StuG wrote:There are a few reasons why you will never see any form of HAF recommended on Tech Report I feel. Most people here don't really go for the whole side-mesh-window/led lights, and if they do its on a minimum level. You can pretty easily tell that all HAF's are not focused towards being professional or discrete about their looks...so that would be one reason (its targeted towards a very particular type of crowd). Also, HAF's aren't really quiet (another valued feature of most TR readers) because it has a million places you can stick fans...fans that are typically unneeded for a regular set-up today. The last reason would bring us back to its looks. Not only does it have a side panel and LED's, its pretty butt ugly to begin with. Obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I've read more than one post regarding the HAF's less than appealing looks.
None the less, if you want the side-panel, LED's and massive air-flow this case will surely do it for you. Personally $90 is so close to a better crafted less flashy case that I would probably steer away from it...but than again I have a feeling my visual priorities/cooling techniques are different than yours. I will also warn you that HAF's tend to be a little on the heavy side, even this being the mid-tower version.
All this aside, I have worked in them and would say that they are decent cases. Once again, if the things it offers are what you are looking for it is a fine case and would work for anything you need. Just makes sure you don't overdue the fans, you'll turn it into dust city -_-
StuG wrote:I'm not sure which case you are referring too as the System Guide I thought mentions a few. Some cases that I have worked with in the past and always liked are listed below incase you care:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129072
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129057
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119068
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811129042
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119137
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811112099
Those are all around the same price or less than the HAF you were looking at...so I figured these would be down your alley. Also, here is a nice little cooling guide going over how you can setup an effectively cooled environment to your needs:
StuG wrote:Ah, do you have any special interests with the case that it must have? As for me I am a silent case/filters guy...but possibly knowing your priorities would make it easier to point out what you would like.
dragmor wrote:If I was going for a large case i would get one of these. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/07/in-the ... case-mods/
On the serious side, you can't really go wrong with a P180 series case.
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