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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 10:36 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm just starting to think about a new case after having to make various upgrades over the last year and dealing with the annoying Antec Three Hundred case I have.

I don't want some wild looking "gaming" case with a thousand LED lights. Something minimalist and clean, but full of features on the inside with good airflow.

One case that caught my eye was the Fractal Design Define R5.

Ideally I would be hoping to spend under, or close to $100.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-28-2017, 10:41 AM
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You've already answered your question, can't go wrong with the R5.
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Originally Posted by ElScorcho View Post

I don't want some wild looking "gaming" case with a thousand LED lights. Something minimalist and clean, but full of features on the inside with good airflow.

Fractal Design Meshify C.
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Fractal has a bunch of cases that fit that desciption, Corsair as well.

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Phanteks has good options too. thumb.gif

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 02:20 PM
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I'll shoot an oddball your way. Rosewill Rise. Cheap, excellent airflow (probably the best under $100), removable mesh dust filters, good amount of fans, lots of I/O, integrated fan controller (high, low, off) with an 8 channel hub on the back, support for thick rads up top (roughly 115mm space), old-school Lian-Li look, and building in it is pretty easy. Noise at max fan speed is pretty quiet, silent on the low position, and off is just...off. Cable management is okay, though. You don't have a shroud to cheat with on this one. If you're not a fan of the RGB+Tempered glass craze, this one should fit the bill. Getting replacement parts for the case is easy as well since Rosewill is newegg's in-house brand. One of the push lock things for the filter failed, and Newegg shipped me a new panel within a week IIRC.

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Hey, how about a Cooler Master Masterbox Lite (RGB). You can get it with and without the RGB. The case can be had for about $75, but it's great inside. Tempered glass side cover, three 120mm RGB fans up front. One 120mm fan in the back. Can mount a 360mm rad up front and a 120mm rad in the back. PSU cover. Lots of cable management holes and space behind the motherboard. Two hard drive bays and one SSD mount. Looks really sweet, and for the price I am amazed at the build quality. There are no optical drive bays though.

I just built a gaming PC for a client on one of these cases, and she absolurely loved it, especially because we installed a motherboard with an RGB controller, and a GeForce 1080 with LEDs as well. Looks great.

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I vote Fractal Design Meshify C TG or Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered.
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I just finished a computer build for my dad inside a CoolerMaster Masterbox 5

full mesh front that can be exchanged for one that allows the 2 5.25 drives to be used (frame has mounting, front panel needs swapping to use)

comes with 2 decent fans which got swapped onto the unused hyper 212 i had laying around.

Supports 2 fans up front and one in rear, NO TOP FAN SUPPORT. A bummer when I initially bought this for $50 shipped. Its probably closer to 60 or so now.

It so far has proven to be a fairly cool running case, but part of that is because I bought 3 of thermaltake's riing LED fans that are made for silent operation. Even at full broe, I can barely hear them. Can feel the air flow from over a foot away though in back of case..

Check it out, Id buy another one if I needed a case for under $70

You do compromise on cooling ability, but the audio and USB3 up top/front are nice to have.

Case feels fairly sturdy, and has a TON of cable management space and hooks. It looks quite barren when you only have one HDD and one SSD to install though, so a fat graphics card should make things look interesting with the side panels window.
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