Jun 12, 2009
im working on a build and all that is left is the case. i need some ideas as to which one to get. i was looking at the CM 690, but it was too big and seem to create a lot of noise. i am looking for something small, quite but enough cooling for this high end build. i know that the lack of space will generate a lot of heat, but i dont plan on overclocking anytime soon and plan to stuff it will lots of fan to move the air around. any suggestions would be helpfully.

i7 920 d0 stock speed and fan - 215$
gigabyte x58-ud4p - 175$
6gb 1600 ocz platinum - 70$
msi 9800 GT 512mb - 20$
corsair 620HX PSU - 80$
still need to buy HD but plan on using an old raptor for the time being.
all of the parts above costed me less than 600$ so i dont plan on shelling out more than 100$ on the case. any suggestions would be helpfully.
Hard to argue with a Lian-Li case, they are light, fairly cool, and look nearly elegant. I've used a couple and they don't disappoint.

But I'm looking at this case for my next "teen" build:


Review here (there are several others, google them):


I've not seen one. It is about an inch bigger than the Lian-Li. Read the review and see if it helps you decide on what you want in a case.
I can recommend the Antec solo.
16'5" high, 8" wide, and 18.2" deep.
None of the previously mentioned cases are that small.
It is one of the quietest cases reviewed by www.silentpcreview.com.
It will hold a vga card up to 10" long without a problem. I previously had a 8800GTS installed.
I later installed a GTX260 which is 10.5" long. To get it to fit, I made a small cut with tin snips to the hard drive cage.
Cooling has not been an issue with low speed fans. You will want two 92mm fans in front.
I installed a kama bay unit in the upper external bays for added cooling, but I don't think it was really necessary.
My cpu is an i7-920 @3.3, using a true 120 extreme whch fits.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 $99.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $79.99 ($54.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id=1665&product_id=2912 <--- more pis, specs and professional reviews of that case


Jun 12, 2009
thanks for the replies guys, decided to go with the storm scout. a bit expensive at 109$ but i'll see how it will turn out. i have high hopes for this case. it'll about a week to ship from amazon, so new ideas will still be considered