44 months ago
Three cases I'm looking at
I'd say Phanteks. I based that off of looks and aesthetics because the cooling abilities, space, and pricing were all right in the same ball park. You get great options and solid cases either way.
depends on your build. best for water cooling support is define s. best for flexibility and fitment in mounting is Pro M acrylic. the 400C isn't the best for anything or the one that can fit the most, but it is very good all around. costing $10-$20 more than the other two though doesn't look as compelling. the 400C and Pro M acrylic win on looks. the pro m has better clearance than the other two. like in the define s a top mounted 280 aio conflicts with those cool motherboard I/O covers and even mounting a rear 120 rad or 140 mm fan. fractal cases are deep and wide, not tall, so vertical clearance is an issue in the rear/top corner of the case. the 600C/400C have that issue too, not a ton of space where the sides meet. knowing what hardware you will use would help.
The problem i have is, do i spend all my budget on th pc and get a polaris gpu down the line, e.g with money i get for Christmas (probably what i will do) or get a cheaper build...
The phanteks is definitely the winner for the straw poll (so far)
It would be nice to custom water cool in the future but i wouldn't want anything insane just a 240 on top and front panel... but thats me blindly guessing since most of the stuff about water cooling, i learned from you helping me before.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
either case will do fine for this build or a dual 240 rad setup. the 400C and Pro M Acrylic have full clear side panels, the 400C implemented a bit better. both have chamber separation too. the define s is a bit more space efficient as far as mounting a thick rad on top. can't go wrong with any of these. can't go wrong with either one. pick whichever one meets the most of your subjective criteria (aesthetic, color options, etc.) or comes at the most convenience and lowest cost I guess.
I don't really like the look of the 400c to be honest... Honestly don't like the side panel on the pro m acrylic but the non acrylic's window is too small sigh i think it has to be the define s, although 7/10 people said pro m
7/10 people aren't you who has to buy and use the case. get what you like. there is not enough difference between these three to rule any of them out on merit. :)
SCDAS141 Said "the pro m arcrylic of course.." i like both but i honestly cant decide
I am biased to the Define S (I just bought one without Window). I think it looks better than the other two. They're all really good cases though, and attractive.