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NZXT Phantom 410 vs Fractal Define R4

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November 26, 2012 10:15:45 AM

I'm just looking for a few opinions on this one. I'm putting together a new build and was completely set on the 410, but now I'm having second thoughts. The the main thing steering me away from it is the lack of any sort of air filters on the intakes (except for the PSU). I live in an old dusty house and would definitely have to buy or make air filters for it. The R4 with side window looks like a good alternative and I'm really starting to lean in that direction. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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November 26, 2012 11:49:44 AM

Video: Fractal Design Define R4 from a Modder's Perspective - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwgVA6_xIis&feature=yout...

Another video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NM81822_ag
You can easily remove the front dust filters for easy cleaning.

For $10 more, I would go with the R4 because I'm a quiet freak - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even the window that Fractal put in the windowed version of the R4 was designed to block noise. Fractal Design Define R4 with Window - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 26, 2012 2:14:59 PM

R4 for me !
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November 27, 2012 9:40:35 AM

Thanks for the replies. I'll probably end up going with the windowed R4. For what it's worth they both cost the same here in Canada so cost isn't a consideration. The dust issue really is important for me and the more I look in to it, the Define is looking better and better.
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December 1, 2012 6:14:13 PM

Slow Trot said:
Thanks for the replies. I'll probably end up going with the windowed R4. For what it's worth they both cost the same here in Canada so cost isn't a consideration. The dust issue really is important for me and the more I look in to it, the Define is looking better and better.



Not so sure about the windowed version. I've perused multiple forums and many of posts from people who got the windowed version say they would have elected to go the unwindowed route because dust tends to really be attracted to the window panel and sticks to it. Just something I read.
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December 1, 2012 6:22:10 PM

I'm thinking of getting the R4 myself but my question is, can anybody recommend a good value PSU for it? Any suggestions? p.s. If I go dual SLI, it will probably be further down the line and not sometime really soon. Here are my components at the moment:

Intel Core i5 3570k Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core HD Graphics 4000

with a single ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

an ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cool Air Cool, dual 140mm fan
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December 1, 2012 6:45:49 PM

Well here it is . XFX 650W Pro Core Edition !

A best that delivers up to 815W if needed.

Good Luck
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February 11, 2013 12:30:12 AM

Best answer selected by Slow Trot.
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February 11, 2013 12:31:23 AM

Sorry for the majorly delayed response. Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up going with the R4 and am glad I did. I absolutely love this case.
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