Best Airflow and Dust Case

Hi, I would like to buy a new case. I am confused by all the options, so I thought I'd ask you guys.
My priorities for a case in order are 1)Airflow 2)Noise. Aesthetics, dust and cable management are nice, but expendable if required. I am looking to spend no more than 200 euros/dollars.
Importantly, I'd like it to be 140mm fan size and over (meaning no 120mm fans).
So based on these parameters, what would you say is the best case within that price?

Cpu 8350 @4.7GHz
Gpu: 970 G1 Gaming @1585 Effective (BiosMod)
Ram: 2x4GB Ares G.Skill
Storage: 1TB HDD, 1 128GB SSD
Cooler: Cryorig R1 Universal, 3 fans
Case (current):
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  1. Are you wanting full or mid tower ATX form factor?
  2. midtower would be optimal, but I could go with a full tower that fits those requirements provided its not ginormous.
  3. Are you looking for flashy, understated or some combination of the two? Do you require a 5.25" optical drive bay? A lot of cases, more by the day, are ditching the external optical drive bays since the majority of users are moving to flash based media rather than disks. There are options both ways but knowing your preference is helpful.
  4. righto. no i couldnt care less for an optical drive bay. dont own an optical drive in fact.
    as for looks, i dont really mind all that much, as i said all i want is airflow ad performance primarily, the rest is secondary. but i guess if i had to choose, id go for either a combination of the two or a little flashy, so long as it doesnt turn my pc into a disco.

    btw you are being thorough my man! XD thanks in advance for taking an interest and for the help
  5. Best answer
    I really think the H440 is the best choice for your criteria. It has great cooling with the option of running 140mm fans at all fan locations, front, top and rear. Pretty good filtration. Noise levels are really largely the result of fan choice rather than what case you get, although the H440 is generally pretty quiet. This case comes in several color options, but I like the black with red accents the best. It's pretty understated but has a little bit of flash with it's red trim.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $98.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-26 21:20 EST-0500

    No case, even those with additional panel insulation, can really do much about the noise created by fans that are attached to giant holes in the sides of the case.

    Consider, there are houses that are very quiet even with your music blasting loud, but the minute you open the front door, the whole neighborhood is going to hear it. The only way to reduce the sound pressure levels is to utilize fans that don't make much noise to begin with, and none of those fans are ones you're likely to see included with pretty much any case on the market. If you want quiet fans, you'll need to purchase them separately. I highly recommend Noctua. I've used just about every brand of fan on the market and regardless of what their specs on paper say, the Noctua's are simply quieter, period. You don't necessarily have to go with the brown versions either, they have grey/black models as well.

    H440 review:,3734.html

    Other options I would consider to be serious contenders are the Fractal design Define R5 (I like the Blackout version the best) which has noise insulating material, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M (Which is the little brother of the Enthoo Pro, a case I have built in several times and like very much) which also has support for 140mm fans at all positions and the Thermaltake Suppressor F31. All these cases are well built, support 140mm fans at front, top and rear locations and are at least relatively quiet depending on course on fan choice and what kind of CPU cooling is being employed. Liquid cooled system will almost always be louder than air cooled systems due to the simple fact that they don't cool well without running the fans at high speeds and those fans are attached to radiators that are mounted near holes in the case plus the airflow through the radiators will have increased sound pressure over fans that would otherwise be mounted there.
  6. would the H440 support two 280mm radiators, front and top? possibly 60mm thick radiators?
    would the same be true of the Enthoo Pro and Luxe?

    These 3 mentioned cases seem to be the final contenders for sure. I dont like the ProM because where I live (Italy) they're twice the price of a regular Enthoo Pro.

    I will pick your answer as the solution right now, because you have helped bog it down to just 3 (excellent) cases. However if possible I would still like your input on these last few issues mentioned. Thank you for your help, DarkBreeze FTW!

    PS the ThermalTake Suppressor F31 does not support ATX from what I read.
  7. If you don't mind a full tower case, the Pro and Luxe are exceptional choices. Also, the Suppressor does support ATX.

    Supporting a range of motherboard platforms from Mini ITX to ATX solutions, unrivaled liquid cooling expansion and expandability for all high-end GPU solutions users can expect an enthusiast built design they can trust.

    As well, the H440 does support that. It will support radiators up to 280mm in both the front and top locations. It will also support 3 x120, or 360mm, radiators in both those locations. Additionally, the H440 does have noise suppression material on the case which I didn't realize before, don't know how I ever missed that, but I haven't built any systems using that case yet like I have with the Enthoo Pro and Luxe.

    I have somewhat studied it quite a bit though as I'm actually considering it for my upgraded parts that are coming this week. The only thing I don't like about the H440 is that the window isn't a full view window, but that's just my own personal qualm and has nothing to do with the case quality or features.
  8. I like the H440 A LOT too, because its a great case and looks good without being tacky. The thing is I like good airflow, which means an open front case, reason why I have currently discarded the Luxe (not the 440 though, I cant give up on it yet)

    Also I cant for the life of me figure out which case and where will hold either 30mm or 60mm thick radiators. I'm working on a long term project to make a single cpu-gpu loop with a double pump and two radiators, so even two 30mm thick ones should be fine considering the two rads should both be in push-pull. Still, I think cases should be very long term, so knowing i can fit at least one 60mm thick radiator in there would be great, if the need ever arose.

    Btw, I'm also working on a build for a friend with the air 540, and im wondering whether push pull will fit in the front too...hmm

    Gah, so many questions. Anyway the battle is now H440 and Enthoo Pro for me, at least atm.

  9. OMFG check out the Enthoo Primo, its pricy but daaamn it look sexy. and you can fit a triple 140 rad at the top (up to 4 rads in total, maybe 5). WUT WUT
  10. Air 540 is LOUD, and only allows for three fans. Not a good choice unless the square footprint is necessary due to placement concerns or just because you like the aesthetics, not that you were saying YOU were going to use it, I know that's not what you were saying.

    Open front cases are not shown to allow any benefit to increased airflow over those that pull air from the sides and bottom. Air is constant and fans cannot pull enough air fast enough in these configurations to create actual vacuum, which is what would have to happen in order for there to be a lack of ambient source air significant enough to affect cooling performance. These manufacturers spend millions of dollars testing designs and if there was a measurable detriment to designs not open front, they simply wouldn't use them on their high end offerings.

    My current case, the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer draws air ONLY from the bottom half of the front panel, and I've modified the case cage to accept two 140mm front fans where only one fan of 120, 140 or 200mm originally was designed to go, and have modified the rear fan mount to accept a 140mm fan in place of the 120mm that belongs there, and I have ZERO issues with airflow due to the intake air being channeled through the four slots at the lower front half of the case despite having almost twice the intended intake draft there than was was intended.

    Anyhow, even with cases that only draw air from the bottom and sides of the front panel, there's plenty of surface area to supply the necessary airflow.

    This is another case you might want to consider if you desire there to be an open front with direct fan access to the ambient intake.

    It does however only support radiators up to 40mm thick, not counting the fans. With fans included it would be up to 65mm and I believe that is pretty much standard for most cases that support radiator mountings these days. There are likely some older models that are iffy in this area.

    Although there IS likely SOME airflow restriction, use of high static pressure fans will overcome any such restrictions for the most part. You can also always mod the front panel to allow increased airflow, if you're into modifications at all.

    I'm not certain of what thickness radiators are supported in the H440, but you can find a ton of information about it here:
  11. I'm sorry but the Enthoo Primo has conquered my heart. It is a bit huge and a bit pricy, true, but its so well made, and has so many options. It definitely looks like a lifetime worth of a case to me. Definitely a watercooling beast.
  12. The Luxe is really good. It's a good choice. Both the Luxe and Pro are cases that you can't go wrong with if you can get past the sheer size. Just to offer an example of how large they really are, this is an image of a build I recently did where the client had me install, granted, an mATX board in it, so it's quite a bit smaller than it's ATX version (Gigabyte H97m-HD3), but is SWALLOWED by the sheer size of the case. Still, there's plenty of room to build in and the quality is good. I will advise to be careful with the top panel of the case though as there are plastic "legs" that stick down into the case framework to hold it in place and they WILL break off rather easily. That's really the only weak spot I've seen on either of these cases.

  13. Pro and Luxe are definitely my back up choice if i cant get a Primo. Cant figure out what the Luxe has that the Pro doesnt though, other than more top clearance. The Luxe is almost twice the price of the Pro here, so im guessing I'll be going either Primo or Pro. I'll soon be starting my water loop build log, dont know if here or over on overclockers, so wish me luck!

    Fun Fact: Primo means "First" in Italian, and the Primo is indeed the first case ever produced by phanteks, if i am not mistaken.

    Peace bruh
  14. Oh, duh, you did say Primo. That's even more ginormous. And expensive. Amazing case though.
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