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I need a case with
black interior,
psu at bottom design,
holes for cables on mobo tray,
not too flashy/LED crazy,
fitting megahalem,
fitting gtx 570 SLI

The more $ I save the better.
So far I am trying to decide between these 4
Corsair 400R
Corsair 600T
Corsair 500R
Fractal Design Define R3

(Leaning more towards 400R and 500R because they are much lighter than R3 and 600T and cost less but I can't tell the difference between, interior looks identical)
Edited by Zensou - 10/7/11 at 12:05am
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post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Zensou View Post
I need a case with
black interior,
psu at bottom design,
holes for cables on mobo tray,
not too flashy/LED crazy,
fitting megahalem,
fitting gtx 570 SLI

The more $ I save the better.
So far I am trying to decide between these 4
Corsair 400R
Corsair 600T
Corsair 500R
Fractal Design Define R3
I would go for the R3. It's super quiet and should have plenty of room for SLI
post #3 of 5
I'd recommend the Fractal Arc Midi. It is similar to the R3, only wider to allow more cable management and lighter. It has a very minimalist design with great features, plenty of cable management/filters and spots for many 140mm fans.

The core difference between the 500r and 400r is the 500r comes with a 200mm x 20 mm side fan, and it also has removable hard drive cages. Honestly, the arc Midi is almost identical to the corsair case except for a) being wider b) allowing 140mm fans instead of 120mm fans c) being shorter/only having 2 5.25' bays. It's also like $20 cheaper, so that's what i'd recommend.
    
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Thread Starter 
The Arc Midi is 100+20 shipping right now. It's also 22 Lbs.
I am thinking of getting the 400R seeing as it is 100+Free Shipping and then $10 rebate.
I don't know if I should choose the 500R over the 400R. Removing the HDD cages seems like it would be very useful since I only have 2-3 HDDs.
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
I'm still trying to decide between:

Corsair 500R - I really like the removable hard drive cages and the holes in motherboard tray for cables. I can get for $130. 16.6Lbs

Fractal Define R3 - I like the design of this case but I am a little skeptical of its cooling abilities. I think it's more for sound reduction than cooling. I'm not sure how it will match up against 500R in terms of cooling. Also, I'm not a big fan of doors on chassis. I also like the holes in motherboard tray for cable management. I can get for $110. It's 27.5 Lbs which is pretty heavy...even when I'm coming from a 36Lb case..

I am also considering the Arc Midi but I don't know..
Edited by Zensou - 10/8/11 at 12:33am
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD10EALS 2x88cfm yate loons on Megahalem Win7 Ult x64 ASUS VE228H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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WD10EZEX Crucial M4 128GB Hitachi 1TB Samsung 830 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD10EALS 2x88cfm yate loons on Megahalem Win7 Ult x64 ASUS VE228H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G15 v1 Toughpower XT 775W Fractal Arc Midi CM Storm Spawn/G400 
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