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    Hello peeps (haven't posted in ages)

    Would like some case advice please

    Requirements (want to try a positive airflow setup)

    Front - 2 x 120mm fans
    Top - 1 or 2 x 120mm (or bigger) fans
    Side - would prefer 1 or 2 x 120mm (or bigger) fans or no fans
    Depth - not more than 500mm (preferably shorter)

    Bottom mounted PSU (must).


    Currently using a Coolermaster Elite 340 (M ATX) but fancy a change.
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    Re: Case Advice

    Antec 902
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec...window-w-o-psu

    NZXT tempest which is 56cm deep
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-...window-w-o-psu

    I have a NZXT tempest and I love it but it is a big case
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    Re: Case Advice

    The Antec 300 comes to mind:

    Front - 2x 120mm fans (optional), could fill with Thermalright TY-140s witch are 140mm but with mounts for 120mm holes (73CFM @ 21dbA) £15
    Top - 140mm Antec Tri Cool
    Side - room for 1x 120mm; take from rear if you don't want it there or add another TY-140
    Depth -465mm

    Total: £47 for 300 + £15 for fans = £62

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    Re: Case Advice

    Sorry guys, forgot to state budget - don't want to spend more than £50 ish

    I have quite a few 120mm fans by the way.

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    Re: Case Advice

    I think I've found the case I'm after, well the manufacturer at least - Fractal Design.

    Look at the prices though

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    Re: Case Advice

    I just bought the Coolermaster HAF 912 plus, would be a good choice if you like the look of the case. Build quality i have found to be excellent and only £46.79 at Scan on Today only offer. Normal price £54.95

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/coole...r-case-w-o-psu

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    Re: Case Advice

    I personally love the Antec 300 tbh, loads of space to work with.

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    Re: Case Advice

    Top of my list at the moment is the Casecom K5-9388:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239238

    Ticks all the boxes on your list except the 2 front fans as it only has space for one. Also comes in a red LED version:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239240

    Looks a good case for £29.99 but then I do like budget cases!

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    Re: Case Advice

    I've put the HAF and the Antec 300 on my short list.

    Quote Originally Posted by Homeking View Post
    Top of my list at the moment is the Casecom K5-9388:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239238

    Ticks all the boxes on your list except the 2 front fans as it only has space for one. Also comes in a red LED version:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/239240

    Looks a good case for £29.99 but then I do like budget cases!
    Very nice case for the money and similar to the Casecom 6788 .

    I don't like spending too much on cases either, ever since I spent over £120 on a Aluminium case several years ago

    Also on the shortlist is the Fractal Design Core 3000. Similar to the Antec 300...

    I also like the Fractal Arc Midi but that one may be too expensive

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    Re: Case Advice

    totally agree £120 on a case is pushing the boundaries a bit but dont forget how long does a case last? pretty much for ever hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgio1990 View Post
    totally agree £120 on a case is pushing the boundaries a bit but dont forget how long does a case last? pretty much for ever hehe.
    Well it sounded like a helicopter with 6 x 80mm fans , had to get a fan controller and the quest for silence started...

    Soon after the cases with 120mm fans started appearing , a year or two ago I threw the case away (in the tip)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Well it sounded like a helicopter with 6 x 80mm fans , had to get a fan controller and the quest for silence started...

    Soon after the cases with 120mm fans started appearing , a year or two ago I threw the case away (in the tip)
    LOOL sounded like a helicopter :d

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    Re: Case Advice

    That's when you start case modding

    the HAF 912+ is a lovely case for your given requirements

    Others to add to the list would be the NZXT BETA EVO
    and LanCool K58 or K60 (these are a little over the budget) the only difference is that the k60 comes with two top mounted 140mm fans, you can fit 140mm fans in the top of the K58 but you need the Lian-Li screw kit to do it (or get creative) it only takes 140mm fans not 120mm fans

    Main thing you'll struggle with though is positive pressure and a lower mounted psu, unless you set the top fans as intakes then you'll have more exhaust flow giving you a negative pressure case.
    negative pressure cases do tend to cool better, mainly because the exhaust fans in a lower psu case are surrounding the hot cpu area so your dumping the hot air out of the case as quickly as possible by the shortest route.
    The big down side to negative pressure is dust, air will get sucked in through every crack and crevice making it very hard to filter dust out.

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    Re: Case Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    That's when you start case modding

    the HAF 912+ is a lovely case for your given requirements

    Others to add to the list would be the NZXT BETA EVO
    and LanCool K58 or K60 (these are a little over the budget) the only difference is that the k60 comes with two top mounted 140mm fans, you can fit 140mm fans in the top of the K58 but you need the Lian-Li screw kit to do it (or get creative) it only takes 140mm fans not 120mm fans

    Main thing you'll struggle with though is positive pressure and a lower mounted psu, unless you set the top fans as intakes then you'll have more exhaust flow giving you a negative pressure case.
    negative pressure cases do tend to cool better, mainly because the exhaust fans in a lower psu case are surrounding the hot cpu area so your dumping the hot air out of the case as quickly as possible by the shortest route.
    The big down side to negative pressure is dust, air will get sucked in through every crack and crevice making it very hard to filter dust out.
    I've got the Beta EVO on the list even though only one front fan - I know some people don't like the look of it but I don't think it's too bad

    There was me thinking there were only advantages to positive pressure - no dust etc.

    I might get the dust off the modded (have cut grills on front plus back, plus can fit 120mm in front of lower chamber and have removed the middle lower chamber fan bracket) P180 and give that another go and use the top fan as intake.

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