A computer case protects the fragile parts in your computer. Cases come in several different shapes, sizes and colours. How you plan to use your computer will determine which type of case you should buy when building a new computer. Factors to consider include case size; airflow; expandability; ports; LED indicator lights; room for multiple fans; and compatibility with internal components such as boards. There are some computer cases that have been highly rated by consumers.
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The Cooler Master "RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M" ATX Mid Tower Case was one of the top consumer choices at both intellireview.com and bestcovery.com. This 10-bay, mid-tower case has 3 fans--two 200-mm fans in the front and top for air intake and a 120-mm rear fan for exhaust. Fan operation keeps the computer cool and is very quiet. The case has been shortened from its predecessor and fits beneath computer workstation furniture. It has multiple USB ports and comes in black. As of September 2010, average price for this computer case is £74.0.
Antec Nine Hundred Two Chassis
The Antec Nine Hundred Two Chassis was another top pick by consumers at both intellireview.com and bestcovery.com. This 9-bay black case has been shortened 5 inches from previous models for easy storage under a desk or workstation. The case top has a 220-mm exhaust fan, while the front has three 120-mm fans and the back has one 120-mm fan. This case works well for those with hardware and over-clocks that produce a great deal of heat. While not as roomy as other case models, it provides enough space for parts, airflow and the addition of an extra side fan. It has one eSata port, two audio ports and two USB ports. As of September 2010, the price averaged about £80.9.
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Tower
The Antec Twelve Hundred Black Tower is a bigger version of the Antec Nine Hundred. It is one of bestcovery.com's choices of a computer case with best airflow design. You can mount up to four 120-mm fans in the front of the case, and it has a 200-mm exhaust fan on top. This 16-bay full tower may take up a fair amount of room underneath your desk, but it provides good airflow to keep your computer system cool and running reliably. The back control panel provides a switch that controls electrical voltage to each fan. You will pay more for the extra room and fans. As of September 2010, the price averaged about £108.3.
Cooler Master Centurion 534 Chassis
The Cooler Master Centurion 534 Chassis is a black mid-tower that has five external 5.25-inch bays, four internal 3.5-inch bays and one external 3.5-inch bay for expandability. Installation is relatively simple with a no-tool mesh design that also promotes airflow. Although there is no front fan, there is a 120-mm side fan and a 120-mm rear fan. The case also has two USB 2.0 ports, two audio ports and one IEEE 1394a port. This computer case is affordable at an average September 2010 price of £44.1.
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