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Fractal Design R5 or Phanteks Enthoo Pro M

b60khansen

41 months ago

Seriously having a difficult time choosing a case for my next build. I think I've narrowed it down to these 2. Right now the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M is on sale for $65. I will be replacing all fans with Venturi HF/HP. Anyone have experience with both cases? Going with a Black/Red theme.

http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/leo-waldock/fractal-design-define-r5-chassis-review/

http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/leo-waldock/phanteks-enthoo-pro-m-chassis-review/

Also considering the Cooler Master HAF XB Mid-Tower Chassis

http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/simon-telford/cooler-master-haf-xb-mid-tower-chassis-review/

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Between these, I would go for the R5.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What I was thinking too. More and more I'm liking the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO. There are quite a few changes I would make, but overall it fits my needs quite well. Perhaps I should look into making my own case...

Must Haves

  • Sound dampening
  • Velcro cable ties
  • Removable dust filters (front or sides)
  • Removable HDD caddy
  • Lots of SSD mounts (hot swap)
  • Optimal fan placement and good radiator support
  • Case Handles
  • No wasted space
  • RGB LED lighting options
  • Light & durable
  • Full length Video Cards
  • Supports Large Power Supplies
  • Removeable motherboard tray
  • Good Looks
  • Magnetic Front door, Opens both ways. (like R5)
  • Built-in PWM fan controller.

Anything else I should add?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

neither of those cases have all these "must haves", but the R5 has more of them.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup I know. I should start designing computer cases (=

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would look at the Fractal Design Refine S, especially if you don't need / want an optical drive.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I should add, I have the R5, and I'm quite happy with it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would get the R5, thing is I have limited space on my desk due to a shelf so I have a 11" clearance. The Cooler Master HAF XB Evo is to tall as well. I did find another case from a company not many have probably heard of.

Bullet BH7 ATX Case http://www.caselabs-store.com/bullet-bh7-atx-case/

Spendy! I've actually set out to build my own case atm. Making sketches and a mock up right now..

Will support ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX.

Dimensions I'm looking at around.

(W x H x D) 343 - 356mm x 267mm x 330 -343mm 13.5" - 14" x 10.5" x 13.5 - 14"

I will be using a thicker aluminum around 2.3 for the frame and 1.6 for the exterior panels. Motherboard tray around 5-7mm for extra durability with recessed motherboard standoff screws.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33dkp5NnlJQU5hNzA

Wondering if I should just leave the bottom of the cpu open for easy heatsink access or the entire motherboard tray to make things lighter. Not sure if it would help for cooling. Example in this pic.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33elpZNjc3cXRKMTQ

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