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Hey all, I'm bored of my CM690 II, and I miss some of the features of newer cases. So I'm looking to upgrade my case, I've had my heart set on the Fractal Design Define R4, but now I just don't know. I want good cooling performance, nothing noisy.

Been looking at the Define R4, Corsair 650D, NZXT 630... I don't know, doesn't necessarily have to be a mid tower. So throw suggestions at me!
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Have a look around at suggestions people give.
You will likely come back to the R4, it's a nice case. It's still good to consider other things as it may help reinforce your decision.

I also game from that coolermaster case, it was OK I guess, just a little meh style wise.
The R4 is a nice looking case. The minimalistic look suits the role of a computer case nicely.

Also it should last longer, from a visual point of view because it is not flashy or gaudy. Some cases out there could pass as a cast member from Jersey Shore.
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I think if noise matters to you, Fractal Design Define R4 is a good chioce, a little restrictive on airflow but something that most quiet building pc will accept. Now if you like the layout of the R4, but want a little more airflow at the expense of less quiet operation look into Fractal Design ARC MIDI 2, its front filter is much easier to take out (for lazy people like me is great), it has option to mount dual 240 rads in case in the future you deside to persue watercooling, has the same internals as the R4 aside from the bitumen on the sides.

FRACTAL DESIGN FD-CA-ARC-R2-BL-W Arc 2 Midi Tower Case (Black) £81.41 + £4.99 UK delivery
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Edited by Abula - 7/7/13 at 9:53am
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post #4 of 15
I am a Corsair fanboy and I would love to say 650D but the Fractal Design cases looks too good. I would second the Arc Midi 2. They are great cases and they look sleek and the NZXT 630 doesn't look as good as the Fractal cases. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 15
I was also looking for a midtower case for my new build to replace my Silverstone FT02 (HUGE). I had settled on the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 until the Corsair 540 came out. I loved that it was different, and still offers great airflow (as shown on the Bit-tech review and comparison with other cases), so I ended up buying that.

If not, the Fractal Arc Midi R2 suggestion is a good one.

For better suggestions, you'd have to list to the forum your components, the number and size of fans you intend to use, if you'll be watercooling or not, etc.

Cheers,
post #6 of 15
RV02 if you have the budget for it
post #7 of 15
If he was in Toronto I'd send over my old FT02 case for not much! I'm not sure what to do with it.
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Originally Posted by Atokade View Post

If he was in Toronto I'd send over my old FT02 case for not much! I'm not sure what to do with it.

sigh... having a FT02 sitting around not doing anything is a crime. you sir should be arrested biggrin.gif what build can you possibly have that can't use the FT02? only reason i can think of is if you went with SFF....
post #9 of 15
I'm using a 650D myself. I'm very happy with the case but there's just one issue for me which is the front fan. It's not that easy to replace and it's pretty noisy imo.
I'd probably still pick the 650D if I had to make the choice over again tho.
post #10 of 15
I'd recommend the Arc Midi R2 as someone had posted earlier. It's a really good case! A lot of water and air cooling features, plenty of space, simply awesome! smile.gif
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