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Looking for a good case?

MitchTJones

61 months ago

I'm looking to build my first PC - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MitchTJones/saved/QcFYcf I'm looking for a good full-tower case that is compatible with all of my parts. I currently have the Corsair 730T, and it seems to be everything I'm looking for, but I'm not a big fan of the look or the price tag. I'm looking for a case that fits these criteria and I can't seem to find one.

  1. Compatibility - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MitchTJones/saved/QcFYcf & must work well with top-mounted Corsair H100i
  2. Size - around 564mm x 246mm x 568mm, no taller
  3. Design - not over-the-top ("over-the-top" example - http://www.aerocool.us/gt/gt-s.html) but not too simplistic.
  4. Air flow - I consider the Corsair 730T to be the minimum for airflow, and I plan to replace the case fans with Noctua NF-F12s or LEPA BOL-12P-Rs
  5. Features - at least 2 USB 3.0 ports, at least 3-4 2.5" drive bays, and at least 3-4 3.5" drive bays
  6. Price - Under $100, but may go up to $130 if the case is really worth it.

Thank you so much in advance!

Edit - I know it seems like I'm being a bit too picky with all of these criteria and I have already rejected 2 out of my 3 replies, but I feel like the case is one of the most important aspects of a PC, it's what makes your PC look good, dictates how easy it is to build and upgrade your PC, and I consider it a huge part of building a PC, so I'm very interested in getting the right one.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the Phanteks cases. The Enthoo Pro may be a good alternative to the 730T.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a big fan of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro design, but it fits the $100 budget and seems to fit all of my criteria. Thank you for responding, and I am still taking suggestions!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the nzxt H440 (BTW you NEED to change that Tier 5 psu if you care for that build)

very nice case

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cah440wm1

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/143-h440-performance-mid-tower.html

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your reply, but I think the NZXT H440 is exactly what I meant by "too simplistic" it looks very nice, but it's just not for me. Also, the $110 price tag seems way too much for this case.

I'm very new to PC building and I was wondering what you mean by: "you NEED to change that Tier 5 psu if you care for that build" Is the PSU not good enough? what PSU would you recommend?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

tier 5 can burn your whole computer.. stay away from it. Here is the tier list. I see that you changed the psu but raidmax is tier 5 the worst there is

https://community.newegg.com/eggxpert/computer_hardware/f/135081/t/45344.aspx

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/product_index.aspx?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2091&psn&lid=1

sapphire recommends a 750 watts psu for this gpu so I would recommend the EVGA G2 750 which is tier 1 and has a 10 year warranty

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Obsidian Series® 450D Mid-Tower PC Case http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011049ww

Very clean lines, nice window, and plenty of cooling room. Very solid case for a build with enough extras to make your build look good.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your reply, but, just like the H440, I'm not a big fan of the design and $100 seems way too much for a Mid-Tower case with those specs.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair:Corsair 750D, may be too big and simplistic, but is pretty good. Corsair Carbide Air 540, delivers nice airflow, just might be too big on width. Great cable management options though.

NZXT: Like many others said, NZXT H440. Great case, too simplistic I guess and not the best air flow. NZXT Phantom 410, somewhat popular case. Great airflow, not too big, but may be too stylish for you with all the weird shapes and all.

Fractal Design: Fractal Design R4 (R5 will come out soon!), great case, okay airflow. May be too simplistic.

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2, less simplistic and provides great airflow. Nice alternative to the R4.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro: Great case on all aspects, just too big and may not fit budget

Cooler Master: They have some good cases, The HAF 912 seems popular, but I never really was interested in their cases.

Bitfenix: Shinobi and Ronin, Great cases with nice features. Nothing too wrong with these, just okay.

There are a few other from more companies like Lian-Li, but here are the most popular and best decisions you probably will see later.

Cheers

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