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    System chassis...again

    I know this has probably been done to death, but I could do with a couple of pointers here - confusion has taken hold!

    I posted a similar note on this form a few days back and had some fantastic responses. Your suggestions have really struck home, and I have a couple of final "asks" before I take the plunge a buy a new case:

    1) Is the Akasa mirage 62 a touch better looking now with the revised front panel ?

    2) Would an 8800 GTX or ATI equivalent size-wise fit into an Akasa mirage 62?

    3) Similarly, would an 8800 GTX fit into an Antec p180?

    4) Would a corsair 620w PSU fit into an Antec p180?

    and finally...

    3) If you had the choice, would you go for an Akasa 62; a Coolermaster Stacker 832; a P180; or a Temjin TJ05?

    Thanks again guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5tu View Post
    I know this has probably been done to death, but I could do with a couple of pointers here - confusion has taken hold!

    I posted a similar note on this form a few days back and had some fantastic responses. Your suggestions have really struck home, and I have a couple of final "asks" before I take the plunge a buy a new case:

    1) Is the Akasa mirage 62 a touch better looking now with the revised front panel ?

    2) Would an 8800 GTX or ATI equivalent size-wise fit into an Akasa mirage 62?

    3) Similarly, would an 8800 GTX fit into an Antec p180?

    4) Would a corsair 620w PSU fit into an Antec p180?

    and finally...

    3) If you had the choice, would you go for an Akasa 62; a Coolermaster Stacker 832; a P180; or a Temjin TJ05?

    Thanks again guys.
    1 - It is a matter of taste which do YOU like the best? but many people think the Mirage looks nocer thand the Eclipse, otherwise they are virtuallly identical

    2 - Yes

    3 - Yes - and I believe in a previous post I posted a link to pictures of mine that show clearly this and prove it to be so (but if it was to another similar post and not yours, I can do so for you).

    4 - Yes I have a Seasonic, but Corsair PSUs are made by Seasonic.

    and finally 3 (really 5?) - I had a similar shortlist (not the Coolermaster), I finally (after months of investigation and wavering) chose the Antec P180 - and have not regretted it, I would make the same choice again.
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    well im waiting for the Stacker 832 looks the shizzle and a half! plus there always highly rated

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    Would love to see that link to a picture...

    Thanks for the responses all.

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    1) No, the mirage is uglier, it looks like a 1980's fileserver.
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    3) Depends, you'd probably need to remove the HDD cage in the upper compartment and stick the hard drives below.
    4) Should do
    5) Akasa Eclipse 62
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    1) Not too bad, prefer Eclipse
    2) Yes, loadsa room
    3) Not a fan of the p180s layout, but aidanjt seems to have the idea
    4) Yes, might stretch the cables a bit though
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    Based on costs I would go for P180 or Eclipse.

    I don't like the look of the Stacker or the TJ05.

    BTW I have an Eclipse and a P180.

    I don't understand why people want to pay over £150 for the Stacker? I got the Eclipse for around £57 from Tekheads when The Overclocking Store closed. The P180 came from ebuyer whilst on special - only thing I regret is not waiting a bit for the black version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5tu View Post
    Would love to see that link to a picture...

    Thanks for the responses all.
    Here you go... lots of pictures of my P180 with Asus Commando, E6700 +Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, 8800GTX, and Seasonic PSU

    http://etheav8r.googlepages.com/p180
    Last edited by EtheAv8r; 02-03-2007 at 11:48 PM. Reason: ... err helps to include the link!
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    I have a P180 and it is an amazing case if you can get all your cables to reach to the right places.

    Luckily I have a NeoHE so I haven't had any problems with the cables not fitting due to the fan size.

    1 Problem I rescently encountered though was the side of my case was locked onto my case, I had to force it off and broke 2 of the plastic securer things on the lower section of the left panel. I'm not sure if it still securely fits on as I haven't had time to put it back on (My 6800GT was dying and had to take it out, haven't replaced it properly and felt there is no need to put the case side back on until it's replace properly).

    Anyone know where I can get a replacement side for a silver Antec P180?

    Scan doesn't seem to sell them >:c

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesatin View Post
    Anyone know where I can get a replacement side for a silver Antec P180?
    Yes, contact Antec.

    They will ask for a copy of your invoice (via email).

    I managed to break the tabs and got a replacement side panel. I used the large head thumb screw to attach the lower HD section instead of the small head screw and the panel jammed.

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    With my sonata when things broke they sent out a free replacement

    I've got a P180 now (second revision, without the vga cooler plastic crap, and a couple of other tweaks) and I love it. The main problem is it's so heavy and I have to carry it to LAN parties. Other than that; faultless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackvdbuk View Post
    well im waiting for the Stacker 832 looks the shizzle and a half! plus there always highly rated
    The original T01 stacker is still the best as far as I'm concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Yes, contact Antec.

    They will ask for a copy of your invoice (via email).

    I managed to break the tabs and got a replacement side panel. I used the large head thumb screw to attach the lower HD section instead of the small head screw and the panel jammed.
    That might of been what happened to mine.

    It just wouldn't come off and the bottom 2 plastic bits just broke off when eventually got it off with a bit of force.

    What sort of price is it for them, or is it free for the replacement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesatin View Post
    That might of been what happened to mine.

    It just wouldn't come off and the bottom 2 plastic bits just broke off when eventually got it off with a bit of force.

    What sort of price is it for them, or is it free for the replacement?
    Completely free. I read somewhere that the clips break and because of this Antec replace the side panels.

    One guy on another forum had managed to get 2 side panels and a front door to turn his silver case in to a black case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Completely free. I read somewhere that the clips break and because of this Antec replace the side panels.

    One guy on another forum had managed to get 2 side panels and a front door to turn his silver case in to a black case.
    lol!

    I quite like it silver actually, just noticed that side pannel has a few tarnishes on it.
    I realised that 2 cheap side pannels have been resting on it and the metal clips have rubbed off some of the finish, oh well :3
    Last edited by bluesatin; 05-03-2007 at 12:19 AM.

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