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Old 16-09-20, 06:16 PM
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Question Fractal Design Define 7 or Define R6 USB-C?

As the title suggests, I need help deciding which case to purchase for a new build.
I know both rate quite highly and I need lots of slots for HDD. Other cases dont seem to have the hard drive or optical drive options I need. Yes, some of us still make DVD's.
I'm old skool
The ASUS X570 ROG STRIX X570-F Gaming AMD Motherboard which has 8 SATA ports and 2 NVME slots is in the mail.
I clicked and collect the AMD 3700X tomorrow. The Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 16GB (2 x 8G DDR4 3600MHz C18 Desktop RAM is in the mail with the mobo.

I already picked up an MSI 2070, too.

I can make do with the stock cooler for a couple weeks until I can pick up an AIO. Im looking at one of the Coolermaster jobs, such as the Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB AIO CPU Cooler. I dont much care for RGB, but its at a decent price.
I currently have the original Corsair H100i, which I think has been renamed the H100x and it has been pretty good. So i dont mind another, similar one.

So, that brings me to the need for a case and a cooler that will fit in it.
Does anyone have a preference for the Define 7, or is the R6 USB-C pretty much the same case? Also cooler advice for the case and CPU would be welcome.

Thank you TTL, for the review on the Define 7. It did help alot, but still leaves me with the question: Which one is better? Are they the same size? I dont need the XL job, just a mid-tower case will do.

Thanks guys and gals. I hope everyone is safe and Covid-free.

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Old 16-09-20, 06:53 PM
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I would go with Meshify S2. It has much better airflow. For the cooler just go with Arctic AIO 280 or 360. The are the best performing and the cheapest.


Edit: Or go with Meshify C If your GPU is less than 285mm so you can put AIO in the front.. Much better price.
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Old 16-09-20, 07:13 PM
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Neither of those cases meet my hard drive or optical drive requirements. I will look into the coolers you mentioned. Thanks mate.
I currently have 5 HDD and an optical drive which I intend to keep using, and want to be able to whack in a couple more HDD when I feel like it, which is why I bought a mobo with 8 SATA ports.
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Old 16-09-20, 07:32 PM
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If you're going with a large case like any of those fractals, I don't see the point in spending money for an AIO. 3700X runs perfectly happily under a large noctua, cryorig or similar. Cheaper, quieter on idle and it'll last a lifetime.
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Old 18-09-20, 04:29 AM
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I've been quite happy with the performance of my Corsair H100i, and dont have a problem with getting another one, or trying a different brand and size. I've never been a big fan of gigantoid CPU coolers of old. I like the liquid coolers, and in the Melbourne summer heat, The Noctua wouldnt really be all that quiet, not that I care about quiet.
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