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Hey OCN, looking to downgrade my massive Switch 810 to a smaller ATX case. My only issue is the massive TC14PE sitting on my 3570K.
I've done some looking around, it seems the Fractal R4 would be a nice choice, but I wanted to get some input from the pros while I'm at work.
Next thing that came to mind was the NZXT Panzerbox, if they're even sold still.

Reason for downgrading? Case is huge, and I'm not using it to its potential. Running F@H 24/7 on my GTX 670, and it's a consistent 60*C with 2x 140mm fans on top and a rear 140mm fan. I have a single 120mm yate loon fan as an intake in the 5.25" bays to feed air to the TC14PE, and that 3570K doesn't budge above 65*C while gaming. (Yes, I'm seriously only running 3x exhaust and a single intake on a full tower)

Looking for a good quality case, excellent cable management, and I wouldn't argue against a moderate window on the side panel. Budget around $100 to $120, less is good. Just don't want to pay more than what I did my Switch when it was released.

Thanks for your time!
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The R4 is a very good case. If you're not as bothered about silence as airflow, you could go for the Arc Midi R2.
 
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Hey OCN, looking to downgrade my massive Switch 810 to a smaller ATX case. My only issue is the massive TC14PE sitting on my 3570K.
I've done some looking around, it seems the Fractal R4 would be a nice choice, but I wanted to get some input from the pros while I'm at work.
Next thing that came to mind was the NZXT Panzerbox, if they're even sold still.

Reason for downgrading? Case is huge, and I'm not using it to its potential. Running F@H 24/7 on my GTX 670, and it's a consistent 60*C with 2x 140mm fans on top and a rear 140mm fan. I have a single 120mm yate loon fan as an intake in the 5.25" bays to feed air to the TC14PE, and that 3570K doesn't budge above 65*C while gaming. (Yes, I'm seriously only running 3x exhaust and a single intake on a full tower)

Looking for a good quality case, excellent cable management, and I wouldn't argue against a moderate window on the side panel. Budget around $100 to $120, less is good. Just don't want to pay more than what I did my Switch when it was released.

Thanks for your time!
I second GingertronMk1 suggestions, for the money its tought to beat fractal Design, both are very similar in design at least on the inside, with some changes in the exterior and the top, i would go with R4 if you value a more quiet setup with the front door and moduvents closed should be slightly more quiet then the ARC MIDI R2, but the midi should have better airflow with its more open style on the top and no door + hatch to restrict the airflow like the R4. The R4 has a version with the window and the arc midi r2 always comes with window, both are on sale atm on amazon with free shipping,

Fractal Design Define R4 Cases, Black Pearl (FD-CA-DEF-R4-BL-W) $79.99

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Case FDCAARCR2BLW - Black $69.99
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