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June 9, 2013 6:16:33 PM

I am looking for a good full tower gaming case for my next build. Right now I am considering the NZXT Switch 810 or the BitFenix Shinobi XL, although I am open to suggestions.

I have done some research on both cases but haven't seen either in person, and would like an owner's opinion.

I do plan on liquid cooling, and would prefer to keep all the components internal. In my build I plan on using Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 mobo (which is a very large board).

If you are suggesting a different case, I would like for it to be full tower (so I can liquid cool), and have a large acrylic window because I think I am going to go big on this build (especially since I am definitely not going to purchase the new Xbox). And please try to keep it around $200 (£ 130).

ETA: I am building a custom water cooling loop (to my knowledge radiators come in many sizes so not having a specific one in mind right now should not be an issue).

Components:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
MOBO: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD:Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB)
GRAPHICS: GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-2GD GeForce GTX 770
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 120-PB-0750-KR 750W ATX12V

I also plan on adding the graphics card to the loop (which is why I haven't considered the Thermaltake Urban s71 b/c the HardDrive case is riveted in place, despite the fact that I like the way it looks). Components shouldn't really matter except for the MOBO and GRAPHICS for space issues but here you all go.
a c 397 4 Gaming
June 9, 2013 6:31:35 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

+ $25 off w/ promo code CMJUNE31, ends 6/9

Great case at a killer price.

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June 9, 2013 6:32:39 PM

Well a little more info would help.
Are you going custom water cooling or AIO like corsair, kraken or swiftec.
I you choose to go AIO and are looking at Corsair say h 90 or h 110 you need to make sure that the 140mm wide rad will fit.
The same for a custom loop you should consider which you will use first.
Just for example the h110 will not fit in a haf x with out mods. It will fit in a 800 d, 900 d or 650 d but will only mount certain ways such as top or rear. Corsair has a list of what it will fit of their products including where you would have to mount it.
Best to have a parts list before buying that way you can get better feed back.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2013 6:41:56 PM

If you're going to a custom water cooled system then go for the Switch 810. It's proven to be the winner in this field.
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June 9, 2013 7:10:21 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

+ $25 off w/ promo code CMJUNE31, ends 6/9

Great case at a killer price.




Since I am liquid cooling cooling, I don't really need the giant side fan. And I really want to go whole ham with this build, so I really want a giant side window. I am not opposed to modding a case, but the savings on this case would be negated from the costs of adding a larger window.
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a c 397 4 Gaming
June 9, 2013 7:12:08 PM

Your best bet is to go with the Switch that was mentioned earlier.
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June 9, 2013 8:03:19 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Expand the budget and grab this ^


First let me apologize for being so picky, and I really appreciate all the feedback.

The reason I was looking at the Shinobi XL is because it is like an updated Obsidian 800D. The Obsidian is a little outdated when compared to newer cases. For me, the the only pluses are the large size and the window, but it comes with less than desirable add-ons. I don't need 11! drive bays with 4! hot swaps, and I think they are riveted in. It only has 7 expansions slots. It is expensive considering I would only want it for the size. For the money, I would rather spend it on a better graphics card.
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a c 397 4 Gaming
June 9, 2013 8:06:31 PM

No apology needed , when you spend money , you want it to go to all the right places to make the build yours.Get the Shinobi , it's a beautiful case and has the positives you want.
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