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Do you think this case is good?

Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2003 5:44 pm

What do you all think of this case? I need a small ATX case for the following system:

MSI KT3 Ultra2
XP 1800
ti4200 agp
1 DVD-ROM
1 HDD
1 floppy

http://www.antec-inc.com/pro_details_enclosure.php?ProdID=80637

Any suggestions on other cases would be great, i need to save as much money as i can. I need 350watt and front USB, also.

Thanks.
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Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2003 6:01 pm

That looks pretty good.

I just stayed up late last night looking for and finally, and rather unhappily, deciding to buy this case: http://www.antec-inc.com/pro_details_enclosure.php?ProdID=91082. I'm not happy because I know it's probably more than I need, and I may well have to buy a new PSU for it when I upgrade, and I have to buy more fans for it.

I bought it because my HD seems to be indicating to me it's too hot (being next to another). Anyway, the place I bought it from charged like $136 all told with shipping. I'm just not happy about spending so much money for seemingly so little value to me. But I want to get it in a hurry and not fool around, so I decided to take the plunge.
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Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2003 11:16 pm

I just got the same case about a week ago, and I like it very much. Big and roomy insde with plenty of room for drives and such. It should have more than enough room for your stuff.
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Postposted on Mon Feb 10, 2003 11:53 pm

ragnar dan

well if i remember correctly a 430w true power ps come's with that case and i believe that is the one i currently have...and i was wondering what sort of hardware you plan on running to over power that, also if that isn't enought what do you expect a 550w or something, damn that's a lot of power if so..i thought 430w was a lot


as for pez-king

one of the top two might do ya

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.a ... 14&order=1

$48 or $56 if ya must have black
they only have 300w ps but they are antec so they should be as good as or better than a generic ps (probably better) and it should have the space to meet your needs and are fairly small...though i've never used that model but antec is pretty good in general...

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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 1:25 am

I love Antec cases. I think that Antec case is a great choice.

In general, Antec cases are darn heavy, but they are tough as nails.
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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 1:46 am

getbornagain wrote:ragnar dan

well if i remember correctly a 430w true power ps come's with that case and i believe that is the one i currently have...and i was wondering what sort of hardware you plan on running to over power that, also if that isn't enought what do you expect a 550w or something, damn that's a lot of power if so..i thought 430w was a lot


It's fine for now, but I'm using it on a P3 and think myself wasteful doing so. And I am thinking that instead of having bought that one, I should probably have got one with a higher-power PSU, and then I could use it with the next system I buy and move just one HD and the other things from the P3 back into the old box the P3 is in right now, and be OK temp. and power -wise. But I am concerned that when I try to put a dually in that thing, it won't handle it with a couple of drives (I'm always buying new drives, and they keep getting faster and hotter). Then again, I don't know, and should probably not worry about it until after I have problems.

I'm also somewhat irked that I can rarely find everything I want at one place. So instead of saving a goodly amount of money, a great deal is wasted on shipping from different places.

Then again, having only slept 3.5 hours last night, that could affect my attitude as well. :wink:
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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 3:51 am

pez-king: Friend of mine has that exact model, it's very solid - however the smokey gray is really light - lighter then that picture depicts. I'd go for it.
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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 7:24 am

I have the Antec Plus 1080AMG case and it's really sweet. What I love about these newer Antec cases are the front hard drive cages w/fan mount and the air filter. The side panel fan is also nice as it blows cool air over the video card. This case also weighs a ton! I can't say much for the power supply that it came with. Mine died after two months of use. The other thing I noticed were the low 3.3v/12v rail readings the PSU was putting out. They were within spec, though. More than likely the readings using MBM were not accurate.

Edit: I'd ditch the cheap case fans it come with for good fans like Panaflo's.
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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 7:45 am

thanks everyone. all the feedback seems good, so i'm gonna go ahead and order it.
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Postposted on Tue Feb 11, 2003 6:05 pm

ragnar dan

well i hope more sleep has gotten you to feel a bit better about you case...least i think it's a pretty darn good one...then again with what i got i could be using one of'em little shuttles and not know the difference...oh well
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Postposted on Thu Feb 13, 2003 1:12 am

getbornagain:

Thanks. I'm in somewhat better spirits. I'm an extremely "thrifty" type, so spending money on something I think should be 40% the price it costs (outside shipping, of course, which eats up lots of money) bugs me.

Oh well. Will have to figure out a way to use the new case to its fullest potential. 8)
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