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Need some advice on ATX mid cases

#1easycompany68Posted 3/15/2014 9:21:15 AM
Its for a first build but im thinking of getting a pretty good one (not to much on the budget side) so that I can add things eventually, or even take the approach of upgrading the PC inside but not the case. I spent a ton of time find several models that have good to very good ratings and that seem to be quality items. I must have spend a full day watching reviews and reading so I think I might have the best of the best in the $100dollar range but I may have missed 1 or 2.

Anyways, I simply don't have full understanding of things that you'd want to have that maybe you learn with time so any tips on which to avoid or which are must haves would be appreciated.

Note: im a huge fan of the red/black look but my priority is good quality structure, sturdy, looks is a last option..


1) This one comes with 5 fans already mounted.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

2) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

3) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

4) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

5) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

6) ENERMAX Ostrog GT ECA3280A-BR Black / Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Id appreciate any info on these (or others)

thanks :)

PS.. does having a side fan really help because I think a couple of these don't and that would affect my decision.
#2easycompany68(Topic Creator)Posted 3/15/2014 9:26:50 AM
forgot this one

7) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA
#3PyrotechnixxxPosted 3/15/2014 9:37:10 AM
Out of those I'd say the Fractal R4, but I'd also recommend you look into the NZXT 440. It's an amazing case.
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#4SoulreaperX112Posted 3/15/2014 9:42:29 AM
easycompany68 posted...
forgot this one

7) http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA


I currently have that corsair 200r case. Its got a very basic look but for the price it comes with some good features. It has a tool-less design for the side panels and drive bays(not the best) that are decent enough plus you can still always screw in your HDD's and Optical Drives(ect..) It has plenty of room but it does only include two fans(has plenty of options to add some more though) that get the job done. I however, don't like that there was no fan blowing air onto the HDD bays. It has some decent cable management and does include two usb 3.0 ports on the front of the case.

Overall for the price and what you get from it, its a good case. Its not the most fancy case you can get but it definitely gets the job done. One thing to keep note of is that it comes with the motherboard standoffs pre-installed. You will most likely have to remove one of them if you get a atx motherboard(i did).

You can look into this phantom 410 case since you mentioned your taste of red/black
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146086
#5-5xad0w-Posted 3/15/2014 9:54:09 AM
I use an R4 myself. Very roomy and pretty quiet with stock fans or the three 140MM Cougars I replaced them with.

I'm also not a big fan of case lights and molded plastic, so the black monolith look suits me.

Also, more fans doesn't always equal better cooling. It's more important to have clear, unobstructed airflow with the fans configured to create positive or negative air pressure in the case. The quality of the fans themselves also play a role.

Just having a bunch of fans pushing and pulling air can create a sort of torrent that ends up swirling air around more than moving it through and ultimately out of the case.
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#6VIP86Posted 3/15/2014 10:11:20 AM
I've used alot of cases, and the R4 is definitely awesome to work in. The 200R is pretty decent for it's price as well. The HAF 912 to me, looks kinda cheap to me in how it's not all one color, the insides aren't painted metal.
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#7foodeater4Posted 3/15/2014 11:10:30 AM(edited)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139016

I have this case and I like it a lot. Some of the features I like is there is a dust filter for the bottom mounted PSU. I also like it how the rear far is intended a little bit, really helps keep the dust off it. Also the front intake fan has a dust filter too but its not as easily removable for cleaning where as the bottom dust filer slides right out. As far my insides getting dusty, this is the cleanest case I ever had. My prior computer was dust disaster. I also have a dog and live in desert so its an overall dusty enviornment. Im sure the dust filters help the most which my old case did not have. I also like how the drive bays are split in two, allowing for basically any size video card ever. Of course if you plan having then 7 drives this could be a con.

Some cons to this case, there no rubber around the little holes you use for cable management like many other cases have. Its not a huge deal, but the rubber bits can make the case look more clean overall. The window side feels a bit flmsy when you remove it, but if you are getting your computer and basically never moving it, then I would say its not a big deal . They do sell a version of this case with a metal side too, but I like to see the the inside of my build and this window is nice cause you can see everything.

I definatly wouldnt pick one though for the sole reason it comes with a lot o fans. They could be cheap and noisy and yould want to replace them anyway. And you dont need a fan at available spot either. Watching reviews on youtube and other places is the best thing to do, just pick what you like,
#8Master_BassPosted 3/15/2014 11:13:34 AM
I'd pick the R4 or the 200R. I might also consider the Haf 912 since my HAF X has done just fine for me.
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#9easycompany68(Topic Creator)Posted 3/15/2014 12:04:30 PM
Thanks for the info.. soooo hard to choose..lol