There are a lot of case posts around here but I decided to start a new one because...!
I'm looking to upgrade my system, go sli and whatnot, and my cm 690 ii is getting a bit on the full size.
So, I'm looking for a full tower to accommodate my system and all future upgrades.
For some reason I like the HAF X and they are fairly cheap now, but since it is a 2010 case I was wondering if there's something better out there, or if they have any weird issues not solved by CM.
Haf X is a great case
Why not a Lian-Li PC-A70FB or a A71FB?
Bitfenix Colossus is also great.
800d haf 932 or haf x
Also Antec 1200 is a great case :)
Ah well, it seems the new HAF XN is coming out.
Good thing I didn't buy the HAF X yet. >_<
Nevermind it's a mid tower. :|
Cooler Master does make some nice cases, but I would not recommend the Haf X. More of a personal opinion than anything. It is a good case but its not a great case. Look at CM Storm Trooper, it is quite nice. Corsair makes very nice cases, but I would stay away from the obsidian series. They are nice, but do not perform well for air cooling. Silverstone makes many fine cases. The Raven RV02 is one of my favorites as well as the Fortress. The newer Raven RV03 has a unique design and excellent cable management and would recommend it to anyone.
Is there anything in particular that you are looking for in a new case?
Mostly space, good air flow and black. :)
Not many Silverstone retailers around here. :|
Where are you located?
The storm trooper has a bit of wasted space with all those movable cages and the handle no? :|
If you are not using the cages... yes they can be wasted space, but if you need them, they are nice to have. the handle is really quite nice. It's very solid and makes moving the case around easier when there is a full system inside.
What do you use the system for? What components will you be needing room for?
Gaming mostly, atm have 5 hdd's, 1 dvd drive a nh-d14 and just got my second gtx580 dcu ii, so the cooler master 690 II is way too full for proper air flow. :|
I think the Storm Trooper would be very accommodating for your use, but if you have doubts about it, do not buy one. The CM HafX is a nice case, but it does not suit my style or my needs, that is why I am recommending others.
I put a great deal of effort into choosing a case, because chances are pretty high that it is the one thing that you will be getting the most use out of.
I have the Silverstone Raven RV02 and a NZXT Phantom. Each of the cases I did a good deal of watching and reading reviews. Forums such as these are very helpful for situations like this, but do not rely on just this forum. Do your homework and you will end up with something that is best suited for you.
Are there any other cases that you are looking at?
I've looked into the Corsair 800D ad the 500 and 600's series and the SilverStone TJ11.
But both the Silverstone and the Corsair are extremely expensive cases.
Yes the 800D and TJ11 are very top shelf cases. You will have to pay a premium for them. Silverstone's Raven models are nice and affordable and very good cases. The Corsair 500R is quite nice and has a good price point.
The problem with the 500R is that it's very similar in size to the CM 690 II I have atm, doesn't leave much space to update. :|
Is the Thermaltake Level 10 GT any good?
Not sure I like the Raven orientation... :|
I have no experience with the Level 10 GT. I have heard reviews that go both ways.
The orientation of the Raven is a bit different, but that is one of the things that you will have to look at. The RV02 is opposite of "standard" cases as the panel to access the computer is on the other side, but the cooling benefits are great. The RV03 has the same side orientation as a "standard" computer case, but it has the motherboard rotated 90 degrees. I like it because with my video card and waterblock, the case takes the load off of the motherboard.
Take a look at NZXT if you have not. I have the original Phantom and it is quite pleasing. Their new case, the Switch 810 has been receiving high marks, so it is worth a look.
The NZTX cases are too shinny... not really into the look. :|
I'm weird. :P
How about a stylish & silent full tower case - Fractal Design XL (comes in black, titanium or white)?
I have the mid tower (R3) an it has great build quality. The cooling of the full tower is very good: 3*140mm in and 140+180mm out, plus other spots for placing fans. It has space for 6 HDDs and a removable cage for 4 HDDs. It has dust filters on the front and bottom (PSU). The front ones are harder to remove but they can be cleaned using the vacuum cleaner. I'm not sure it has USB3 connectors but all in all it's very nice and affordable.
PS. It's not shiny... except the front panel :)
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