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Did you find the perfect case, or did you always have to compromise?

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by razorpakk, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. razorpakk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2014

    Posts: 1,164

    Location: London

    I want to move away from my Enthoo Evolv (mostly to change, not much wrong with it) but I cannot find anything that totally convinces me:

    H500M Has too much plastic for a 200£ case.
    Meshify C has that ugly line where the plastic meets the metal around the front panel.
    Corsair 280X has a glass front panel instead of a mesh - or at least the option to use a mesh.
    011 Dynamic AIR has plastic front panel instead of metal and the mesh obstructs airflow.
    The upcoming Evolv doesn't have an option for a mesh front panel - maybe there will be another mod like the one we have on the store for the current Evolv.

    "All" i want is a case with mostly metal construction, glass side panel and front mesh. Every case seems to mess up somewhere (according to my taste).

    Is anyone completely happy with their case?
     
  2. JessieD

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 20, 2017

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  3. Armadillo

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 29, 2004

    Posts: 3,323

    I have a 750d airflow, mostly happy, but not perfect. I wanted a larger case with good airflow.

    I didn't want a window, but apparently that's asking too much and massivly cuts your choice of case down. So I had to buy a second side panel and swap it out because selling a non-window version is too hard.
    HDD bays are a joke. They rattle, buzz and are just awful. Corsair should be ashamed of the bays they are that bad. Given up with them now and will mount in my 5.25 bays instead.

    So nearly perfect but not quite. Perfect for me would be a large case, good airflow, no window or rgb lights, space for 3 mech hdds, decent mounts for them that don't rattle, buzz or make dumb noises. Doesn't exist though, so make do with the 750d.
     
  4. EsaT

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 3,971

    Location: Finland

    Certainly would have trouble in finding current case without too much incorrectable flaws/deficiencies.
    So I'll be stuck with my ten years old Lian Li PC-A71B for another decade.
    Lian Li has basically done full 180 turn and went all for bling bling and fashion crap in their new cases.


    Never been fan of those light weight plastic HDD trays, because of too high risk for those noises from slightest loose.
    So of course because of god darn fashion nearly every case uses those.

    Screws attached to HDD with rubber cushions mounting them to case is lot better.
    In previous config had RAID10 of four WD Blacks and basically couldn't hear disc activity.
    Of course in last successor variant of my case Lian Li changed HDD cage to more airflow slowing...

    BeQuiet's use of silicone strips in place of plastic rails should be nice:
    https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/beQuiet/Silent_Base_800/5.html
    But without E-ATX depth its rather cramped for long high end graphics card, unless removing upper HDD cage.
     
  5. razorpakk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2014

    Posts: 1,164

    Location: London

    I found the case I wanted!

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    The front panel can be removed and there's a nice mesh behind, I've also bought 3 Corsair 140ll. Will post pictures tomorrow!

    Plus that RGB panel grabbed my attention.
     
  6. Wingz

    Mobster

    Joined: Apr 29, 2003

    Posts: 2,614

    Location: Cardiff

    The thermaltake x71is what i'm planning to get, huge space for watercooling and plenty of air flow. I always liked big cases ;3
     
  7. razorpakk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2014

    Posts: 1,164

    Location: London

    Really like that one, my only issue are the drive bays that "ruin" the front panel.
     
  8. Kurgen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 10, 2015

    Posts: 1,346

    Location: Hungerford, UK, Earth

    ah you never said you wanted an ugly case ;)
     
  9. tyler_jrb

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 24, 2013

    Posts: 2,862

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Still do love my Enthoo Evolv. However i am looking at the coolermaster H500m tempered glass at the minute as I've had my evolv quite a while now and the airflow and cooler mounting options isn't all that great. Airflow especially is quite poor.

    Would ideally like to top mount my 360mm CPU cooler as its front mounted in the enthoo.

    The only downside to it is the GPU cable options. As ideally i would like to be able to have the cables come below the GPU rather than routed through the rear of the motherboard tray. Although should be easily sorted with a hole saw,dremel and rubber grommet. Lots of modding potential.

    Have a good think and order for next week I think.
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018 at 4:41 PM
  10. razorpakk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2014

    Posts: 1,164

    Location: London

    Indeed, I had plans for it (don't need the front panel)!

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    Building experience was horrendous coming from the Phanteks Evolv, but I'll keep it until Phanteks comes out with something focused on airflow.

    Also because these Corsair 140ll cost almost as much as the case and I feel like that was the real purchase.

    I'm happy with the way it looks, I've had the Evolv since it came out and I was bored (also buying the new Evolv wasn't an option because they look too similar - and once again, nowhere to show off the fans).

    P.S. The P600s might be nice (yes I have a new job and money to waste).
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018 at 8:20 PM
  11. Quartz

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

    Posts: 5,561

    Location: Aberdeen

    I love my Silverstone FT cases but I wish they were based around 240mm2 fans
     
  12. D1craig

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 28, 2014

    Posts: 1,449

    Doesn't the evolv have a similar mesh behind the front panel? My ITX one does and I've removed indie the last few weeks.

    I've been dreaming about getting a parvum r1 for the last year or 2 but it's quite pricey and requires me to do so much work on my pc. Currently have evolv ITX custom loop with 1 240mm rad, I broke the other 240mm rad.

    The r1 grabbed me for its 2x 360mm radiator sort of out of view and being able to see the gpu in the top window. My problem with it is its orientation. I will have my pc on my right so want the window on the left side of case and im sure this means the gpu won't be seen through the top window.
     
  13. razorpakk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 2, 2014

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    Location: London

    The Evolv has a filter which doesn't look presentable, while this Cooler Master looks like it was meant to be used in either way.
     
  14. ChugNorris

    OcUK Staff

    Joined: Nov 26, 2014

    Posts: 1,641

    Location: Stoke

    New Evolv X is pretty much perfect in my eyes. Not the supreme airflow that you will get with mesh, but significantly better than the Evolv Glass that I have never had any temperature issues with anyway.
     
  15. Jamie Archer

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 29, 2017

    Posts: 33

    Is there anymore news or info on when the evolv x will actually be released or on pre-order?
     
  16. Jamie Archer

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 29, 2017

    Posts: 33

    Personally the evolv x is a dream case for me, it ticks more boxes than any other case with my next fave looking case probably ticking half as many boxes, they have thought of just about every scenario and covered a solution for noise, cleanliness with cables, luxurious materials, classy lighting, improved airflow, well thought out water cooling options and even the ability to mount a second machine in the same case! Not bad for a case that is supposed to be around the £200 mark.

    If i really was to be picky, i wish they would do one in white one or one like the special edition pro m with a white interior...this illuminates your inner rig in a far superior fashion than any black coated interior can.
     
  17. Evilmethod666

    Associate

    Joined: Sep 5, 2012

    Posts: 64

    A Define R6 with Meshify C front would be my dream case.