Hope you can help me decide which case would be best for me. Apologies for my english which is not my native language.
I currently own a modded Antec SLK3000B which is dead silent but want to upgrade to a bigger case for more airflow and room to work, better cable management (behind the motherboard tray) and front USB3.0 ports. I would also like the PSU in the bottom this time.
I'm in doubt between these cases and they are listed in the order that I prefer:
- Fractal Design R4
- Antec P280
- Corsair 550D
My system details and images:
- removed panel door
- Scythe Kama Bay with Scythe AD1212DS-A73GL(6TCL7) 120mm fan replacing 3 HDD bays
- homemade mesh grid covering FDD bay to add cooling for SSD
- front bottom 120mm fan (Scythe Slipstream SY1225SL 12L) + grill cutout
- back 120mm fan (same as front) + grill cutout
- Side panel has open grills in CPU and GPU area, no fans attached
PSU: Seasonic M12II-620W Bronze Evo Edition
HDD1: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ suspended behind kama bay
HDD2: Hitachi Deskstar HDT721010SLA360 suspended behind kama bay
SSD: Samsung 128GB on foam and tied with rubber band behind mesh grid in FDD bay
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
CPU Cooler: Thermalright True Spirit 140 running included fan
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4x4)
GPU: Gigabyte GV-R577SL-1GI (passive)
GPU Cooler: 120mm fan zip tied to passive cooler
I'm going to add another SSD and might change the HD5770 for a GTX760 (Twinforce cooler)
The case is positioned left from the desk and is lift up from the floor (9,5 inches) with a homemade construction.
Clearance from back of case to wall is 7 inch and from left of case to window 40 inch. The shelf above the case only covers around 6 inches from the back of the case.
I think in my case it would probably be better to use the top vents in my next case but I'm afraid this will also add noise.
During summer the case can get a bit hot but we all know to have a dead silent system we'll have to sacrifice a bit in cooling. An improvement on this would be great though. If I could get rid of the 120mm GPU fan which is putting a strain on the card's weight (mobo connection) that would also be great.
I think none of the cases will reduce HDD vibration as much as suspending them so I'm looking for a case where this can be done easily, if need be.
All the 120mm fans (front, back, GPU) can be used in my next case (I think the P280 lacks front intake fans)
I think I pretty much covered everything. I love the SLK3000B and it has served me well but I want to step up and give my hardware more breathing room and add USB3.0 support.
I hope I haven't bored you with all this but wanted to give you specific details on my current situation and what I expect from my next case.
Thanks in advance!