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    Thermaltake V5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133099
    $60 + $20 shipping USD

    Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129066
    $55 USD free shipping

    Or Cooler Master ATX full-tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160
    going at $140 USD free shipping

    which one would be better to buy? the Cooler master is ~ 3x more expensive than the other two options

    I think that the Antec would be the better choice... but what do you guys think? Any inputs/comments on the quality/performance(cooling) of these cases and the corresponding price tags?

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    for a 100 bucks the CM 690 II is a great case.

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    Take a look at the CM 922, it's a mid-tower like the others and cheaper as well. It's far better than both the Antec and Thermaltake but costs a bit more. Top notch for $100 though. Of the other two, I prefer the Thermaltake. Just my opinion though on that one.

    [EDIT: The CM 690 II is also excellent, same price as the 922 but very different styling]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    Take a look at the CM 922, it's a mid-tower like the others and cheaper as well. It's far better than both the Antec and Thermaltake but costs a bit more. Top notch for $100 though. Of the other two, I prefer the Thermaltake. Just my opinion though on that one.

    [EDIT: The CM 690 II is also excellent, same price as the 922 but very different styling]
    yeah 922 vs 690 II seems to be a good choice

    but is it worth investing in a full-case tower? or is it better to just settle for a mid-case?

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    Depends what you want to put in the case. If you want water cooling, then a full tower is a good investment. If you want a ton of drives, then a full tower. If you're doing air cooling and just a few drives then one of those CM mid towers will do the trick just fine.

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    Antec 300 is a small tower. I say HAF 932...

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    932 is a full tower. 922 and 690 II are mid-towers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    Depends what you want to put in the case. If you want water cooling, then a full tower is a good investment. If you want a ton of drives, then a full tower. If you're doing air cooling and just a few drives then one of those CM mid towers will do the trick just fine.
    I should probably go with mid-tower then ... I think the 922 will do very nicely

    Do you think this sale is legit? I found it on Google shopping while searching for the 922

    http://wonderelectronics.amazonwebst...B0026FCI2U.htm

    it's selling for about $65 .. whereas everything else is ~$100

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    the cm 690 II is a far better case IMO, you can't go wrong with it read the review we did.

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    I read both the reviews and it seemed the 922 scored slightly higher. Nevertheless it is difficult for me to compare the two with just the reviews (as they both scored very closely). So I'm guessing it's just going to boil down to personal preference.

    Why do you prefer the 690II? Does it perform better than the 922?

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    I was actually going to recommend the Xigmatek Utgard when I compiled your list, but the damn thing sold out before I was finished typing. For a budget case ($60), that thing rocks.
    Last edited by Earthmonger; 07-01-2011 at 11:26.

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    Good point Earth, for that price the Utgard is killer.

    Bee, the 690 II has some newer and nicer user-friendly features. The 922 is more geared towards those who strictly want cooling, and possibly water cooling in a mid-tower. For your situation, I'd consider the 690 II, it's an excellent option.

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    I have reviewed both cases and the CM 690 II is just a better case IMO, it has everything you need in a chassis.

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    I know that I posted beforehand that I was on a budget, but for the case/motherboard I don't mind going over a bit since these parts are the ones I will keep for the longest amount of time - especially the case !

    So I'm definitely going to be looking more into this. It's quite hard catching up/becoming informed in the PC hardware market because there are just so many different brands and specifications I feel like a kid in a candy store- except the candy is very very expensive.

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    Welcome to the world of computer enthusiasts!

    The CM 690 II gets my vote.

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    Sry not meaning to highjack!
    Do you guys think that besides tj11 there will be a new great watercooling case out there in 2011?

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