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Case for the corsair h100i push and pull

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April 28, 2013 5:41:37 PM

I need a case with enough room to support a corsair h100i. My motherboard is the msi z77a-g45.

http://cdn4.wccftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/G45...

As you can see the OC Genie ll at the top of the board might get in the way of the fans.
a c 129 V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:43:07 PM

I wouldn't recommend the h110i. Its a waste of money when decent air coolers will do the same job for less money and considerably less noise.
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a c 142 V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:44:43 PM

Budget? Any other requirements for the case other than support for a H100i?
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April 28, 2013 5:48:23 PM

Budget would be 150 and under. Good airflow as well.
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a b V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:48:32 PM

You don't buy a case for something like that; you buy a case for dedicated watercooling. Buying a case for an all-in-one is a mistake when air coolers are better, cheaper, and far, far more reliable.

Also, most cases that people buy for watercooling would work for the h100i, if you're stuck on it.

That being said, most cases built for watercooling don't need the best airflow in the world. I'd suggest something like the Haf 912 - it should fit the H100i in a push-pull setup and still have decent airflow.
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a c 129 V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:51:07 PM

DarkSable said:
You don't buy a case for something like that; you buy a case for dedicated watercooling. Buying a case for an all-in-one is a mistake when air coolers are better, cheaper, and far, far more reliable.

Also, most cases that people buy for watercooling would work for the h100i, if you're stuck on it.

That being said, most cases built for watercooling don't need the best airflow in the world. I'd suggest something like the Haf 912 - it should fit the H100i in a push-pull setup and still have decent airflow.


Yes Sir! This man (or woman. I don't discriminate) has it dead on.
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a c 142 V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:55:18 PM

Also note: for push/pull on a HAF 912 with a H100i, you would not be able to use your rear exhaust fan. There's just not enough room.
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April 28, 2013 5:56:55 PM

I considered getting the Noctua NH-D14 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE but im not sure if it would perform too well at 4.5ghz on an 3770k.
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a c 129 V Motherboard
April 28, 2013 5:59:28 PM

It will preform as well as the h100i. Honestly the closed loop coolers are kind of all marketing. There are air coolers which do as good of a job for less money and way less noise. Watercooling is only really effective if you build you own custom loop.
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April 28, 2013 6:04:52 PM

I guess ill just stick with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE.
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April 28, 2013 6:05:31 PM

Bninga said:
I considered getting the Noctua NH-D14 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE but im not sure if it would perform too well at 4.5ghz on an 3770k.


A Noctua -D14 will perform better than a h100i. That being said, it is large, and one has to have a case that can accommodate it.

Finally, last two notes:

1) 4.5 GHz is nothing. A $30 Hyper 212 EVO will keep an ivy bridge chip cool at 4.5GHz, because it's the upper reaches of what you can hit before you start to have to really increase voltages. After it, you'll want a better cooler, but 4.4 and 4.5 will be fine with a smaller, cheaper one.

2) If this is for gaming, don't get an i7. The only difference between an i7-3770k and an i5-3570k is hyperthreading which games don't use (the ones that do are often actually slowed down by it) and likely won't because of how the technology works.

3) Finally, here's why you want an air cooler instead of an all-in-one. If the fan breaks on an air cooler, you still have a large metal heatsink dissipating heat well enough to allow the CPU to downthrottle. If the fan or pump breaks on an all-in-one, not only is your processor screwed because it's now without any way of dissipating heat, but you can't even try to fix the pump, because it's built in. If an air cooler fails catastrophically, you have sharp plastic flying around your case, which is bad, but shouldn't harm electronics. If an all-in-one fails catastrophically, you have conductive liquid spewing over your entire computer. Not good.
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