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May 19, 2014 10:30:50 AM

I'm considering the Corsair 350D MicroATX Mid Tower Case and the Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout with Window ATX Mid Tower Case
. They are both $80 and seem very similar in design but I'm not sure which one might be better. What are your thoughts? The design for is good enough but what I'm looking for is how good their cable management and airflow is. I know one case has a window and the other doesn't but that doesn't matter since I'm looking for how well designed they are when working with components. If you can find anything cheaper than $80 that look and functions similar to the 350D or Fractal Define R4 I would be most happy to see them.

Also here is my build:

Just for clarification, I've done my research but it appears that both are very similar so I'm asking if one is better than the other.

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May 19, 2014 10:36:46 AM

Fractal Define R4...more space
May 19, 2014 10:38:55 AM

I'm personally in love with the corsair 450D currently, and plan to upgrade to it pretty soon.

The 350D is nice, but please note its MICRO Atx - and will not fit a normal motherboard.

Both cases are decent... I like the corsair 450D in particular because it has SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray, great dust filters, airflow, and I like the look better.

I had a case similar to the R4 and I didn't like the swinging door on the front of the case, but it's entirely a matter of preference.

Edit: your current motherboard will not fit in the 350D. Go 450D or bigger, or get the R4.
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May 19, 2014 10:45:15 AM

badboyrog2 said:
Fractal Define R4...more space

Size is not always better if it is not designed well.

From the reviews I can find, the 350D does run a bit better in terms of cooling compared to the R4 but as Adroid said, the 350D is a Micro ATX case, meant for people who want a smaller system.

The 450D is also nice but I also like the 300R and 400R. My wifes system is in a 300R and it works great.

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June 16, 2014 9:54:31 AM

I've had the 300R and 350D and both are nice cases and the layout/cooling aspect for both is just fine. I've switched to a mATX form factor as I was using a 650D earlier..I've always been a fan of corsair between either of can't go wrong. You just need to figure out what form factor you're going for.