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    I am still going through with my Intel build over the Summer, and I need help on a case. I have gone through all Newegg has to offer as far as ATX mid-tower cases go. This is just basically me being indecisive. I have looked over all the pictures of each case and decided on the ones below that would look good. The things most important to me at this point are airflow and looks. Wire management is not too much of a concern. I can handle that.

    I posted this elsewhere, with a slightly different list. This list won't change, I am making a decision among these choices. These are the final choices. I have it narrowed down to 5 cases I am heavily considering:

    Zalman Z7 Plus

    GIGABYTE Triton 180

    HEC 63RABB

    XClio Nighthawk

    NZXT Tempest EVO

    I am leaning more toward the Z7, but I like the design of the 63RABB and the Triton. I have the feeling though the majority of you will say the Tempest EVO.

    There is no specific criteria, I already took care of what price I wanted to spend, hence why I have these listed. I looked into Antec cases, but I don't like them. Cooler Master is good, but everyone and their mother has one, especially the Centurion and 690.

    Basically, I know what I am looking for, but again, I'm indecisive. I just need some opinions on which case I should go with and which I should avoid based on your opinions.

    Thanks in advance guys.
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    Go full towel and make sure the case has a back-plate cut out for easy CPU heatsink removal.

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    heya... im big on air flow and i think the antec 1200 is awesome!! and its a full tower case so you have tonnes of room to for all your cool upgrades later. heres a link for yas...
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Njkz
    dats what i got and it rocks!!! gl doooood

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    I personally wouldn't go with any of these in all honesty in that price range I would go with the CM 690 V2 we did a review on it here and it was absolutely a stellar chassis for the price.

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    +1 for the CoolerMaster 690 V2.

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    2 of your choices look similiar to the Antec 900. The 900 has much better air flow. If you like the Antec 900 and entertain a full tower, which I recommend, go with the Antec 1200 that Jay mentioned. I had the Antec 900 and I like to tinker. Mid towers suck for tinkerers like me. You will be much happier in the long run.

    My Antec 900 from years ago:




    Antec 1200:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Dead View Post
    Go full towel and make sure the case has a back-plate cut out for easy CPU heatsink removal.
    Full tower is too big for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by jayfunk View Post
    heya... im big on air flow and i think the antec 1200 is awesome!! and its a full tower case so you have tonnes of room to for all your cool upgrades later. heres a link for yas...
    http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Njkz
    dats what i got and it rocks!!! gl doooood
    I don't like the way the Antec cases look.

    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    I personally wouldn't go with any of these in all honesty in that price range I would go with the CM 690 V2 we did a review on it here and it was absolutely a stellar chassis for the price.
    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    +1 for the CoolerMaster 690 V2.
    I'll think about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    2 of your choices look similiar to the Antec 900. The 900 has much better air flow. If you like the Antec 900 and entertain a full tower, which I recommend, go with the Antec 1200 that Jay mentioned. I had the Antec 900 and I like to tinker. Mid towers suck for tinkerers like me. You will be much happier in the long run.
    Pretty much everything I had said before: Full tower is too big for me and the 900 doesn't really look like any of what I listed, except for maybe the Nighthawk.

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    The Tempest EVO is totally sweet, and I constantly caress mine. It's definitely an awesome case but the same can be said about the CM 690 II the others mentioned. The bottom mounted PSUs and the black interior make them both look sexy as hell. Not to mention the ton of features they both have.

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    We have a review which will be published in the near future with a new case from ThermalTake, the Armor A90.

    This is a nice mid tower; so nice that my wife insisted I take her system out of a GREAT case the SilverStone FT02 and put it in the Armor 90.

    Since you are not in a big hurry, I think you will find the Armor 90 being offered somewhere in the 65-70 range by the middle of June. The special will be ran at most of the major US on-line retailers.

    You can take a look at it here:

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    Another vote for the CM 690 Advance.

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    Of those, I'd of course vote for the Tempest EVO. Beyond those, I'd tell you to go even cheaper:
    Xigmatek Midgard
    Do yourself a favor and review Caseking's pics here. Newegg's photos suck by comparison. Also, Newegg doesn't tell you, but it can hold six to eight fans. Use the money you save buying this case and buy some decent fans to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PruritusAni View Post
    The Tempest EVO is totally sweet, and I constantly caress mine. It's definitely an awesome case but the same can be said about the CM 690 II the others mentioned. The bottom mounted PSUs and the black interior make them both look sexy as hell. Not to mention the ton of features they both have.
    LOL I like the Tempest EVO because of how intriguing they look and that they are not too flashy. It definitely looks like a winner.

    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    We have a review which will be published in the near future with a new case from ThermalTake, the Armor A90.

    This is a nice mid tower; so nice that my wife insisted I take her system out of a GREAT case the SilverStone FT02 and put it in the Armor 90.

    Since you are not in a big hurry, I think you will find the Armor 90 being offered somewhere in the 65-70 range by the middle of June. The special will be ran at most of the major US on-line retailers.

    You can take a look at it here:
    The A90 is very nice looking. Although, I don't like doors on a computer case, especially when it would open out toward me. Thank you though.

    Quote Originally Posted by slugbug55 View Post
    Another vote for the CM 690 Advance.
    A lot of people tend to love this case, and with good reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by Earthmonger View Post
    Of those, I'd of course vote for the Tempest EVO. Beyond those, I'd tell you to go even cheaper:
    Xigmatek Midgard
    Do yourself a favor and review Caseking's pics here. Newegg's photos suck by comparison. Also, Newegg doesn't tell you, but it can hold six to eight fans. Use the money you save buying this case and buy some decent fans to go with it.
    Hilarious. That was my first original choice but I heard too many people didn't like it when I asked about it. Who knows, I might actually go back to putting it in my list.

    There is one on my list that does seem like a random unlikely candidate: The HEC 63RABB. Brief story of why I put that in the list.

    1) Price. It's not overly expensive compared to others that have good airflow.
    2) Airflow. Intake fan in the front (takes air from the sides of the front panel), 3 exhaust (2 x top, 1 x back), the potential to add another couple fans on the side.
    3) Size. It's size is smaller compared to a CM 690 or Tempest EVO, which is borderline full tower.

    This was just in case anyone was wondering why it was up there. I think it's a nice looking case, and it looks like it has good airflow.

    Anyway, thanks to all and I will make my decision on the 30th. Stay tuned...
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    Please excuse the double post...just wanted to let everyone know what I got.

    I just placed an order for the GIGABYTE GZ-PH1A3

    Click here for pics of it.

    It's a cute looking case with pretty lights on the front. So stylish and slim. I wanted to cut down on the holes in my case because too many holes just create dust. That little DVD logo is so convenient for knowing where my drive is. I think I will be happy with this one!

    Thanks for all your help guys. There was some good suggestions but this worked out for me the best.

    Now to build that i7 980X in this badboy!






















    Guys, you know I am kidding. I wound up with the Tempest EVO, as well as the Cooler Master Storm Scout (link). The latter was a last minute decision because it really looked sturdy and nice. I'll look them over and if I like one better than the other, I might sell the one I don't want to a friend or keep it for a much more in the future build.
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    $16.99

    Aren't you loose with da money

    My old Intel case before going AMD look just like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil' Dead View Post
    $16.99

    Aren't you loose with da money

    My old Intel case before going AMD look just like that!
    Hey, only the best for my computer!
    This rig is going to look pretty sweet. Everyone is going to be jealous of it's look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuraNova View Post
    Hey, only the best for my computer!
    This rig is going to look pretty sweet. Everyone is going to be jealous of it's look.
    It's what's inside that counts. I hear you

    Now to build that i7 980X in this badboy!
    No doubt will beat me...

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