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August 17, 2013 3:33:24 PM

Already have an i5-4670K and an Asus Z87-A Mobo in an old generic case using 80mm fans that I'm looking to replace. Currently using stock Intel heatsink/fan, and an Antec 850w PSU, and plan on getting 1 (maybe 2 in the future) GTX 760 cards.

What I'm looking for is 1. a new case that provides good airflow and also stays very silent and 2. a (water) cooling solution for the CPU and possibly the GPU(s).

I'm thinking of starting to get my feet wet with water cooling, and not the closed loop stuff, so I would like a case that has space for the radiator and pump.

For case, I don't really want something that looks like a server tower (plain), but I also don't want to spend over around $150 (that's my case budget). I want this case to last, as I've had the last one since 2006, and has had 3 builds in it. Only reason I wanna change cases is so I have room for a radiator/pump and to get rid of those noisy 80mm fans.

For cooling, I've done some research and it seems like water cooling will be quieter than air if I OC to 4.5 GHz on my 4670k. If this is not true, let me know. I would like to start with a basic water cooling solution with a budget around $150, and possibly expand in the future. Since this will be my first water cooling project, I don't want anything really difficult that I can mess up and destroy my computer with.

Summary:
1. Case that can support water cooling and is QUIET, but does not look like a server tower ($150 max)
2. Water cooling to CPU and maybe GPU that is QUIET, yet user friendly ($150 max)

Overall, $300 max for case and water cooling.

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August 17, 2013 3:42:35 PM

Im not really good with cases but i can help you with your cooling.

Since you need a water cooling i recommend this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
its not loud but its not silent..
Its one of the best on the market and meets your price range.

This one is on the quieter side
http://www.outletpc.com/ur9413-clw0217-thermaltake-wate...
and meets your price range

hope this helped, sorry i couldn't help you with the case :L
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August 17, 2013 6:50:37 PM

After doing more research, it seems like there is plenty I can look at to decide what cooling solution to use... so I guess I would like more options for case. I like the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 that Steven recommended. Maybe some more options to compare it against that people really recommend? I saw an "under $100" case review on tomshardware, but was looking for other options as well to make a good decision.
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