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Any recommendation for a Full Tower PC Case?

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Been looking around for a while on cases but can't seem to find one that I like. If I do then reading the cons puts me off. Also looking for a non window case, really dont like window cases. But will … Read More
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5m, 1w agoPosted 5 months, 1 week ago
Been looking around for a while on cases but can't seem to find one that I like. If I do then reading the cons puts me off. Also looking for a non window case, really dont like window cases. But will make an exception if everything else is good. I was going to go for the NZXT Phantom case at first but then after reading the cons on that, I decided nah.

So far I have found the Corsair 600Q Carbride series and Thermaltake Urban T81.

Nothing else has tickled my fancy.

So here I am, looking for your input :)

Thanks
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#1
Can't help with ideas but +1 for windowless cases.
#2
You have to weigh the pro and con reviews, just look at Amazon comments, some of the one star reviews are beyond stupid.

Tomshardware do excellent reviews of all PC gear, so have a look at what he has reviewed.

Generally, the best cases dont come with flashy lights, cut-outs and cheap psus, it is a pity there isnt a bette rchoice of colour though, anything other than black, white, or beige seems to be a DIY job these days.
#3
Gentle_Giant
You have to weigh the pro and con reviews, just look at Amazon comments, some of the one star reviews are beyond stupid.
Tomshardware do excellent reviews of all PC gear, so have a look at what he has reviewed.
Generally, the best cases dont come with flashy lights, cut-outs and cheap psus, it is a pity there isnt a bette rchoice of colour though, anything other than black, white, or beige seems to be a DIY job these days.

Thanks, I will have a look there.
Im not bothered about flashy lights nor do I need a PSU. I've already got a PSU which I got last year, its a gold edition so all good there.
Just looking for a smart looking and good quality build.
#4
are you wanting to squeeze a big graphic card into it?
#5
Dan__
Gentle_Giant
You have to weigh the pro and con reviews, just look at Amazon comments, some of the one star reviews are beyond stupid.
Tomshardware do excellent reviews of all PC gear, so have a look at what he has reviewed.
Generally, the best cases dont come with flashy lights, cut-outs and cheap psus, it is a pity there isnt a bette rchoice of colour though, anything other than black, white, or beige seems to be a DIY job these days.
Thanks, I will have a look there.
Im not bothered about flashy lights nor do I need a PSU. I've already got a PSU which I got last year, its a gold edition so all good there.
Just looking for a smart looking and good quality build.

I got an excellent "own brand" one from Novatech earlier this year for an awesome £54, but they have stopped selling it now.
#6
I would go with the Corsair of the two you like....I've never found Thermaltake to produce anything but tacky, plasticy rubbish (tho' I'll admit I've not been hands-on with the case you mention) One of my favorite case manufacturers of recent years is Bitfenix - decent build quality and price. Corsair are generally expensive but are great...I have a rather venerable 650D sat on my desk right now and whilst I sure as hell didn't pay full whack for it, it would have been worth every penny if I had.
#7
Falchion76
I would go with the Corsair of the two you like....I've never found Thermaltake to produce anything but tacky, plasticy rubbish (tho' I'll admit I've not been hands-on with the case you mention) One of my favorite case manufacturers of recent years is Bitfenix - decent build quality and price. Corsair are generally expensive but are great...I have a rather venerable 650D sat on my desk right now and whilst I sure as hell didn't pay full whack for it, it would have been worth every penny if I had.

Cool I will have a look at that.
I currently have a thermal take case, quite old. Had it for years and its made of steel so it is heavy.
#8
Silverstone FT02? It's only got SSI-CEB support, not SSI-EEB so if you're building a dual CPU system it might limit your motherboard choices a little but other than that it seems to fulfill your criteria of a smart looking XL tower.
#9
loafster
are you wanting to squeeze a big graphic card into it?

nah not at the moment but I just prefer full tower. Once you go full tower then you dont go back :D
Its always good to have plenty of space in there for adding more things later and easier to do so when you have that extra space.
#10
I have an corsair obsidian 900d if interested? let me know I will go into more detail its only 6 months old hardly used
#11
Define S or R5
#12
adamskiidu_44
Define S or R5

this

I've got R4 and love it. Stylish, silent and. well made.
#13
I've been building for years using NZXT cases and I can't fault them. Solid and well made. My current setup includes full length Nvidia Sli cards, Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler and a Super Flower Leadex Gold PSU. Nothing is cramped and there's still some space and i've never had any overheating issues.
#14
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
#15
groppo
I have an corsair obsidian 900d if interested? let me know I will go into more detail its only 6 months old hardly used


how much for your 900d
#16
Not sure what your price range is OP, I recently bought a Corsair Carbide 500R which is £20 cheaper than the 600Q you've looked at.

It's a mid tower with loads of space, no window as asked for but has a side mesh panel with a 200mm fan that blows out, very quiet, top vents you can mount a 240mm rad on, currently using front and rear to pull air in

http://www.corsair.com/en-gb/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case
#17
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.

First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.

Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.

Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.

I hope that helps?
#18
Thank You Dan for the explanation. You're probably looking for a similar plain full sized atx case as myself with the option of an Optical Drive, quietness (i.e. Coolermaster Silcencio), and/or possibly a fan controller. Most of the suggestions above are excellent choices, but it's advisable to check the written or even video reviews to ensure if the case includes an optical drive panel, and their build quality is for your particular requirements. Another option is don't discount a case without a fan controller, as there are excellent third party manufacturers ( Thermaltake, Zalmann, Antec etc) and of course most motherboard manufacturers have a basic software version linked to the bios information. Also you could also purchase an external optical drive if you don't want to discount a case that has favourable reviews, aesthetic appearance you desire and future proofed for expansion (multiple ssd drive slots) or innovative design (USB 3.1 Type C panel).

When I have time I'll list a few cases to add to other users recommendations.


Edited By: nemesiz on Dec 16, 2016 06:57: .
#19
Dan__
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.
Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.
Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.
I hope that helps?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/db/products/case/coreX9/main.jpg
Core X9 :) Plenty of space in the beast and you can fit it will 200mm fans which give excellent flow rate at slow speeds. I've one at the front and another above my system bridges/memory to keep the temps down. You can get about 20 drives or so in the thing plus two psus so what's not to love about it :D

P.S. it's an E-ATX case so if that scares you a bit or you struggle to lift 20Kg+ desktops then it's not for you ;)
#20
kester76
Dan__
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.
Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.
Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.
I hope that helps?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/db/products/case/coreX9/main.jpg
Core X9 :) Plenty of space in the beast and you can fit it will 200mm fans which give excellent flow rate at slow speeds. I've one at the front and another above my system bridges/memory to keep the temps down. You can get about 20 drives or so in the thing plus two psus so what's not to love about it :D
P.S. it's an E-ATX case so if that scares you a bit or you struggle to lift 20Kg+ desktops then it's not for you ;)

Not really my cup of tea this one.

I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.
#21
Dan__
I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.

53cm high, 46cm deep, 57 litres, 8 hard drive bays and nine fans?

That's no moon...
#22
Dan__
kester76
Dan__
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.
Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.
Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.
I hope that helps?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/db/products/case/coreX9/main.jpg
Core X9 :) Plenty of space in the beast and you can fit it will 200mm fans which give excellent flow rate at slow speeds. I've one at the front and another above my system bridges/memory to keep the temps down. You can get about 20 drives or so in the thing plus two psus so what's not to love about it :D
P.S. it's an E-ATX case so if that scares you a bit or you struggle to lift 20Kg+ desktops then it's not for you ;)
Not really my cup of tea this one.
I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.
A mid tower should be plenty for you. Full towers are huge alot like the x9 but just not as wide. Why do you need a full tower ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2szW0ROdNHs
#23
EndlessWaves
Dan__
I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.
53cm high, 46cm deep, 57 litres, 8 hard drive bays and nine fans?
That's no moon...
http://www.hardwareluxx.de/images/stories/galleries/reviews/Thermaltake_Core_X9/Thermaltake_Core_X9_12.jpg
You can get 5 of these cages in the bottom half so 18 drives and then the two under the cpu cage :)
#24
kester76
Dan__
kester76
Dan__
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.
Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.
Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.
I hope that helps?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/db/products/case/coreX9/main.jpg
Core X9 :) Plenty of space in the beast and you can fit it will 200mm fans which give excellent flow rate at slow speeds. I've one at the front and another above my system bridges/memory to keep the temps down. You can get about 20 drives or so in the thing plus two psus so what's not to love about it :D
P.S. it's an E-ATX case so if that scares you a bit or you struggle to lift 20Kg+ desktops then it's not for you ;)
Not really my cup of tea this one.
I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.
A mid tower should be plenty for you. Full towers are huge alot like the x9 but just not as wide. Why do you need a full tower ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2szW0ROdNHs

thanks for the vid.
Ive always had full tower, so prefer it. Just a personal preference. I like it big :D

Mid tower I know would be fine for me but then everything is just going to be so crammed in there. I haven't checked the measurements of the R5 case, I just seen it was a mid tower after seeing the photos then went off it.

Any other good suggestions for a full tower case guys?
#25
Dan__
just seen it was a mid tower after seeing the photos then went off it.

Bear in mind that cases have gotten wider over the years to accomodate ever larger fans, so cases will look more dumpy than their older counterparts and you can't really judge based on proportions.
#26
It is a real shame the currency exchange has changed dramatically, as the innovative case manufacturers like Lian-Li, Silverstone and Thermaltake are mainly out of your price category. The manufacturers use the highest standards of production especially leading the design for practical application of technology to improve their products. Case manufacturers Corsair, NZXT, InWin and Fractal Design are probably the best alternative, as they have a history of copying and improving upon the initial designs of their competitors. As Kester suggested don't discount the Mid-Tower Fractal Define R5 (and R4) as the size, weight and distribution of the cases are perfect, as it has the capacity of eight drives. Of course EW as usual is correct with the emergence of E-ATX, but also creative cases from the likes of Thermaltake and limited editions Lian-Li Tower cases who compensate their designs to allow modular upgrading, whilst incorporating water-cooling and connectivity.

In the next few years, as always with technological innovation you'd probably see the decline in the traditional Hard Drive market as capacity of the Solid State Drive, and new hybrids increase. Furthermore with Cloud computing, the shift towards on-line storage should reduce the requirements away from local storage. Thus your requirements may change. In the next year or so the graphics market will be radically changing too with expansion for multiple cards, with substantially more processors / cores on a die for higher resolution graphics, thus a move to E-ATX with better cooling and innovation like BTX* did. Also oversized motherboards are returning back to the sizes of their predecessors. The question is which way the market goes especially with the decline in computer sales to consoles and gaming.

So my advice is draw up a list of components, and your particular requirements but investigate possible future proofing to compensate for later upgrades. Make a shortlist of the cases, but refine the list especially with new technology ( IPS 4K 144hz Panels (or higher), Zen processor, Vega 10 AMD and competitor Nvidia GC, etc ) being released in the near future.


(*ATX now use many of the standards of BTX as the format never got fully accepted by the community.)



Edited By: nemesiz on Dec 18, 2016 07:13: .
#27
Dan__
kester76
Dan__
kester76
Dan__
nemesiz
Everyone is recommending cases, but Dan hasn't stipulated his budget, his exact requirements for the internal / external components for water cooled, quietness, optical drives, ssd's / hdd , etc, nor aesthetics (plain, bells & lights), design, shape or material(steel, aluminium). There are hundreds of Full Server or Oversized cases from the major, minor or specialist case manufacturers some with specific usages or lack of (i.e. no 5.25 Inch Optical Drive slot). Yes an off the shelf case could be his choice, but a bit more information would help reduce the selection to recommend.
First of all I would like to give a big thank you to everyone who has replied on here. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you guys on here yet, just been very busy and not had time.
Okay my budget is between £100-£200 for a decent full tower case. What do I need it for? Mainly will house 3-4 hard drives at least, no big graphics card planned yet as of such, I like my space inside as it leaves options always open for adding more things or changes so saves me changing the case later on. Also would be looking for a case that has the front 5.5 bays available, ideally I just need the one at least for a dvd/bluray burner. I know that optical drives arent used much, but I always will need to use it at some point to burn the odd disk for myself for something or most commonly making a copy for someone that is still living in the past. Not really bothered about fancy LED lights or things flashing, as long as there is a power and HDD led then that is enough for me lol Would also like a panel at the top for some quick access to USB ports etc. Would also prefer a case with a built in decent fan controller.
Won't be doing water cooling, kinda put off water cooling due leaking being a possibility so I'm going to avoid that hassle. Will be adding some fans or use the fans I get with it, not many to start with will just add or remove fans according to my build. Right now I am still in process of buying components.
I hope that helps?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/db/products/case/coreX9/main.jpg
Core X9 :) Plenty of space in the beast and you can fit it will 200mm fans which give excellent flow rate at slow speeds. I've one at the front and another above my system bridges/memory to keep the temps down. You can get about 20 drives or so in the thing plus two psus so what's not to love about it :D
P.S. it's an E-ATX case so if that scares you a bit or you struggle to lift 20Kg+ desktops then it's not for you ;)
Not really my cup of tea this one.
I like the look of the Fractal Design Define R5 but ashame its a mid-tower case.
A mid tower should be plenty for you. Full towers are huge alot like the x9 but just not as wide. Why do you need a full tower ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2szW0ROdNHs

thanks for the vid.
Ive always had full tower, so prefer it. Just a personal preference. I like it big :D

Mid tower I know would be fine for me but then everything is just going to be so crammed in there. I haven't checked the measurements of the R5 case, I just seen it was a mid tower after seeing the photos then went off it.

Any other good suggestions for a full tower case guys?



have you checked out the core x5?
#28
abzycar
groppo
I have an corsair obsidian 900d if interested? let me know I will go into more detail its only 6 months old hardly used
how much for your 900d
Was looking at £250 + Delivery I bought it in july built the computer and went off to uni. Probably switched it on 3 - 5 times still has plastic protection over the plastics and the box... I realised the full tower is too big to my liking so am looking to sell and get a mid tower
#29
groppo
abzycar
groppo
I have an corsair obsidian 900d if interested? let me know I will go into more detail its only 6 months old hardly used
how much for your 900d
Was looking at £250 + Delivery I bought it in july built the computer and went off to uni. Probably switched it on 3 - 5 times still has plastic protection over the plastics and the box... I realised the full tower is too big to my liking so am looking to sell and get a mid tower


lol way out of my price range. didn't realise they were worth 350 quid new, lol sorry

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