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Poll Results: Which version of the case do you have?

 
  • 41% (64)
    300R standard edition (without window)
  • 58% (89)
    300R Windowed version
153 Total Votes  
post #101 of 811
Just letting my friends here that I have just arrived home from work & after reading a few reviews & measurements for this case I have decided to use it for my new PC. There are a few little things that I didn't like and that was the FAUX imitation screws on the front really serve no purpose, which frustrates me & the fact that the case supports 240mm radiators, however it won't support the h100i due to the placement of the ram slots on the motherboard, unless using half thickness fans.

That being said, I didn't want to do a watercooling build & I'm not particularly fond of the h100 anyway, I'm going for a simple build here, and if I was going for a closed loop, i'd probably use the H60, but this case does have support for cpu coolers up to 170mm I believe. I'm even just considering the Hyper 212 evo from coolermaster.

& the FAUX socket head screws, that is just preference I guess and it's a minor little gripe I had. In the reviews, the loudness & decible level is not a problem at load as most of the time, i'll be playing with a headset or using speakers, at idle the noise isn't loud or noticeable what so ever ( unless your an audiophile ).

I opted for the window version, originally I had wanted to keep it completely plain, but I actually dig the side panel, and at the moment I plan on keeping the fan mounts on the acrylic side panel, I think they look quite good ( I must be one of the only people that like this ) even though I may choose to make an acrylic side panel in the future ( using double sided tape to stick the thing on !! ).

The funny thing is, I wasn't even going for a " Budget case " I literally have no budget when it came to cases ( although money is a big thing to me ) and I was considering cases from $60 - $199. In the end, I wanted to keep this build simple, compact, powerful & efficient. I didn't want to go overboard or overkill on anything really, but I want to have a powerful pc that I can sit on my desk, and still enjoy my gaming, music movies etc... with a cool looking customised computer. The corsair 300r seems to be the perfect case for my needs ( although not completely perfect ) it handles cooling better than a whole lot of cases more than double the price.

I'm going to throw a bunch of noctua's in there for airflow and start getting the case ready for haswell. I'l also be installing a Lamptron FC - touch fan controller & an lg Blueray burner ( mainly to watch blurays ). I will post a picture in this thread in a few months when the build is done, I am really going for a tidy, powerful, neat little pc! & I'm really glad that the information provided on this thread is in line with the positive reviews I read on this product. Looking forward to building with this case, all the best! thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
post #102 of 811
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Originally Posted by oats2012 View Post

I have never used the corsair 140 but have heard good things. they are pretty similarly priced. I run the 150000 hour version of the cougar 140mm and they are just fine. two of those are really good and move a decent amount of air. 140 mm corsairs may move more air but with more sound?

either are a safe bet.

I would get the h80i personally. link software and light and probably similar performance. H80i may be better because the thick radiator and better fans. h90 doesnt have corsair link to my knowledge neither does the h110

also i don't think the back of the 300r accepts anything other than the 120 mm fans so h80i is your only option in the back from corsair

Thanks, I totally had a mind fart about the backside fan size. I think H80i would be a good first water cooling solution for my first time. I was thinking about doing custom water cooling but I don't feel up to it at this point. This is basically my first computer build. I should take it slow. Ha. I think I am gonna go with the Corsair fans because I like that you can switch out the colored portion of the rim. I do like the orange theme of the cougars nevertheless.

On the windowed version of the case is it possible to mount fans larger than 140mm? It seems to me there are extra mounting holes for a larger fan size. Can anyone confirm?

Also, are fan controllers worth it? I've heard some horror stories about them. If recommended what brand is best? Thx guys!
post #103 of 811
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Originally Posted by Hazza54 View Post

Hi guys,

I am looking ato spend around up to $2000. I want a compact case, good size with good build feautures, but something that looks quite subtle too and isn't too aggressive.

I am putting this pc in my office. Anyway, this pc, aside being for music, movies etc.. will be used for the latest games, but also general stuff like research, & emails and stuff. I want a case that doesn't look like it came out of an aliens ass and I dig both versions but the windows version of the 300r actually looks really nice. Would this pc case be suitable for a solid, small sized gaming rig, but also subtle enough to just sit on the desk and not grab all the attention. I have three 23" ips panels that I've got from work ( off a friend ) and I would rather be looking at the monitors!

General opinions on this case based on my needs? I want a good system, and For a gaming / regular computer $2000 is almost a budget build compared to what some people have on here. I just can't justify spending up to $4000 for something that in a year will be outdated.

Cheers thumb.gif

Fractal Define R4, Corsair Obsidian 550D, or Corsair Obsidian 650D, Corsair Obsidian 700D... those are more office oriented cases. The R4 is my pick because it's $80 now, whereas the 550D is $120. The R4 is also quieter if you swap the fans out for better ones, I believe.
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Originally Posted by CurtTerror View Post

Just letting my friends here that I have just arrived home from work & after reading a few reviews & measurements for this case I have decided to use it for my new PC. There are a few little things that I didn't like and that was the FAUX imitation screws on the front really serve no purpose, which frustrates me & the fact that the case supports 240mm radiators, however it won't support the h100i due to the placement of the ram slots on the motherboard, unless using half thickness fans.

That being said, I didn't want to do a watercooling build & I'm not particularly fond of the h100 anyway, I'm going for a simple build here, and if I was going for a closed loop, i'd probably use the H60, but this case does have support for cpu coolers up to 170mm I believe. I'm even just considering the Hyper 212 evo from coolermaster.

& the FAUX socket head screws, that is just preference I guess and it's a minor little gripe I had. In the reviews, the loudness & decible level is not a problem at load as most of the time, i'll be playing with a headset or using speakers, at idle the noise isn't loud or noticeable what so ever ( unless your an audiophile ).

I opted for the window version, originally I had wanted to keep it completely plain, but I actually dig the side panel, and at the moment I plan on keeping the fan mounts on the acrylic side panel, I think they look quite good ( I must be one of the only people that like this ) even though I may choose to make an acrylic side panel in the future ( using double sided tape to stick the thing on !! ).

The funny thing is, I wasn't even going for a " Budget case " I literally have no budget when it came to cases ( although money is a big thing to me ) and I was considering cases from $60 - $199. In the end, I wanted to keep this build simple, compact, powerful & efficient. I didn't want to go overboard or overkill on anything really, but I want to have a powerful pc that I can sit on my desk, and still enjoy my gaming, music movies etc... with a cool looking customised computer. The corsair 300r seems to be the perfect case for my needs ( although not completely perfect ) it handles cooling better than a whole lot of cases more than double the price.

I'm going to throw a bunch of noctua's in there for airflow and start getting the case ready for haswell. I'l also be installing a Lamptron FC - touch fan controller & an lg Blueray burner ( mainly to watch blurays ). I will post a picture in this thread in a few months when the build is done, I am really going for a tidy, powerful, neat little pc! & I'm really glad that the information provided on this thread is in line with the positive reviews I read on this product. Looking forward to building with this case, all the best! thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

It's a budget case, don't expect to do watercooling inside it. If it bothers you that you can't , put the RAD on the outside of the case and the fans inside (as push) OR the fans outside with fan grilles (so you don't cut anyone) and the radiator inside (pop open the back watercooling holes).

see http://www.overclock.net/t/1144409/h80-h80i-h90-h100-h100i-h110-case-compatibility-thread-page-1-for-full-listings/530#post_19112657

I like the size though...
here's a comparison of sizes:

Hx W x L or D
Corsair Carbide 200r 16.9 x 8.3 x 19.6 inches
Bitfenix Merc Alpha 17.28" x 7.48 x 19.29", CPU cooler max 165mm
Cooler Master Silencio 450 17.77 x 7.63 x 19.47 inch ,CPU cooler height: 156.5mm
Cooler Master Silencio 550 17.8 x 8.2 x 19.8 inch, CPU cooler height: 154mm
Bitfenix Shinobi 18.11" x 8.07" x 19.29" , cpu cooler 165mm * has bottom middle fan w/ filter
Fractal Arc Midi r2 18.11 x 9.06" x x 20.28" , 180mm cpu coolers , has filtered bottom middle fan & 140mm rear exhaust * brand new for Feb 2013, fits rads in front and top
Cooler Master Silencio 650 18.8 x 8.1 x 20.7 inch , cpu cooler 168mm
Fractal Define R4 18.27" x 9.13" x 20.59" derived from Case dimensions (WxHxD): 232 x 464 x 523mm , CPU coolers up to 170mm
Cooler Master HAF 912 18.9" x 9.1" x 19.5" , CPU cooler up to 170mm
Corsair 300r 19.1” x 8.3” x 17.7”
Cooler Master 692 19.5 x 8.4 x 20.8 inch , CPU coolers up to 177mm
Cooler Master HAF 922 19.7 x 10.0 x 22.2 inches
NZXT Phantom 20.3 x 8.5 x 21 inches
Bitfenix Ghost silent case 20.55" x 8.27" x 20.08" : fits 160mm cpu cooler
Corsair Carbide 400r 20.5” x 8.1” x 19.8”
Corsair Carbide 500r 20.5” x 8.1” x 20”
Corsair Obsidian 550d 20.9" x 8.7" x 19.5"
Cooler Master HAF XM 20.9 x 9.9 x 22.8"
Corsair Obsidian 650D 21.5" x 9" x 20.5"
Corsair Graphite 600T 20" (H) x x 10.4" (W) 23.3" (L)


Only case I would switch to is the R4. I like that is wider, shorter, has a bottom fan with filter (unlike the 200r & BItfenix Merc) in middle for the GPU, and is quieter. Also see http://www.swiftech.com/h220.aspx#tab3
Edited by AlphaC - 3/12/13 at 10:21am
post #104 of 811
Anyone with a non-modular PSU have any creative ways of hiding excess cables? I am currently running them into the HDD cage with the bottom 2 trays removed and just kind of balled up, but it's not the best look.
post #105 of 811
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Originally Posted by tjh9985 View Post

Anyone with a non-modular PSU have any creative ways of hiding excess cables? I am currently running them into the HDD cage with the bottom 2 trays removed and just kind of balled up, but it's not the best look.

I'm shoving them behind the motherboard tray tongue.gif But I only have the molex cable to hide and a bit of excess cable for the others, nothing major as most of the PSU cables are in use.
     
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post #106 of 811
I unfortunately have a Corsair 750 with about four spare 6 pins, an extra 8 pin, and 4-5 molex and sata powers...I really should have paid the extra 40 bucks for modular.....
post #107 of 811
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I unfortunately have a Corsair 750 with about four spare 6 pins, an extra 8 pin, and 4-5 molex and sata powers...I really should have paid the extra 40 bucks for modular.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264
Rosewill CAPSTONE 750W Modular has your name on it wink.gif
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post #109 of 811
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Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post

Fractal Define R4, Corsair Obsidian 550D, or Corsair Obsidian 650D, Corsair Obsidian 700D... those are more office oriented cases. The R4 is my pick because it's $80 now, whereas the 550D is $120. The R4 is also quieter if you swap the fans out for better ones, I believe.
It's a budget case, don't expect to do watercooling inside it. If it bothers you that you can't , put the RAD on the outside of the case and the fans inside (as push) OR the fans outside with fan grilles (so you don't cut anyone) and the radiator inside (pop open the back watercooling holes).

Like I said, I'm not doing any water-cooling. I actually thought about doing it with this build, but now that I'm studying & working, I wanted to keep it simple, no worries & little maintenance. I would have bought a bigger case if I was going to do a watercooling setup or as you said mount it externally, but I have no plans of doing so & I'm keen to get this build together.

My point was, although it;s a budget case, many people are asking whether it supports the h100/h100i, and just because it's a budget case does not mean people don't want to use higher end gear in this case. It's a deal breaker for some people but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. The case would have to be about half an inch to three quarters of an inch taller and the h100 would have fit with the full thickness fans because the radiator mounting points line up exactly. Anyway, I do agree that you'd be making it difficult doing a watercooling setup in this case. I'm looking at noctua's, coolermasters offerings for an air cooler, & also possibly a h60.
post #110 of 811
Guys, will the rubber grommets from the 800d fit in the 300r & are they worth the purchase?

Cheers
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