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So I currently have a CM HAF X case that I thought seemed awesome when I first got it, but now that I have to haul it back and forth between college and home I've been looking around for something a little more portable and classier looking.

I really like the looks of Corsair Obsidian cases. They are very sleek looking in my opinion. I've begun to feel that my HAF X looks kind of cheesy and toyish with the plastic bevel and led lights and such.

Right now I'm mostly looking at the Corsair 350D and 650D, I really like both designs and their feature sets but my main concern is with cooling.

Currently my 2500k CPU OCed to 4.2ghz gets load temps at around 50-55 degrees Celsius and my Sapphire 6950 OCed to 920Mhz gets up to the high 60s sometimes if its hot in my room, but I also cant turn the fan up past 50% speed or else the card will rattle and this has caused my games to crash. I plan on replacing the card with an MSI 660 TI that hopefully wont have these problems.

Do you guys think my temps will go up in a case with airflow that isnt as good as the HAF X such as the 350d or 650d?

Also if you could recommend some similar cases with good airflow it would be greatly appreciated; I will list some of the features I'm looking for below.

-Preferably around $100
-Considerably smaller/more portable than the HAF X
-Easily removable dust filters
-Good airflow
-Sleek/elegant design
-Must be able to fit 180mm Corsair HX750 PSU
-Probably some more I can't think of right now but I'm sure I'll edit some in here.
post #2 of 8
How about the Fractal Design Define R4? It's right around the price you want to spend, quite a bit smaller than the HAF X, the dust filters are easily removed, airflow is good, although the silence is better, has a very sleek design (IMO), can easily fit your PSU, can fit a 140.2 30mm radiator in the top, and should fit up to a 120.2 80mm radiator in the front (if all drive cages are removed).
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Thread Starter 
Wow, I really like that case and it seems perfect for what I need! Thank you!
post #4 of 8
Corsair 350D, I carry mine everywhere with ease and it has the hardware in my sig rig.
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If you want good cooling get Fractal Design Arc Midi R2.
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If you want good cooling get Fractal Design Arc Midi R2.
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
So I ended up getting the Define R4, and an MSI gtx 760 and im simply in love with both. At first I was worried about the airflow and cooling of the R4 but my 760 has been idling at around 30 celsius and goes up to 45 when playing BF3 on ultra with the fan speed a little over 50%.

I feel like with the bad 6950 I got and put up with for 2 years I never really got to enjoy PC gaming because I had so many performance issues, and most of the time I would be trying to figure out how to fix them rather than actually gaming.
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Glad I made a good recommendation. thumb.gif
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Dell IN2020M WASD CODE MX Clears BeQuiet PowerZone 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
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Logitech G700s $3 Walmart thing Logitech S120 + subwoofer Kingston HyperX Cloud II 
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Intel Core i3 3570K ASUS Z77-A MSI GTX 970 EVGA GTX 950 
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