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Question Need help in choosing a new case - 07-14-2013, 13:49 | posts: 7

Hi all,

Could you help me in choosing a new case? I tried to find one that satisfies my needs, but failed. Maybe someone here would suggest me something?

So, I'm building a new rig, with 2xGTX780 SLI. I plan to retire my old ASUS DirectCU II GTX 580 to serve as a dedicated PhysX card. I need a new case for this setup. So
1) The case should be large enough to accomodate graphics cards up to 32cm in length (since my old GTX580 is ~30cm long, and I'd like to have some spare room)
2) The case should be be large enough to accomodate 2x dual-slot GTX780 + 1 triple-slot GTX 580, i.e. it should support at least 7 PciE slots.
3) The case should have sufficient cooling/air flow capabilities to cool all this stuff.
4) It should have dust filters everywhere where the air can pass.
5) I don't like the fancy gamer cases looks, so, preferably, it should have plain design. If the fancy look is unavaoidable, then fine...
6) The cost should be less than $250.

I like Antec Eleven Hundred rather much, and it satisfies almost all of the requirements, but it doesn't have dust filters... And dust filters are very important for me.

I'll be very grateful if someone could recommend some case that satisfies all these requirements.

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Default 07-15-2013, 04:05 | posts: 4,260 | Location: MI, USA

If you like the 1100, the 1200 is sort of similar. I can confirm that it has dust filters. I would imagine that Corsair has a few higher end cases with the kind of things you are looking for. I don't know their lineup very well though.
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 04:34 | posts: 1,539 | Location: shropshire,UK

Do you plan on using water cooling, also most cases have some sort of dust filters at the front and bottom but lack at the side, maybe a Corsair Graphite Series 600T might suit you or the 800/900d from corsair, then again the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced is a good case and it ticks all the boxes for your requirements, but don't avoid the Coolermaster Silencio 650 Midi Tower Silenced Case.

Personally if i wasnt building a custom pc case from mdf i'd go for the 800/900d from corsair.

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Default 07-15-2013, 04:57 | posts: 5,313 | Location: FLA,USA

Check out the NZXT Switch 810 or Phantom 820 couple different colors available and very roomy.
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 06:48 | posts: 814 | Location: Orange County, CA

The first thing we need to know is what motherboard you will be installing these GPUs on as it will affect how many expansions slots you will require. I expect you will need closer to 9 slots if it is a standard crossfire board layout, ie:

x1
x16
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x1/pci
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2nd slot for 560 cooler
3rd slot for 560 cooler

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Default 07-15-2013, 11:00 | posts: 7

Thanks for the suggestions! I will check them out.
I don't plan to have water cooling.
Yes, I believe that I'll get an 8-9 slot motherboard, though I haven't yet decided which one in particular.

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This one right here. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,1.html If it's not too fancy,this case should do the trick.
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 16:16 | posts: 814 | Location: Orange County, CA

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Thanks for the suggestions! I will check them out.
I don't plan to have water cooling.
Yes, I believe that I'll get an 8-9 slot motherboard, though I haven't yet decided which one in particular.
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This one right here. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages..._review,1.html If it's not too fancy,this case should do the trick.

Not gonna work if he needs 8 or 9 expansion slots. It's gonna have to be a full tower.

This one might be a good way to go and still in your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119257

The Antec Eleven Hundred you mentioned earlier loos pretty solid as well.

here's all the 9 slot cases on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ED&PageSize=20


If you're looking for the 'cleanest' design:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811345005

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352030

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Default 07-15-2013, 17:45 | posts: 814 | Location: Orange County, CA

Also, for your motherboard, I'd recommend getting one that is configured as x8 + x8 through the cpu, with the third slot x4 through the chipset.

You don't want a x8,x4,x4 all through the cpu like you would get for a trifire. The physx card will work just fine on x4, but you want as much bandwidth as possible for the GPUs
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 18:12 | posts: 7

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Not gonna work if he needs 8 or 9 expansion slots. It's gonna have to be a full tower.

This one might be a good way to go and still in your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119257

The Antec Eleven Hundred you mentioned earlier loos pretty solid as well.

here's all the 9 slot cases on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ED&PageSize=20


If you're looking for the 'cleanest' design:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811345005

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352030
Thanks, I will check these out. Antec Eleven Hundred is very good, but, unfortunately, it doesn't have dust filters, which are very important for me.
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 22:20 | posts: 7

I think that I'm going to settle on Cooler Master HAF X, with a couple of additional BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm fans. Any thoughts on that?
   
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Default 07-15-2013, 23:25 | posts: 5,313 | Location: FLA,USA

I don't think the HAF X has a PSU dust filter I know my HAF 922 don't. And if the rest of the dust filters are like the ones on the 922 they are not removable (at least not easily). Just some food for thought.
   
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Default 07-17-2013, 13:50 | posts: 7

I see, nonremovable dust filters are suboptimal.

Any thoughts on Fractal Design Define XL R2 or Antec Twelve Hundred V3 then?

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Splash out and get a 900D dust filters, unlimited cooling options, great fan placement.
   
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Splash out and get a 900D dust filters, unlimited cooling options, great fan placement.
900D is cool, but it's too costly. I think that it'd be an overkill for me.


Did anyone have any experience with Fractal Design Define XL R2?
   
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Default 07-17-2013, 14:52 | posts: 24,011 | Location: NZ

I have the HAF-XM and yes it comes with removable dust filters.
They aren't all that effective though, but it's not a big deal since you can make them or buy some for dirt cheap.

The HAF XM btw is exactly the same as HAF-X just slightly smaller. It's also a lot cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119257

Biggest annoyance is my cat keeps standing on the case power button. lol

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Default 07-20-2013, 16:35 | posts: 7

Thanks for all the suggestions and help!
I think I'm going to buy Fractal Design Define XL R2. It allows for 9-slot MBs, it's cheaper than HAF X and has more favorable reviews, and it's larger than HAF XM, allowing for more cooling capacity for graphics cards.
Any final thoughts on this?

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Default 07-20-2013, 22:14 | posts: 814 | Location: Orange County, CA

I've heard good things about fractal, never had a chance to use any of their cases though. Looks like a pretty good choice given what you were looking for. Let us know how you like it.
   
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