Hey guys, I'm building my first pc system, but I'm stuck on a case. I like the simple sleek look of NZXT Switch 810, but it must be a mid tower. So I've come across almost every case out there mid-full and chose thoses three competitors. Any other MID TOWERS can be susgested but I'd like to focus on the three mentioned. Requirements I'm looking for is easy dust filters, good airflow, simple look, USB3, performance for quietness, and performance for value(but quietness is more important than value).
Systems specs are
*Evga 660 2GB FTW Signature 2
*HX 750W(planning on sli in future)
*Silver Arrow sb-e Extreme(still kinda deciding between: D14, silver arrow reg/extreme for performance/noise)
*WD Calviar Black 1TB
*Kingston HyperX (2x4)
Also already had like one or two hard drive problem(s) so thats why i chose calviar black over barracuda, one power supply problem(I know that HX is way more than I need but was on sale). Motherboard is what I'm not too knowledgable about. Lowest cpu I'd take is 3470. And going with gut feeling for FTW because I've still now sure what the performance increase is.
First time doing a custom, but have a friend who's pretty expirenced with computers, but not taking too much help from him because he is too cheap. Spent about two months researching about this now.
w/o the case it is about 860(same whole price as your build without the case)
this case is a silent low profile case and its quality is very high for this kind of price(usually about the $120 mark)
does leave some room to upgrade such as an additional card and more ram.
the tuniq Cooler is actually a very great cooler for Ivy bridge as it disparate heat a lot faster than most others(found this out not to long ago but IB runs just as cool as SB but it is how intel uses cheap thermal paste and traps the heat inside because it is soldered) if you do not believe me you can check this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXs0I5kuoX4
where he removes the IHS and puts on better thermal paste and achieves much lower temps
This is great i geuss we've caught each other online. What do you mean when you say you can't upgrade to a second gpu(is it the power supply?), I'd rather stick to a stronger psu than 500w, and I am picky about cases(sorry just who I am).
The Fractul r4 did catch my attention for a little while, but something about doesn't fit me(you can change my mind) and I'd like something that I'll not feel bad about when I use my PC. I also see that your systems listed having betterresults than my easily though.
Fractal actually looks pretty slick. It is high quality(like Corsair and Cooler master ex:a lot of metal) it is very quiet and has a fan controller(same controller as Corsairs 500R)
it has a lot of room for cables in the back.
550D is actually the hot box of the Corsair series cases. If you do not like the fractal R4 then you should really get the 500R. Doesn't really look as nice as the R4 but it has a lot of fans and a fan controller with an LED controller for some of the fans.
As for the first build, it cannot SLI/CFX because it has a 500W supply and the motherboard does not allow for that second card to be added inside.