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I am stuck between a few cases and I'd like your advice please.

Fractal R3 (Black or White)
Fractal Midi
Bitfenix Shinobi (Black or White)
Raven 3
Cooler Master Enforcer
Corsair 400R

I will be using the components from my sig rig. Colour scheme will have to match my mobo (Black and Red) and I'll be buying new fans to match.

Thanks
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whats wrong with the phantom you have?
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whats wrong with the phantom you have?
Nothing. I'll be using the Phantom for a future build.
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120GB Samsung 750 EVO 500GB Samsung 750 EVO Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 6x 20mm EK Vardar F4-120ER Cooling Fans in Black 
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post #4 of 7
I've spent a good amount of time searching for cases, and I ultimately landed on the Arc Midi for my next build. Reasons being:

-Only 2 5.25' bay drives. Most full towers come with way too many, and I ultimately need only 2 (blue ray burner and fan controller).
-Not too heavy/big, but wide and deep enough to fit everything you can throw at it.
-Good cable management
-Can fit huge CPU tower coolers
-LOTS of spots for 140mm fans. I liked the approach this case took to allow 140mm fans everywhere. 140mm fans are like 120mm except generally quieter and move more airflow while still being the same in both cost and relative abundance.
-removeable HDD's. I've come to learn that the best cooling comes from unobstructed air, and removing that top HDD rack to let uninterrupted airflow to the CPU/GPU will help temps immensely.
-USB 3.0 Header/filters. Aside from the side/rear exhaust, all fan slots have filters. Also, USB 3.0 actually connects internally to the MoBo, so you don't need to run it out back.
-Not too flashy. While I think some of these transformer looking like cases are pretty cool, you can never go wrong with a nice, well built and smooth looking matte black case. Just looks nice to whomever, while those rave party cases seem way more subjective.
-Inexpensive. $99? Great price

Anyway, that's why I ended up on this case. I was looking at the 600t and haf-x/thor v2/ft02, but all of them are more expensive for extra unneeded space. Hope this helps!
    
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OCZ ZX 850W Fractal Design Arc Midi 
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post #5 of 7
I'll agree to the above post and add that if you ever want to dip into WC'ing, it has nice spots for rads, especially in the roof with plenty of room to spare.

I'm enjoying my Arc a lot more than my 600T.
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post #6 of 7
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I bought the R3. It'll be here sometime tomorrow.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
120GB Samsung 750 EVO 500GB Samsung 750 EVO Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 6x 20mm EK Vardar F4-120ER Cooling Fans in Black 
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Thermaltake Commander FP Windows 10 Pro 64-bit QPAD MK-90 RGB Pro 850W EVGA Supernova P2 with EVGA Black Braided ... 
CaseMouseOther
Fractal Design Define C QPAD 8K Pro 3x 30cm Silverstone Ultra Slim SATA cables 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 6600K MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON MSI GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK X 8GB 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black P... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
120GB Samsung 750 EVO 500GB Samsung 750 EVO Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 6x 20mm EK Vardar F4-120ER Cooling Fans in Black 
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Thermaltake Commander FP Windows 10 Pro 64-bit QPAD MK-90 RGB Pro 850W EVGA Supernova P2 with EVGA Black Braided ... 
CaseMouseOther
Fractal Design Define C QPAD 8K Pro 3x 30cm Silverstone Ultra Slim SATA cables 
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post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by salokin View Post
i've spent a good amount of time searching for cases, and i ultimately landed on the arc midi for my next build. Reasons being:

-only 2 5.25' bay drives. Most full towers come with way too many, and i ultimately need only 2 (blue ray burner and fan controller).
-not too heavy/big, but wide and deep enough to fit everything you can throw at it.
-good cable management
-can fit huge cpu tower coolers
-lots of spots for 140mm fans. I liked the approach this case took to allow 140mm fans everywhere. 140mm fans are like 120mm except generally quieter and move more airflow while still being the same in both cost and relative abundance.
-removeable hdd's. I've come to learn that the best cooling comes from unobstructed air, and removing that top hdd rack to let uninterrupted airflow to the cpu/gpu will help temps immensely.
-usb 3.0 header/filters. Aside from the side/rear exhaust, all fan slots have filters. Also, usb 3.0 actually connects internally to the mobo, so you don't need to run it out back.
-not too flashy. While i think some of these transformer looking like cases are pretty cool, you can never go wrong with a nice, well built and smooth looking matte black case. Just looks nice to whomever, while those rave party cases seem way more subjective.
-inexpensive. $99? Great price

anyway, that's why i ended up on this case. I was looking at the 600t and haf-x/thor v2/ft02, but all of them are more expensive for extra unneeded space. Hope this helps!
tj08-e :d
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