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Hey,
So I finally upgraded to skylake and went with matx mobo to have those extra options when selecting case.
Will welcome some suggestions based on these few criteria:
  • Micro-tower. Would still need to fit tx950W psu as I don't feel like replacing it now.
  • Air cooled and I do need decent air flow!
  • Black
  • MUST HOLD NH-D14
  • Not concerned with budget
  • Must be aesthetically pleasing to me, which is minimalist design.
  • No plasticky bs and no terrible window door like corsair Air540! Not corsair btw smile.gif

My build was in air 540. Was overheating in node 605 so I had to replace it with this corsair.
Obvious candidates are Fractal Core series! What I don't like about those is the mesh on the side. Everything else is awesome! If I wasn't concerned about heat (Israel is hot) I'd just go for mini itx build in node 304.
Cannot find bitfenix locally and I'm not really ok with over $100 shipping on those.
How is nanoxia? Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 Black in particular, granted if I overlook the shiny plastic front panel, is it worth it? Think at some point there was some hype surrounding this brand but it kinda went away?
Edited by DiNet - 2/10/16 at 5:30am
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post #2 of 17
Fractal Design Arc Mini R2.
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post #3 of 17
If you say that money is no object then Lian Li PC-A04. It does lack some features that cheaper, more mainstream manufactures offer though.
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post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Nope, please no front mesh cases smile.gif
For reference, bitfenix and node 804 both have "ideal" fronts smile.gif
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post #5 of 17
Node 804 has a meshed front.
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post #6 of 17
Fractal Design Define Mini?
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post #7 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Loladinas View Post

Node 804 has a meshed front.
Large spaced mesh*
804 got seamless look, from pictures at least. Have not seen it irl
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post #8 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buxty View Post

Fractal Design Define Mini?
Thanks, missed this one!
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post #9 of 17
Well, if money is no object, Project mATX would be my choice. Its just under 20L in volume, fits 6 120mm fans and optionally 3 240mm radiators (In your case 4 120mm fans and optionally 2 240mm radiators, because you're using an ATX powersupply). Its all aluminum construction, and its made by Jeff right here on OCN.

It comes with a solid side panel, but you can add on a full size clear or smoked acrylic side panel if you choose to. And you'll need the optional ATX PSU bracket.

I'm pretty sure the NH-D14 should fit, but I'm checking with him to make sure.

Link: http://www.overclock.net/t/1580191/project-matx-artisan-page-cases-shipping
post #10 of 17
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Great suggestion, but I've seen it before. Didn't really like it.
Also this design of air is not acceptable, dust is a big thing here. Adding filters usually adds "ugly" factor and in this case the design is clearly for water cooling.
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