Need help with new PC Case

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sturmovik's picture
Joined: 10/11/2008
Posts: 40

Hello everyone again.

I need some help on picking the best/right my future PC case.
I want a case that has plenty of fans and MOST important it has easily accessible filters.
In the past I got Antec 1200 its great and all BUT to clean front filters you have to pretty much take all apart.
so for my new PC case I want something better. Not really that important as it its full or mid tower as I think most mid towers will do fine too and fit all the parts in. BUT it must have good air flow and plenty of fans and filters ..

Now to the tricky part.. how much Im willing to spend on it.. well.. like most of us prbo not alot
wouldn't like to go over 100$ on it as just for the PC parts for my future PC I already at well over 850$ O.o

so yeah...
as for parts Im thinking to get something like that but prob will change some stuff around.. ( and not sure yet on what to get for cooling ... heatsink/fan or go liquid O.o never done it before lol )

Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Cooler Master i700 - 700W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Bronze Certification
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2765-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB

So lets work on case for now I guess..

eire1274's picture
Joined: 09/12/2003
Posts: 1324

You might like to check out the new Cooler Master HAF Stacker line.

The Stacker 935 (approx. $170 US) is actually a large full tower and an ITX case combined. The plus is that watercooling, hard discs, and other heat-heavy items can be isolated from the main case by placing them into the ITX segment, resulting in cooler operation. There are rubber grommet openings between the cases which makes routing cooling lines or wires a simple operation, but they help to isolate air movement between the two.

One warning, the assembled two-case unit is 30", which may make it too tall for some desks (my desk is 27.5" with the floor spacers dialed up, for example).

Aside from that, any of Cooler Master's HAF cases are great at allowing free airflow to cool the equipment. Also check out Rosewill's Blackhawk ($100 US), Blackhawk-Ultra ($200 US), Thor ($130 US), and Throne cases ($150 US), all of which are great. I know I'm exceeding your price point on several, but it's worth seeing to know what the best offers as you shop.

Have fun, be safe! Sláinte!

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TeeBlack's picture
Joined: 08/15/2012
Posts: 123

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 $100

You dont know me but that's the way i like it!

sturmovik's picture
Joined: 10/11/2008
Posts: 40

Thank you guys for input
I just wanted to stated that I can't really spend anything over 150$ on the case..
80-130$ would be best but open to options..
I dont really care about LEDs by the way as well..

So far I look at those 4 cases that seems to me that kinda meet my requirements
they all have front/bottom/PSU filters and some on the side as well.

Antec 1100 Illusion
( looks nice but side window only allows 2x 120mm fans and will need to get addition filters for it )

NZXT Source 530
( looks great! but no side fan.. will it be enough from front and bottom fans ? )

Fractal Design R4
( looks great as well and clams to be a quite case , and same for the fans will it provide enough cold air or will it be like oven in there O.o )

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N
( looks like a beast ! if go for this thinking to buy 4x CM MegaFlow 200mm fans to replace the once it currently have as they only move around 60 CFM where as megaflow 100CFM But not sure about front panel.. will it brake from opening it to try to get to the filter )


So after almost a week of looking and reading and thinking I am down to 2 cases now .

NZXT Source 530 and Thermaltake Overseer RX-I

They both have filters where I need them and easy to clean and other stuff as well.

But here is where it gets tricky.. witch one to buy ?

here are my 2 options

A) Thermaltake Overseer RX-I + 4x Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 = 190$ total
I am going to have to remove the stock fans it has because they slow and move only around 60CFM where as CM well over 100CFM.

B) NZXT Source 520 + 7x Prolimatech PRO-BV14 140mm = 168$
Almost same thing here the Prolimaech looks like a great fans that move alot of air and quite as well
going to put 2x in front / 3x on top( replace the current 1x 120mm ) / 1x rear ( replace the current 120mm ) 1x on bottom next to PSU.

so.. yeah.. what you think guys ? OR is there a better option?
Let me know .
Thank you

TeeBlack's picture
Joined: 08/15/2012
Posts: 123

out of those choices i love the Source 530 better.

sturmovik's picture
Joined: 10/11/2008
Posts: 40

Well I have ordered all the parts and the case few days ago.. and I went with Source 530 in the end :D