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Which case to get: CM 690 III, CM Storm Trooper, or Meshify C?

dcominottim

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Hello all! I am trying to choose between a CM 690 III, CM Storm Trooper, and Fractal Design Meshify C case. I actually ordered a CM 690 III, but there is still time to return it and choose something else.

I initially thought that the CM 690 III was the most consistent case in terms of reviews, design, etc., but a close friend of mine that owns the case said that the plastic is very cheap and low quality, and then I started to re-evaluate my choice. However, none of the reviews I have seen say anything bad about the build quality, but rather the contrary: it is usually praised.

My priorities are as follows, sorted by importance:

1) Must be 100% covered with easily removable dust filters (top, front, bottom, and sides if side cooler mounts exist). I live in a VERY dusty environment and my current HAF 922 is just unmaintainable. I improved the situation somewhat with a kit from DEMCIFILTER, but the front area is far from perfect and I think the interior design of the case is plain bad. Too bad I only cared about airflow when I bought it. Also, the filters should ideally be removable without having to open the side panels, but that part is not a requirement. (I initially considered a Corsair 400C, too, but too many reviewers noted the fragility of the front panel, which must be removed before the filter can be accessed.)

2) Must have great overall build quality and a good design for SSD and HD bays. I actually like Cooler Master’s more traditional SSD/HD cages in this sense, especially because the new way to mount SSDs (on top of PSU shrouds or on the back of the motherboard mounting tray) requires somewhat flat SATA power cables and I would need to buy a couple of extensors because of my PSU (which uses very thick sleeved cables).

3) Must have a windowed option, be it made of acrylic or tempered glass (maybe favoring acrylic, which should give less potential for headaches).

I really loved the Meshify C, but found out that the front panel has a foam dust filter that is attached to the mesh and cannot me removed individually, therefore possibly making it impossible to completely clean the dust from the foam and the area between the foam filter and the mesh. That is what is killing me about the Meshify C, whereas the Storm Trooper seem to not provide dust filters for the side vents/large mesh.

Currently, I am thinking of keeping the CM 690 III unless I am mistaken about the Meshify C’s front filter or the Storm Trooper’s lack of side filters, but I am in doubt about its build/plastic quality after the remarks of my friend. Therefore, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
 

N16H70WL

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I have owned a CM Storm Trooper, for me the hard drive cage screws did not come out at all, this was three years ago so things may have changed. The top the case was vary hard to get an AIO in. For instance the rad had to be 25 millimeters with fans, nothing else would fit. I know that it is possible to get a 360 rad in the top with a bit of modification to the handle, OC3D did it a long time ago. On the other hand the case has a lot of room in the inside to fit every thing. If for instance you do not want to use the hard drive cages in the front then you can take them out and put a 360 rad in place with no issues with it interfering with the motherboard. The side vent dose not have an air filter as far as I know(they my have updated the case). Over all it was a good case. The reason I got rid of it was at the time I was just learning how to build computers and did not like it for some odd reason. If i could I would put my current rig in to the CM Storm Trooper, I loved it that much.
 
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