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The P400A has less air cooler compatibility due to 160mm CPU cooler limit. P400A gets a mesh front panel and it's $70 for the non-RGB version.


It's the same chassis as P400 more or less.


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Yeah that would limit air cooler options. H510 clearance is only 165mm though so not much better.

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Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post
The P400A has less air cooler compatibility due to 160mm CPU cooler limit. P400A gets a mesh front panel and it's $70 for the non-RGB version.


It's the same chassis as P400 more or less.
Not sure what to make of your comment... I have an H115 Pro so the CPU limit won't be an issue. The 400A has mesh like the Meshify and I would say $70 for non RGB and $90 for RGB is very reasonable.

Was the P400 not a good case?

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The original P400 had poor airflow due to only having air come in through the bottom and top of the front panel. Everything else about it was just average but it's a budget-minded case.


Anyway if you have a 280mm radiator it should fit in the front of the P400A. Radiators don't fit in the top.

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Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post
The original P400 had poor airflow due to only having air come in through the bottom and top of the front panel. Everything else about it was just average but it's a budget-minded case.


Anyway if you have a 280mm radiator it should fit in the front of the P400A. Radiators don't fit in the top.
What would your recommendation be out of the cases that have been discussed?

NZXT H510
Phantek P600S
Phantek P400A
Meshify S2

I am coming from the NZXT 810 which is the largest case out of the group (23"x24"). So a all of them are smaller options..

Just need room for that Corsair H115 and my apparently long 286.5 mm gpu...

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I went from a Arc Midi R2 to a P400S to a Meshify S2. P400S front panel is a deal breaker, shouldn't be an issue on the P400A/P600S. Both the Fractal cases felt higher quality than the P400 too, but the Arc Midi almost cost double and the S2 costs more than double the P400S.

Get the S2 if you don't want a small case. Get the P400A/P600S if you want a smaller case or to save a buck. Never used the H510 so I don't have an opinion on it.

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You mentioned 23x24" so I'm guessing width isn't a constraining factor.

Phanteks P600S (20.5" height, 20.1" length/depth, 9.5" width) will give you better GPU results and if you decide to upgrade or expand your system it has support for 140mm fans at the top (as well as support or 280mm or 360mm radiator ; 190mm CPU cooler clearance). The biggest complaint people have had with it is the 24-pin ATX connector interaction with the sliding plates that they use instead of cable grommets. If I had to add to that list it would probably be the lack of any secure fastening method besides magnets for the side panels that swing open.

P400A (18.3" height, 18.5" length, 8.3" width) is an option with 420mm GPU clearance (i.e. even if you subtract 60mm for some clearance from front mount radiator you will have space) if you can't tolerate the P600S size (keeping in mind it is using the budget Metallicgear Skiron fan) . There's some design concessions to hit the price point: for example the panels are slotted into the side similar to other budget cases , putting the TG panel on requires 4 thumbscrews , 3.5" drive bays are plastic. It's better than H510 because H510 is vented only on one side + bottom but you lose USB 3.1 gen 2 type C at the IO (it's a budget case at its core).
http://www.phanteks.com/assets/manuals/PH-EC600PSTG.pdf
http://www.phanteks.com/assets/manuals/PH-EC400ATG.pdf

The Meshify S2 (18.3" height, ~21.2" length, ~9.2" width) can mount the radiator in the top but since you have an air cooled GPU it wouldn't make as large a difference. It supports 140mm fans in the top (most cases that support 140mm fans in top also have higher CPU cooler clearance, this has 185mm) and up to 360mm radiators in the top unobstructed / 420mm radiator with 35mm motherboard component height. The fans are weaker than the ones in the P600S.

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Maybe I just get the Meshify S2.

While the P600S looks good, at the same price point, I think a few inches less in height is best as the tower will be sitting in a room living room next to a media table. Although the Gray P600s is sweet.

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I just completed a build in a Phanteks Pro M SE. I love it. Has great airflow and room to mount a custom loop.

It has the same basic layout as the 600S but is shorter.

I wish the 600S was out when i was parting out this build as I would have paid up for that case. Then I could have put a 420 rad in the front instead of just a 280...

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