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weverjames
August 18th, 2009, 05:52 PM
I would like opinions about cases I am considering for my new desktop.I like classic, sharp looking case. Not looking for gaming cases. I am building my system through avadirect, that I found have reasonable prices. I don't have the time to build it myself.

I am cosidering the following:

-Lian li PC B10 black
-Antec Lifestyle sonata III black
-NZXT ADAMAs black

If you have other recommendations, they are welcome. I am trying to keep it in the range of midtower to mini tower to save space and have a good looking system to keep for years.

Thanks in advance.

Bachstelze
August 18th, 2009, 05:59 PM
I own an Antec Sonata II myself, and couldn't be happier with it.

.Maleficus.
August 18th, 2009, 06:01 PM
Silverstone Temjin TJ-07
Lian Li PC-V1000BPlus

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ubuffalo
August 18th, 2009, 06:13 PM
The Lian looks to be the most "classic" looks like an old server case but smaller, but the antec is the sharper looking one of the 3.

zakany
August 18th, 2009, 06:14 PM
I have a Lian Li PC60 that I modded. It looks nice, but gets loud with 100 cfm in and out.

My current gaming iron sits in an Antec 900. Ugly as sin, but quiet. Excellent air performance for overclocking.

If your box is sitting under your desk, keep in mind that the Sonota has its ports mid-line, not top edge (which is a lot more convenient). I'm not happy with the air flow or price of the B10. I think your fans in that will make noise instead of push air. Not too keen on the NZXT case, either. No USB ports and whatnot on its front. Then again, I tend to put function over appearance (they all look terrible once they gets dusty, anyway).

Cheesemill
August 18th, 2009, 06:45 PM
I use an Antec 300

cascade9
August 18th, 2009, 06:46 PM
if you werent limited by where you wanted to get your system from, I would sasy have a look at these-

Silverstone TJ07 (rounded) or TJ04 (square) or even TJ08 (square, micro-atx)

Choices you do have are-
Antec Solo- nice case, its what I'm using now actually. The silver/black theme might not be to everyones (the OP in patricular) taste though
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=9232

Antec NSK6580B - probably more your thing
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=14547

CHIEFTEC Mesh CH-02
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=11766
LOL
Sorry, I just saw that thing and had to post it :D

COOLER MASTER Sileo 500
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=14541
BTW- you may be temped by the COOLER MASTER ATCS 840
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=13840

Dont do it! those things are huge. You rent part of it out to a family of refugees in there and still have room for watercooling.

razorboy5
August 18th, 2009, 07:19 PM
-Lian li PC B10 black
to me looks the nicest :P

HappyFeet
August 18th, 2009, 07:25 PM
Cooler Master makes some really nice affordable cases. Good bang for your dollar, euro, etc.

LowSky
August 18th, 2009, 07:38 PM
Lian Li
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?ISList=11-112-226-S01%2c11-112-226-S02%2c11-112-226-S03%2c11-112-226-S04%2c11-112-226-S05%2c11-112-226-S06%2c11-112-226-S07%2c11-112-226-S08%2c11-112-226-S09%2c11-112-226-S10&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16811112226&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=LIAN%20LI%20PC-B10%20Black%20Computer%20Case%20-%20Retail
I have an PC-A16 and its a great case, Im looking to replace it soon with the PC-7F
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112194

Great cases

As for the guy who suggested the Silverstone cases, they make great stuff too, but the cases you listed are way to expensive for most people.

The sonata 3 is a superb case, I have owned the the two previous generations and the quality was great, still have a S2 in my basement if anyone wants it...lol. I just don't like plastic computer cases, and Lian-Li makes what I like.

weverjames
August 18th, 2009, 07:57 PM
well, I see different opinions.
I like the style of the Lian li, but I am concerned about noise (now that I read they may be noisy and not to offer good air flow). Then I would prefer something else.
The NZXT adamas seems to be a tank, 2-3 mm thick aluminum, but taller and maybe not the better looking.
The antec sonata III looks ok, and I found they have excellent power supplies and ventilation. The only drawback is tht it is steel and some plastic components?

-Is it important the thick of the chassis? I am concerned the Lian li may be flimsy cases. Adamas is the thicker of the three.
-What is better, steel or aluminum? I want durability.
-What do you think about cubes. Would they be noisy or would they get hot easier?
- I am trying to keep hight < 18 inches, wide < 9 inches. Therefore, full towers are not an option.

Thanks for replying

gn2
August 18th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Antec Solo (http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTEyMw==).

LowSky
August 18th, 2009, 11:07 PM
didn't realize that the Lian li you are looking at cost 250, way too much when a simlar older model is half the price

Warpnow
August 18th, 2009, 11:25 PM
I have a thermaltake Xaser and I reccomend you NOT get this model. Don't get me wrong, the case is amazingly designed. I could hit it with a sledge hammer and it will be fine. It has a key lock door, screwless mounting, a built-in fan controller, fans on hinges over the pci slots, and has four built in temperature sensors that can be places on various hardware parts.

The company is obviously great, but the airflow in the Xaser is really bad. My temperatures are worse with six fans than in my last case wth two.

I would definitely buy a Thermaltake again, though. The case is a solid and very high quality product. I'm sure I'll have the case in 10 years. Hell, I can't throw it out, it weighs like 80 pounds.

Stew2
August 19th, 2009, 01:15 AM
I have used Antec Sonata cases in two builds... Granted, was a while ago but I remember the quality and insight of the Sonata cases impressing me. Beautifully put together cases with no sharp edges. Only thing I didn't care for was the drive bay door... Seemed cheap and flimsy, though I never broke one, but maybe they beefed that up on the new Sonata's? Good luck with the build, nothing like a new machine! :)

Regards,
Stew

Whiffle
August 19th, 2009, 01:16 AM
I use an Antec 300

Another here. I like mine alot. Its nothing fancy, but its well built and easy to work on. I also like that the power supply is at the bottom. Antec does build nice cases and their prices are good too.

steveneddy
August 19th, 2009, 04:23 AM
Here's my choice:

http://www.slipperybrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/bmw-pccase.jpg

cascade9
August 19th, 2009, 08:34 AM
As for the guy who suggested the Silverstone cases, they make great stuff too, but the cases you listed are way to expensive for most people.


Silverstone more expensive? Really? I dont think so. I can get a TJ08 or TJ04 for about $100 US. Admittedly, thats probably sources from somewhere slightly cheaper than avadirect (and the TJ07 is very expensive). Thats quite a bit cheaper than I see lian-li cases.

Ha, I really should check these sites better, they do have silverstone cases-

TJ08-
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=6305
Pretty good airflow, and if your not plannign on running lots of hdds, should be perfect.

Sugo SG01-F Black Compact Cube
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=12244

Both the Sugo and the TJ08 are micro-atx, but thats not that much of an issue these days.

TJ04-
http://www.avadirect.com/product_details_parts.asp?PRID=12766


@ steveneddy- wow, I'm amazed that peopleeven like that thing- ugly! Way to big for the OP anyway....


well, I see different opinions.
I like the style of the Lian li, but I am concerned about noise (now that I read they may be noisy and not to offer good air flow). Then I would prefer something else.
The NZXT adamas seems to be a tank, 2-3 mm thick aluminum, but taller and maybe not the better looking.
The antec sonata III looks ok, and I found they have excellent power supplies and ventilation. The only drawback is tht it is steel and some plastic components?

-Is it important the thick of the chassis? I am concerned the Lian li may be flimsy cases. Adamas is the thicker of the three.
-What is better, steel or aluminum? I want durability.
-What do you think about cubes. Would they be noisy or would they get hot easier?
- I am trying to keep hight < 18 inches, wide < 9 inches. Therefore, full towers are not an option.

Thanks for replying

Antec sonata- the plastic is pretty strong, but personally I'm not overly fond of the sonata. Its not a bad design, but I've seen several with broken doors. (thats more from hamfisted users/minor mishaps, but still) Antec power supplies are still pretty good, but they arent what they used to be.

Case thickness doesn't really matter that much IMO. Really cheap 'yum-cha' cases tend to be really flimsy, but the name-brand cases are generally not bad through to 'OMG this thing will take a hit from a handgun' LOL. The lian-li cases I've seen were plenty strong, don't let that NZXT overkill make it seem weak (from the avadirect page- "this chassis can support well over 300lbs" WTF? Do you really need a case your overwieght friend can sit on?)

Steel or aluminum? Again, doesnt matter much. Alloy has better heat dissipation, steel is slightly stronger for any given thickness. Unless your living in a very humid enviroment, have very oily hands, and/or are changing parts quite often steel lasts fine.

Cubes are pretty nice for small cases. They do get hotter, and normally they only have 80mm cooling fans (120mm is my prefered option, more flow and less noise). Just watch out, some cubes are micro-atx and some are mini-itx.

PurposeOfReason
August 19th, 2009, 08:50 AM
Here's my choice:

PIC REMOVED


The part of me that cares about hardware temps died a little.

OP - The lian li A05 if a nice small case/

Lavaeagle
August 19th, 2009, 09:09 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?Image=11-133-024-03.jpg%2c11-133-024-17.jpg%2c11-133-024-04.jpg%2c11-133-024-05.jpg%2c11-133-024-06.jpg%2c11-133-024-07.jpg%2c11-133-024-08.jpg%2c11-133-024-09.jpg%2c11-133-024-10.jpg%2c11-133-024-11.jpg%2c11-133-024-12.jpg%2c11-133-024-13.jpg%2c11-133-024-14.jpg%2c11-133-024-15.jpg%2c11-133-024-16.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&WaterMark=1&Item=N82E16811133024&Depa=1&Description=Thermaltake%20Kandalf%20VD4000BWS%20Bl ack%20Computer%20Case%20With%20Side%20Panel%20Wind ow

Honestly yes. There's so much room for improvement.