The Cooler Master decision!

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Exzious
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Hello dear avid reader!

I would like to take this opportunity to pose a question, or a discussion perhaps? What case do you suggest for me? I am stuck between the Cooler Master Sniper Storm and the Cooler Master HAF X. I would like to hear your opinion on which I should take. I want the Sniper Storm because I go to alot of LAN parties and the carrying possibilities on it is fabulous, however there is no USB 3.0 ports. I know I can buy special cards with USB 3.0 ports on them, but that puts them behind the case which is not an advantage. I want the HAF X because of, presicely you guessed it, the USB 3.0 ports on the front, and because of the magnificent possibilites on hard drives and cooling (I am going for a boxed water cooling so no point in asking for fans).

Please help me, I really am stuck here and I have absolutely NO idea which one is best for my use.

heavy_metal
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I have owned 2 cooler master cases to date, I have enjoyed both of them. I owned a Cooler Master Storm Scout and I currently have a Cooler Master HAF X. I liked the Storm Scout because it was portable, but it was just a little to small for my needs. I now own the Cooler Master HAF X which I think is a great case, though I don't take it to other peoples houses very often. I got the HAF X because it is a full tower, and the fact that I air cool everything, so it has been great for that, I noticed that you mentioned water cooling, and I would have to say that to set up water cooling in the case would be rather easy, because it is so large and is already set up to do so. Though I can say right now that my Case with everything in it weighs right around 60 pounds and is not the easiest thing to move, but the wheels that are included are helpful. If you really want a more portable case then the Storm Sniper would be better, as is a full tower, and weighs less than the HAF X, but if you are looking for in my opinion one of the best overall cases, I would recommend the HAF X. I don't use the USB3.0 on the front of my HAF X but it was nice of them to include the USB 2.0 adapter for me. If USB3.0 is your only concern then I would say just get a expansion USB3.0 header.

Exzious
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Yeah, big-towers do have great space. Right now I am sitting on an Antec 1200 big-tower case. It is nice and cool but the truth still stands. I have only been to 2 LAN parties with it over the course of the 2 years i've had it. With my last case which was a way old CM midi-tower that they're not even producing anymore, I went to LAN parties mostly every single week. I had that for 3 years (I buy my computers at a norwegian company named Komplett (complete) which has a 3 year warranty that I follow). I'm not buying a new one until next year but I'd like to get most of the details out of the way now so I can focus on other details when I get it. (Like where to put it and stuff :P.)

But thanks for the tip, I know there's not a whole lot with USB3.0 ports out there now, but I think in a few years there will be a whole bunch of USB3.0 ports.

Tivon
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I wouldn't even think about USB3.0 ports on a computer case right now. Chances are the USB3.0 ports will be on the back of the motherboard or on a card that sits in one of the rear slots. Later on if you need USB3.0 in the front they will have floppy and drive bay ports.

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I agree with Tivon, if you want USB 3.0 and want to get a case which doesn't have it built in, then you should get a 3.5" USB 3.0 front bay adapter and plug it in via the header on the motherboard (if your motherboard has this accommodation). I've seen these adapters come packaged in several new motherboards, and i'm sure there will be some which you could buy separately.

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Exzious
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Yes, I decided for the HAF X a while ago as I found out a few flaws with the Sniper Storm. The Sniper Storm can have too lose internal HDD rims which you got to manually bend in, don't want to take that risk (I am rough and don't want anything to happen). There is also the chance that the mesh at the top fan will shake too much and come in contact with the plastic, making it very noisy. Also I have heard several complaints that, even though it is a midi-tower case, it weighs a ton and is not really that good. Anyways, it was until lately I had fully decided for the HAF X case when I discovered a new case that seemed rather reasonable. The Antec Lanboy midi-tower case. I fell in love with it on sight. I watched Rodney's review and he seemed to be very positive about it, although he is mostly positive about everything he reviews (no offence if your reading this Rodney) but I would like the opinion on it from a private persons perspective. Is it as good as it looks and sounds or is it quite the opposite? And, if it is possible to get an answer, does the Lanboy fit a Asus Rampage 3 Extreme? would be great to know, thanks in advance.