If you are looking for a case that:
- Does NOT have tempered glass, as you don't want multiple flickering lights in your room when you are watching a movie or something.
- Does NOT have too much mesh, as you don't want multiple flickering lights in your room when you are watching a movie or something.
- Is "Optimized for silent computing with high-density industrial dampening on side, top and front panels".
- Performs relatively well with air cooling, even when the above three criteria are met. (Temperature performance reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHGAJYcgBHI)
- Is made out of a whopping 12.4kg worth of quality metal and plastic and whatever.
This case should be the one for you. Maybe. Perhaps?
One important thing I would like to note though, is that this model does not have a USB-C port at the front. -Which is depressing for some people, especially at this price range.
I'm going to live with the one USB-C port at the back from my motherboard, but the front ports ARE replaceable with a USB-C INCLUDED connector if needed ($39AUD RRP), as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8cvH2NF0po
Some key notes that may help with your decision, as it did mine:
- I pulled the trigger on this case as it is an old model, and not many retailers seem to want to re-stock this non-tempered glass model.
- For those that may suggest the newer model from Fractal, the Define R6 is actually better than the new Define 7 for my use case scenario: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeTxUjUrw4A
- Amazon UK has them for $180 but their delivery fees are $250+.
- Some Aussie retailers do have them, but they usually only have the ones with tempered glass for $220~$260 and/or their delivery fees are around $30~$70.
- eBay "might" come up with sellers on Black Friday that undercut this $199 delivered price, but not by much (the lowest that has ever been posted on OzBargain before is $179 + $31 Delivery or Free Pickup and I can't do pick up), so I am confident that I can make more gains with my time spent looking for other parts on Black Friday.
- Opportunity costs are real on days like Black Friday to Cyber Monday. There are going to be deals you can't click into in time, especially if you are looking for multiple parts. It is a good idea to grab some deals that might not be the absolute best, but will make your PC the best bargain you could get overall.
On the other hand, if the computer case is your last piece of the puzzle and you aren't looking for any other computer parts, I would wait for Black Friday.