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Antec 300 or Zalman Z7

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by thebandit, 11 Apr 2010.

  1. thebandit

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Mar 2009

    Posts: 756

    Location: Essex

    Can't decide between these 2, the 300 seems to be the most popular, but then the Z7 only just came out. They are both styled very similar and the Antec has got most the features I want. However the Z7 ticks even more boxes, partial tool free install, comes with a 3.5 ->2.5 SSD adaptor and is cheaper than the 300. Anyone used the Z7 ? whats the airflow like ? is it any good or just another 300 pretender?
     
  2. Nemesis379

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Dec 2009

    Posts: 1,977

    Location: London, UK

    Antec 300, it might come with tool free design, but unless your taking out/putting in components every couple of weeks whats the point?, the antec 300 comes with much more airflow and good cable management.
     
  3. Freddie1980

    Soldato

    Joined: 25 Sep 2009

    Posts: 7,456

    Location: Billericay, UK

    I would get the Zalman, being the newer of the two cases it has more modern features such as gap on the motherboard tray to fit a CPU's HSF retention bracket, 3.5" to 2 1/2"/1.8" SSD's adaptors, expansion cards can be fitted tool free, vented slot covers, meshed bays with air filters.

    As for cooling I've never seen a direct comparisons between the two but the Zalman does have one 120mm on the front, two 120mm on the left panel and one 120mm on the rear and the side panel fans does come with a fan controller. Also you can fit 140mm fans to the side and front fan brackets if you wish. The only thing the Zalman lacks is cable management holes.
     
  4. Ace Modder

    Antec Rep

    Joined: 8 Sep 2003

    Posts: 22,750

    Location: 150 yds from OcUK

    The Zalman is a much better choice.

    I recommended to a forum guy this case over the Antec 300 a few weeks back, and the next day after he built his system he came back to me and thanked me for the advise.
     
  5. thebandit

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Mar 2009

    Posts: 756

    Location: Essex

    Thanks for the responses guys, I had wondered whether people just defaulted to the 300 as everyone knows its a good case. The only thing I prefer on the 300 is the top mounted fan, but I think I'll probably go for the Z7 plus. I'm just checking what space there is inside for GFX cards.
     
  6. Columbo

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Mar 2007

    Posts: 8,613

    Location: Nottinghamshire

  7. thebandit

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Mar 2009

    Posts: 756

    Location: Essex

    I had overlooked that case, it does have some nice features and looks way above its price point, not sure I really like the way the grill looks at the bottom though. That build does look pretty smart though. Decisions.
     
  8. Arthalen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Apr 2006

    Posts: 2,029

    Location: Leeds, UK

    I saw ManCuBus' thread and have to say for a budget case, the Akasa gets my vote.
     
  9. Ace Modder

    Antec Rep

    Joined: 8 Sep 2003

    Posts: 22,750

    Location: 150 yds from OcUK

    That Akasa case price won't be at that for too long either. Once stock is gone the price will be going back up.