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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I am having trouble deciding on which ATX case to choose for my new system build.

    I have had a look at the Antec P180b, Antec 900, Antec 1200 and Coolermaster 830.

    I wasnt a case that has really good cooling but doesn't sound like a airliner taking off.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
     
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    Through personal preference and popularity I'd go for the Antec 900:)
     
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    They do look good, I have read a lot about this case especially with people having cable management issues, the Antec 1200 is just basically the same but with cable managment in mind aswell as cooling but its really expensive.
     
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    The 1200 also looks like a spaceship. I have the Antec 300 and for how cheap it is, it's a really good case. The 900 would be my choice out of those listed.
     
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    I have been drawn to the 900, but its one of those cases that if you don't plan your installation very well then you end up with cables everywhere and get crap airflow.
     
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    LOL, there is a price for more glamour I suppose? :)
     
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    I had no problem with the cable management on my three hundred. It was just a case of cable tie's everywhere - but once they are snipped back it looks quite tidy. I can't see the 900 being any more hassle than the 300?
     
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    £112 for the 1200 :blink
     
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    I suppose if you take your time then any case can be done well.
     
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    The Antec 900 looks like a very good case. To keep noise down you need 120mm fans. Small fans have to spin fast to push lots of air, this creates noise. Big fans can spin at half the speed, push the same amount of air, and create half the noise. The Antec 900 has all 120mm fans, ideal. 8)
     
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    It does look good and it has the cooling I want, I just hope it isn't very noisy when all the fans are running.
     
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    I had to add a fan speed controller to my case so I could dial down the fan RPMs to get the best mix of cooling performance and noise.
     
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    I thought the 900 had fan speed settings.
     
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    Just had another look at the spec, your right. Three speed switches on the fans.
     
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    I suppose you can keep it quiet with them when not running games.

    I've basically ruled out the coolermaster case with its 9 fans :blink although it has a mobo tray which makes installation easier.

    The P180b and 182 have very good cable managment but I am not sure wether they would keep my high end system cool enough.

    That just leaves the 900 I think :biggrin
     
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    I think the 900 is a good case. You can make any case quite tidy cable wise with some cable ties and a bit of clever routing. Its all part of the fun :)
     
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    I think its the one then :)
     
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    lian li ftw 8)

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    The 3 speed settings on the 900's fans (i'm assuming they are the same as the 300's) are pretty silly. The slowest setting is the only setting I can tolerate noise wise. I only have one intake fan on the front, no side intake fan, one rear exhaust and one roof exhaust (140mm, the rest are 120mm). Noise levels aren't too bad, but i'm seriously considering taking my acoustic foam knowledge and creating some kind of noise-dampening product for PC's - they are far too noisy!
     
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    Yeah, I think you ought to use the Ikea Helmer case.... :biggrin
     
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