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Old 07-21-2010, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have all the other pieces for my new build picked out but im having a really hard time choosing a case. I want the case to have good cable management, be able to fit a GTX 480 and have good airflow. The cases that I have found so far are the:

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Newegg.com - Corsair Obsidian Series 700D CC700D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I really like everything about the corsair except for the price and the fact that it is huge (at least as it seems to me). I mean I measured my desk and it seems it will barely fit under it.

Anyone have any case suggestions (I know this is very subjective) that would seem to fit my criteria?

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Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition AM-932-RWN1-GP Red Steel / Plastic / Mesh bezel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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hey,


i just got the HAF X ( basically a HAF 932 hybrid ). and i kinda wish i went with the Obsidian 800D.

so i recommend that case, its an amazing case, the wire manament is amazing. if you are considering the obsidian series cases, i recommend the 800D
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Sean, what makes you say that? I personally dislike the slab of aluminum appearance of the corsair although I do really like the way that the cable management is setup and the fact that it has separate "heat zones."

I was just about to go with the 932 for the looks alone (not the right reason but meh). Was there a glaring fault with the haf x? or was it just difficult to put together?
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hey,


i just got the HAF X ( basically a HAF 932 hybrid ). and i kinda wish i went with the Obsidian 800D.

so i recommend that case, its an amazing case, the wire manament is amazing. if you are considering the obsidian series cases, i recommend the 800D
completely agree. The obsidian really has options for anything you want or may want in the future. There are a few things you need to decide before you pick one tho:

1) Sex Appeal (lol)- do you want something professional or gamer looking?
2) I would say price, but you're not making a new build so your budget is flexible...
3) What will you have inside? I can say hand down that the Corsair case is better for watercooling, at least internally. If you want to stick with fans, then I think the HAF is better.

space is not a problem in either, just the fittings for different setups/arrays/drive bay crap. I chose the Corsair over the coolermaster, even though my previous 3 cases were coolermasters. They make great cases, but I got tired of the gaming look.

If you really are on a tight budget, here is a very close alternative to an obsidian:

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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I have the HAF 932, and while I thought it looked cool for the first few weeks, I began to notice how tacky the big plastic front is :P It's also annoying to dust the front as the mesh there gets clogged up with dust, I have to dust each indent in the plastic so the air can get in the intake.
I love it for everything else, though
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Sean, what makes you say that? I personally dislike the slab of aluminum appearance of the corsair although I do really like the way that the cable management is setup and the fact that it has separate "heat zones."

I was just about to go with the 932 for the looks alone (not the right reason but meh). Was there a glaring fault with the haf x? or was it just difficult to put together?
sorry my responce took so long, and i will ahve to say now forgive me for my bad typing and wording, its $4:50AM and i havnt slept for almost 30 houts.. idk why im awake... i have a problem...

but with that said, ontyo your question


The HAF X is an awesome case no doubt about it! it absolutly massive, imagine a huge case, then imagine a bigger case, then imagine the HAF X dwarfing that case. you really cant grasp how big it is untill you see how it barley fits under your desk. with the wheels on its 24" tall!

i am a little dissapointed with the air flow of the supposed High Air Flow branding. it has several large fans but they dont move an impresive amount of air. my HAF X has 12 fans in it, which makes it pretty good, but the 4 fans it comes with arent impressive. you will need more fans.

the side window is awesome, and i really like a lot more than the window on the HAF 932

my ONLY gripe with this case is how you mount 120mm fans and a radiator in the top, the brackets they use are not how i would have desigened and it kinda seems like they just through something together... i cant explain it, you would just have to see it in person to udnerstand what i am talkinmg about. but if you arent going to be using this case for water cooling, then this isant a problem for you.

the case is extremely heavy, 38 pounds EMPTY, id bet my computer weighs about 55 - 60 pounds! pretty crazy. the 800D weighs more though.

the wire manament and spacve behind the mother board trey are exceptional, i cant imagine a case having better wire manament, except maybe the 800D

really, if you are considering either one of these cases, you cant go wrong. but the HAF X can support XL ATX mother boards ( someone correct me because i know thats now what its called ), and i dont belive the 800D does. but unless you are looking to put 4 massive video cards in this case, that shouldnt be a considering factor. really it just comes down to what look you prefer, the sleek sexy look of the 800D or the barrel of a M1A2 Abrams take pointed right at you military look of the HAF X.
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