New Computer Case - Solid or Tempered Glass Side Panel?

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sshapiro Contributing Member • Posts: 551
New Computer Case - Solid or Tempered Glass Side Panel?

I am building a new photo editing system and want to get a new case. My favorite cases are the Fractal Design Meshify C series, which are available in a few different side panel options:

I have never had a case with a glass side panel, and I am not sure if it makes sense to get one now. I assume  glass panels might produce distracting light, reflections, or glare that could require specific room placement to mitigate.

Do any of you have experience using cases with glass side panels? Are there specific reasons to go with or stay away from them? I am not interested in showing off the internal components; I just want to set up the computer and use it.

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Thurnau Contributing Member • Posts: 503
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I'm in a similar boat so I've been reading up on this.

Reasons to have a glass: it looks cool, you can see if your internal case is dirty, and verify the fans are running.

Reasons to have all metal: It's cheaper, quieter when the metal case has deadening foam material installed, and some people believe it reduces radiation rfi/emf exposure.

OP sshapiro Contributing Member • Posts: 551
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Thurnau wrote:

I'm in a similar boat so I've been reading up on this.

Reasons to have a glass: it looks cool, you can see if your internal case is dirty, and verify the fans are running.

Reasons to have all metal: It's cheaper, quieter when the metal case has deadening foam material installed, and some people believe it reduces radiation rfi/emf exposure.

I'm leaning toward the solid metal panel, but my son just bought a new desktop system that has the tempered glass and it does look nice.

The motherboard I bought is circuit-board green and I am also going to use a Noctua CPU cooler which is a kind of ugly beige color. I probably need to hide everything from view.

RDKirk Forum Pro • Posts: 15,943
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sshapiro wrote:

I am building a new photo editing system and want to get a new case. My favorite cases are the Fractal Design Meshify C series, which are available in a few different side panel options:

I have never had a case with a glass side panel, and I am not sure if it makes sense to get one now. I assume glass panels might produce distracting light, reflections, or glare that could require specific room placement to mitigate.

Do any of you have experience using cases with glass side panels? Are there specific reasons to go with or stay away from them? I am not interested in showing off the internal components; I just want to set up the computer and use it.

Depends on where you put it. The trendy thing now is to have a an esthetically pleasing (or exciting) case interior with a clear glass side and place the tower on the desk beside the monitor where you have constant view of it. Kind of like a work of art on your desk. Or like a big lava lamp.

I'll never have that much space to spare on my desk.

I have a six-year-old tower with a plexiglass window. It's handy because I can glance into it to remind myself of my system components and their motherboard layout without opening the case when I'm considering making changes. I have just enough lighted components to illuminate the case. But I keep the tower on the floor beside my desk where it's not a distraction.

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sam45
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The rage today is RGB, so get the window and one part (or more) that have RGB, and be hip and cool :-)! If only one, I say RGB memory.

I say get the window, if it does not cost much more. You can put masking/gaffers tape over the window if you do not like it, not as easy putting in a windows later on.

I have always bought cases with a windows, but never have installed the side panels :-|, lol.

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kelpdiver Veteran Member • Posts: 4,521
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get whichever is cheaper or will be shipped faster.

SC489 Senior Member • Posts: 1,286
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I'd rather buy a quiet case which will have sound deadened side panels

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Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,904
Re: New Computer Case - Solid or Tempered Glass Side Panel?

sshapiro wrote:

I am building a new photo editing system and want to get a new case. My favorite cases are the Fractal Design Meshify C series, which are available in a few different side panel options:

I have never had a case with a glass side panel, and I am not sure if it makes sense to get one now. I assume glass panels might produce distracting light, reflections, or glare that could require specific room placement to mitigate.

Do any of you have experience using cases with glass side panels? Are there specific reasons to go with or stay away from them? I am not interested in showing off the internal components; I just want to set up the computer and use it.

I think this is entirely personal preference and a bit of common sense.

Many motherboards are now like disco light shows, and you might not want that within line of sight while editing photos.  My case (Corsair 200R) has extensive ventillation holes in all faces, so I can see the ever-changing colours of the lights from the motherboard, the AMD cpu cooler and the graphics card.

I really wouldn't want that on my desk, but it's fine under the desk.

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OP sshapiro Contributing Member • Posts: 551
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I want to thank all of you for your input. I also asked the question in a reddit community and got some helpful guidance there too. I decided to go with the solid panel. It saved me about $20 and I won't need to worry about case placement.

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Below is a link to my photo editing workstation. I have a Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case. I have the tinted glass side. You can turn off the lights or make the lighting subtle or make a major light show. I like to see the inside of the case. I enjoy build the computers and making the inside look nice. I mounted the video card vertically which I also like. I even programed the GPU fans so the turn slowly even when the temperatures are low.

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BillyBobSenna wrote:

Below is a link to my photo editing workstation. I have a Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case. I have the tinted glass side. You can turn off the lights or make the lighting subtle or make a major light show. I like to see the inside of the case. I enjoy build the computers and making the inside look nice. I mounted the video card vertically which I also like. I even programed the GPU fans so the turn slowly even when the temperatures are low.

Photo Editing Workstation

You did a great job! The picture of your desk seems to show two computers, is that correct? If so, are they both set up the same way?

BillyBobSenna
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sshapiro wrote:

BillyBobSenna wrote:

Below is a link to my photo editing workstation. I have a Fractal Design Define R6 Blackout ATX Mid Tower Case. I have the tinted glass side. You can turn off the lights or make the lighting subtle or make a major light show. I like to see the inside of the case. I enjoy build the computers and making the inside look nice. I mounted the video card vertically which I also like. I even programed the GPU fans so the turn slowly even when the temperatures are low.

Photo Editing Workstation

You did a great job! The picture of your desk seems to show two computers, is that correct? If so, are they both set up the same way?

Thank you. The second computer (identical cases) is running a FreeNAS operating system, basic motherboard, no GPU, and a basic CPU. It houses 9 of my old hard drives. This computer is the backup system for my photo collection. It is only on when I am backing up files. There are no displays connected to the computer.

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