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Hey guys, I've been wanting to get a new case for quite a while, and If I can sell my HAF-932, I will buy a new case.

I'm currently deciding between the Corsair 650D and the Silverstone Fortress FT02. The FT02 is about $70 more than the 650D.
Is the FT02 better than the 650D or vice-versa?

Also, which case is the quietest of the two?


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Also, if you have any other cases for me to consider, please mention them.
post #2 of 24
i'm biased since I own a FT02:p

However, i own the FT02 because I do think it's a superior case in thermal performance per decibel.

forget everything else. the FT02 has 3x180mm filtered intake fans. not alot of other cases on the market today can match that amount of FILTERED intake CFM. HAF cases can match the airflow, however most HAF cases have no filter what so ever so they tend to be heavy dust magnets. FT02 uses 180mm fans, so they aren't as loud as the 120mm fans given the CFM rating. all intake of the FT02 are filtered, so very little dust to speak of. most of the cooling air supplied by the FT02 has an unobstructed straight path to the component it's ment to cool down. unlike the traditional design where the cooling air has to make a few turns and over a few drive cages before it even reaches the cpu.

you CAN get better performing cases as far as cooling and decibel, but you'll have to deal with the dust that is associated with neglecting air filters.

computer cases are a LONG term investment(i still own and use cases that are 15+ years old) and over the "lifetime" of the case, you want to have something that you can live with. (not something you have to take out in the back yard and put a leaf blower to every month)
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First off, I think both cases are good looking functional cases.

 

Regarding acoustics, perhaps the 650D is a tiny little bit more quiet than the FT02, both being in stock configuration.  Both have 1x120mm exhaust fan which should be the chief source of noise.  650D's other 2x200mm fans should be slightly more quiet than FT02's other 3x180mm fans.

 

However, as your GTX570 has the traditional cooling design, the FT02 might provide a slightly better cooling solution, resulting a cooler GTX570 with its fan spinning a little slower (ie relatively more quiet).

 

I think this acoustic factor alone does not set apart the 2 cases from each other enough.  Other factors need to be considered (eg the rotated motherboard orientation of the FT02, the $70 difference..etc).

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First off, I think both cases are good looking functional cases.

Regarding acoustics, perhaps the 650D is a tiny little bit more quiet than the FT02, both being in stock configuration.  Both have 1x120mm exhaust fan which should be the chief source of noise.  650D's other 2x200mm fans should be slightly more quiet than FT02's other 3x180mm fans.

However, as your GTX570 has the traditional cooling design, the FT02 might provide a slightly better cooling solution, resulting a cooler GTX570 with its fan spinning a little slower (ie relatively more quiet).

I think this acoustic factor alone does not set apart the 2 cases from each other enough.  Other factors need to be considered (eg the rotated motherboard orientation of the FT02, the $70 difference..etc).

1st off I like to agree with you on the fact that both are very nice cases and will get the job done.

BUT, in the default configuration the 650D is designed to have 1x 200mm intake and 1x 200mm exhaust(not filtered). this does cuts down on the amount of cooling air coming INTO the case which would change the cooling capacity of the system.

you CAN reverse the flow of the top fan to intake, but you'll have to add filters to the fan and it will also limit the placement of the case itself. with a top intake fan, the case can not be placed in a semi enclosed area such as under a desk. hot exhaust air is trapped under the desk by the desk and would be recirculated back into the case with a top mounted intake.

if that is not a concern, then either case would do. if price is a major concern, then maybe look into a RV02-E, which as identical internal design as the FT02. but something tells me you picked these 2 cases for aesthetic as well as performance reasons.
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Get the Fractal Arc Midi.
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Those are two different types of cases are they not?
-The Fortress is an air cooling case (Note the 3x180mm fans and the "stack" cooling effect)
-The 650D is a Water cooling case like it's big brother the 800D AFAIK
So it depends which way you want to go, Air or Water?
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Ok I have given rep to all of you.

Can anyone who has a 650D confirm whether the 650D has dust filters? (I was pretty sure it did have dust filters)

I think my HAF is really loud because most of it is open due to the grills everywhere and side-fan. The 650D or FT02 would probably be quiet enough for me because they are mostly closed off on the front and sides.

I am looking for an aesthetically pleasing but cooling efficient case. More preference on the aesthetics for now. I might go W/C in the future, can't decide that now.
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Ok I have given rep to all of you.
Can anyone who has a 650D confirm whether the 650D has dust filters? (I was pretty sure it did have dust filters)
I think my HAF is really loud because most of it is open due to the grills everywhere and side-fan. The 650D or FT02 would probably be quiet enough for me because they are mostly closed off on the front and sides.
I am looking for an aesthetically pleasing but cooling efficient case. More preference on the aesthetics for now. I might go W/C in the future, can't decide that now.

If you want an aesthetically pleasing case, you should look at the k9wx too. Lian Li/Lancool cases are supposed to be good for W.C. setups because of their mod friendliness and modularity, but I wouldn't really know.
http://www.lancoolpc.com/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=51&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=96&g=spec
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Otherwise, you can't go wrong with an FT02, but I'd have a hard time dropping that much money on a new case.
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