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Carbide 500R White vs. Phantom 410 Gunmetal

Poll Results: Which Case to Buy?

 
  • 20% (2)
    NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition Gunmetal
  • 80% (8)
    Corsair Carbide 500R White
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post #1 of 9
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Please don't direct to the owner's threads..i want less bias opinions.

looking for a new mid-tower for ivy bridge build.

I narrowed it down to these 2 because I wanted something that's build friendly, good cooling, easy to clean, looks great, watercooling rad compatibility and have excellent build quality.

I can't decide which one i want...

Both can be had for $100

I'm leaning towards the corsair only because of its unparalleled build quality...more/bigger fans...and more simplistic look.

The phantom however looks absolutely out of this world, in a really good way. But i dont know if its aesthetics is something that will grow old after a few months (losing its wow factor over the Carbide) Can anyone chime in on its build quality compared to the Carbide?
I'm not a fan of plastic cover to the drive bays that closes with plastic clip...it also looks more cramped compared to the Carbide.Is it really matte gun metal like in this pic?

450

At the end of the day, I value build quality over aesthetics.

Fire away your opinions.
Edited by twitchyzero - 4/15/12 at 7:17pm
     
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post #2 of 9
I can only speak about NZXT's build quality coming from a full tower Phantom. That being said the Phantom is an excellent case with extremely sturdy construction and great options for cable management and custom set ups. Lots of expansion slots etc etc. I expect the 410 is the same just smaller.

The Corsair is a similar case and it seems like it would be better for larger water cooling setups. They're both great, I'd say go with whichever one you think looks cooler. The phantom does come in several colors. In the end they'll both perform like champs.
post #3 of 9
My vote goes to the Corsair. Both are good cases that have received good reviews but in the end its down to opinion on the looks. I prefer the simplistic look of the corsair over the "WOW" factor of the NZXT. Plus I am not a fan of all the plastic on the NZXT.
Edited by Slappy Mcgee - 4/16/12 at 5:27am
post #4 of 9
NZXT and Corsair have both great build quality.
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post #5 of 9
My vote goes for the Corsair as well. That simplistic look will be treasured overtime and it is more watercool-ready than the Phantom is. Watercooling is something you may not consider now, but it's nice to have the option later on in the future. With either case, you'll be a happy builder regardless. thumb.gif

Edit: I forgot to mention my friend built his first rig using the 500R, so I can say he was very happy with that. I was actually very jelly at the time since I was still using an Antec902, which seems outdated compared to these newer cases.
Edited by Kokin - 4/16/12 at 5:46am
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My vote...
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By far best case I have ever built with.
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post #7 of 9
500r owner here.. great case, if you want true custom water cooling look elsewhere though. I have an XSPC RS240 in this (the thin one) and it just barely fits with the fans up the top and the rad inside the case. Basically if you want to go water and you want anything more than a Corsair H100 or a XSPC RS240 then you will need to look elsewhere.

Otherwise these are brilliant cases, I have built 3 or 4 systems in these cases. Space, build quality and features are the best I have seen (I haven't worked with cases like lian-li).

Anyway, if you're looking for a case that will be for a closed loop water cooling system or air, look no further, i think this is the perfect case for this, no frills, very understated, good build quality, and looks really sharp in person.
post #8 of 9
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Wonder if the upcoming 240mm CM eisberg can fit in both cases
http://guru3d.com/news/cooler-master-eisberg-watercooling-lineup-shown/
     
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post #9 of 9
After a year, the aggressive nature of the Phantom still hasn't gotten old for me...just saying.
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