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Replacing my decade old Fractal Design R2

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Guest2, 17 Jan 2021.

  1. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

    Posts: 17,188

    I recently had to return a Arctic liquid freezer 2, 280mm because it did not fit in my case.

    It's probalby about time I purchased a new case should I decide to change my GPU from a 2080Ti or upgrade the Noctua U14-S which is cooling my 5800X

    Inside my case is the following

    MSI MEG Unify X570 MB
    Ryzen 7 5800X CPU
    Teamgroup 8 pack DDR 3600 CL16 RAM
    EVGA 850W G2 PSU
    EVGA 2080Ti GPU
    Noctua U14-S (2 x 140mm fans)
    Noctua 120mm rear fan
    4 x standard SSD
    1 x NVME SSD on motherboard
    No top, bottom or front fans

    I was thinking to go big, something like a FRACTAL DESIGN Define R6 ATX Full Tower or PHANTEKS Enthoo 719 E-ATX Full Tower. Open to suggestions. Budget wise, upto £150

    Thanks
     
  2. Mesai

    Hitman

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    I have the Fractal Design Meshify S2, was a breeze to build in and the airflow is excellent. Just remember that a lot of cases will struggle to top mount any of the 140/280/420 AIOs.

    I've got a 360mm AIO up top 1x140mm rear for exhaust, then 3x140mm fans in front and 1x140mm on the bottom for intake.
     
  3. Guest2

    Capodecina

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  4. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    Unable to fulfil order. That’s twice this competitor has failed to fulfil an order

    Back to the drawing board

    @Mesai am I right in thinking the Meshify S2 only has two SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray. I have an M2 SSD and 4 x 2.5" SSDs in my Fractal Design R2.

    How would these fit in the S2?
     
    Last edited: 18 Jan 2021
  5. MikeTimbers

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    Location: New Eltham, London

    Phanteks make great cases. I used to be a Fractal fanboy but Phanteks cases are so much better. I have two P600S which is an amazing case for watercooling and have a air and AIO rig in a P300A which is really nice too. Next case will probably be a P500A when I can justify tearing down a Define S just for the fun of the build.
     
  6. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

    Posts: 17,188

    Thanks. Tempted to just get the Phanteks Eclipse P500A for £115 delivered. The Meshify S2 Dark tempered glass also look good for £101
     
  7. d_brennen

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    Do they still make an XL? I miss my XL :(
     
  8. MikeTimbers

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    plain black model is under a ton
     
  9. Guest2

    Capodecina

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  10. dtsrules

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  11. MikeTimbers

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    P500 Air is the P500A

    OCUK call it the P500 Air but it is the same thing as a P500A.

    The original P300 had a solid front and temps were atrocious. They brought out a new version with a mesh front called the P300 Air or P300A for short. The P400 - same thing - replaced with a P400 Air (P400A). They learnt because there has never been a P500 with a solid front.

    The P600S has a solid front and top but each have a large section that can be removed exposing a mesh.
     
  12. Mesai

    Hitman

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    It has 2 SSD mounts at the back at 2 on the base (above the PSU). Also has 3 HDD "cages" at the back.
     
  13. Guest2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 May 2009

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    Thanks both. It looks like the P500(A) and S2 will both take my 4 SSDs, no issue.

    Anything else worth looking at before I pull the trigger on the P500A? The fans sound (actually sound) garbage reading reviews so will take them out

    edit - Ordered the P500A. Thanks all
     
    Last edited: 19 Jan 2021
  14. ***F1ZZY***

    Hitman

    Joined: 5 Jan 2004

    Posts: 806

    Location: Wiltshire

    @Guest2 drop me a line if the FD R2 is in good condition and you are looking to getting rid of it. I'm looking for a case to rehome my server.
    Thanks
     
  15. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    mail sent to your MSN address :)