Need help choosing a case with good airflow at sub ~$150
So I've pretty much bought everything but I'm missing a case at the moment. The most important thing for me is a case with great air flow capabilities even if it looks ridiculous I'd rather have my components cooled and protected then staring at a sexy case that'll inevitably fry my hardware.
I'm using an ATX ASRock Z77 Extreme4 mobo with a ~9.5" inch long GPU card.
These are the specs I'm looking for:
CPU socket (for easy installation/removal of heatsink)
Cable management holes
Side panel fans (the bigger/more the better. need to cool my EVGA 4MB GTX 670 because I hear it overheats when playing on max setting for a while on certain games)
Least amount of hard drive and optical drive bays since I'll be using only 1 of each
Front panel USB 3.0
Dust filters (front and bottom for the PSU - preferably removable)
PREFER SIDE PANEL WINDOW (but not required would just be an icing on the cake)
These are the cases I've found so far who have most if not all of these features:
Antec Eleven Hundred
Corsair Vengeance C70
Corsair Carbide Series 500R
Antec P280 (no side panel fans which turns me off)
I can't decide and I know I'm missing on some other cases because I'm not familiar with the top chassis brands. What do you guys think/recommend?
No window but if you can get past that I highly recommend the 500R, see my signature. HDD cage is removable, should have more or less all you're asking for. Comes in white and black. Nothing but good experiences with the case.
Nzxt Phantom 410 for mid tower, or the Phantom full tower versions, you have the cooler master CM 690 with or without a window, mostly if you go with a case with 2 front intakes and side fans with not to much clutter inside you're good.
4MB 670??? also overheating isn't an issue if you are actually talking about a 4GB Vram evga 670(or any other 4Gb card)
side panels do come at the cost of not being able to place additional fan(s)
haf cases if you want raw performance case gets the job done easy.
However if you want to hit that nice middle ground of slick looking + decent performance/function corsair cases are usually the way to go.
Some side window cases allow for fans to nbe mounted on the case anyway, either by going half a panel of window and a fan below or a fan directly on the windows itself so there are plenty of options out there.
I think the Corsair C70 meets all the said requirements. I have one and I love it. My only complaint is that if you don't put the fans on the side window it looks kinda tacky. Other than that its a nice case.