Mid-Tower Review Roundup

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xaerospace

I bought this case basically for the acoustic damping. Fans and radiator cooler keep everything cool and quiet. I think it is a great trade off honestly. This case looks cool too. :)

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MarthaGray22

up to I saw the draft of $5866, I did not believe that...my... mother in law was trully bringing home money part time on-line.. there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only 21 months and resently repaid the mortgage on their appartment and bought a gorgeous Smart ForTwo. this is where I went, Great60.com

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PCLinuxguy

I can't believe it either, but maybe they should keep their blinds closed as the rest of the neighbors get the pole dancing strip show for free.

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CaptainFabulous

I guess when you go "maximum" you don't really care about visual aesthetics? Cause damn, most of these cases are downright fugly.

Thanks, but I'll stick with my Fractal Arc Midi I got for $70.

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fygquas

And the winner is... Fractal Design R4!

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iplayoneasy

When it comes to build quality, nothing beats a fractal

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jcollins

I was looking at these cases and others at Fry's the other day. The question that came to mind in looking at them. Whatever happened to the cases with slide out motherboard trays? It was a cool feature of the cases of yesteryear. Less popular now with fewer people building/upgrading computers or something?

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AETAaAS

I personally don't think there is much of a point to removable motherboard trays. Many cases have cutouts for big CPU cooler plates. And when building a new system, its pretty straightforward to drop a new mobo right in.

Even when overhauling an old system, you are going to have to pull almost everything out anyway, so it's as easy as doing it anew. And you SHOULD pull everything out IMO to give it a good clean and wipe months if not years of dust off all the cables and parts. :p

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Rift2

The Thermaltake case in front of the Latest Maximum PC magazine is pretty sweet looking even though it only has one fan for low noise. Still have my Coolermaster Enforcer I won't replace it cause it's bad ass.

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rchris

Oh yea, love the Enforcer!

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vrmlbasic

I thought that the previous Mid-Tower case Showdown article was great. I have it in print and it was the reason that I bought my pretty cool Cooler Master Storm case.

IMO the Storm looks cooler than the cases this time around. Maybe I'm biased but I'm not so sure that I'm wrong on that.

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Obsidian

You should have included the Fractal Design Core 3000. It's less expensive than many in this round up, more modular and has solid build quality. I think they are also rebooting the Arc Midi that used to be in the line up as well. There will always be cases that were missed since there are so many out there. I've used the Antec 300 for at least 4 builds in the last 2 years. Great case for the price and doesn't look flashy or ugly.

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j_j_montez

Great looking cases. As I've expanded my computer consulting business, I have gained a greater appreciation for easy access and space efficient cases. If I had the money to spare, I'd still go with the Cooler Master Cosmos II, but for these mid-sized towers, I like the C70 and Phantom 410.

Side question, considering how many of these cases have multiple 5.25" bays, but for most, only one needs to be used for an optical bay. What would you use the others for?

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rchris

I can't imagine having a PC without a card reader. Very convenient to have an internal card reader... and most of them have another USB port which is a bonus.

Also, the overclockers often like to add a fan controller in those extra bays.

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j_j_montez

Definitely need a card reader, but most of the ones I've seen go in a 3.5" bay. The fan controller I can also see.

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TheMissingPiece

Using a black C70 right now. It's an amazing case. I personally thought that the "tight thumbscrews" were a minor complaint, but when I got mine.... Man, I needed a screwdriver to get those out! Still, It's an awesome case. It's incredibly clean, too!

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AETAaAS

I'd been wondering about that. I have a NZXT Vulcan which also uses thumbscrews for the slots. But the space back there is so tight (with the adjacent screws, the card itself and case) that its really hard to get them out by hand. The screwheads have a big transverse cut though so you use screwdriver.

Looking at the Phantom 410 though, they seem to use smaller screws to give you a bit more operating room.

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Electrik

I use the Antec 300 and 302 for my family builds, they’re great coolers. I use a Silverstone SG06 for my ITX, though my latest desktop rig is a Fractal Design R4, an incredible case, absolutely silent.

One gripe, though; would it kill the manufacturers to scoot the 120 x 240mm vents one inch farther away from the motherboard? I wanted my H100 in a push/pull configuration, but the second set of fans interfere with the mobo. A little off-center will not hurt the aesthetics on the case one bit.

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