Just wondering if I can get some input as to which of these cases would suit my needs better?
I'll be using the H100i, and eventually hope to run 2 780s in SLI. So my main concern is airflow, and specifically GPU cooling.
Up until I read the bad verdict on the C70 at Anandtech I had considered it the better option, but now I'm not sure.
My plan for the C70 would be to remove the top hard drive cage and mount the fan on the front of the case. I'd probably leave the other one where it is. Up top we'd have the H100i, and a 120mm exhaust at the back. Further to this I was going to install a pair of AF140 Quiet editions onto the side of the case.
For the 500R, t seems like it is already optimised out of the box. 2 120mm fans up front, the same H100i / 120mm set-up at the top and rear, and a 200mm fan on the side. I guess I could install a 140mm AF fan next to the PSU and pointing up, not sure if that'd be beneficial or not. Maybe the 200mm could be changed for 2 140mm fans too?
Finally, should I go with 2 blower-type cards, 2 custom-cooled ones (EVGA ACX most likely) or one of each if I use one of the above cases/fan configurations?
Okay, thanks. That's perfect as I'll be using one 780 for a bit until I can afford a second, and the ACX seems a long way ahead of the reference cooler for a single-card set-up.
The case thing confused me as they seem to produce very similar temperature figures in reviews , but the C70 is tested without side fans (these come with the 500R). So I was wondering if I put a pair of 140s on the C70 would that turn it into the better case as far as cooling goes? I like the idea of the fan controller on the 500R, but I don't care about the LEDs and the C70 seems easier for a newbie like me to build in thanks to the cable management etc. Tough choice!