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Old 12-06-2004, 04:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am looking at cases. I want the usual "Bang for my buck" type deal. I like these cases.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&Sku=P186-1002

The above case is the better looking of the two, in my opinion. However, it's power sup is only 400 watt, whereas the second case's is 425 wat. This case has more ports than the second also, but does it look like cooling would be an issue? I am especially interested in the 7 3.5 bays...would this be a good case for a future RAID array?

Now the second...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&Sku=B452-1018

How's the interior design working for ya? It has less bays, but the pow sup is larger and the system looks as though it would cool better. I really have no clue though, that's why I am askinbg you PC gurus. 11 of 12 customer reviews of this product gave it 5/5 stars, so it can't be too bad. The first case has no reviews, unfortunately.

All in all, I like the first case better, but I don't know which really IS a better case. I'm sure it's difficult to tell by just looking at it, but from a first-time pc builder's point of view, which is better?

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Old 12-06-2004, 05:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...Or wait...How about this one...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...5&Sku=D15-1010

Now, the look didn't win me over, just the pow sup, space and ports. Which of these three would you say? Gad...I am so lost. Feel like I am running around in circles.
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Old 12-06-2004, 05:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If i were you i would invest a little more money and get a case that has at least 3 or 4 spot's to put fan's,you'll thank yourself in the long run
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Hmm...I am not really wanting to set it up as a RAID array...just a gaming system. Probably only will have one drive. Has anyone purchased a good case for around 50 bucks canadian?
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If your setting it up as a gaming system your gonna need as many fan's as possible to keep thing's cool, not unless you want to spend a couple hundred on a water cooling setup,believe me your gonna need all the fan's you can get, just ask any gamer if airflow make's a difference and you'll get a big yes from 95% of them.
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http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...553&CatId=1519

I "think" this has two 80 mm fanports. The reviews are all very good. Does cooling look to be an issue on this thing? Does it look worth buying? Take into account that I want a really "Plain-Jane" case with a 400 wat pow sup. I could really care less about what it looks like, so long as it is affordable, sturdy, easily cooled and has a decent pow sup. Looks mean nothing to me...I want to mod it anyway.
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Antec Sonata

120MM silent fans at front (with filter) - fan not included)

and 1 X 120MM at back (fan included), 380W PSU and beautiful
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i think the third one is pretty good except for the LED's on the front. The above one looks like a pretty sturdy case.
What do u wanna run in the case?
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Sonata is priced @ 140+ C$.
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I want to run a gaming system with one hard drive at first. I doubt I will set it up as a Raid.
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