet design case. The Eleven Hundred is $100US on Newegg and the P280 is $119US, I think.
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25 Sep 2012   #20

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Take a look at the Antec Eleven Hundred and the Antec P280. Removable dust filters under PSU and front intake, GOBS of room and the P280 is a quiet design case. The Eleven Hundred is $100US on Newegg and the P280 is $119US, I think.
Thanks for the suggestions. The P280 is not what I was looking for. The Antec 1100 I believe has similar design issues as the 900 which were the catalyst for the original decision to change.

Anyhoo.. I now have the HAF 932 up and running. It'q quote sad when I get to build a system and it works first shot..

Well, almost. One of the Noctua CPU fans won't respond to the speed controls. The ASRock tuning facility has one slider for both CPU fans, and CPU Fan 2 slows down, but not CPU Fan 1. It's still chugging away at 1870 RPM, whilst I have all others down under 1000.

Noise wise, it's a little louder than the Antec, but it may be because of this single fan. it's running around 3 degrees celcius cooler. I have so much spare space inside. I'll have to find something to fill it up
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