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Help picking a case

Jefftaban

44 months ago

I would really appreciate some help picking a case.

I'm looking for something with great airflow (I plan on air-cooling my case), and preferably with larger fans, since I'm told larger fans move more air with less noise, and the 200+ mm ones that come with some cases are typically good quality and rarely need to be swapped out for aftermarket ones. Is this even accurate? I hope so, because loading up a case with aftermarket fans can get pricey.

Removable dust filters are a plus (but I don't mind going aftermarket if I have to) since I'm lazy and want a filtered positive pressure case so I won't have to crack it open to dust too often.

Size wise, it doesn't have to be too big. It's only going to have 1 HDD, 1 SSD, 1 BD-RE, an ATX mobo (flexible on mobo size I guess), a small PCI-e sound card, and a single GTX 970 or R9 390 (or maybe waiting for Maxwell/Polaris...but yea, just 1 GPU regardless), and an overclocked i7-6700 with a Noctua NH-U14S.

Color scheme/style... again, flexible.

Price range is also pretty flexible, but I wouldn't want to spend much more than $200 all in.

I'm seriously leaning towards the HAF-X given it hits most of these bases, but it's expensive (assuming I don't need to swap out fans, which would make it prohibitively so), huge, and kind of ugly. I'm just curious if anybody can think of anything else that might work for me. tbh the biggest sticking point for me about the HAF-X is the looks. Is there anything out there that would work for me that looks better?

Thanks for the help!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Take a look at either the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX ( https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes515ebk ) or the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX ( https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes215pbk ).

Both have excellent airflow (with dust filters!) and are a dream to work in. They are very adaptable and in my opinion look very nice.

Here is a more detailed review than mine...lol.

ITX > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-ibmQ5kfE

ATX > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQfRDSGlNqI

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are looking for a case with 200mm fans, the Phantom 630 has 3 200mm fans pre-installed (2 intakes and 1 exhaust with support for a 4 one.

It is the case with the most 200mm fans support available to my knowledge.

Here is a review of it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygbh2vAoWGk

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

the 200+ mm ones that come with some cases are typically good quality and rarely need to be swapped out for aftermarket ones. Is this even accurate?

nope, they typically suck, a pair of 140's does better for both filtered or restrictive intakes as well as max airflow.

I wouldn't bother spending the cash for the HAF X unless it was 4+ years ago, and it's not. :) Phantom 530 will do, Enthoo Pro will do, Thermaltake V51 or V71 will do.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the insight!

For a little less than the HAF X, I can get an Enthoo Pro and 3 Noctua NF-P14s redux fans for intake (re-positioning the 200mm stock intake fan to top exhaust) which seems like a better airflow solution that looks better too.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

yea, that would be better.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Jefftaban,

I have the Thermaltake V71 with two 200mm fans as intake on the front. Two 140mm fans on a AIO blowing in at the top and the one 140mm as exhaust. I removed the 200mm at the top to install the fans for the AIO. There is room for two 200mm fans at the top. My air flow is perfect. The back of the case is mostly vents and the single 140mm exhaust fan works fine. There are filters on all inputs and the inside keeps very clean.

Frank

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