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Case needed for business (non-gaming) PC

w2tq

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I need a case for a pc for business use - not for gaming or high performance, running a Linux OS with a virtual machine.

The planned configuration:

1. Motherboard: Intel-based ATX (Intel quad core CPU with stock cooler; Z390 chipset; 16 GB RAM; one or two m.2 500 GB SSDs).

2. Graphics: MSI nVidia GeForce GTX 1650 dual monitor card with two DisplayPort outputs; two fans; requires two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

3. Optical: CD/DVD drive.

4. Power supply: 500 watts

No additional storage is contemplated at this time; perhaps one SATA SSD or magnetic drive in the future.

Previously, I have used Antec steel cases. My preference for this build is a steel, non-windowed case with front-mounted USB ports & power switch. A few of the cases I am considering are the following:

Antec Atlas 550 Mid-Tower Case
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1121234-REG/antec_server_chassis_atlas_chassis.html

Cooler Master Mid Tower Micro-ATX/ATX
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1128839-REG/cooler_master_nse_400_kkn2_system_cabinet.html

Corsair CC-9011075-WW Carbide Series 100R Mid-Tower (which has an acryllic window)
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1112579-REG/corsair_cc_9011075_ww_carbide_series_100r.html

Super Micro SC732D4-500B Mid-tower
https://www.supermicro.com/en/products/chassis/tower/732/SC732D4-500B

I am interested in comments about the foregoing cases and any suggestions for a suitable case for the planned configuration.
 
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And the winner is ... Cooler Master Mid Tower Micro-ATX/ATX
All the others they look as poor relatives of this Cooler Master.
 
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Case for business use you say.... Hmmmmm, take your pick from any of the 1000 black box cases that are available with the above specs :rolleyes: , serious any lower end Antec, corsair, coolermaster will do..... I do find that Antec seem to have the most options available at low price points that fit your bill and have been around forever so I would trust them more than the aforementioned, also having owned several cases of theirs at different price points, but honestly, take any of the cases you've listed and literally hundreds more and you could pick a random number, unless of course there is something else you require that you haven't specified with your initial requirements?
 
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I have 4 PC's at work using Corsair 100R cases. No complaints.
 
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Actually, I'd pick any of them aside from the Cooler Master. For an office build, I've had the little brother to the N400, the N200, for the past five years now, and while it is a very minimalistic and solid case, the mesh front plugs up pretty easily over time in a carpeted (dusty) office environment. And because it's the entire front panel, you have to remove the entire fascia to clean it. If this is one of those office PCs that you'll build and forget about as it quietly does its work for the next five years, you may want to consider something with a solid front panel if you don't want the front to look entirely grey with dust in a few years time.

Not that I'd expect a solid front panel to starve a quad core Coffee Lake and 1650 into thermal problems. If the panels are interchangeable and you're able to switch the 100R's window to whichever side is hidden, it'll be a good choice. Alternatively, the 200R also exists, and is a stereotypical inoffensive office case.
 
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Actually, I'd pick any of them aside from the Cooler Master.
You need to justify your opinion, about the specific Cooler Master case.
Because only a blind person could not see, how well it is designed about cooling of optical drives and of a pile of HDD's, due the great idea of use of side panels for cooling.
I am giving to it a 7 Plus as vote, and this it would be 10 Plus if it was a Full-tower (taller).
 
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I would recommend the Phanteks P400A if you value silence.
 
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