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    In the market for a new case

    I am currently in the market for a new case to hold my new computer setup (nf7-s, 3200, 1gb ram but that’s not important) and possibly a water-cooling setup (but later on). I have been looking at a few cases namely Lian Li PC60/61 (would prefer black but not essential), Zorro case (in black or blue), Coolermaster centurion, Coolermaster Wavemaster and the Chenbro gaming bomb. As you may agree 5 completely different cases.

    I currently own a Chieftec Matrix full tower case and although a very good case I have decided to get rid of it due to its size and partly due to the noise coming from it (6 80mm fans and 1 Aero 7 Lite).

    Now the reason I am posting. Which case would you yourself recommended to host my computer? Despite having the Zorro case up there i am not really into case modding so a windowed side panel is not necessarily.

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    Does the case we recommend have to be black? If not, then I recommend the Antec P160. Am ordering one myself tomorrow morning. Absolutely gorgeous case!

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    Why no CM Praetorian?
    As Scan are currently doing silver for £68 inc & black for about £10 more ...

    but a case with 120mm fans should be quieter - how about a Sonata?

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    Sonata is probably a bit too small for watercooling. I know it's been done, but I wouldn't like to do it myself...

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    Thanks for your suggestions.

    I had originally thought about the Sonata but its not really what i am looking for. Plus what Allen said about possible difficulties about fitting a watercooling setup into it.

    The Antec P160 is a very nice case and I thank you for the suggestion Allen I have now added it to my list of possible cases. I am not particulary struck on the Praetorian case as its not really my style.
    Last edited by Andyr; 24-08-2004 at 10:07 PM.
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    Also, if you want space and coolness (both types), as well as decent looks, try looking at the SavRow SR-71 (http://www.savrow.com/site/sr71.html). Very tasty...

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    Been reading reviews for the P160 for the last hour and i have decided to deffinatly purchase this case. This case seems to be the only case I have ever heard of to have CD Benzels (exact colour matched as well) included in the bundle. Just need to wait to get paid and i will be ordering ASAP.

    Thanks Allen for the suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyr
    Been reading reviews for the P160 for the last hour and i have decided to deffinatly purchase this case. This case seems to be the only case I have ever heard of to have CD Benzels (exact colour matched as well) included in the bundle. Just need to wait to get paid and i will be ordering ASAP.

    Thanks Allen for the suggestion.
    You definitely won't regret it sir! It's a peach of a case, no doubt about that....

    Only complaint I've got about the case is that I didn't buy it sooner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen
    Also, if you want space and coolness (both types), as well as decent looks, try looking at the SavRow SR-71 (http://www.savrow.com/site/sr71.html). Very tasty...

    You just found me my next case!!!!




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    Hehehe, have been looking into decent cases recently, and these are the only two that I like after going through many recomendations.

    It was a long, hard decision, but I will be ordering the P160 in a few hours! Next decision is whether or not to go down the 64bit route.....

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    http://www.soldam.com/case/jazz_take5/gallary.html

    WOW! I dont know what to say.....

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    Looks as though they've nicked Shuttle's heatpipe idea. Not sure if I like the stepped effect though.

    Depends on how much this case is reallt.

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    Those cases cost between £153 and £226 + shipping costs from Japan. I think i will stick to the Antec P160.

    Prices found using Yen to £ Convertor.
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    Pfft, sod that then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen
    Looks as though they've nicked Shuttle's heatpipe idea. Not sure if I like the stepped effect though.
    on there site it says it's water cooling only available in japan... I dont see no pump but this is japan after all!

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    Ahh, I thought it might have been watercooling after looking at that piccy a 2nd time, but thought nobody would pick up on ot!

    Ordered my Antec P160 today, should be here tomorrow! \o/

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