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Old February 12, 2015, 05:31 AM
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Are there any other cases I should consider? The Phanteks Enthoo Pro seems like a very good choice.

I'm looking for lots of upgrade capability, water cooling in the near future and obviously some good air flow. All the reviews i've seen are very positive.

If I could spend less, that would be nice, but the price point of the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is my limit. It is 130$ on ncix.
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Old February 12, 2015, 06:24 AM
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Fractal design R5 check the reviews
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Old February 12, 2015, 06:42 AM
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I'm actully leaning towards the R5 now, can anyone comment on the noise level of the Enthoo pro? Thanks for the reply!
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Old February 12, 2015, 07:12 AM
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You'll have to check the reviews of that case to get an idea, but the R5 does have noise dampening material on the sides so without having first hand experience I believe the R5 is the more optimized of the two.
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Old February 12, 2015, 09:13 AM
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Arc Midi R2 is another option if you want something in between the R5 and enthoo pro
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In terms of silence the Enthoo Pro is fairly quiet with the 200mm front fan, which moves a fair bit of air at lower RPMs, but the Define R5 is a quieter air cooling case because of the front door and top plastic panels with noise-dampening material in them.

Regarding quality I'd give the nod to Fractal Design too. I have the White Enthoo Pro which is also an amazing case, but there seems to be some cost-cutting in the paint of the disk cage and PSU shroud. Both are sturdy but the paint seems a little uneven and thin.

Both are incredible water cooling cases, but the Define R5 is almost better because the top grill which supports up to 420mm radiators is intelligently designed to not only give you ample room for nearly unlimited thickness radiators, but even allows low profile RAM, 8-pin CPU and motherboard clearance with 140mm based radiators, which is a first.
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I've got a decent amount of time to decide, so i'll look at reviews a lot and compile a list of pros and cons. And think more of what I want in the case. Also, the Enthoo Pro has a fan controller, which I really like.
I like the Arc Midi R2 as well, it is a very competitive price bracket.
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I've got a decent amount of time to decide, so i'll look at reviews a lot and compile a list of pros and cons. And think more of what I want in the case. Also, the Enthoo Pro has a fan controller, which I really like.
I like the Arc Midi R2 as well, it is a very competitive price bracket.
Extremely competitive. I was in the same situation in the fall...was stuck between the enthoo pro and arc midi. Ended up with the arc, but you won't go wrong with either.

Arc midi r2 also has a 5/7/12v controller for 3 fans.
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I sort of want a windowed case, and if I went with the R5 windowed version, it would probably effect the noise level a lot. Wouldn't it?
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Somewhat, but remember the R5 has a three speed fan controller as well. Not as advanced as the PWM to 3-pin controller of the Enthoo Pro, and without splitters only handles 3 fans (I believe) but still works no problem.

I think if you compared all of them, the only real differences are radiator capabilities. The Enthoo Pro is the only one that can handle an actual 200mm radiator in front if the disk cages and front side plate are removed, and this could help noise levels too.

The window will make a bit of a difference, but with all things being equal, your components have a greater impact on sound level than the actual case. Any case with a number of high speed fans can only do so much.

I think the Arc Midi R2 is also quite good, as it has a nice top fan filter. The Enthoo Pro has this too, but it's a mesh filter which isn't quite as good as keeping out dust as the Arc Midi's multi cell foam type filter.

In terms of differences, the R5 will be the most silent, the Enthoo is probably the most flexible (as you can buy extra SSD sleds for the back of the motherboard tray and one can even be a 2-in-1 for up to 3 drives back there), and the Arc Midi is the smallest and the most dust free.

Looks are subjective but I've had all three cases, and consider them all to be attractive enough to sit on a desktop.
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