Some advice choosing a case

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Hello all. I am in the beginning stages of my first ever homebuilt pc. I am having some trouble deciding on a case and was wondering if some of you might be able to spare this noob a little advice? My biggest concern is dust. I get an unbelievable amount of pollen throughout my apartment at certain times of the year. It also does not help that I have several animals that shed quite a bit of hair.

I was hoping to get something in a mid tower case that would leave me a little room should I choose to add on or upgrade my pc. I could go full tower, but would like to avoid it if I can. I'd also like to have a window on at least one side of my case. For the aforementioned reason, I would need something that has removable dust filters, especially over all openings where there would be fans.

Is there a case out there that might be better suited for my environment? Also, are there cases with some of the items I am looking for that I should absolutely avoid?
Thanks in advance for the info.

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maybe the Corsair Obsidian 650D or Silverstone Raven RV02

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My advice is simply to have dust filters on all input fans. Most parts suppliers offer simple screw-on filters that can be placed between the grille and fan, or even outside the case for screw-through type openings. These filters are tough nylon weave and can be regularly vacuumed, often without even being removed.

Cases with front grilles or mesh drive bay covers, or cases with fanless grilles at the back, simply make sure you have enough filtered fans drawing air to beat airflow for fans drawing air out, to generate a positive external airflow (essentially, pressurizing the case to greater air pressure than exterior pressure) through all of these openings, and this will prevent dust from entering the computer this way.

Filtered fans must be watched, as dust will clog airflow and eventually create heat issues, or defeat positive pressure and allow dust to creep in.

Alternatively, there are a very few "fanless" cases out there that use clever heat-pipe systems to draw CPU and GPU heat out into heatsinks built to the exterior of the case (some also incorporate thermo-electric cooling [peltier circuits]) but you would be paying a premium for these. However, this is the only way to truly be DUST FREE.

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Thanks for the two suggestions limeDk. Both cases seem like they could be good options. The Silverstone Raven is sort of unusual in terms of everything hanging from the top of the case. I did like the look of it though. The Obsidian also seems like a solid option. I am going to research them both. Thanks again

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Thank you Eire. The handful of cases I am going back and forth about, all have plenty of dust filters on all the fan placements. I figure I am just going to have to keep up with cleaning them. One of the cases I really liked when I first looked at it was the Antec LanBoy Air, but I just think it would be disaster given the amount of dust I contend with during certain times of the year.

Thanks agian for you input

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Sorry, I totally missed your last bit about removable dust filters, and wrote a freaking article that was inapplicable. My mistake!

The Silverstone Raven RV02 is a very spacious case, but it eats a lot of desk real estate. The drop-in drive bays are actually quite nice (optional, I think the RV-02E?) but of course they don't offer a hotswap module. I did actually hate the motherboard being positioned as it was, though, because essentially if you want to change anything that is plugged into the mobo or expansion cards you have to pop the top cover off... hassle! On the plus side, for a customer rig I built a quad SLI 590 (2x2 580) and this design allowed very very very good removal of video card heat. 4 580's generates more heat than my barbecue!

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Np BhndTheStick

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eire1274 wrote:Sorry, I totally missed your last bit about removable dust filters, and wrote a freaking article that was inapplicable. My mistake!
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No worries mate. You were just looking out.