Machinus

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I am looking for a new ATX case, but the number of products available seems to be overwhelming. I'm a bit lost.

I'm looking for a case with the following features:
- Subtle tower design (no crazy polygons, spikes, tons of glass, whatever)
- Stock 3 front intake fans, or at least possible to do this with stock parts (external bays are not needed)
- Suitable for air systems
- High build quality! (I'm willing to pay for it)
- No restrictions on weight or complexity

Are there any great cases available that are like this?
 

ddogg

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What is your budget? If you want quality nothing beats Caselabs but you will have to pay for it. I have a Mercury s5 and an STH10 inbound and the quality is far superior to anything on the market. Full aluminum, modular cases. If that seems too expensive, I would look into fractal and I think their Design R5 XL has 3 intake fans.
 

Machinus

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I'm building my next "future-proof" machine, so I'm willing to spend on a nice case. Those two caselabs models you mentioned do look very nice, but they are much too large for me (I don't need rad compartments). I will look at the rest of their designs, though!

The fractal case doesn't look like it can modify the external bay cage, which limits the number of front fans to 2 (unless I am misunderstanding the design?)
 

ddogg

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The mercury s5 is a small case, the pictures might be deceiving. The STH10 is an absolute monster though. The good thing about caselabs is every single frame/part on the case can be custom ordered. It takes ~2 months to arrive after you order as they do not mass produce the cases. It will also come flat packed and you will need to assemble it. Other than the wait, the quality is phenomenal and it is well worth the investment if you are willing to spend.
 

UsandThem

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Maybe the NZXT H440?

BTW, you can go to Newegg and filter the results by the number of fans (and size) you want in the case, and read some user reviews to find the case that works for you.
 

aigomorla

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Can i ask why you need 3 front intakes specifically?

Does it have to be a tower? Can it be a cube?
 
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Machinus

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The H440 is one of the best cases I have seen. If I had to pick right now, i would say that is the kind of case I am looking for. Now that it comes in an all-matte version, I might get that one unless I find something better.

Is NZXT known for good quality?
 

VirtualLarry

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Phanteks P400 has room in the front, behind the front bezel, for 3x120mm fans, or a 360mm rad.
 

Valantar

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If you're looking at Fractal, the R5 is the wrong case to look at. The Define S should align better with what you want.