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Corsair Carbide 400R looks promising too.
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I rather like the looks of that Fractal case. Very sleek.

I might just consider that over the Elysium when it comes to upgrade. There are always so many choices, both accomplish what I'd like to do and the Arc is significantly cheaper overall.

Use the three stock Fractal fans for front and side intakes, grab an Enermax T.B Silence 140 and 120 to populate the front top and bottom intakes, cut out the rear grill, and use some sound dampening foam to block the rearmost top intake slot. Not to mention remove the top hard drive cage so airflow isn't impeded from the topmost front intake.

It'd be interesting to put a 180mm fan in that side slot (Not many options though, I can't seem to find Fractal's 180mm fan anywhere. Otherwise there's Phobya and Silverstone 180mm fans I think) but I wonder how close it comes to the cpu heatsink area. Edit: From the Vortez review it looks like it'd be pretty close with a 140mm fan but you might be able to clear it if you can scooch it a bit down and jury rig the mount.

http://i.imgur.com/GKvVA.jpg

Barring that, what's your thought on the Define R3?

Two front 120mms, side 140mm (low enough to avoid a heatsink), bottom 120/140mm, two 120/140mm top fans and you can block the rearmost top vent from the get-go. Although you have to use 120mm fans (Up front) and they're pushing through the hard drive cages.
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wish i had enough money to test everything lol but yeah the new corsair carbide 400r seems to be making an entrance
   
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Barring that, what's your thought on the Define R3?
All those doors and vents in the front would significantly impede airflow. That's why I was looking at the Arc Midi for my friends build. I really like how the Define case look and get the Define Mini for a non-performance everyday build I plan on doing down the road.

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wish i had enough money to test everything lol but yeah the new corsair carbide 400r seems to be making an entrance
...at the same time I really like the 400R as well.
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Been slowly reading through this thread, great resource and an absolute treasure trove of information. Good work guys!

Anyway I have a Corsair 600T SE, I know it's not the greatest case when it comes to cooling but I want to make some slight mods to try and beef it up. Namely putting a fan in the 3x 5.25" bays incased in foam. Also considering cutting a hole in the bottom near the HDD cage, there's room for a 120mm there.

Do you guys think turning the top 200mm fan from exhaust to intake would be a good idea? I'm worried that there'd be too much intake and not enough exhaust, but I also don't like the positioning of it as an exhaust - it looks like it just expels cold air before it ever gets sucked in by the heatsink.

My next question would be if anyone knows of any up to date fan guides. All the guides i've been looking at seem to be totally out of date, ranging from say 2005 to 2008. So i'm not too sure of which fans to purchase to get maximum performance for the 20-30 Db range. Gentle typhoon 1850's or 2150's seem to be the most promising. Anyone have any suggestions or know of any beastly fans?
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I have a question about the NZXT Phantom. I recently had:

1 front- intake
2 top - exhaust
1 rear - exhaust
2 side - intake

I switched over the top front 200mm fan to an intake fan and noticed an average 6c degree drop on my cpu and gfx card. I plan on getting a 200mm side fan as an intake as well in a few weeks. My question is, do you think it is best to have that top rear fan stay as exhaust or should I switch it to intake? I am using a Noctua NH-D14 so the air that is being blown in the case from the front/side/top front is being thrown through my cooler and thrown out of the top rear and back.
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I have a question about the NZXT Phantom. I recently had:

1 front- intake
2 top - exhaust
1 rear - exhaust
2 side - intake

I switched over the top front 200mm fan to an intake fan and noticed an average 6c degree drop on my cpu and gfx card. I plan on getting a 200mm side fan as an intake as well in a few weeks. My question is, do you think it is best to have that top rear fan stay as exhaust or should I switch it to intake? I am using a Noctua NH-D14 so the air that is being blown in the case from the front/side/top front is being thrown through my cooler and thrown out of the top rear and back.
Why not try it out and compare temps before and after? Oh and post them here of coarse. If you have an idea and can try it out go for it! You could cut out the rear grill and remove the rear exhaust as well. That's be proven many times to be very effective.
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650D is the lowest i would go
700D is discontinued
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Been slowly reading through this thread, great resource and an absolute treasure trove of information. Good work guys!

Anyway I have a Corsair 600T SE, I know it's not the greatest case when it comes to cooling but I want to make some slight mods to try and beef it up. Namely putting a fan in the 3x 5.25" bays incased in foam. Also considering cutting a hole in the bottom near the HDD cage, there's room for a 120mm there.

Do you guys think turning the top 200mm fan from exhaust to intake would be a good idea? I'm worried that there'd be too much intake and not enough exhaust, but I also don't like the positioning of it as an exhaust - it looks like it just expels cold air before it ever gets sucked in by the heatsink.

My next question would be if anyone knows of any up to date fan guides. All the guides i've been looking at seem to be totally out of date, ranging from say 2005 to 2008. So i'm not too sure of which fans to purchase to get maximum performance for the 20-30 Db range. Gentle typhoon 1850's or 2150's seem to be the most promising. Anyone have any suggestions or know of any beastly fans?
Noticed you didn't list a cpu cooler in your sig rig...stock or something else?

Can you fit 120 or 140s on top? Depending on your cpu headsink you could position one as intake in front of it and block off the back portion of the top of the case. Remove the back fan grill and try with and without a fan.

As for newer fan guides I'd search on OCN in air cooling forums for stuff like "200mm fan" or something similar. There are a ton of threads where people ask for fan recommendations and I've noticed the same brands are consistently mentioned.
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These reviews: this, this, and this.
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