NZXT H440 or Fractal Define R4

Here's my build: 

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer H236HL bid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kone Pure Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ B&H)
Other: SUPERNIGHT 5M Waterproof 5050 SMD 300 Epoxy LED Strip Light White ($16.00)

I'm deciding between The black R4 and the Black/Red H440. The white is sexy but it would stick out like a sore thumb with my peripherals. The R4 I can order as soon as I get paid early Feb, and the 440 I'd order in Feb but have to wait for shipping. Which one is easier to clean?

I personally would go with the Fractal Design Define R4 in black (my opinion). Its a little better with sound, its okay with cable management, and has optical drive bays (the H440 doesn't). This case has gotten a bunch of good reviews and is really popular with most builders. Like I said though, Its my opinion ultimately the choice is yours. They are pretty much the same price (only thing is you have to pre-order the H440) and internally (expect that the H440 has more options for water cooling loops). They are both awesome cases so this one is a tuff one. Good luck choosing.

Thank you sir. Do you mind clarifying where the R440 falls short in sound reduction? Not going to miss disc drives at all.

Well the Fractal Define R4 has sound damping foam on the side panel (windowed doesn't) and on the front were the 5.25" drives bay are located at. This will keep the overall system quieter but, if will run a little bit warmer and dustier. Also this is the case that Logan is currently using so go check out his review.

From what I understand the H440 has a padded front panel as well. Though it seems to be a denser material. Hard to tell from video, alone. In addition, the H440 has the same fan/space/front panel for airflow as the R4 has. From what you can tell which one would be easier to clean?

I've seen Logan's videos on just about all the parts I am acquiring. I am a bit of a YT junkie, when shopping.

The H440 has a nice big removable magnetic filter mesh over the front fans, but to get to it one has to pull the whole front off. Not something I like to do on a regular basis. For having three 120mm fans in the front the intake also looks a bit limiting, kinda like they might as well have settled for two fans.

That's exactly what I was thinking. How easy would it have been to just make that panel a hinged door instead? It does look like a mini fridge after all. Would've been a lot easier on cleaning. And the 3 120's were pretty cool aesthetics but i think 2 140s may be a quieter choice.

I'm torn over it because, well, there just isn't much experienced reviews on it yet, but it will sure make my build look clean and matching. I'm leaning more towards R4 until someone can sell me on the H440.

The H440 is meant to be a silent case. The reason they don't have huge intakes or exhaust holes is because all of those fans are meant to be run on very low rpm. If you want more airflow, go get a case built for that. If, however, you want to build a proper silent case, throw some thick rads in it and run your high static pressure fans on low rpm. Just my two cents. 

Here is Linus's review

i pre-ordered a black/red one i liked the aesthetic more than the R4


Would you suggest the Kraken x60 or Corsair H105 for the H440? If so, what replacement fans should I get?

I've had the Define for a few months and it is VERY quiet. I had a Hyper 212 plus with the stock fan, the two stock Fractal fans for the front intake, a 140mm Noctua NF-A14 exhaust and the only thing I could hear was my HDD if the room is completely silent. Also my Haswell i7 stayed at 27 degrees celsius at stock clock, and the motherboard at 25.

Here's another great review on the 440 from some dudes.

I have the some 120mm high static pressure Noctua fans (NF-F12) and high airflow 120mm Noctua fans (NF-S12).  I am getting the H440 and am replacing my H100i with a Kraken x60.  So that frees up my NF-F12's.  Should i use those in the front as intake because of the limited air intake vents or use the NF-S12's? Another possible option would be to mount my Kraken x60 with my Noctua 140mm fans in the front as push pull.   

The reason I have so many fans is because I am currently using a Switch 810 and I am not very smart.


Build quality goes to fractal in my opinion. Especially when it comes to hdd mounts. 

Both are good options. The x60 would be good if you also want to get the G10 and do an AIO setup for your video card since it would probably work easier paired with the NZXT system. That being said, the G10 does say it can be used with AIO systems from other companies. If you're just looking to liquid cool your cpu, I think the x60 beats the low fan speed temps on all the corsair AIO systems.

As for fans, I'd have to say the Noctua, Noiseblocker, or Be Quiet! fans would probably be among the top choices here. 

how about throwing in the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 in this question. I find this one very interesting and making me hesitate between the Fractal and the Nanoxia.