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Old 12-10-2005, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I actually seen it in person today @ Fry's and i'm not too thrilled with it. I don't like the little "triangle" thingy's that "hold the window" in place, I don't like how flimsy the swing away drive door feels and I don't like that you have have to have the drive door open in order to access the USB and audio ports Back to the drawing board.......

Here's the case i'm referring to

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Check out the Antec SUPER LANBOY and the Antec Performance I P-160WF cases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129144

Several people on the board have the Super Lanboy, and boast about its looks, weight, and cooling.

The P-160 is a mid tower with a huge side window.

Both have open front accessable USB and audio ports. The P-160 also has an open front accessable firewire port.
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Old 12-11-2005, 01:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Also Check out cases at

www.SundialMicro.com
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Check out the Antec SUPER LANBOY and the Antec Performance I P-160WF cases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129144

Several people on the board have the Super Lanboy, and boast about its looks, weight, and cooling.

The P-160 is a mid tower with a huge side window.

Both have open front accessable USB and audio ports. The P-160 also has an open front accessable firewire port.
Thanks for the links, the Super Lanboy was on my radar, but that vent in the front is ugly.

The P-160 is out of my price range.

The things i'm looking for in a case are:

preferrably black
side window
front audio/usb ports(covered when not in use)
doesn't look like a transformer
doesn't have a swing away door/cover that hides the drives
doesn't cost more than $65-$75

I'm picky huh?
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Also Check out cases at

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Thanks for the links, xoxide is now one of my bookmarks
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Here's a few links.

ASPIRE X-Gear ATXB5KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144042

ASPIRE X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144026

ASPIRE X-Dreamer ATXB3KLW-BK/420W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144001

CODEGEN E-6097-CA-W/O Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811182563

ASPIRE X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144076

CHENMING NC-1000 Black Sheet Metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811125487

All the Aspires have a top blowhole with fan.
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Here's a few links.

ASPIRE X-Gear ATXB5KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144042

ASPIRE X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144026

ASPIRE X-Dreamer ATXB3KLW-BK/420W Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144001

CODEGEN E-6097-CA-W/O Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811182563

ASPIRE X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144076

CHENMING NC-1000 Black Sheet Metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811125487

All the Aspires have a top blowhole with fan.
Wow, thanks for taking the time to look those up and post them as suggestions. Now, my critique......

X-Gear- Not a bad looking case, the front usb/audio ports are hidden, it's got the side window, doesn't look like a transformer and is well within my price range. The only thing that could possibly be an issue is the silver insert. My drives are gonna be black so im not too sure it would look right. However, if I play w/the configuration of the blanks, it could look pretty **** sweet! This is now the front runner in my search for a case.

X-Dreamer II- The first thing that stands out is the fact that the backlighting on the LED display is an aqua color while the rest of the lighting is blue, not only that, but the bezel around the display looks pretty cheesy, IMO.

X-Dreamer- Same as above, although w/o the bright LED's in the front, which i'm not sure is a good thing.

X-Infinity- Were it not for the faux BMW front end at the top of this case, it would be at or near the top of my list.

Chenming NC-1000- Not bad, only thing I really don't like are the exposed audio/usb ports up front, other than that, I could see myself using that case.

Codegen E-6097- If the side window was actually a window instead of mesh, and if the front usb/audio ports were covered, this would be my case without a doubt. I like the smooth look of this case, I like the layout of the led's and the power/reset buttons, I like the potential cooling characteristics inherent via the multi-fan layout, although I would not use an led fan up front, those vents look better unlit, IMO. I'm kinda bummed, I really like this case

So far, X-Gear is proving to be worthy. Any other suggestions guys?
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http://www.xoxide.com/aspire-x-discovery-black.html

and I'm pretty sure you can take the front glass door off

edit; it's even cheaper on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
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http://www.xoxide.com/aspire-x-discovery-black.html

and I'm pretty sure you can take the front glass door off

edit; it's even cheaper on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
no front audio port and the analog guage bezel is gaudy.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811200017
i liked this one from a while back they also have it in orange
it does not have a window though
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