55 months ago
Hi there, I've been reading reviews on the below cases but most reviews have the suggested retail cost in mind. For instance, this review (http://www.anandtech.com/show/6102/fractal-design-define-r4-case-review-evolution-not-revolution/7) recommends the Fractal Design Define R4 over Corsair 550D considering that the latter is $30 more expensive.
I don't live in the USA, however, so prices here are weird. Can anyone help rank the following cases based on the 'bang for the buck' each gives?
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed $90
Corsair 450D $148
Corsair 550D $117
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) $111
Fractal Design Define R4 (White, Black, Titanium) $118
NZXT Phantom 410 (White & other colors) $100
NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) $111
I guess my considerations are heat control (I won't overclock right away - won't get aftermarket cooler yet either - but the city I live in is hot), ease of assembly (first time builder), and size (smaller better but not hard to assemble). Silence is nice to have but so long as it's not very noticeable / not louder than an AC running in the room, it's not a priority criterion.
Will hold an i7 4790k, EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0 SSC, SSD, HDD, Optical drive among the other necessities.