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Fractal Design Define 4R vs NZXT Phantom 410

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April 3, 2013 4:43:21 PM

I know this has probably been asked a million times before, but I'm still stuck trying to choose between the Fractal Design Define 4R (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and the NZXT Phantom 410 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

Both have good reviews. Both seem to be very cost-efficient, budget cases with similar basic features and comparable specs. Both seem to have great cable management/airflow (relative to price point of course). Both seem compatible for my build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OdI8)(which I'm still modifying, but I think I'm close).

Looking at the NZXT, it is obviously more aesthetically pleasing. I mean, just look at that thing. Wow. But, I'm afraid that I'll order it based too much on the looks and end up with a less sturdy case. I'd really like something to last me 4-5 years.

The Fractal, on the other hand, is very plain-looking but looks very well built. I just feel like it will be somewhat sturdier. It also seems to be awesome for quietness, which is something I'd like.

So any opinions between the two? Is the NZXT as flimsy as it looks? Is the Fractal worth going for for the sturdiness and sound-suppressing features despite it's boring look? Or does the NZXT have comparable sturdiness and quietness? If the Fractal's only advantage is Thanks in advance. If needed, here's the build I'll be working with again: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OdI8.

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April 3, 2013 5:12:07 PM

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OgLF

-better hard drive
-better SSD
-cheaper model of the 7950
-550w for single GPU operation or 750w for a dual video card setup in the future

fractal r4 has way less plastic, much better cabling room, and i would say sturdier construction. id defintely pick it over the phantom
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April 3, 2013 5:12:07 PM

get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OgLF

-better hard drive
-better SSD
-cheaper model of the 7950
-550w for single GPU operation or 750w for a dual video card setup in the future

fractal r4 has way less plastic, much better cabling room, and i would say sturdier construction. id defintely pick it over the phantom
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April 3, 2013 5:14:37 PM

You are right if you like the look of the NZXT it's great, but if you want to keep the case foe 4 to 5 years you will like the quietness of the Fractal designs.
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April 3, 2013 5:22:08 PM

im a quiet freak. of course id get it
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April 3, 2013 5:29:55 PM

TheBigTroll said:
get this build instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OgLF

-better hard drive
-better SSD
-cheaper model of the 7950
-550w for single GPU operation or 750w for a dual video card setup in the future

fractal r4 has way less plastic, much better cabling room, and i would say sturdier construction. id defintely pick it over the phantom


Thanks. I had that particular 7950 model, but it went out of stock :( . This one is slightly more powerful anyway.

I'll take a look at those storage devices
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April 3, 2013 6:30:06 PM

Well, just read the article on this website talking about the 9 quietest cases. Fractal design define 4r won out of all 9. Guess that'll answer my question for me xD.
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