When researching the recommended specs for a new program at work we quickly decided that building our own PC was the only real option. With our recommended specs and a <$5K budget in mind we set about building a PC that met our needs comfortably with highly reviewed, name brand components we knew and trusted.
This included some server-based storage solutions (Western Digital 8TB drives) for the large file sizes we'd encounter as well as some external HDDs for transporting these large files back and forth across town (one of our big logistic hurdles).
Seeing it all come together we might have been fine with a smaller case but given how happy we are with the quality of the Fractal Design XL R2 I would still stick with them for the non XL version.
Thanks to some really smart case features this thing is absolutely silent. Much better than I would have thought possible given some of the hardware.
Tried and true. I keep using them and they keep working.
Impressive bios. Great feature set. No need for a back plate. Neat and well fitted. Wish the outward facing label plate fit a touch better but they never seem to.
Great option for $/gig ratio.
Crushes every benchmark and test. Completely silent.
Awesome. Good space for cord management. Everything feels top notch about this case. Everything inside stays quiet and cool thanks to rubber lifts and bushings on noisy components.
Minor nitpick: The screw holes were a bit clogged with powder coating and ever so slightly off in one spot. They work fine but they're a touch tight for finger screws.
It is what it is. Works just fine. Nothing fancy. You know exactly what you're getting.
I miss 7.
Awesome monitor. Can't beat it for the price.
It's so tiny!