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This review is from: XION XON-560 mATX/ ITX Meshed Mini Tower Case, USB 3.0, Black/Blue LED
Pros: USB 3.0 on front panel (but only one port?)
rubber mounts for drives
additional fan mounts
filter/grill on front intake fan to catch some dust
some space behind mobo for cable management, though a tight fit
Didn't have sharp edges everywhere often characteristic to cheap cases
Cons: filter is limited only to front intake fan. rest of the case is a very open air design, so it will get dusty anyway.
you get what you pay for here with build quality, it's a little flimsy.
Other Thoughts: Used this case in a build for a family member. Went cheap with the case so I could spend more on quality parts for the inside. You still sort of get what you pay for in terms of build quality yet at the same the case has some decent, modern features that give it a little more value and put it a notch above a lot of other budget cases out there. First thing I did was rip out the front LED fan (I've been done with glowing computer cases for a long time now). Wanted to try to improve the default airflow setup some, so I swapped in better 120mm front/rear fans, added a 120mm exhaust fan up top and added a couple 80mm fans on the side panel for addition intake to blow in front of the CPU and over the video card. Side panel can do either 4x 80mm fans or 1x200mm, was considering a 200mm but wasn't sure I could make it fit with my upright CPU cooler and the system isn't going to be producing huge levels of heat either. There's a bit of space under the mobo mounting plate for cable management. It's not the best but with some time and care I was able to get the cabling done pretty cleanly, leaving a nice open case for airflow without too much trouble. This case is probably going to need more frequent interior dusting than my nicer cases but in the end it gets the job done pretty well for a low cost.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
Pros: Great cooling. Better than most, if not all, air solutions. Mounting was not difficult at all. Link software allows you to create custom fan profiles. You set it and forget it.
Cons: Fans can definitely be noisy at high RPMs. I think after my bank account recovers from this last build I'll be replacing the stock fans with Noctuas.
The link software is fairly robust but somehow also kind of clumsy and not incredibly intuitive. It's nice that I can set it and forget it but it always has to run in the background. In short, the software itself works, but it also kinda needs work.
Other Thoughts: The radiator + stock fans barely fit inside a Fractal R4 case. It barely cleared the heatsinks on my motherboard, which were about as tall as the standard release levers on the RAM slots. I wouldn't even be able to upgrade to a push/pull setup without switching to low-profile RAM. This is by no means a fault for the H100i, but I wanted to make sure I covered this for those thinking about going with this combo as this cooler and that case are very popular in the system building community right now.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower Computer Case
Pros: What can I say that hasn't already been said about this case? The case has been extremely well thought out in every area - great care was taken when designing this case. Noise dampening, a ton of 140mm fan mounts, removable drive bays, cable management setup, aesthetic appeal, nothing wasn't well done. I've built hundreds of systems, and building in a case iike this is an absolute pleasure, you'll never went to go back to a standard $60 case after building in a case like the R4.
Cons: This case might not be the best for a liquid cooling setup. The top has mounts for a radiator but I was BARELY able to get clearance with the corsair H100i heatsink with a single set of fans. My motherboard, the ASUS z97-pro's heatsinks were thankfully flat on top. If rounded, it might not have fit! If I wanted to upgrade the H100i radiator for a push/pull setup, I would have to switch to low profile RAM for it to fit. I won't fault the case for that though, it was my own fault for deciding to go liquid cooling at the last second without research. So, food for thought, if you're going with a water cooling setup, this works but may not be the best option.
Other Thoughts: Despite the "con" above this is an amazing case, without question. Probably my favorite case I've ever built in to date. There's clearly a reason, or many reasons actually, why this case is one of the top recommended in DIY system builder forums and communities.READ FULL REVIEW