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Fractal Design Define R4 or Corsair Carbide 400R?

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May 6, 2013 12:52:02 PM

Which of these cases should I go with? My budget is about $140-160

-i7 3770k
-Acer Predator G3620 motherboard
-Corsair CX600
-GTX 660ti Power Edition from MSI (runs at about 80C overclocked)
-1 HDD (May get a second but not necessary)
-1 DVD drive

Fractal Design Define R4

Pros- Good amount of space, removable HD bays, several air outlets around the front of the case, 2 USB 3.0 and 2.0

Cons- Costs more, not the best looking, 1 side fan and gives it up if a transparent window version is bought.

Corsair Carbide 400R

Pros- Better price, 2 side fans, better looking, able to mount a fan on the HD bay for direct GPU cooling

Cons- Smaller interior, 2 USB 3.0, unmovable HD Bay, more drive space than I need


Please help me decide! Any fan recommendations would also be great, thanks in advance!
May 6, 2013 12:55:20 PM

Definitely the Fractal Design Define R4.
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May 6, 2013 1:01:00 PM

+1 agreed. the fans are very quiet while still moving the air. I have to look for my mouse light to tell if my computer is on (Arc Midi)
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May 6, 2013 1:04:45 PM

On a side note, your CX600 PSU is weak. Not weak as in not enough wattage, but weak as in the Corsair CX series were built for basic systems, not high performance systems like yours
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May 6, 2013 1:26:55 PM

ksham said:
On a side note, your CX600 PSU is weak. Not weak as in not enough wattage, but weak as in the Corsair CX series were built for basic systems, not high performance systems like yours


Thanks for the quick replies!

How bad is the PSU? I may be able to upgrade it in the summer or around there depending how bad it is. Also could you give me a good recommendation for fans?
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May 6, 2013 1:30:11 PM

ksham said:
On a side note, your CX600 PSU is weak. Not weak as in not enough wattage, but weak as in the Corsair CX series were built for basic systems, not high performance systems like yours


Also, sorry to bother but it seems that I am not getting a very good performance from my CPU, are there any good overclocking softwares out there?
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May 6, 2013 1:38:47 PM

The PSU is not terrible, but it won't handle heavy load very well. If you want to stick with Corsair, get a Corsair TX series PSU. They're not too expensive. What kind of fans do you need?

What's the performance that you're getting from your CPU? I don't know anything about your Acer G3620 motherboard. Can you overclock it? If not, then you have no change in overclocking your CPU.
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May 6, 2013 1:52:19 PM

The 500R is substantially cheaper (and better) at $80
$120 - $20 off w/ promo code EMCXRXT52, ends 5/9 - $20 MIR

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_s...
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The 500R is well worth every extra penny over the 400R.


Have you bought that MoBo already ?, web list that board as having the H67 Express chipset .... review states "Being a brand motherboard, it has little room for upgrades and overclocking"


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May 6, 2013 1:56:33 PM

ksham said:
The PSU is not terrible, but it won't handle heavy load very well. If you want to stick with Corsair, get a Corsair TX series PSU. They're not too expensive. What kind of fans do you need?

What's the performance that you're getting from your CPU? I don't know anything about your Acer G3620 motherboard. Can you overclock it? If not, then you have no change in overclocking your CPU.


I was just looking at the TX 650, it's very cheap just about $80.

My CPU is running at only 3.4Ghz, also I did buy this PC prebuilt which I strongly regret having done, here's a website that says a few things about the motherboard http://www.game-debate.com/motherboard/index.php?mot_id...

I'm not sure what kind of fans I'm looking for, I'm not very familiar with them but I want to get 4 140mm fans 1 for the front, 2 for the top, and one for the side panel, I do have 2 fans from my current case and I may as well use it for the bottom of the case next to the PSU.
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May 6, 2013 2:00:18 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The 500R is substantially cheaper (and better) at $80
$120 - $20 off w/ promo code EMCXRXT52, ends 5/9 - $20 MIR

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4408/corsair_carbide_s...
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The 500R is well worth every extra penny over the 400R.


Have you bought that MoBo already ?, web list that board as having the H67 Express chipset .... review states "Being a brand motherboard, it has little room for upgrades and overclocking"




Yes, sadly I bought this PC prebuilt :( 

But I'm going to make a rig for my parents mind as well just give them thisone and make em buy a good MoBo for me hence they'll only use it for browsing.
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May 6, 2013 2:17:09 PM

I'd keep stock configurations in terms of fans unless they're insufficient. But use it first before you jump to conclusions or assumptions.
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May 6, 2013 2:20:11 PM

ksham said:
The PSU is not terrible, but it won't handle heavy load very well. If you want to stick with Corsair, get a Corsair TX series PSU. They're not too expensive. What kind of fans do you need?

What's the performance that you're getting from your CPU? I don't know anything about your Acer G3620 motherboard. Can you overclock it? If not, then you have no change in overclocking your CPU.


ksham said:
I'd keep stock configurations in terms of fans unless they're insufficient. But use it first before you jump to conclusions or assumptions.


True, if it doesn't help I'll put on my current case's fans and see if it helps.
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