Z11 vs xPredator vs HAF XM

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Between the Zalman Z11 Plus, the Aerocool X PREDATOR X1 and a second hand Cooler Master HAF XM, which is best?

I'm in South Africa so I'm going to be working with rands.

I'm getting the Z11 for R939, the X1 for R893 and the second hand HAF XM for R1000(from a friend).

What do you think is best?
 

lehtv

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Are these literally your only options? Are you buying locally or online, and if online, can you link to the shop you use?
 

lehtv

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Out of those options, assuming a budget cap of R1000, the HAF XM is by far the best. Zalman's quality doesn't compare to Cooler Master, and the XM packs a ton of cooling and features.
 
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I have R900 in my pocket. I don't really like that Lian Li a lot. I'm looking for something more gamer.

How does the Aerocool compare to the XM?
 

lehtv

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HAF XM has better cable management, better hard drive cage design (sideways versus front facing), much better stock cooling (2x200mm+140mm versus 2x120mm), and I would also bet my money HAF XM having better build quality and materials. Aerocool does have a decent set of features for a mid tower, but really the cases are in two different price categories and the HAF XM is just a couple notches higher end.
 
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Turns out he doesn't want to sell it anymore and I don't really like the Aerocool now that I've seen it properly.

So I'll be taking the Zalman, unless you have other suggestions from the same price and around R900. Remember I want something that looks gamer, futuristic etc
 

lehtv

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Well, some of Zalman's designs are definitely right up that futuristic alley. Out of the options you have at Sybaritic, I'd probably go with Z11 Plus. It looks the most futuristic out of the bunch IMO, and includes three fans and features a sideways hard drive cage. I haven't heard the best things about Zalman's build quality but it'll probably be fine.