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    Default Fractal Define R5 W Titanium - Need advice

    Fractal Design Define R5 FD CA Def R5 TI w Titanium Computer Case | eBay

    Okay here is the story, I am hoping to have a new build by the end of the summer, I am getting help from a good friend because I cannot build anymore with my arthritis in my hands. I wanted to use the case above because its quiet and it has 2 X 5:25 in bays, plus SSD inserts on the back of the case. Lately I am really getting into quiet builds, so the Define R5 supposedly fit that mold. I want to go Asus full out X99 5960X with a moderate DIY loop and a new new Asus 980GTX Posiden GPU in the loop, This will be a single GPU build because I need the PCI-E lanes for other things. ( Sound card , PCI-E SSD, etc. ) The only downside is that if I wanted to use a 360 rad I would have to remove the optical drive bays which I need. So I guess a 280mm rad is in the build. Now I could use the Swiftech H240X which is expandable to use with a CPU and a GPU, but if I go DIY I can use a better pump and nicer tubing and fittings. Now I would guess 32 GBs of DDR4-3000 (GSkill ), I had 2 of these kits in mind G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4G 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15Q-16GRR - Newegg.com . They match the Asus ROG motherboard patterns. Plus a good 1200W PSU . With all this in mind, the case is really what I am not sure of. I want a good windowed quiet case, that has good air flow.
    I was going to wait for Skylake but decided that for my uses it wont make a bit of difference.

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    Default Re: Fractal Define R5 W Titanium - Need advice

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    Fractal Design Define R5 FD CA Def R5 TI w Titanium Computer Case | eBay

    Okay here is the story, I am hoping to have a new build by the end of the summer, I am getting help from a good friend because I cannot build anymore with my arthritis in my hands. I wanted to use the case above because its quiet and it has 2 X 5:25 in bays, plus SSD inserts on the back of the case. Lately I am really getting into quiet builds, so the Define R5 supposedly fit that mold. I want to go Asus full out X99 5960X with a moderate DIY loop and a new new Asus 980GTX Posiden GPU in the loop, This will be a single GPU build because I need the PCI-E lanes for other things. ( Sound card , PCI-E SSD, etc. ) The only downside is that if I wanted to use a 360 rad I would have to remove the optical drive bays which I need. So I guess a 280mm rad is in the build. Now I could use the Swiftech H240X which is expandable to use with a CPU and a GPU, but if I go DIY I can use a better pump and nicer tubing and fittings. Now I would guess 32 GBs of DDR4-3000 (GSkill ), I had 2 of these kits in mind G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4G 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15Q-16GRR - Newegg.com . They match the Asus ROG motherboard patterns. Plus a good 1200W PSU . With all this in mind, the case is really what I am not sure of. I want a good windowed quiet case, that has good air flow.
    I was going to wait for Skylake but decided that for my uses it wont make a bit of difference.
    If case size is essential here, then it will be hard to find something to do what Fractal can't. If budget isn't too much of an issue, (based on the sum of the parts so far), have you considered Case Labs? The Mercury S8/S8S might be a good option. A bit different in shape, but the material thickness of the case alone might negate the need for sound dampening insulation and configuration options are ridiculous, in a good way. I hope this at least inspires the imagination and you might go back and take a look at something you passed over before. Good luck on your hunt!

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    Default Re: Fractal Define R5 W Titanium - Need advice

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    Fractal Design Define R5 FD CA Def R5 TI w Titanium Computer Case | eBay

    Okay here is the story, I am hoping to have a new build by the end of the summer, I am getting help from a good friend because I cannot build anymore with my arthritis in my hands. I wanted to use the case above because its quiet and it has 2 X 5:25 in bays, plus SSD inserts on the back of the case. Lately I am really getting into quiet builds, so the Define R5 supposedly fit that mold. I want to go Asus full out X99 5960X with a moderate DIY loop and a new new Asus 980GTX Posiden GPU in the loop, This will be a single GPU build because I need the PCI-E lanes for other things. ( Sound card , PCI-E SSD, etc. ) The only downside is that if I wanted to use a 360 rad I would have to remove the optical drive bays which I need. So I guess a 280mm rad is in the build. Now I could use the Swiftech H240X which is expandable to use with a CPU and a GPU, but if I go DIY I can use a better pump and nicer tubing and fittings. Now I would guess 32 GBs of DDR4-3000 (GSkill ), I had 2 of these kits in mind G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4G 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15Q-16GRR - Newegg.com . They match the Asus ROG motherboard patterns. Plus a good 1200W PSU . With all this in mind, the case is really what I am not sure of. I want a good windowed quiet case, that has good air flow.
    I was going to wait for Skylake but decided that for my uses it wont make a bit of difference.
    Well, this thing is kind of stuck in my head now, so I went the egg and noticed the Thermaltake mid towers. They have some cases worth a look and with the right fans, db's could be low enough for your needs.
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    Default Re: Fractal Define R5 W Titanium - Need advice

    For the Record, I absolutely love my Define R4 Black Edition, although I'd trade it for an R5 any day just for the better designed SSD trays!

    For quiet and features, IMO the R5 is a hard case to beat (on a reasonable budget). However, as you point out, the ODD is going to be a problem with a large Rad. In fact, if your build ends up like mine, even with a 240 in the top position, you'll likely lose the use of the top bay for ODD. The second bay should work, but the fittings tend to limit access to the top bay (see the photos in this thread: Dark Matter Transfusion (Custom Loop Upgrade)).

    Reversing the RAD so the ports are at the other end might work (to be fair I didn't try that), but if you need both ODD bays, it could be challenging. Dual 240's might be an option for you (Top & Front).

    Having said that, the R5 and Define S cases are chock full of great features, and are a pleasure to work with. The case is just flat out quiet. I have 2 x 120mm fans and 3 140mm fans, and with the front panel closed and the pump running, unless I'm running the CPU at full throttle with Handbrake cranking all 8 threads to max, the thing is all but silent.

    Heavy as hell, but flat out quiet.

    Great Case.

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