In the market for a new full tower chassis.

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I'm building a new rig and I'm in need of a chassis. My current selected chassis is the Corsair Obsidian 800D case. After viewing Rodney's review on the case, I take faith in his review seeing all the reviews on cases he has done. Airflow seems poor on the case, not to mention I'll be using a Corsair H50 in the case for the CPU. Since that uses up the back exhaust [the only one on the case] I would be forced to use the top 3 120mm ports for fans. I don't have a problem doing that at all.

So my question is. Would putting 3 120mm fans there 'solve' the airflow issue and perhaps putting a 120mm in the HDD bay in the bottom front?

If not, what's a fantastic case that meets the following?
-Full tower
-Black
-Optimal Airflow
-Cable management
-Hot swap trays [At least 3]
-Side window [Must be flush or on the inside of the case with no rivets]
-Bottom mounted PSU
-Non gaudy looking design. [Clean and simple, similar to the 800D or TJ-10B]
-$200>

Optional
-USB 3.0 ready
-Can make sandwhich

ATX
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What about the HAF X?

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That is my definition of gaudy. Intense geometry with no simple sides. Doesn't have hot swap trays either.

I realize I'm very picky and there probably isn't a case to fit all of my needs. I realize the airflow on the HAF X is very fluid and has fairly decent cooling for the GPUs and overall airflow is grand as well. If nothing else comes my way, I'll probably switch to it.

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Settled on getting the Cooler Master ATCS 840

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FYI: The HAF X has hot swappable bays..

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Bleh, yeah. The two bottom ones. Was thinking of another case I was looking at.

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The HAF-X does look very rugged visually. The air flow is excellent though.

Ah, and something very nice from Lian-Li is comming in October. Recommend you guys keep updated with them.

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Can't wait that long. Need computer for class in 2 weeks. Do you have a link on any current news about it?

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Ratchet wrote:The HAF-X does look very rugged visually. The air flow is excellent though.
Ah, and something very nice from Lian-Li is comming in October. Recommend you guys keep updated with them.

This is a perfect case for Rodney; all aluminum, removable motherboard tray, good airflow, full tower, etc. !!

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Rumored price?

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There aren't that much info about the case yet. We'll have to wait a bit for a while.

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Okay, so.

Cooler Master ASTC
Lian Li PC-V351
HAF X

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I like the design on the ATCS more than the HAF-X, IMO.

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Sorry. Also forgot to include the Lian Li PC A71F

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^^^That case looks even neater. So if you got enough cash, go for it.

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Hmm. The case and mobo are standard return. So should I get that and if air flow doesn't work, return it for the Lian Li PC A71F?

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the antec dark fleet df-85 meets all those requirements it has heaps of fans for good air flow, 4 hard drives are hot swappable and has a large window on the left side of the case and it is flush against the side

here is rodney's review on it http://www.3dgameman.com/reviews/1161/antec-dark-fleet-df-85-case

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The window is not flush. At least the rivets aren't. I've already decided on the Lian-Li PC-A71F. Not to mention, the DF-85 is God awful ugly to my standards. It may have a piss load of fans though so does the HAF-X and as stated, it's a disgusting case as well. Lian Li matches my IKEA furniture too, which is pure simple win. I just wish there was more information on the new case they're releasing or that it was at least coming out earlier.