First let me say that if you have the choice to select the W2, then I'm extremely jealous. And this post will be difficult for me emotionally. It's not your fault you live in a region where you can purchase the W2 and I don't. Won't stop me from blaming you tho. Sorry, jealousy is like that.
The Cooltek (Jonsbo) W2 is a gorgeous case! So elegant in silver and glass. An elegant computer case, how it that even possible?
The Phanteks is the North American Revenge of the Empire ghetto option in comparison.
If you must choose elegant lines in aluminum and glass over a blob of steel and plexi that had its fascia pushed in to improve its looks, but didn't help, consider a D15S.
The D15S is 160mm tall with the center fan. It's offset array won't block the first PCIe slot either. And only suffers a 2 degree deficit to the two fanned D15
. And would look stunning with the glint of the morning light bouncing off that exquisite fin array in that stunning W2. Ok, I'm feeling even more jealous. Just get that ugly EVOLV and suffer with rest of us stormtrooper wannabes.
If fan colour is important, can substitute another high quality 140mm that fits the theme. I like the Noctua 140mm industrial 24V 3000rpm (1600rpm at 12V) in black. Or the black framed, white bladed TR TY-147a (not the higher speed TY-143 since it has an orange and red scheme that goes with nothing, not even itself).
The NB-eLoop B14-PS 140mm is very sexy and quiet - won't quite match the stock A15 fan for performance tho. The black & white NZXT FX140 V2 offers similar performance to the TY-143, but without the motivation to scratch your eyes out while it defiles the sensual and well ventilated (2X 140mm and 2X 120mm intakes) W2 environ.
Or could even use the all black, Cryorig XF140. It doesn't quite match the Noctua A15 for smoothness and performance, but since you will be able to gaze on the most artistically sublime case available (except to me), your ears need to suffer for your art. In fact, since I just acquired a bunch of the XF140s, I'd be willing to swap a pair...for say a...W2.
Dependent on the MB, could install a 2nd 140mm on the rear of the D15S without exceeding 163mm. Or dependent on low profile ram, which is rare in DDR4 atm, a 140mm on the front tower. Or could use a 120mm PWM GT in black or Fractal HP120 in black. But why hide those beautiful shiny fins just to obtain a couple degrees?
Alternately might consider the Scythe Fuma - it's a petit 149mm tall twin tower that can play in the big twin tower leagues provided you can take the pressure while applying the clamping pressure to an innocent Skylake pcb. See @ehume
's Fuma review
. It's a cute little twinner, with a pair of black GTs could look almost as good in the glint of the late afternoon light bouncing off that exquisite D15S fin array in that stunning W2.
Ok, that's it! I'm in a jealous rage now! I'm not proud saying it, just BUY that stupid looking Phanteks and stick the R1 in there. Which...it just so happens....I have a spare R1...I could be persuaded to trade for say...a W2. Edited by MicroCat - 9/1/16 at 11:52pm