Apr 28, 2009
My current case is a $50 cheap case that has bad airflow and is something I want to upgrade from to a more efficient one.

My budget is around $120(for the case alone), and free shipping is a must if the case is over $100.

One thing I was also considering was whether to go with water cooling or fans. Currently both of my Lab puppies(10 months old), are in my room a lot and that creates a ton of hair going about with the fans in my room on and from them moving around. My PSU fan sometimes makes weird rattling sounds as well, which could be a sign that the hairs are getting inside my case and messing with the barrings or something like that(but I'm not sure if it is caused by the hairs or just a malfunction happening with the fan).

I want to buy fans with the case, if you guys suggest fans over water cooling, so I can have the best airflow possible, so please post fan suggestions as well.

Same with above sentence if you guys suggest water cooling over fans.

My Current Build:

PSU: CoolMAX CUG-950B 950W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159072

Motherboard: EVGA nForce 750i FTW - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026

CPU: Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Video Card: EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130400

RAM: Corsair XMS2 4 x 1gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034


Some of the cases I was looking at:

This case right here is pretty much exactly what I was looking for, great airflow(possible 7x 120mm), great price, and free shipping.

Cooler Master 690: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Some other cases I was considering were:

Antec 900: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Antec 300: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042


If you are planning on doing air cooling I highly reccomend the Antec 900.
With your dogs around you may want to do some air filtering.
Use a liquid cooling solution. The liquid cooling idea is typically always a better cooling solution and depending on what you buy it can be quieter too. But on the downside it's typically more expensive.
You'll still have fans with water cooling :) Actually, I would rather try to pick dog hair out of a air cooler than a radiator.

So maybe some filters would be the best way to go in this case. You can just make your own.

The 690 is the best deal, but they are all good.


Dec 24, 2008
+1 CM 690, great case. Its very roomy, enough room for tall heatsinks and long GPU's (feels like it should be a full tower, I can't really understand where the distinction is made), and has places to mount several more fans, up to 7 120mm fans if you don't have a big cooler, if you do then one of the mounting spots is useless (2 side fan mounts, 1 front mount, 1 rear exhaust, 2 top mounts, and one bottom mount). But if I remember correctly, it can handle 140mm fans on the bottom, side and front mounts, which is nice. As its only $75 with free shipping, use the extra budget and buy a couple extra case fans, like these:
That will give you better cooling than the other options if you are really concerned about keeping your case temps down. I have that case and using a couple of those fans and they are inaudible, only the GPU and CPU fans in my case make any noise. With my PC sitting next to me on the ground, I can barely hear my PC if I don't have any music or or games playing.


Apr 28, 2009
Thanks mates for all the tips/suggestions, was wondering if there was any other fans that you guys would suggest. LED would be cool, but its not a must, just want something that isn't insanely loud.