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    Need a case. Suggestions.

    Wot I'm putting in it.
    E6400, overclocking. 600w PSU, mid range graphic card (for now). With view to get a D10 card (meant to be big on size)

    This is the case I got in mind.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=352344

    Not on the basis that its steel and kinda cheap (at least compared to the rest). I'm thinking this ain't gonna be the best case for me.

    But I don't want to spend loads of money on one, plus I don't care too much about the looks (I decided that its too much money to have a show off one with snassy window).
    Airflow should be important right. Has anyone got of of these cases for feedback?

    So yes or no to the above case guys, for my spec? Or should I keep on looking?

    In advance....Thanks

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    The Jeantech Phong II has received rave reviews at CustomPC and it's £50 in PC World.
    I have one and love it, the style is slightly understated but has excellent cooling fans and comes with rubber grommets for the drives, etc.

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    I've read good things about the Akasa Zen cases (black or white). Pretty cheap but build quality is supposed to be decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeacock View Post
    The Jeantech Phong II has received rave reviews at CustomPC and it's £50 in PC World.
    I have one and love it, the style is slightly understated but has excellent cooling fans and comes with rubber grommets for the drives, etc.
    i got one of these as well and for the money its the best case easily, style is meh but the features are really good

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    ... Agreed Jeantech Phong II is a great budged case... excellent cooling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar_VPR View Post
    I've read good things about the Akasa Zen cases (black or white). Pretty cheap but build quality is supposed to be decent.
    Just built a system in the Zen and I'm not too impressed. The top 5.25 is stealthed but kept jamming when the CD tray went back. Also it's not possible to remve the stealth bay - I had to mount the DVD Rom in the next bay down.

    Fans buzzed a bit and it wasn't easy trying to remove the sides.

    With regards budget cases - IMO they should be under £40. The Jeantech falls in to the mid range budget.

    Have a look at the SLK 3000B by Antec.

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    I got this:

    http://www.custompc.co.uk/custompc/r...bay-dream.html

    a poor man's coolermaster stacker (only paid £50 for mine, I think CPC got the price wrong).

    Tekheads seem to have it (end of line) for £40 , is niiiice, worth it for this sort of money.

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    I just ordered the Coolermaster Centurion 532 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=359344) not sure about the side bars but otherwise it looks like a pretty solid case for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colinloves View Post
    This is the case I got in mind.
    I'm still trying to decide on a case too. That one really interested me, but I can't find a single review about it on the net

    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar_VPR View Post
    I've read good things about the Akasa Zen cases (black or white). Pretty cheap but build quality is supposed to be decent.
    That Akasa Zen was high on my list until I read a review of it. It looks so nice, and its so cheap... and yet it has two 120mm fans! The only problem, is that one review I read, said that the front fan is covered by the front panel, with only about an inch gap to suck air through Thats pretty much scared me off that case.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPreston View Post
    That looks really good!

    Quote Originally Posted by redsky009 View Post
    I just ordered the Coolermaster Centurion 532 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=359344) not sure about the side bars but otherwise it looks like a pretty solid case for the price.
    Hmm, can't believe I didn't spot that one yet.... That looks like just the case for me! The thing I like about it, is the two 120mm fans, but mainly that the front one is unobstructed by the mesh front..

    I'm gunna have to look into that. As for the side bars, Can you remove those? Also, what aren't you sure about them? Just how they look? Or something else?

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    I still got my eyes set on the case I already said.

    But I ain't no master of airflow. I'm thinking that a big fan would disrupt the airflow. But how much, I have no idea.

    Come on, there must be someone out there with this knowledge. In terms of everything else, it seems sweet.

    A friend of mine has one, but he dont overclock. So Im not sure how well he can answer my question. But I will bring any freedback from him to here.

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    little eary review of the Xclio case.

    http://www.systemcooling.com/xclio_3060-05.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by acrobat View Post

    Hmm, can't believe I didn't spot that one yet.... That looks like just the case for me! The thing I like about it, is the two 120mm fans, but mainly that the front one is unobstructed by the mesh front..

    I'm gunna have to look into that. As for the side bars, Can you remove those? Also, what aren't you sure about them? Just how they look? Or something else?
    Just the looks of the side bars, will get used to it I think - spose it will help to carry the thing

    BTW it only comes with the front 120mm fan with the blue LED, you gotta get the back fan separately but they arent too expensive.

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    Akasa Eclipse 62 any chance?

    Its a cracking case, very very spacious, the whole case literally acts like a heatsink..
    Me want Ultrabook


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    Quote Originally Posted by redsky009 View Post
    I just ordered the Coolermaster Centurion 532 (http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=359344) not sure about the side bars but otherwise it looks like a pretty solid case for the price.
    I have one of these and I love it. It looks the business and it's tool less design is very useful.

    It does seem to scratch quite easily though, so be careful. Mine has a dirty great scratch on the top that I use by digicam dock to hide.

    The plastic silver caps on top of the bars at the front came off on mine as well, but this was easily fixed with a bit of super glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colinloves View Post
    I still got my eyes set on the case I already said.

    But I ain't no master of airflow. I'm thinking that a big fan would disrupt the airflow. But how much, I have no idea.

    Come on, there must be someone out there with this knowledge. In terms of everything else, it seems sweet.

    A friend of mine has one, but he dont overclock. So Im not sure how well he can answer my question. But I will bring any freedback from him to here.
    So it is not really a case (forgive pun) of "Need a Case. Suggestions." but rather "Found a case I like, Confirmations"?

    Probably only current owners or reviewers who can test for air flow and monitor temps can provide such a confirmation as this is not a well known, mainstream case, it may be fifficult to find a quality authioritative review.

    Big fans don't disrupt airflow, they generate it. The bigger, the more efficient - they move more air, and spin slower, so they are quieter to boot!
    Try to make each and every day the best it can be.

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