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August 11, 2012 6:45:27 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking for a nice mid tower case that has good features, slots, and ventilation. I'm not a fan of the full towers because they are huge and I'm in a dorm right now and don't feel like moving it a lot. Im looking for the "go to case" right now so I can have lots of options with the internals, and at the same time have great ventilation. A built in filter would be great too! What do you guys think is the best case so I can pick one up? I've heard good things about the cooler master HAF xm and the corsair 650d but I have no clue how they stack up to the rest. Let me know if I'm being to broad with the title of "best"

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August 12, 2012 12:29:42 AM

You don't even have to write a lot, just put which one you think is best
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August 12, 2012 8:57:16 PM

Good reviews on the Antec 302 and Bitfenix Outlaw.

Dave
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August 12, 2012 9:29:18 PM

NZXT's phantom 410 is an award winning case on Tom's reviews. I am currently debating on whether to get it or the new[url = http://www.tomshardware.com/news/fractal-design-r4-pc-c...] Fractal Design Define R4 Case. Here is a comparsion between those 2 on newegg.com:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-146-087^11-146-087-TS%2C11-352-025^11-352-025-TS

Here are video reviews buy newegg.com & Fractal:
Phantom 410 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTY4fD6cHss
Define R4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS45Yhjj4bY

These are both pretty new cases with great features the video will explain, 410 is more Airflow centric whereas Define is more Sound reduction centric.

Phantom 410 Pro:
1. Air flow
2. 3 Case Fan(most mid towers come with 2) including a Top fan
3. 5 Extra Fan mounts(I am sure this is the most for a midtower, if not it is still a high number)
4. Smaller than average midtower
5. Lighter than average(b/c partial plastic)
6. 3X Top right mounted optical drive/hard drive can easily be removed
7. Fan mount positioned in front of Graphical card slot for an ATX board, allow you to increase air flow through your GPU.

Define R4 Pro:
1.Probably quieter due to large amount of sound reduction material
2. Pure steel->no breakable plastic
3. Easily removable air filter.
4. Dimension not shown on newegg but it looks a lot bigger than Phantom= more room for cable/airflow
5. 2 140mm fan vs 1 140mm fan from Phantom
6. Allows 2 SSD mounting slots on back of Motherboard, increases airflow/reduce wiring in the left side(where your Mobo/CPU/GPU is).

Price is about the same, both in the 105-110 range counting shipping.
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August 13, 2012 12:47:14 AM

I was looking at the corsair 650d but it it like $160. I want good airflow, how are the cooler master haf series?
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August 13, 2012 1:16:31 AM

So it seems that the ones that shine (from what I hear) are the cooler master haf 912 and 922, the corsair 500R and 650d, a define r4, and a nxzt phantom 410. Which would you guys say has the best ventilation? Is the quietest? Has the best construction?

Thanks
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August 13, 2012 1:51:37 AM

xB01S0NxBARRYx said:
So it seems that the ones that shine (from what I hear) are the cooler master haf 912 and 922, the corsair 500R and 650d, a define r4, and a nxzt phantom 410. Which would you guys say has the best ventilation? Is the quietest? Has the best construction?

Thanks

I will leave the Hafs to others as I have not read much review/watched videos on them

650D is a Obesidian series product that don't offer much advantage when compared to the Carbride series 400R(89.99)/500R(119.99) and is beaten value wise by every other case you mentioned.

500R imo have the best ventilation with 4 Fans(including 1 behemoth 200mm fan, Phantom 410 (99.99)is second with 3 fan(including 1 140mm), Define(104.99) have adequate vent with 2 140mm but have worse fan intake compared to the previous 2 so I would say it is the worst.

Noise level wise 500R and Phantom are probably equal from what I heard on the youtube videos of those builds, Define R4 have a big advantage here with its front/side boards filled with sound reduction materials.

Overall construction/Ease of Installation/Cable management imo goes to 500R with best cable management and 12" GPU clearance without removing the center HDD cage(Phantom only have 10"8 clearance with the center HDD cage attached).

If I have to pick one I probably would go with 500R for most feature and for best value I go with 400R(same size and basic construct) selling at 89.99 and is bascially 500R without the 200mm fan.

Note: the Corsair Cases only have 2 USB 3.0 ports in front(you still get plenty USB port in the back off your motherboard), the Phantom and Define both offer 2 USB3.0/2USB2.0 in front so if you need to look up a lot of USB in front of your case you should consider those).
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August 13, 2012 2:04:29 AM

thanks sherlockwing. I'm gonna try and make a decision between the 500r and the phantom 410
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