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Old 12-12-2013, 03:20 AM
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Memory express's warranty is a no hassle thing and I would get it! Their customer service is rediculously good and they are always friendly to deal with so you won't get any hassle from them.


I just upgraded to a new case and i'm loving it! When you spend some money on your computer it's nice to be able to look at it once in a while.



Here's how mine looks, I've laid it down on it's side so the window faces up!





My biggest suggestion is find something that is quiet. Computers can be loud and annoying if you pay attention to them.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:38 AM
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Carbide Series Air 540 High
at 140$ thats not to bad, I like the wide stance look more than the thin look so I like that tower. Like I said I was only really looking at 100$ or less. If i took that I'd just feel Like I was copying you lol
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:45 AM
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it's too bad you didn't look at this sooner, I got the carbide 540 for 120.00 on a black friday sale!

I wouldn't care if you got the case, i'd actually recommend it because it looks awesome, hides all the wires you don't need and cools well so it's good for overclocking, if you ever run water this case does it very well too. The Cube form factor is space saving and looks like an obese gaming console lol!
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:54 AM
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it's too bad you didn't look at this sooner, I got the carbide 540 for 120.00 on a black friday sale!

I wouldn't care if you got the case, i'd actually recommend it because it looks awesome, hides all the wires you don't need and cools well so it's good for overclocking, if you ever run water this case does it very well too. The Cube form factor is space saving and looks like an obese gaming console lol!
I think tomorrow is my case research day.
What companies should I be looking at? Zalman seems like cheep shit, fractal design is borring, I don't mind some NZXT's or some cooling masters, are they any good?

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Old 12-12-2013, 04:10 AM
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I'll give you my experiences..

I've tried:

Corsair very well built, interesting design, no sharp edges and tool less device removals
Antec Sharp edges, well built, quiet and cool well!
Cooler Master inexpensive, not as high of build quality , sharp edges cheap wiring for front hookups.

Corsair imo builds a solid case, I have 2 hot swap bays that require no tools to remove hard drives, the only thing I would use a screwdriver to remove would be the watercooler radiator.

I had an Antec P182 case and it was triple layered had dividers between the power supply and harddrives to keep the heat down and a key to lock the front door so it was pretty awesome.

My fiancee has a Coolermaster case as well as my mom that I just built a PC for and both show their cheapness, although they work, all the cases do , they just felt cheap. It's hard to describe the cheapness but it's thin metals, flimsy rear covers and mounting brackets for components that don't feel secure.
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:17 AM
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Don't do what I did though... This is a 280x and a 7970 in crossfire! It benchmarked extremely well, produces a decent amount of heat but ran Battlefield 3 on Ultra at 100+frames consistent (1920x1080 resolution).

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Old 12-12-2013, 02:34 PM
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So Many Cases to choose from, I like them all for different reasons but none really jump out to me as overly special.

Attached are some of the CM's I like
the 912 is cheap with only 2 usb 2.0's but seems good for the 59.99$ price
I like the look of the 922M not bad at 99.99$
The XB is different but nothing overly good looking 99.99$
the xm is also pretty good looking and i like it more than the other hafs but at 129.99$
The CM 690 is simple and good looking 99.99$
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File Type: jpg CM HAF 922M.jpg (12.7 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg CM HAF XB.jpg (21.8 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg CM HAF XM.jpg (19.3 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg CM HAF 912 Mid tower.jpg (21.3 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg CM CM 690 2.jpg (21.6 KB, 0 views)
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:40 PM
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Some more options


the 540 is good looking and different I really like it 139.99

The 500R has horrible pictures probably not my favorite though 129.99

Antec 1100, a bit of a gamer look with led fans etc, I like it 129.99

Antec P280, the refined option, probably not the best cooling 119.99

NZXT Phantom 530, Deffinataly different with cool angles and a big window 139.99
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File Type: jpg Corsair 500R.jpg (4.4 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg Antec 1100 gamer.jpg (20.8 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg Antec P280.jpg (4.5 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg NZXT Phantom 530.jpg (14.6 KB, 0 views)
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:48 PM
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CM Storm enforcer alright gaming look 89.99

CM storm scout, I like this one besides the slide cover for the USB's 99.99

NZXT P410 cool angles and windowed, very gamer 129.99


After going through them all again posting them my favorites are below, and all for different reasons.

The NZXT Phantom 530
The corsair 540
The CM HAF XM
The CM HAF 922M


What do you guys think I need some nudging to make up my mind
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:58 PM
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and I'm still stuck on AMD or Intel, Intel should perform better for most things, but with the AMD I can get the fancy mobo lol
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