I’m looking to buy an affordable mid-full tower case. The cheaper the better, but I'm willing to stretch a little on the budget if it'll be worth it. I used to be all about having maximum cooling performance, but my case sounded like a jet taking off. This time around I’m striving for a clean, silent build without comprising on good cooling. I know that having quite components plays a large role in determining the noise level of a build, but a case built for silence doesn’t hurt either.
Aesthetically, I want it to be minimal and a clear side panel is a plus. I’d much prefer the hard drive bays to be modular and space or option for water cooling is also a plus. Here’s my list of what I’m currently looking at.
NZXT Source 530
NZXT Phantom 530
Fractal Design Define XL R2
Fractal Design Define R4
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
Nanoxia Deep Silence 5
The two NZXT cases are not necessarily built for silence, but I’ve heard they’re noise level is competitive, particular the phantom 530 considering its performance. Meanwhile the source 530 is an awesome value for its price. Between the built-for-silence cases, I’m leaning towards the Fractal Design Define XL R2 (mainly because it’ll provide better cooling by default of its size) and either two of the Nanoxias. Anyone have any experience with any of these? Which one should I get? Thanks.