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Planemech

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#1 10 years ago

Hi, Need advice on getting a case. I want to build my own computer and I need to know if there is anything to look for in a case or do I get what ever I think looks the coolest? Thanks




Hells_rebelion

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#2 10 years ago

Good air flow, enough room for all components, Nothing Flemsy or cheap-O....Those are basically what you need to look for when buying a case. It may look great but be really horrible.




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#3 10 years ago

Well, first you have to decide if you want a full tower, mid tower, or mini tower case. Then look for ones that are made sturdy, and have good airflow and options for adding more fans. Then just go with whatever case you think looks good if it has those qualitys.




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#4 10 years ago

When I buy a case, I look for those with helpful features: Removable M/B tray - much easier to install the M/B that way. Space between the M/B tray and case wall - a good place to hide wires. Lateral 3.5" rack - so the HDD's are facing you rather that having to reach in the case at a 90 degree angle to install/remove HDD's. As the others pointed out, good airflow and the option to install additional fans (w/o modding the case) is a must as far as I'm concerned.




Planemech

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#5 10 years ago

Thanks for the advice everyone. Planemech




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#6 10 years ago

Just get Antec P180/182 and you will have a great case




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#7 10 years ago
arcadeplayer987;4231967Just get Antec P180/182 and you will have a great case

I second that, but know that though they offer unique things like sound deadening, separate compartments for thermal efficiency, bottom mounted PS for low vibration noise, dust filtration, and wire storage space & adjustable fan speed (P182), they are also designed to maximize available use of interior space. Thus you need to take some time in setting them up and ensure your PS cables are long enough. Ideally you need to make more room for PS cables in the lower comparment by remounting it's fan without the bracket and/or mount the PS upside down, which many do on those cases. You also need to remove the upper HD cage if you plan to use extra long video cards, esp in SLI or Crossfire. You still have at least 3 HD slots in the lower bay though. There are some minor nit picks and necessary hoops to jump through, but these cases are widely raved about. The benefits of their unique design far outweigh any of the small fiddling and hardware compatibility required. You do need to be willing to tweak a bit, they're not cases for those not wanting much install effort.