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post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, not long ago i bought the parts for my new build, they are in US and im in Chile so i'll have to buy the case here, can you help me choose a good ATX model? Here are some Chilean stores with cases:

i found one that looks good for 100 bucks, its a corsair Spec 03:

what do you guys think? will it fit the M9i coolers width and the 1070?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/KTBTYr

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($118.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY CS2211 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
post #2 of 37
The Spec 03 will fit the m9i and 1070 without issue. However, if you don't need optical drive support, the 400C offers better airflow (and appearance imo).

In either case, you will improve airflow by replacing the intakes with two better performing 140mm fans like the Phanteks XP/SP, Noctua A15/A14 FLX, TR 147a Sq. The stock corsair case fans, like most case fans are designed to meet a low cost production point, not a good airflow one.
post #3 of 37
Thread Starter 
the 400c is not available :S , only this Corsairs have stock

Could you pls link the 140fans? couldnt find the third one, last time i build a PC i forgot about the fans so this time ill get them. I dont think i have to time to buy in the US, but i found fans on that same store
which one of those do you recommend?
Edited by chileanfox - 9/10/16 at 9:23pm
post #4 of 37

What about the CM MC5? http://www.sistemax.cl/webstore/index.php?route=product/product&path=88&product_id=537
Offers similar intake airflow as the 400C - possibly better with 3X 140mm intakes.
Originally Posted by chileanfox View Post

Could you pls link the 140fans? couldnt find the third one, last time i build a PC i forgot about the fans so this time ill get them. I dont think i have to time to buy in the US, but i found fans on that same store
which one of those do you recommend?
Can't recommend any from that link. Are there any suppliers there that sell Noctua A15? Or Arctic Cooling F14? Or Fractal Design HP14/HF14? Or the NZXT FX140 V2?
post #5 of 37
What the feline has said.

If you could find a Fractal Design or Phanteks dealer, their case are well built and generally priced lower than most similar cases .. definitely better quality and lower priced than Corsair.

Arctic Cooling Arctic F 140 series fans are not the best, but are generally about 1/3 to 1/2 the price of really good quality fans. The problem not that Arctic fans are not good, but that sometimes the quality control lets a few defective ones get to consumer. Out of about 50 I've used only 1 was not good .. maybe 2 (second one was not as quiet, but not bad enough to get it replaced)
post #6 of 37
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ok guys i have a good budget ATX TT Case i found here and the top 3 fans under 32 bucks, i can get one of these by tomorrow on amazon prime or new egg , this is my last day to buy things in the US,
which one should i go for? looking for something quiet and good perf too

Corsair AF https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-AF140-CO-9050017-BLED-140mm-Airflow/dp/B00F6S0XZI/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1473921903&sr=1-5&keywords=140mm+fan

Phanteks XP https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-140mm-Radiator-Cooling-PH-F140XP_BK/dp/B00E9NZX7E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473923522&sr=8-1&keywords=Phanteks+XP

Be quiet pure wings 2 https://www.amazon.com/quiet-Pure-Wings-140mm-case/dp/B00ECWKE3A/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1473923319&sr=1-1&keywords=be+quiet%21+Pure+Wings+2

the noctuas are too much i think for 40 bucks, i rather spent 16 at most on each fan, some are even on discount .
What do you think about the case?
thanks for your help amigos!

PS: I forgot about the fractals, there are 2 versions, idk if there is any differences :

Edited by chileanfox - 9/15/16 at 12:50am
post #7 of 37
You have them listed in the correct (most desirable) order. ;-)

The Phanteks XP would be my first choice, followed by the Be!Q Pure Wings.

The Fractal Silent Series linked are quiet case fans Fractal supplies in many cases - stock fans that many replace with the Phanteks.

A stronger 140mm Fractal is the HF14. It's a 3pin fan like the other Fractal case fans.

The Phanteks XP is a PWM fan, which when connected to a PWM hub offers silence at idle and strong performance when the cpu is working hard. I like that configuration - silence at idle and more airflow when required. The XP can also be operated in voltage control from a 3pin header, so it gives you both options.
post #8 of 37
Thread Starter 
Nice to know i had agood eye, i wonder if my motherboard supports PMW fans.i got lost when u said 3 pin vs pmw, is it really matter?
I have found some nice noctuas ,both top out at 19.6 dBA. How are these compared to our top 3?

thx for early reply
post #9 of 37
The P14s are very good choices as well. In the top 3.

The Gigabyte board supports PWM cpu cooler fans...the other headers are voltage control 3pin, even if they're 4pin. It's the Gigabyte way. ;-)

Would need to use a PWM splitter from the cpu fan header to control case PWM fans. Or you could go with 3 pin case fans. However, PWM fans can run either with PWM or voltage control. 3pin fans can only be controlled by voltage.
post #10 of 37
Pretty much what MC said. thumb.gif

But I wouldn't touch the AF fans or Tt cases .. even with a black cat tail. tongue.gif The AF simply won't flow enough air at low speed and/or with the case grill and filter resistance. PH-F140SP or F140XP are good value. If you can find Phanteks fans, can you find Phanteks cases? The Enthoo Luxe, Enthoo Pro or Enthoo Pro M are usually not too expensive and quite good. Luxe is most expensive, Pro is same basic case with different top and front, Pro M uses same basic case as Evolv ATX with different outside panels.

Enthoo Luxe and Pro bottom filters can be very easily modified so PSU filter slides out the front with front filter, making it very easy to clean them (no need to drag case out to slide PSU filter out). Both have PWM controlled 3-pin fan hub so PH-F140XP fans work very well. Luxe comes wiht 2x PH-F140XP and 1x PH-F200XP (it's no good). Pro comes with 1x PH-F200XP (still no good), so even though it's less money, it needs 2x more fans purchased. Keep that in mind when you compare prices. wink.gif

Edit: Yeah, cat-eyes are nice marbles too. tongue.gif
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