Windows 10: Best Computer Cases of 2015
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Have a Fractal R4 I built to a fairly high spec, i7 included, and have made no modifications or added fans.
This computer is almost silent, and does not overheat.
You are thinking way over the top, unless you are planning to light a fire inside it.
Have faith in the design capabilities of Fractal.
Just built a system using the Thermaltake Core P5. It's an open case and it is very easily customised to your end needs. Under $200 so reasonable on price for the size of the case and the options it presents. The case can be configured to stand up, lay flat or even wall mounted.
I don't know what you would really want.. a flashy case to show off to others or a nice basic black case that has the features you need. For me at least, I go for the basic black case since I don't need to show it off to anyone and I want to put that extra money into other parts/software.
My 2c.. good luck in your search.
Same here. I would rather spend more on heat absorption/cooling and have lots of ventilation space.
Interesting case doorules.
Also, that "In Win Tou" looks really interesting.
See this review:
Quiet ATX Gamer, R5 Version | silentpcreview.com
I would follow the lead from the review: keep the two 140mm Fractal fans, but put in an extra 140mm fan at the front. Do not bother with a fan at the bottom.
I have a Fractal Design Design R5 myself, and the space at the bottom is 12mm. At 140mm diameter, this would give a geometrical flow area of 53cm2 (PixDxh) . A 140mm fan itself (without filter) would have a flow area of 140cm2 (Pi/4x(Do**2-Di**2) . So the bottom gap is very restrictive.
I got the Fractal Design R5 myself a few weeks ago, and played around with stresstesting Prime95 and measuring temperatures with HWMonitor. It is good fun, and shows what results can be achieved.
The side vents at the front are flow restricted: 2x1.4cmwidthx26cmhigh = 73cm**2. That is half the flow area of one 140mm fan. Could well be that even with two front intake fans and one outlet fan, there is no positive pressure in the case.
With two 140mm front fans and one rear 140mm fan, all at 600rpm, I have a reasonable quiet operation, and i7-6700K during Prime95/shortFFT at 58degrC. Maxing the fans to 1200rpm (with front door open) only lowered CPU temperature by 1 - 2degrC, so the cooling of the case at 600rpm with filter and front door closed is good enough. Any further improvement has to be achieved by the CPU cooler.
Last edited by turboman; 26 Dec 2015 at 12:33.
When I was building my own computers I was more concerned with the layout of the case than I was of the looks. I always tried to find one that had plenty of drive bays and USB ports that were decently located.
As long as the case has dust filters, I am pretty much happy with it. I don't get case windows and such. I don't run extra fans when they aren't required. I usually don't use anything but the OEM cooler. I prefer smaller cases these days over large cases.
I have been using Cosmos 11 for some time now, seem ok.
My rule for desktop cases: If you can't tuck under your arm, it's too damn big!
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