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QOTW: Which PC chassis do you use?

by Parm Mann on 4 July 2014, 16:30

Tags: Corsair, Antec, SilverstoneTek, Cooler Master, Lian Li, Fractal Design, Thermaltake (3540.TWO), NZXT, Enermax (8093.TWO), Zalman (090120.KQ), In Win, Phanteks, BitFenix

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We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your CPU cooler choices in the previous Question of the Week, and it was interesting to see a lot of you running Corsair, Noctua or Thermalright solutions - to varying degrees of satisfaction, we might add.

So let's continue that theme and move our attention to PC chassis. Here's another area of the build that's brimming with choice and possibility, and we get the impression that folk are moving away from traditional big-tower enclosures for something smaller and more compact.

There's only one way to find out for sure, though, hence for this week's question we're asking: which PC chassis do you use? Multiple answers are welcome if you have more than one rig, but more importantly, we want to know what you love or hate about the case. Was it easy to build into? Are you still happy with it? Did you make any modifications? And would you recommend it to others? Sound off using the comments facility below.

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Fractal Design Core 3000. It's a really good case. Bit cramped inside but you expect that from a mid tower I guess. The back could do with a little bit more space for better cable management.
I use two cases that could be considered performance cases.

my i5 2300 rig uses a Corsair Carbide 300R whilst my Core 2 Quad Q6600 rig is housed in a Zalman HS1000. The Zalman is excellent at keeping things quiet. Plus the removable hard drive bays are a nice plus - especially when testing out various OS housed on different drives.

Let's have some case pr0n:

Carbide 300R:

Zalman HS1000:

I went with a Phantom 410 for my first build, I guess it's a pretty good case but back then I didn't know any better.

Later switched to Fractal's Define R4, it comes at the same price as 410, but the internal layout and modularity(and radiator compatibility, although I'm still on air) are years ahead of the 410's. The silence and the window were also very nicely done. (did I mention the price?)

Now I'm eyeing Corsair's 760t for my next major build. It looks gorgeous, plus I reckon it could fit a 420 up top and 280 in front for a great first WC build. Can't wait for the build logs to start pouring in.
Corsair 600T (White) - Spacious and beautiful!
Corsair 300R (Black) - Looks good, great cooling, right price!
Silverstone SST-LC20 (Silver) - Looks right under the TV and has loads of room for drives
Silverstone SST-ML05 (Black) - Tiny, lovely looking box, ideal for it's job.
I've just completed a new install in a Fractal Design Node 304. It's the smallest mITX that can comfortably fit a huge Sapphire R280x TriX. Seems to work very nicely and build quality is great. Just a minor annoyance of side facing ‘front’ USB sockets…