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#1 D. S.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 16:44

Hello.

 

After a recent bad streak of components dying on me, I feel that it's no longer economically sound to keep patching up my aging machine. Unfortunately, it's sitting on a discontinued socket (1366) so I'm pretty much starting from scratch here. So I'm looking at cases and I've decided to go Full Tower this time. I'm sure that a Mid-tower would probably be enough combined with good cable management but I've had enough problems with extra long Radeon cards and playing "SATA Cable Operation" that I appreciate the extra space. Also, I'm going for an air cooled machine, so it should help with the airflow.

 

In addition to the tower size, it needs USB 3.0 ports in the front and no transparent side panel if possible. Metal is preferred, but good build quality trumps it. I absolutely hate PCs that look like Christmas trees when working, so no default LEDs on the fans or case is a plus (ease of removal as well).

 

So far I've only looked at the Corsair Obsidian 700D (it seems to be out of stock everywhere) and the Silverstone TJ07 (no side panel, USB 3.0 model). Any suggestions?

 

 




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Posted 02 December 2013 - 16:50

I have an Antec 300 I bought a few years ago that I really like. It's roomy, has a bottom-mount power supply area and comes with two large variable speed fans. As a bonus, it's quite inexpensive.

Oops... it says USB 2.0 but I'm not sure if there's actually a cabling difference. There's a 300 II that supports 3.0 but it's kinda weird looking to me.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 16:51

what about the 750D?

 

http://www.corsair.c...r-atx-case.html



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:00

what about the 750D?

 

http://www.corsair.c...r-atx-case.html

 

It looks pretty great, despite the transparent side panel. Corsair's own website says that they're out of stock :/ So it should be hard to get it here.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:01

This is the best tower I've ever had. Insane amount of cooling and quiet.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811163213



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:01

I have an Antec 300 I bought a few years ago that I really like. It's roomy, has a bottom-mount power supply area and comes with two large variable speed fans. As a bonus, it's quite inexpensive.

Oops... it says USB 2.0 but I'm not sure if there's actually a cabling difference. There's a 300 II that supports 3.0 but it's kinda weird looking to me.

 

I also had the original one for years and thought it was great and spacious, but later realized that damn if it's not one of the most unwieldy things in existance if one needs to swap things often.

Also, it does have problems with long graphics cards and cable hell.

 

 

@OP: Fractal Design Define XL R2.

In fact, the non-XL version, Define R4, is already very spacious, but since you're also looking at things like 700D... XL it is.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:05

It looks pretty great, despite the transparent side panel. Corsair's own website say that they're out of stock :/

 

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...cat=0&_from=R40



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:07

Fractal Design Define XL R2:

http://www.newegg.co...0131202170701:s

 

Full tower, quiet, sane looks, good build quality.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:09

Fractal Design Define XL R2:

http://www.newegg.co...0131202170701:s

 

Full tower, quiet, sane looks, good build quality.

 

 

Thats an awesome  looking case 



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:18

I also had the original one for years and thought it was great and spacious, but later realized that damn if it's not one of the most unwieldy things in existance if one needs to swap things often.

Also, it does have problems with long graphics cards and cable hell.

 

 

@OP: Fractal Design Define XL R2.

In fact, the non-XL version, Define R4, is already very spacious, but since you're also looking at things like 700D... XL it is.

 

Yes, like I said, Mid-tower would probably be fine but since I tinker with the build from time to time, the extra space is much appreciated. Adding an HDD to my current case (Antec Nine Hundred Two) required much more work than I expected just to keep the cables from becoming a jumbled mess.

 

Fractal Design Define XL R2:

http://www.newegg.co...0131202170701:s

 

Full tower, quiet, sane looks, good build quality.

 

Wow, that looks great. Still, I don't want to get my hopes up. I still need to talk with my supplier to see if they can procure one for me and how much would it cost me. Being in Portugal makes it a bit more complicated than just ordering off of Newegg :)



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:21

What's your price range, exactly?



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:22

Prices for the XL R2 seem to be in the 130 - 150 euro range so that's a massive plus compared to the +300€ price the someone quoted me for the Silverstone TJ07.

 

As for price range, the max I'm willing to spend is 300€, with the sweet spot being under 200€. So let's say 120 - 300€.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:25

Oh yes, I definately recommend both Fractal Design and Corsair cases. Either way, you won't go wrong!



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:28

Antec 1200 full tower case 

 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129100



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 17:30

Oh yes, I definately recommend both Fractal Design and Corsair cases. Either way, you won't go wrong!

 

From what I've seen, the XL R2 seems like a pretty sweet deal that ticks all the boxes if I can get my hands on one. I will, however, spend some time researching it and reading reviews. I made some bad choices in my first build due to my inexperience (BIGGER NUMBERS WOOO), and I don't want to repeat those because this time money isn't as tight (more room for costly mistakes :unsure: ).





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