New Full Tower Case-Air Cooling

tonyfreak215

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I'm looking to get a new full tower case. I'd like to keep it around $100, but willing to spend more if the performance is there. Looks and noise are no concerns, I just want the best cooling i can get.

My main concern is hard drive cooling. I just had a hard drive go out on me because of over heating. (I kno...my fault. I should've been monitoring it)

My computer:
Xclio Windtunnel
Q9550 @ 3.4ghz at 1.12v cooled by a Noctua NH-U12P
ATI HD5830 at 875/1200
Intel SSD and 4 WD Caviar Blacks (varying sizes)
 

NYHoustonman

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You'll hopefully see the RV-02/03, FT-02 mentioned somewhere. I don't think you'll find much better for air cooling, although they're generally closer to $200 than $100.
 

BoomerD

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Look at the Coolermaster HAF cases. The full-tower variants will be more than $100, but their mid-tower models should be less than $100.
I have a HAF 932, and it's as quiet as a mouse...or quieter...and it doesn't mess with my air conditioner. :p
Comes stock with three 230mm fans that are dead silent, and one 140mm fan that's also VERY quiet.

IIRC, it sold for about $139, but it looks like it's been replaced with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160

OR, if you want the Coolermaster "flagship" case, get the HAF X for about $200.
 

aigomorla

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full towers with quality + 100 dollars do not fit in the same line. :p

Quality full towers = a lot of materials = a big cost.
 
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If you can find the ABS Black Pearl, its a Lian Li rebadge and not too bad at cooling. With mine I swapped out the 120mm front fan and replaced it with a Scythe 140mm and it works perfect.
 

Fayd

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I'm looking to get a new full tower case. I'd like to keep it around $100, but willing to spend more if the performance is there. Looks and noise are no concerns, I just want the best cooling i can get.

My main concern is hard drive cooling. I just had a hard drive go out on me because of over heating. (I kno...my fault. I should've been monitoring it)

My computer:
Xclio Windtunnel
Q9550 @ 3.4ghz at 1.12v cooled by a Noctua NH-U12P
ATI HD5830 at 875/1200
Intel SSD and 4 WD Caviar Blacks (varying sizes)

how do you know it was because of overheating?

harddrives generate little heat, and do fine with passive cooling. people obsess about thier temps, but HDD temps into the mid 40's is completely fine.

FWIW, you don't need a full tower with that computer. it's unlikely that it even passes 400 watts.
 

aigomorla

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full towers are not flexable.
They are large, and unless u really need one there not very recomended.

Typically people who get full towers for regular use either have a ton of hard drives and opticals, or there running customized cooling, and required the space.

When i say customized, i dont mean an aftermarket air sink.

I mean typically a 300 dollar + cooling setup.


So ur best fitting everything u have in a mid tower as they are more flexable in the locations they can go.
 

infoiltrator

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Lian LI does large cases see PC-K59 ($100=$69.99 at moment) or PC-K52 ($79.00) or PC-7FN Black ($109.99) all very good
Sentey Arvina Extreme Full ATX Tower $99.99
Sentey Burton Black Extreme Full ATX Tower $109.99 (like)
Both Senteys are award winners in various colors
Inwin Maelstorm Black Full ATX Tower $99.99
Inwin Ironclad Black Full ATX Tower $119.99
Senteys are 21.65 inch long
Inwin 23.66 inch long

Why not a temperture monitor with alarm?/
 
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