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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'll be starting a new build soon, going with a i9-9900k, RTX 2080 and a noctua NH-D15 so far. Size is no concern and I want excellent air flow. An open case will not work, it is in a fairly dusty environment and RGB doesn't really matter. Performance and build quality definitely comes before the looks. $150-$250 price range, any ideas?

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Obligatory Fractal recommendation: S2 Mesh for good airflow, R6 or S2 for decent airflow with an added fan or two.  Though I'd water cool the 9900K with a 360mm AIO.


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

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Cooler Master H500


Main system: i7 8700k / Asus Prime Z370-A / Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB 3000Mhz / Gigabyte RTX2080 Aorus Extreme / EVGA 750W GQ / Fractal Design Meshify C

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, PopsicleHustler said:

Cooler Master H500

That's a pretty well known case, I'm looking for anything that isn't one of the "standard" cases.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
9 minutes ago, jstudrawa said:

Obligatory Fractal recommendation: S2 Mesh for good airflow, R6 or S2 for decent airflow with an added fan or two.  Though I'd water cool the 9900K with a 360mm AIO.

A larger Noctua will cool just as well if not better.

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Just now, Domain16 said:

That's a pretty well known case, I'm looking for anything that isn't one of the "standard" cases.

Would have been nice to know in the first post :P

 

It's a well known case for a reason, cuz it's good.


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

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Fractal Design Define R6.

I have a 2080, and run an NH-D15 for my CPU cooler. Looks fantastic, and all fits nicely. My GPU is quite long, and I run hard drives, so putting it in was a little rough; but it still fits cleanly.


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Case: Fractal Design Define R6 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Platinum 750W | Mobo: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F | Front Panel: Asus DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600x @ Stock Speeds | 32 GB DDR4 RAM (4x8) Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz | CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Toshiba 3.5" HDD, 2TB 5400rpm Seagate Firecuda SSHD, 500GB Samsung 970 EVO, 500GB Samsung 860 EVO, 4TB Toshiba X300 7200rpm HDD

Fans: Corsair 120mm SF x 3, Fractal Design 140mm Dynamic X2 x 3 | Peripherals: Asus Strix Flare, Corsair Scimitar Pro | GPU: RTX 2080 STRIX

Expansion Cards: Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card, Asus Xonar DGX | USB devices: Asus AC66 USB 3.0 AC wifi adapter, Blue Snowball, NZXT Hue+

Displays:  23" 1080p 60Hz, Asus PB258Q 27" 1440p 60Hz | OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Secondary PC: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming 

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300 HQ | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 RAM | GPU: GTX 1050 4 GB | Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Western Digital HDD, 500GB 960 EVO

OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Tertiary PC: *insert name here*/HTPC | Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8W4cLJ | Build Log: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1030228-htpcconsole-build/

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD09 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W | Mobo: Asus Q87m-E/CSM | Front Panel: DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k | RAM: 32GB DDR3 (4x8) Kingston HyperX | CPU Cooler: Cryorig C7

Fans: Arctic F8 PWM x2, Arctic F12 PWM x 2 | Peripherals: Generic USB Mouse, Dell PS/2 keyboard | Display: HP 2310m 23" 1080p

Expansion Cards: Asus PCE-AC55 PCIe AC wifi/bluetooth adapter, (may, add Asus Xonar DG)

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Western Digital 3.5" HDD, 1TB Western Digital 2.5" SSD

GPU: Asus GTX 960 Turbo 4GB| OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Mobile Devices

Asus Zenfone 4 Max | Battery: 5400 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 3 Days | Storage: 32 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 3 GB RAM | APU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 @ 1.4 GHZ | Display: 5.5" 720p | OS: Android 8.1

 

Asus ZenPad S3 10 | Battery: 4000 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 2 Days | Storage: 64 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 4 GB RAM | CPU: MTK MT8176 | GPU: IMG GX6250 | Display: 9.7" 2k | OS: Android 7.1

Consoles

Nintendo Switch | 128 GB Samsung micro SD

PS4 Slim | Stock 1TB 5400rpm HDD

Networking

Cable Modem | Asus CM-16

Wireless Router | Asus RT-AC66U_B1

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18 minutes ago, PopsicleHustler said:

Cooler Master H500

Only the H500p Mesh is good, the solid front panel version has garbage airflow.


PCMR

Primary PC: Lazarus | Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tv7hLJ | Build Log: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1000427-lazarus/

Case: Fractal Design Define R6 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Platinum 750W | Mobo: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F | Front Panel: Asus DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600x @ Stock Speeds | 32 GB DDR4 RAM (4x8) Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz | CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Toshiba 3.5" HDD, 2TB 5400rpm Seagate Firecuda SSHD, 500GB Samsung 970 EVO, 500GB Samsung 860 EVO, 4TB Toshiba X300 7200rpm HDD

Fans: Corsair 120mm SF x 3, Fractal Design 140mm Dynamic X2 x 3 | Peripherals: Asus Strix Flare, Corsair Scimitar Pro | GPU: RTX 2080 STRIX

Expansion Cards: Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card, Asus Xonar DGX | USB devices: Asus AC66 USB 3.0 AC wifi adapter, Blue Snowball, NZXT Hue+

Displays:  23" 1080p 60Hz, Asus PB258Q 27" 1440p 60Hz | OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Secondary PC: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming 

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300 HQ | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 RAM | GPU: GTX 1050 4 GB | Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Western Digital HDD, 500GB 960 EVO

OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Tertiary PC: *insert name here*/HTPC | Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8W4cLJ | Build Log: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1030228-htpcconsole-build/

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD09 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W | Mobo: Asus Q87m-E/CSM | Front Panel: DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k | RAM: 32GB DDR3 (4x8) Kingston HyperX | CPU Cooler: Cryorig C7

Fans: Arctic F8 PWM x2, Arctic F12 PWM x 2 | Peripherals: Generic USB Mouse, Dell PS/2 keyboard | Display: HP 2310m 23" 1080p

Expansion Cards: Asus PCE-AC55 PCIe AC wifi/bluetooth adapter, (may, add Asus Xonar DG)

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Western Digital 3.5" HDD, 1TB Western Digital 2.5" SSD

GPU: Asus GTX 960 Turbo 4GB| OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Mobile Devices

Asus Zenfone 4 Max | Battery: 5400 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 3 Days | Storage: 32 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 3 GB RAM | APU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 @ 1.4 GHZ | Display: 5.5" 720p | OS: Android 8.1

 

Asus ZenPad S3 10 | Battery: 4000 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 2 Days | Storage: 64 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 4 GB RAM | CPU: MTK MT8176 | GPU: IMG GX6250 | Display: 9.7" 2k | OS: Android 7.1

Consoles

Nintendo Switch | 128 GB Samsung micro SD

PS4 Slim | Stock 1TB 5400rpm HDD

Networking

Cable Modem | Asus CM-16

Wireless Router | Asus RT-AC66U_B1

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Just now, Eastman51 said:

Only the H500p Mesh is good, the solid front panel version has garbage airflow.

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the solid panels.

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1 minute ago, Domain16 said:

Thoughts on Thermaltake Core X5? No ones mentioned a full size tower yet either.

What good is a full sized tower when mediums have more than enough room for everything you need and then some?

 

Ugly case, good airflow, too big.

 

You're over thinking this, IMO.  A decent mid case, some fans and your better-than-360mm-AIO air cooler and you're set.

 

 


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

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3 minutes ago, Domain16 said:

Thoughts on Thermaltake Core X5? No ones mentioned a full size tower yet either.

Thermaltake Core is an...interesting line of cases. The stack-ability is cool, but gimmicky (imo).

 

Fractal Design Definre R6 is a full size. It is much larger than my mid-tower Corsair.


PCMR

Primary PC: Lazarus | Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tv7hLJ | Build Log: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1000427-lazarus/

Case: Fractal Design Define R6 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Platinum 750W | Mobo: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F | Front Panel: Asus DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Ryzen 5 2600x @ Stock Speeds | 32 GB DDR4 RAM (4x8) Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz | CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Toshiba 3.5" HDD, 2TB 5400rpm Seagate Firecuda SSHD, 500GB Samsung 970 EVO, 500GB Samsung 860 EVO, 4TB Toshiba X300 7200rpm HDD

Fans: Corsair 120mm SF x 3, Fractal Design 140mm Dynamic X2 x 3 | Peripherals: Asus Strix Flare, Corsair Scimitar Pro | GPU: RTX 2080 STRIX

Expansion Cards: Asus Hyper M.2 x16 Card, Asus Xonar DGX | USB devices: Asus AC66 USB 3.0 AC wifi adapter, Blue Snowball, NZXT Hue+

Displays:  23" 1080p 60Hz, Asus PB258Q 27" 1440p 60Hz | OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Secondary PC: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming 

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300 HQ | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 RAM | GPU: GTX 1050 4 GB | Storage: 1TB 5400rpm Western Digital HDD, 500GB 960 EVO

OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Tertiary PC: *insert name here*/HTPC | Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8W4cLJ | Build Log: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1030228-htpcconsole-build/

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD09 | PSU: Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 650W | Mobo: Asus Q87m-E/CSM | Front Panel: DVD/RW Drive

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670k | RAM: 32GB DDR3 (4x8) Kingston HyperX | CPU Cooler: Cryorig C7

Fans: Arctic F8 PWM x2, Arctic F12 PWM x 2 | Peripherals: Generic USB Mouse, Dell PS/2 keyboard | Display: HP 2310m 23" 1080p

Expansion Cards: Asus PCE-AC55 PCIe AC wifi/bluetooth adapter, (may, add Asus Xonar DG)

Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Western Digital 3.5" HDD, 1TB Western Digital 2.5" SSD

GPU: Asus GTX 960 Turbo 4GB| OS: Windows 10 Home x64

Mobile Devices

Asus Zenfone 4 Max | Battery: 5400 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 3 Days | Storage: 32 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 3 GB RAM | APU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 @ 1.4 GHZ | Display: 5.5" 720p | OS: Android 8.1

 

Asus ZenPad S3 10 | Battery: 4000 mAh | Approx Battery Life: 2 Days | Storage: 64 GB Internal Memory, 32 GB mSD Card

RAM: 4 GB RAM | CPU: MTK MT8176 | GPU: IMG GX6250 | Display: 9.7" 2k | OS: Android 7.1

Consoles

Nintendo Switch | 128 GB Samsung micro SD

PS4 Slim | Stock 1TB 5400rpm HDD

Networking

Cable Modem | Asus CM-16

Wireless Router | Asus RT-AC66U_B1

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, jstudrawa said:

What good is a full sized tower when mediums have more than enough room for everything you need and then some?

 

Ugly case, good airflow, too big.

 

You're over thinking this, IMO.  A decent mid case, some fans and your better-than-360mm-AIO air cooler and you're set.

 

 

Space is not a concern, full cases are easier to work in and offer the option for upgrades/additions later. On top of that, a larger case offers more room for more fans which is better air flow.

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2 minutes ago, Eastman51 said:

Thermaltake Core is an...interesting line of cases. The stack-ability is cool, but gimmicky (imo).

 

Fractal Design Definre R6 is a full size. It is much larger than my mid-tower Corsair.

Fractal Design Definre R6 is still considered a mid-size. I'm definitely considering it, just trying to get all of the options.

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Just now, Domain16 said:

Space is not a concern, full cases are easier to work in and offer the option for upgrades/additions later. On top of that, a larger case offers more room for more fans which is better air flow.

Everyone says upgrades and additions later.  What additions?  A couch?  Table?  I mean, you can put custom loops in mid-towers.

 

Also, more fans don't equal better cooling. CFM is more important, so a few good fans in a proper airflow pattern work better than just lots of fans in a big box.

 

Something to consider.  Not saying don't get a full if you want one, but there isn't a real need for one.  I didn't need a case as big as the R6, but I wanted it :)

 

 


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, jstudrawa said:

Everyone says upgrades and additions later.  What additions?  A couch?  Table?  I mean, you can put custom loops in mid-towers.

 

Also, more fans don't equal better cooling. CFM is more important, so a few good fans in a proper airflow pattern work better than just lots of fans in a big box.

 

Something to consider.  Not saying don't get a full if you want one, but there isn't a real need for one.  I didn't need a case as big as the R6, but I wanted it :)

 

 

My current rig has a full tower, larger fans and I love it. Plenty of room for whatever is needed and everything stays cool. I'm not apposed to a mid size tower if it covers all my check marks, I just know how some mid sized are a pain to work in, I don't have the smallest hands and best patience. I actually like the Thermaltake Tower 900, I feel it might look big with so much empty space though.

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21 hours ago, Domain16 said:

I actually like the Thermaltake Tower 900, I feel it might look big with so much empty space though.

The Tower 900 would be terrible for an air cooled build, as the main chamber has I think two fan slots total while the back is reserved for an insane amount of radiator space, and airflow from that does not enter the main chamber to the best of my knowledge. 

21 hours ago, Domain16 said:

Fractal Design Definre R6 is still considered a mid-size. I'm definitely considering it, just trying to get all of the options.

Sadly the Mid-tower and Full-tower definitions are becoming extremely askew. There's no set standard by dimensions or volume, it's based on what the manufacturer decides to call it. For example the bequiet! Silent base 801, at 83L of volume.... Is considered a "Mid tower" (and it's actually larger in volume than the Dark Base pro 900 Full tower which is 82L) the Lian Li PC-O11D is also listed as a full tower, despite only being deeper than a traditionally accepted mid tower size (Corsair 275R)

 

The Define R6/S2/Meshify S2 is still a "mid tower" but teeters on the high end to what I consider Full Tower territory at around 60L, which means you have plenty of room for anything you want to put in it, and enough room for cable management. 


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only problem with most cases like meshify c is cpu cooler clearance is 155 noctua nh15d is 165mm i have one myself just to let you know 

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