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I’m looking to buy an affordable mid-full tower case. I used to be all about having maximum cooling performance, but my case sounded like a jet taking off. This time around I’m striving for a clean, silent build without comprising on good cooling. I know that having quite components plays a large role in determining the noise level of a build, but a case built for silence doesn't hurt either. smile.gif Aesthetically, I want it to be minimal and a clear side panel is a plus. I’d much prefer the hard drive bays to be modular and space or option for water cooling is also a plus. Here’s my list of what I’m currently looking at.

NZXT Source 530
NZXT Phantom 530
Fractal Design Define XL R2
Fractal Design Define R4
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5

The two NZXT cases are not necessarily built for silence, but I’ve heard they’re noise level is competitive, particular the phantom 530 considering its performance. Meanwhile the source 530 is an awesome value for its price. Between the built-for-silence cases, I’m leaning towards the Fractal Design Define XL R2 (mainly because it should provide better cooling over the R4 by default of its size) and either two of the Nanoxias. Anyone have any experience with any of these? Which one should I get? Thanks.
Edited by mumbojumbo - 1/8/14 at 9:59am
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I would say either the Define R4 or this NZXT H630 http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/120-H630.html
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As recommended H630 is a good option.
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The h630 was initially on my list, but in the end I determined the price was a bit to steep for what I was willing to spend. I've also read that other cases have trumped it in both noise and cooling, at least with the stock options. I also don't like that it doesn't include an option for mounting a side intake fan for the gpu.
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The h630 was initially on my list, but in the end I determined the price was a bit to steep for what I was willing to spend. I've also read that other cases have trumped it in both noise and cooling, at least with the stock options. I also don't like that it doesn't include an option for mounting a side intake fan for the gpu.
Its queiter then all the cases you mentioned, cools just as well and its a dream to work in.
Also the side intake thing... all but one of the cases you are looking at don't have the side intake fan.

If you really want a great case, look at the NZXT Phantom 630. My personal case and I can tell you everything stays frost and I barely hear it.
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If not get the source 530.
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As a Fractal Design Define XL R2 owner I would say it fits the title to a T. Onlu problem I would see is if the loop you are planning is going to be large it is somewhat limited on radiator spots. Having only a 2x140 up top 2x140 in front and 1 x140 in the rear. There is a side spot for a side panel and bottom fan but they aren't exactly optimal. The sound deadening on this case is quite impressive and if you can manage cooling with 1x140 rear and 1x140 top radiators the extra spots come with dampening material installed keeping everything internal. It is probably at the top end price wise of your budget but if you have the patience I got mine for 89.00 shipped after rebate.

It also is gigantic inside and there is no issue working inside of it. I am defintely a noob at this pc building thing but I am glad I have this case and will probably have it for a long time to come.
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As a Fractal Design Define XL R2 owner I would say it fits the title to a T. Onlu problem I would see is if the loop you are planning is going to be large it is somewhat limited on radiator spots. Having only a 2x140 up top 2x140 in front and 1 x140 in the rear. There is a side spot for a side panel and bottom fan but they aren't exactly optimal. The sound deadening on this case is quite impressive and if you can manage cooling with 1x140 rear and 1x140 top radiators the extra spots come with dampening material installed keeping everything internal. It is probably at the top end price wise of your budget but if you have the patience I got mine for 89.00 shipped after rebate.

It also is gigantic inside and there is no issue working inside of it. I am defintely a noob at this pc building thing but I am glad I have this case and will probably have it for a long time to come.

I have the same case ,,it was the nicest build,,,so much room,,,,,i recommend it,,,its very quiet,,,and heavy,,,very rigid,,,,i will keep it for many years,,,also it well filterd
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
seagate sata 1 tb samsung 850 evo 500gb ssd lg blueray corsair H105 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
windows 10 home  asus 27inch 1080p  acer 24 inch 1080p acer 24 inch 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
logitech G110 evga supernova G2 750watt fractual design define XL R2 mx518 
Audio
sony wireless,,,headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
fx 6300 asus m5a99X evo asus gtx 670 2gb  8gb 1600mhz gskill ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
corsair 120gb ssd WD 1 tb 7200rpm lg blueray H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 home premium 50 inch 3d plasma 1080p,,smart tv logitech wireless  corsair tx 750 watt 
CaseAudio
coolermaster 922 denon 7.1,home theatre 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
amd 965x4 asus,m4n72-e asus gtx 570 1.25gb 8gb 800 gskill ddr2 
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After much though I've decided to go for the Fractal Design Define XL R2. There just wasn't too much reviews and info that i could find about the Nanoxia Deep Silence 5, which was one of the main reasons why I went with the XL R2. Plus, it didn't hurt that I found the XL R2 about $30 cheaper than the DS5. Overall, considering the price I got it for and the generally positive reviews I've read about the XL R2, I'm looking forward to it.
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