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Old 06-24-2008, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I couldn't really find a related thread/sticky pertaining to this topic, so I thought I would ask myself. I'm looking at purchasing a solid black case, with a price of under ~$60 (subject to be pushed a little). Ideally, the case would have a fan in front and in back to create cross-ventilation (if that's a term).

I found a case I like that has nearly all the qualities I desire:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Generally speaking, is there a way to replace the front to not have the LED? This could potentially broaden my search from solid black cases without LED fans to either type of fan.
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Newegg.com - Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

this one has a fan in the front and back i found it in rec pc components look nice to 59.99

and this one to but looks kind of small 54.99
Newegg.com - Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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The Antec Three Hundred for $69.95 is very highly rated:

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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I own this case, it is all black and has really good cooling. The front looks blue in the picture but that is a blue LED that is on a fan that can easily be replaced, it is all black even the front.


Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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35g700 - did you have problems with the case, such as stripped screws, trouble opening up the mesh front bay panels, etc.? I want something solid black, cross-ventilation, and no obtrusively bright LEDs (I guess my case will involve a bit of modding).

While you guys had some good suggestions, I noticed that each of the cases had some scary reviews. So I picked three other ones that I would like to pick from, but I wanted to ask if anyone had any personal experience on it or if one stands out among the rest:

1. Newegg.com - Rosewill R6AR6-BK 0.8mm SECC 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $44.99
2. Newegg.com - ENERMAX Chakra ECA3052B Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $59.99
3. Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Triton 180 Black 0.7mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $59.99
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I recently built a system with the Cooler Master Elite 330 and was very happy with it. It does not come with a front fan but there is a place to add one.

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

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The Gigabyte Triton seems to be the nicest one of the 3 that you asked about.
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I couldn't really find a related thread/sticky pertaining to this topic, so I thought I would ask myself. I'm looking at purchasing a solid black case, with a price of under ~$60 (subject to be pushed a little). Ideally, the case would have a fan in front and in back to create cross-ventilation (if that's a term).

I found a case I like that has nearly all the qualities I desire:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Generally speaking, is there a way to replace the front to not have the LED? This could potentially broaden my search from solid black cases without LED fans to either type of fan.
I have that case, its got two fans, and you can install another one if you choose, nice case, and the wire management is really good
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35g700 - did you have problems with the case, such as stripped screws, trouble opening up the mesh front bay panels, etc.? I want something solid black, cross-ventilation, and no obtrusively bright LEDs (I guess my case will involve a bit of modding).

While you guys had some good suggestions, I noticed that each of the cases had some scary reviews. So I picked three other ones that I would like to pick from, but I wanted to ask if anyone had any personal experience on it or if one stands out among the rest:

1. Newegg.com - Rosewill R6AR6-BK 0.8mm SECC 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $44.99
2. Newegg.com - ENERMAX Chakra ECA3052B Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $59.99
3. Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Triton 180 Black 0.7mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - $59.99
the only problem I had was some of the molex power connector pins were bent everything else was fine. the back is silver if that matters, and you can easily replace the front fan with a regular 120MM fan without LEDs. The back were you would but PCI cards and PCIe cards (to hold them in) uses plastic clips instead of screws ( I don't know how common that Is) you have to be careful with those. but I would say the one thing I don't like about the case is the hard drives have to be put in this separate rack in the front which is also were the 120MM fan is, but if you only have one Hard drive it wont interfere with cooling that much.

overall it is a good case for the price and you can also put 4 140MM fans in it on the side panel and the top (I didn't see that in the specs anywhere) and it also has water cooling holes in the back if you ever want to do that.
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