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    Hi,

    I'm about to purchase a case, while considering the Antec 900, some people say it's tight when fitting a GTX 260 in there.

    I plan to:

    Only have 1 HDD, thats it, no more.
    1 GTX 280 (2 in the future) or a card similar in size (of course)
    Overclock my CPU (i7 920) and my GPU(s) to as much as I can go on air-cooling
    Have a V8 or V10 i7 heatsink

    What case should I get? I'm looking for lots of space (I'm guessing that helps with good airflow + cooling), lots of cooling, quietness. Please keep it below $200.

    Edit: Wow I love how the Antec 1200 looks, it's $160 free shipping @ newegg, but I think its overkill for me? I really like it though...worth buying?
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    I am suer that Doctor Death will be along today to tell you of his review for the Antec 1200. So I will leave that for him.

    Personally, I would recommend the Silverstone TJ-10 case. The airflow is great inside the case and there is more than ample room for your graphics card(s). There is also enough room in there should you decide in the future to Liquid cool your case. I would have to say it is easily the best case I have owned thus far. The review for the case should be up some time this week. Newegg right now has them for $329 with the window, and $319 without. Or $309 from performance-pcs.com (with window). So, I don't know if it is out of your current price range, but I woun't own another for quite some time.

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    Between Antec 900 & 1200 I would pick 1200 and since you have a budget for the case;
    here are few good case fit in that category;
    1. CoolerMaster HAF 932
    2. Antec 1200
    3. Antec 900
    4. CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000
    5. CoolerMaster Stacker 810
    You should look for full tower case, good cable management routing holes, min of 2 x 120mm exhaust fans and one intake.

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    After reading reviews on all those, I am sold between the HAF 932 and Antec 1200! These cases have plenty of space and tons of airflow. Now to make a tough choice...

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    Two very similar cases, tough call there. But I'd have to give the nod to the 932 if you're NOT watercooling.....it has better cable management spaces and more flexible space in the interior. If, however, you are going watercooling, then the Antec 1200 because it has dual 120mm rear fans that will handle a 240mm rad very nicely. The interior isn't as good for cable management either.

    Both are very good but I think the 932 pulls out the win in the end, for me at least.

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    Actually the HAF already have pre-drilled 120mm fan mounting holes for the top & side panel, CoolerMaster already though about this a versatile case

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    I do want to water-cool! But I dont have the money , from a simple google search they are so expensive.

    Air-cooling it is, I googled HAF 932 vs Antec 1200, people can't make up their mind. They say 1200 = water, 932 = air, and some say 932 = water and 1200 = air lol.

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    Well they're virtually clones of one another from a feature/design perspective. There are some differences but they are rather minor.

    To give a bit of experience, I've worked with the Antec 900, and the CoolerMaster 690. Both are again competitors and very similar. Without a doubt, I prefer the CoolerMaster 690. Better layout, lighter, less "chunky" looking, and cheaper to boot. The 1200 and 932 are the same idea. I prefer the 932

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    K, thanks, I will delve a bit deeper til I find which one can sell itself to me better.

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    Not a problem, good luck!

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