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superklye
03-16-05, 10:11 PM
I'm torn. If I'm going to get a new A64-based machine, I'm going to need a new case in order to keep this machine around.

I was looking around on NewEgg for full-tower cases because I'm sick of the cramped space and the wires/cables going all over the place. Plus, a bigger case means better air-flow/cooler CPU.

So I've narrowed it to these two:

Lian-Li (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-112-508&depa=0)
which I like for the fans above the PSU to help get the heat that rises out, plus lots of other fans...

or

Cooler Master (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=11-119-039&depa=0)
Which has lots of fans and looks awesome...

Both got excellent reviews, but I'm torn on which to get. What do you guys think?

Clay
03-16-05, 10:20 PM
Huge cases that's for sure and pricey. Anyway, I like the CoolerMaster because of the gobs of USB ports on the top (hate them on the bottom). It looks a bit nicer too although I've always liked the clean look of Lian-Li. I've not read reviews on either of these. I've been sporting my el-cheapo "X-Dreamer" case for a while now. :D

superklye
03-16-05, 10:31 PM
yeah, there are so many things I like about both of them...that's why it's so hard to choose!

Badash
03-16-05, 10:33 PM
Stacker 830, under new products: http://www.coolermaster.com/Cebit2005/exhibition/index.htm

or Soldam Altium RS10 Black with optional side window:
http://www3.soldam.co.jp/case/altium/s10/images/rs/bm.jpg

Or the Globalwin ycc-61f1b http://www.1coolpc.com/cases/61f13b.htm

jAkUp
03-16-05, 10:46 PM
I'm gonna have to go with the Lian Li. They are all around better cases.

JoKeRr
03-16-05, 10:53 PM
man, did u check out the new product section? Couldn't find where u got that pic anywhere. but it looks like the New CM Stacker 830 and Praetorian 731 and 730 are UGLY as HELL!! I'm really dissapointed.

but on the other hand, the new coolers: hyper 6+, AQUAMINIs, new cpu and GF6 waterblocks look quite promising. Too bad the GF6 water block doesn't actively cool the ram and mosfet.

Darkoz
03-17-05, 01:31 AM
I've used both Lian Li and Coolermaster, both are excellent cases.
But I'm a bit partial towards Coolermaster as they do have slightly better build quality over Lian Li.

For the ultimate case though, I'd love to get my hands on a "Soldam" case. Unfortunately they aren't available here in Australia, there's nothing better than these both in quality and innovation.........


http://img172.exs.cx/img172/6189/sm5bm.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)


http://img172.exs.cx/img172/9628/s24pc.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

http://img172.exs.cx/img172/5373/s1uz.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

RealLifePixelShader
03-17-05, 02:49 AM
The Coolermaster stacker rocks !!!!

superklye
03-17-05, 06:54 AM
I've used both Lian Li and Coolermaster, both are excellent cases.
But I'm a bit partial towards Coolermaster as they do have slightly better build quality over Lian Li.

For the ultimate case though, I'd love to get my hands on a "Soldam" case. Unfortunately they aren't available here in Australia, there's nothing better than these both in quality and innovation.........


http://img172.exs.cx/img172/6189/sm5bm.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)


http://img172.exs.cx/img172/9628/s24pc.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

http://img172.exs.cx/img172/5373/s1uz.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)
hahaha oh man...those are HIDEOUS!

MUYA
03-17-05, 06:57 AM
ya that's what I thought. I would for a Lian Li ;)

My PC-V1000 with a FX53 and 6800U is fairly well cooled ;)

My sys temps are from 30-35 and cpu from 41-55 the extremes when under load.

Viral
03-17-05, 08:28 AM
I'm going the coolermaster. Much better value for the money IMO.

MUYA
03-17-05, 08:28 AM
Having owned a few coolermaster and friends with some..I really cannout vouch for them..personally.

|MaguS|
03-17-05, 08:32 AM
Silverstone makes some awsome cases, I love mine. Its expensive but VERY well built and HUGE!

technews
03-17-05, 08:38 AM
both companies have amazing cases ... I've got a LianLi for 4 years now .. and it is GREAT!

between those two you're after I would go for the LianLi ..

Lumbrjack
03-17-05, 11:53 AM
I have a write in for Thermaltake! :)

Strahd
03-17-05, 02:35 PM
Did you ever decide on the case kyle?

Riptide
03-17-05, 02:40 PM
Judging by the results... People are pretty split on their opinion here. :D

SlyBoots
03-17-05, 04:01 PM
I just broke the tie :D

MustangSVT
03-17-05, 04:12 PM
I don't like the look of either case. I'd take a Thermaltake Xaser over both any day.. Anyway out of those two, I voted for the Coolermaster. That one at least has a solid clean look. The Lian-Li case just looks crappy. Extremely bland look which I despise.

superklye
03-17-05, 04:15 PM
Did you ever decide on the case kyle?
Nope...still thinking about it. And I won't decide until I know for sure if I got the nFORCE3 Ultra board I asked for for my birthday. That's on 4/2, so there's still over 2 weeks to decide.

JoKeRr
03-17-05, 04:47 PM
get the coolermaster, it's suppose to be BTX compatible as well (just need to get an btx module)

superklye
03-17-05, 04:50 PM
I thought BTX was an Intel only thing? I haven't heard anything about AMD doing it, and from what I've heard of the first BTX boards...they weren't impressive. :-\

Acid Rain
03-17-05, 05:02 PM
Judging by the results... People are pretty split on their opinion here. :DLibs VS Cons? Heh!

I'd go Lian Li of the two.

I am actually using the Thermaltake Xaser III in blue and it is built extremely well. Weighs about a ton, though. Seven 80m case fans, two 80m ps fans and the CPU/NB/GPU fans running full blast, yet it's so sturdily built that you can barely hear the thing.

superklye
03-17-05, 05:11 PM
I really wish that both, or at least ONE, had a top exhaust fan. That would make the choice so much easier

Strahd
03-17-05, 05:38 PM
I think I may go with the coolmaster myself. According to the specs at new egg, it has an exhaust fan in the top of the case.

I like the 120mm fans since they can move more air then the 80's with less noise.