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Old 09-15-2009, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Been wanting a new case but not wanting to spend a fortune and like it a little more discrete, I did a build for a friend with the Antec three hundred and I really like the case but I have a card reader in my 3.5 bay that I use alot and the three hundred doesn't have a 3.5 bay so I held off buying one, Now I see the Two Hundred with the 3.5 bay and it looks pretty good with the minor exception of the missing fans in front but still has decent cooling, What do you guys and gals think of it. Newegg.com - Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

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The front of the case looks weird compared to it's bigger brothers. But it does have good cooling (just get a front fan to pull in cool air). It's reasonably priced, and has that external 3.5" bay you wanted.

With the Antec 300, you could get a 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter.

Here's another suggestion:
COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

And go for this case fan for the front:
Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan
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Knockouts for water cooling, ability to mount a 120 on the side panel, ability to mount two 120s in the front, bottom mounted PSU, washable air filters... looks to be a very good cooler.

The case has a different front panel look, but its not bad at all.

Antec's site says that the 3.5 is a hot-swappable SATA caddy.
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Thanks Trotter, Didn't think to look at there home page, was actually wondering about the front fans, Seems like a variant of the 300 in reality, My bud got the 300 that came with all the fans that have LED's in them but when I do long downloads or leave it on at night the LED's in mine bug the crap out of me because it's near my bed and I like dark to sleep so a plain old fan will be good, The reg. 300 doesnt come with the front fans either, Might be ordering this.

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Well I got the case in and it's every bit as nice as the 300, However the 3.5 is for a hot swap HD and can't put my card reader DOH so I'm either gonna mod the 3.5 or get the 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay converter b1gapl mentioned, Does anyone have a link to one, did a search on the egg and tiger and came up with nothing, also looked for a new card reader for the 5.1/4 bay but none of them take a XD card DOH again lol. well I have a little time to figure it out because I won't have much time to swap everything over for a few weeks with all the other things I have going ATM but if anyone is looking for a little less expensive case I will definitely recommend this one, Great cooling and a solid case for sure.

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Petra's Tech Shop - Lian-Li MF-515 Bay Converter 5.25" to 3.5" - Black

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5.25" Mounting Frame [433556] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come
A lot cheaper but made of plastic.
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Newegg.com - Card Readers,card reader 5.25

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