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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi LTT,

It's been ages since I last build a computer, but with the launch of the 3080, I find myself looking to build again. Can any of you recommend me a beautiful ATX case with good airflow too? 


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Do you have a price range? These days there are good airflow case options from the low to the high end.


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  • Keyboard: Rosewill RK 9000V2(Cherry MX Blue)
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  • Akasa Euler Fanless Solid Aluminum THIN Mini ITX Case (passively cooled)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
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  • 4K TV
  • Passively cooled by the Akasa case. No moving parts!
  • Handheld QWERTY keyboard and trackpad.
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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, HairlessMonkeyBoy said:

Do you have a price range? These days there are good airflow case options from the low to the high end.

I don't know what cases costs today to be honest. Can a $200 max do it?


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2 minutes ago, Bugses said:

I don't know what cases costs today to be honest. Can a $200 max do it?

You could even get by with 50 totally depends on the whole budget of the computer.

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My personal choice would be the fractal design meshify C


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1 minute ago, jaslion said:

You could even get by with 50 totally depends on the whole budget of the computer.

I'm building it to last 3-4 years, so my budget would be around $2500. It' gonna be a 3080 and probably a 10600/10700K.


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1 minute ago, Bugses said:

I'm building it to last 3-4 years, so my budget would be around $2500. It' gonna be a 3080 and probably a 10600/10700K.

You might want to wait until October 8th when new Ryzen CPUs are announced.


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P500A could be a good choice with that buget.


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  • PSU: Corsair AX760
  • Monitor: Samsung C27JG56 27" 2560x1440 144Hz Curved Freesync
  • Cooling: Corsair H115i RGB
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  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

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  • Asus H110T/CSM Thin Mini-ITX
  • G.Skill 1x8GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM CL16
  • iGPU
  • Akasa Euler Fanless Solid Aluminum THIN Mini ITX Case (passively cooled)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
  • External 120W Power Adaptor
  • 4K TV
  • Passively cooled by the Akasa case. No moving parts!
  • Handheld QWERTY keyboard and trackpad.
  • Windows 10 Pro, Kodi autostarts on boot

NAS:

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12 minutes ago, Bugses said:

Can any of you recommend me a beautiful ATX case

Airflow asside, Beauty is entirely dependent on the person. Some will tell you the NZXT H510 is beautiful because of it's minimalist design. Some will tell you the Cougar Conqurer is the most beautiful due to it's aggressive design elements and unique layout. 

 

Giving us an idea on what your standard of beauty is can help us pick between a Pure Base 500DX vs a TD500 Mesh vs a P400A vs a Meshify C vs a Mastercase H500 vs a NR600 vs cases i could sit here and list till I draw my last breathe


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3 minutes ago, TVwazhere said:

Airflow asside, Beauty is entirely dependent on the person. Some will tell you the NZXT H510 is beautiful because of it's minimalist design. Some will tell you the Cougar Conqurer is the most beautiful due to it's aggressive design elements and unique layout. 

 

Giving us an idea on what your standard of beauty is can help us pick between a Pure Base 500DX vs a TD500 Mesh vs a P400A vs a Meshify C vs a Mastercase H500 vs a NR600 vs cases i could sit here and list till I draw my last breathe

You're right, it's different for all of us. I've been looking at the Lian Li cases. I like when it's made almost entirely of glass, I was actually thinking of getting a case that I could mount on the wall. I'm probably gonna go for the exploding rainbow theme too, I just like them pretty lights :D

I'm not gonna build it myself, so I won't have to deal with annoying cases, that won't be my problem. I do prefer a case, where the PSU is hidden.


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1 minute ago, Bugses said:

You're right, it's different for all of us. I've been looking at the Lian Li cases. I like when it's made almost entirely of glass, I was actually thinking of getting a case that I could mount on the wall. I'm probably gonna go for the exploding rainbow theme too, I just like them pretty lights :D

I'm not gonna build it myself, so I won't have to deal with annoying cases, that won't be my problem. I do prefer a case, where the PSU is hidden.

Sounds like you're referring to the PC-O4, O5, O6 and O7 which unfortunately they dont make any more. The similar version to that would be thermatake's Core P3, P5 or the G3


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, TVwazhere said:

Sounds like you're referring to the PC-O4, O5, O6 and O7 which unfortunately they dont make any more. The similar version to that would be thermatake's Core P3, P5 or the G3

The P3/P5 looks beautiful. Is it open in the ends though? That would probably suck when it comes to acoustics :D

That's another thing I forgot to mention. I like a computer to be somewhat silent. I got the Define R5 case right now, and it's been really good when it comes to the acoustics.


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Just now, Bugses said:

The P3/P5 looks beautiful. Is it open in the ends though? That would probably suck when it comes to acoustics :D

Yes it's an "open case" with the traditional "top, front, bottom and rear" being completely open, so if using a case such as that, appropriate fans should be chosen for the best acoustic performance. 

 

Fans are the most important element to silence as they are the leading contributor to it. Unless you plan on having lots of spinning hard drives or water pumps, your best bet for a quieter system is better quieter fans with a custom fan curve.


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1 hour ago, Bugses said:

I like a computer to be somewhat silent.

IIRC in GamerNexus' case reviews the more open, airflow optimized cases tend to perform favorably against more closed, silence optimized cases when looking at cooling performance at a normalized noise level.

 

This is because the less restrictive case allows you to spin your fans slower to achieve the same level of cooling.


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  • CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K @ Per Core 5.2Ghz, 5.2Ghz, 5.2Ghz, 5.2Ghz, 5.1Ghz, 5.1Ghz, 5.0Ghz, 5.0Ghz; Cache @ 4.8Ghz; 0 AVX offset
  • Motherboard: Asus Maximus XI Hero
  • RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 4x8GB DDR4-3200 CL14 @ 4000Mhz 16-18-18-36
  • GPU: MSI RTX 2080 Sea Hawk EK X
  • Case: Phanteks Evolv X
  • Storage: 3x ADATA Ultimate SU800 1TB (RAID 0), Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVME
  • PSU: Corsair HX1000i
  • Monitor: Dell S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165 Hz Gsync
  • Cooling: Custom water loop (CPU & GPU), Radiators: 1x140mm(Back), 1x280mm(Top), 1x420mm(Front)
  • Keyboard: Corsair Strafe RGB (Cherry MX Brown)
  • Mouse: Corsair Scimitar Elite/MasterMouse MM710
  • Headset: Corsair Void Pro RGB
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

Roxanne (Wife Build):

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790K @ Per Core 5.0Ghz - 5.0Ghz - 4.9Ghz - 4.8Ghz, Cache @ 4.6Ghz, De-lidded
  • Motherboard: Asus Z97A
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 4x4GB DDR3-2133 CL9 @ 2200Mhz 9-11-10-22
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming ICX
  • Case: Corsair Vengeance C70, With Custom Side-Panel Window
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB, Samsung 860 EVO 1TB
  • PSU: Corsair AX760
  • Monitor: Samsung C27JG56 27" 2560x1440 144Hz Curved Freesync
  • Cooling: Corsair H115i RGB
  • Keyboard: Rosewill RK 9000V2(Cherry MX Blue)
  • Mouse: Glorious Model O-
  • Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 7
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

BlackBox (HTPC):

  • Intel Core i7 6700 slightly under-volted
  • Asus H110T/CSM Thin Mini-ITX
  • G.Skill 1x8GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM CL16
  • iGPU
  • Akasa Euler Fanless Solid Aluminum THIN Mini ITX Case (passively cooled)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
  • External 120W Power Adaptor
  • 4K TV
  • Passively cooled by the Akasa case. No moving parts!
  • Handheld QWERTY keyboard and trackpad.
  • Windows 10 Pro, Kodi autostarts on boot

NAS:

  • Synology DS216J
  • 2x8TB WD Red NAS HDDs in RAID 1. 8TB usable space
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Posted · Original PosterOP

I would go with M.2 drives and probably an AIO cooler. My computer is located in our bedroom at the moment, so I need to think about acoustics too. 


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1 hour ago, Bugses said:

I would go with M.2 drives and probably an AIO cooler. My computer is located in our bedroom at the moment, so I need to think about acoustics too. 

AiOs are not any quieter than an air cooler with good fans.

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When I built mine, I was looking for good airflow and didn't want something super loud, but it also had to house my 3HDD and 3SSD.

 

I went with the Lian Li Lancool II Mesh Performance. They do offer an RGB version that does light up pretty well.

 

I saw a short YT story that had that had the RGB version with Lian Li Uni-Fan SL-120s in it. really pretty! Not sure how quiet it was though.

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7 hours ago, tkitch said:

AiOs are not any quieter than an air cooler with good fans.

No, but they look better and cleaner :D I love air coolers and I really love my Noctua. But if I'm gonna build a on-display PC, then I'm probably not gonna use a air cooler.


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