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-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 07:16 PM
A friend of mine is looking for a case for his computer. He is going to purchase this motherboard:

http://3btech.net/ascrexgaam2m.html

He already has dual 512 video cards and a 400 watt power supply and 4 gigs of memory. Already got a liquid cooling system and AMD Dual Core 2.6 ghz processor.

Here's The Deal:

He comes over to my shop alot and we have a lan party or a few of us get together and game a bit. What he wants is a case that is big enough to fit all his components, but something that is easy to carry. He is damned dead set on getting a case with a handle on it, and sturdy. What he does NOT want is some fancy crap like the one he has here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?Image=11-173-003-03.jpg%2c11-173-003-02.jpg%2c11-173-003-04.jpg%2c11-173-003-05.jpg%2c11-173-003-08.jpg%2c11-173-003-06.jpg%2c11-173-003-07.jpg%2c11-173-003-09.jpg%2c11-173-003-10.jpg&S7ImageFlag=0&Depa=0&Description=ASUS+VENTO+3600+Red+Computer+Case

....which looked nice, but SUCKED if you carry it out .. to the vehicle...and in to the lan party and back.

Does anyone have any ideas? He doesn't want to spend a WHOLE TON of money, but price is not really all that much of a concern, since it is going to be a GOOD LOOKING, DURABLE case with a handle on it so that it can be easily carried.

Thanks for any tips or leads you may have!

~~mike~~

drunken_chef
25th Jan 2008, 07:52 PM
he uses water cooling and he wants to carry it around? :? I don't think i could or would recommend any case for that.

-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 08:02 PM
Well, I mean it just like a regular radiator. You drive your car around, right? I'll take some photos so you can see what I'm talking about.

It is not like he has a sprinkler system in there or anything like that.

Zantheus
25th Jan 2008, 08:06 PM
how is he getting away with running all that gear on a 400w PSU LOL...if I were him I'd get a stronger PSU when he gets new board

drunken_chef
25th Jan 2008, 08:15 PM
not a case. but, great for lan parties.

http://www.crazypc.com/products/8150.html

Devilguns
25th Jan 2008, 08:22 PM
He's better of going with something like this:

http://www.xoxide.com/ca.html

Cases that sport full size mobos and a handle are very rare. This way he can get whatever case he wants. The only cases you are going to find with handles are ones that fit Micro atx mobos.

If the case really has to have a handle this would be the only one I'd recommend:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119138

-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 08:29 PM
LOL! Well once we run across a case he likes, we are going to see about getting them to ship a PSU with it for extra charge of course....

OK... These images are rather large but I'll reduce or remove it later. Anyway here is one.. the others are links only.

http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott1.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott2.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott3.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott4.jpg

edited by juneau. Add a smaller resolution image when you get the chance.

Devilguns
25th Jan 2008, 08:37 PM
Good news about the new power supply. That Apevia is a ticking time bomb.

-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 08:39 PM
Good news about the new power supply. That Apevia is a ticking time bomb.

What do you mean? The "OLD" PSU is going to be replaced... in the meantime, it is still ticking.

TheSilentAssassin
25th Jan 2008, 09:13 PM
That image is huge!! :shock:

WalkinTarget
25th Jan 2008, 10:06 PM
I can't help but snicker when I read this one .. he wants a carry along water cooled case thats going to be heavy enough to knock down doors for the local SWAT team .. most excellent !!

Its just not a practical request to even offer up a suggestion. I'll excuse myself from this one and hope we don't get a follow-up thread on the dangers of carrying a gaming rig filled with liquid from point A to point B.

Gotta agree with DG on the Apevia .... its not a POWmax, or a Raidmax, but its not what I'd run good hardware on.

juneau
25th Jan 2008, 10:29 PM
A light aluminium case with a LAN strap is what you need. I suggest you look at the Lian Li range. Their cases are sooooooo light. :)

-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 11:06 PM
That image is huge!! :shock:

I know I am going to reduce it soon. :2thumbs:

-IRC-MIKE
25th Jan 2008, 11:12 PM
I can't help but snicker when I read this one .. he wants a carry along water cooled case thats going to be heavy enough to knock down doors for the local SWAT team .. most excellent !!

It's what the guy wants... I told him the same thing, but he insists that he has seen them before... but the PC isn't that heavy as it is, to him. Well I'mean he can bench press 450 10 times so I guess I don't see what he sees to be lite or heavy.


Its just not a practical request to even offer up a suggestion. I'll excuse myself from this one and hope we don't get a follow-up thread on the dangers of carrying a gaming rig filled with liquid from point A to point B. I've already told him he probably wasn't going to find what he was looking for.. but he has seen the case he mentions, but forgot the link about 6 months ago.


Gotta agree with DG on the Apevia .... its not a POWmax, or a Raidmax, but its not what I'd run good hardware on.

This is the old PSU that shipped with the pc when he ordered it. Once we find the case, possibly there will be negotiations of adding a PSU from whichever vendor he gets the case from.

drunken_chef
26th Jan 2008, 02:24 AM
MIKE, stop gaming and fix your post dude. =)

-IRC-MIKE
26th Jan 2008, 01:18 PM
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott1.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott2.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott3.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott4.jpg

edited by juneau. Add a smaller resolution image when you get the chance.

Thanks Juneau... My wife started raising hell so I had to leave my shop last night and didn't get the chance to reduce the filesize. I think it'll be better just like you edited it.

Thanks Bro.

I wish I could use HTML tags in this forum, so that I could put in some clickable thumbnails.

GoatX12
27th Jan 2008, 01:23 PM
Ok these cases are hugh, however they are setup to take a dual 120mm fan and radiator set.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=50001314&Description=Aurora&name=GIGABYTE

-IRC-MIKE
27th Jan 2008, 02:07 PM
Nice!!!!!

Just between you and me, I think the case he saw with a handle on it must've been one of those mini towers that is only about 12 inches tall X 12 inches wide... which is basically a Laptop in a box with a full size CD/DVD rom. I think he mistook one of those:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1543946&CatId=1508

except with a handle on top, for a full size rig. I have seen the one he talks about getting but we cannot find it ANYWHERE, and I know there used to be one, but it may have been discontinued. Like I said, I think he may have been on the sauce a bit when he saw one of these things and thought it was a full size rig... and some of these small ones like above do have handles on them so you can carry it around like a "boom box".

drunken_chef
27th Jan 2008, 02:17 PM
I've seen this case and a few others that are similar.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133035


I have not seen anything similar for a full size ATX board.

juneau
27th Jan 2008, 02:52 PM
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott1.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott2.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott3.jpg
http://www.ultimateaudio.pointclark.net/images/scott4.jpg

edited by juneau. Add a smaller resolution image when you get the chance.

Thanks Juneau... My wife started raising hell so I had to leave my shop last night and didn't get the chance to reduce the filesize. I think it'll be better just like you edited it.

Thanks Bro.

I wish I could use HTML tags in this forum, so that I could put in some clickable thumbnails.

You can use thumbnails if you use imageshack. Pretty sure photobucket has this option too.

drunken_chef
27th Jan 2008, 02:55 PM
I use photo bucket and yes it does.

-IRC-MIKE
31st Jan 2008, 09:33 AM
Good news about the new power supply. That Apevia is a ticking time bomb.

GOOD CALL!

I plugged in the PSU into another machine with not-so-high of a demand for power, and the psu will not even come on anymore.

What a POS!

You were right, APEVIA is garbage!


I've seen this case and a few others that are similar.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133035


I have not seen anything similar for a full size ATX board.

The motherboard wouldn't even begin to fit into a case like this, even though I wouldn't mind a case like this, he wants the biggest case he can find. We have decided that he is going to customize the case by putting a handle on it himself, or either purchase one of those Gamer carying straps as mentioned in a prior post.

We just have to make sure that the case will accomodate that coolermaster aquagate mini cooling radiator. I am positive this will not be a problem, since I can customize it if I have to and make a spot for it if the case is big enough.

drunken_chef
31st Jan 2008, 01:53 PM
I knew that case would work with the MoBO he wants. it just looked like what I thought you were describing.