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Which is the best full tower case for watercooling?

Total: 37 votes (11 blank votes)

  • Cooler Master Stacker T01
  • 16 %
  • Cooler Master Stacker 830
  • 31 %
  • Thermaltake Armor
  • 35 %
  • Other (please specify)
  • 20 %
February 10, 2008 7:43:37 PM

What is the best full tower case for watercooling? I plan on a 3X120mm radiator. I would prefer to have the radiator inside the case, but it doesn't matter too much if it is external. I am not at all against modding the case so that the radiator fits. My budget is around $165 for the case. Please specify why you think one case would be better than the others. Looks matter, but functionality is more important than looks (within reason).
Thanks

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February 10, 2008 7:52:07 PM

Seems you havent done too much looking...

Lian Li A70, A71, P80
Silverstone TJ series
February 10, 2008 8:16:27 PM

chookman said:
Seems you havent done too much looking...

Lian Li A70, A71, P80
Silverstone TJ series

Thanks, but those are all too expensive.
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February 10, 2008 11:31:59 PM

well if those are too expensive, did you look at the antec 900? Its an interesting case to say the least with lots o f cooling stock, I would assume you are better off leaving the radiator external for this one. I would leave it eternal just so I could get better temps b/c in my old w/c setup it was colder outside the case than it was inside of it.
February 10, 2008 11:39:57 PM

FrozenGpu said:
well if those are too expensive, did you look at the antec 900? Its an interesting case to say the least with lots o f cooling stock, I would assume you are better off leaving the radiator external for this one. I would leave it eternal just so I could get better temps b/c in my old w/c setup it was colder outside the case than it was inside of it.

EDIT: I think I will go with the stacker TO1 instead of the stacker 830. Doesn't look as cool, but ZOldDude said it has tons of space.
February 11, 2008 12:03:51 AM

The CM TO-1 is still the best case for air cooling (cools better than the 830 or -any- other case) and the most useful. Just unscrew the exit fans grill and place the HD unit w/fan inline for dirrect airflow patern.
You can also get the optional Crossflow fan (gets outside air from side of the case and dirrects it across the MB from top-to-bottem towards the exit fan).

For WC it has LOTS of room!

It also has two positions to mount PSU so you can run two together with a interconnect wire like the one that PC Power & Cooling ships with the Turbo line...or you can buy one for $6.
You -could- mount 10 fans (no need for it) and it has EZ install slots for up to 11 drives/rom/controlers.
February 11, 2008 12:24:43 AM

ComputerCustomizer said:
I think I will go with the stacker 830. It looks simply awesome.


The stacker 830 is NOT meant for water cooling. It gets quite cramped in there. I've seen many water cooled Stacker 830's, and each time the owners state they are a nightmare when it comes to space, for internal water cooling that is. If you want a mac daddy of air cooling, they are great, but for WC, look elsewhere.
February 11, 2008 12:30:43 AM

Kamrooz said:
The stacker 830 is NOT meant for water cooling. It gets quite cramped in there. I've seen many water cooled Stacker 830's, and each time the owners state they are a nightmare when it comes to space, for internal water cooling that is. If you want a mac daddy of air cooling, they are great, but for WC, look elsewhere.

Thanks. I think I will go for the stacker t01 because it has so much room.
February 11, 2008 12:37:45 AM

Here is an image of one, was having some trouble finding one, till I remembered of one posted on a different forum I'm more dedicated too.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u38/senor_bob/waterc...

As you can see, not pretty =(. That was an external rad also, no way you could fit a 3x120mm rad without making it even worse.
February 11, 2008 1:08:35 AM

Kamrooz said:
Here is an image of one, was having some trouble finding one, till I remembered of one posted on a different forum I'm more dedicated too.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u38/senor_bob/waterc...

As you can see, not pretty =(. That was an external rad also, no way you could fit a 3x120mm rad without making it even worse.

You're not using the fan brackets! Oh well...

Anyways, I like the Stacker 830 because you can change parts quickly without using any tools. The side fans also helps the system keep cool.
February 11, 2008 1:21:38 AM

Evilonigiri said:
You're not using the fan brackets! Oh well...

Anyways, I like the Stacker 830 because you can change parts quickly without using any tools. The side fans also helps the system keep cool.


Indeed, I'm still leaning on picking one up for my next rig. I'm a fan of cooling as you can see ^_^, I'd probably fill all the fans up with low DBA fans, either Scythe S-flexes or Slipstreams. The rig I'm typing this on right now is a Q6600 rig I just built for a family friend, oc'ed the sucker to 3ghz, 5 slipstream fans in it, they are rated around 24 DBA. I even replaced the Tuniq Tower's fan with a slipstream, nice quiet rig in a antec 900 case that keeps everything DAMN cool.

I might end up going for a antec 900 now after I've seen it perform, at first I thought it wasn't pretty in the pics, but I've fallen in love with the design. If you are in the market for a great case at a great price, the Antec 900 should definitely be on your list, great stock cooling (although I replaced it) that can cater to low noise or high CFM with their 3 set modes. The massive exhaust fan ontop can also be set to 3 modes as well. Damn great case for the price. No real need to buy fans if you don't mind the noise on the highest setting, unless noise is an issue, then you can run them on the stock settings or replace them for better low noise fans..Over all great value considering what you get.

But yea, the Stacker 830 looks damn sexy...Trying to contemplate if I want a full tower, I kinda turned away from mid towers after my Lian-li PC65 (two 90 mm exhaust fans, very cramped with my hardware)....But coupling this Antec 900 with a modular psu, it's making me change my mind about mid towers ^_^.
February 11, 2008 1:41:13 AM

Sadly, I have the Coolermaster 832 :( 

Oh well, I like fans too. I have 9 120mm fans outfitted in mine.
February 11, 2008 1:51:20 AM

Evilonigiri said:
Sadly, I have the Coolermaster 832 :( 

Oh well, I like fans too. I have 9 120mm fans outfitted in mine.


;)  That's the way to go. How do you have yours setup? I'd end up filling the 2 hard drive mounts as exhaust fans, fan brackets as 4 intakes, and the top and rear fans as exhaust ^_^.

God, I need a new pc bad, but I'm broke -_-...and this 3.2 prescott of mind just does not do.
February 11, 2008 8:10:19 AM

Kamrooz said:
Here is an image of one, was having some trouble finding one, till I remembered of one posted on a different forum I'm more dedicated too.

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u38/senor_bob/waterc...

As you can see, not pretty =(. That was an external rad also, no way you could fit a 3x120mm rad without making it even worse.

WOW. That's a serious mess. I definitely don't want a stacker 830.
Thanks for the picture.
February 11, 2008 8:12:12 AM

ComputerCustomizer said:
WOW. That's a serious mess. I definitely don't want a stacker 830.
Thanks for the picture.


Anytime ^_^, I'm a people pleaser after all =P.
February 11, 2008 9:04:21 AM

Look at Cooler Master RC 1000 Cosmos. Looks pretty hot, plenty of space and really user friendly. I think you can find it for a few bucks more then you mentioned, but i'm not sure.
February 11, 2008 11:00:48 AM

LeonRa said:
Look at Cooler Master RC 1000 Cosmos. Looks pretty hot, plenty of space and really user friendly. I think you can find it for a few bucks more then you mentioned, but i'm not sure.

Thanks
February 11, 2008 11:43:27 AM

my vote is for the cooler master cosmos 1000. inovative and just plain pimpin to me!
February 11, 2008 2:45:08 PM

It might look nice, but the prior cosmos had heating issues, not enough circulation, they did release a new cosmos intending for cooling, but they still disregarded the cooling aspect when it comes to the hard drives. Not a worth buy IMO. I was looking at the cosmos before and trying to weigh the benefits and the negatives, and even though there are more fans in the revision, they still left some of the flaws from the first go by unnoticed.
February 11, 2008 3:03:34 PM

Look at the New thermaltake armor plus case. www.thermaltake.com
You asked for the best, well that is One of the best out now. It will be my next case in a few weeks :)  about 230 shipped depending on where you buy it
February 11, 2008 3:15:05 PM

Although I'll admit the Armor is a great case for the price, am I the only one who thinks the Armor+ is ugly and not worth it's hefty 200+ price tag?
February 11, 2008 3:36:00 PM

Well, the black plastic is a little to shiny for my taste, but the features on this case are well worth the money. The cable management, the room to work in and the air cooling definitely do it for me. The 10 grilled expansion slots in the back are a big plus if you ever plan on running more then 2 video cards.
February 11, 2008 4:15:10 PM

The Thermaltake Armor is a pretty nice case as well. Lots of space and decent cooling.
February 11, 2008 5:18:11 PM

Kamrooz said:
Although I'll admit the Armor is a great case for the price, am I the only one who thinks the Armor+ is ugly and not worth it's hefty 200+ price tag?

I also think that the Armor+ is ugly and overpriced. Origional Armor is better, but the the stacker t01 is better than that.
February 11, 2008 5:25:26 PM

I have decided on the Stacker T01. Although the looks aren't great, its huge. Thanks for all the suggestions. :) 
February 11, 2008 5:29:12 PM

Well, I'm not so sure about the t01 being better than the armor, it's definitely roomy, but I like the side 25CM fan on the armor ^_^. But the Stacker t01 is definitely a good case. But honestly, I despised mid towers, I had a Lian Li PC65 case that was CRAMPED, two tiny fans, one 90 mm on the top and rear for exhaust. Ever since I picked up the case years back, I was turned off to mid towers, but the antec 900 has changed my insight on that....Damn great case for a small portion, plus the stock cooling is great considering it can cater to low noise, or a higher cfm scenario since they are 3 speed, even the 20 cm fan on top is a 3 speed. Looking forward to the results of the Antec 1200 ^_^. Honestly though, I did replace the stock cooling in this antec 900 though, I thought it would be far worse, but the person I built this rig for didn't want the blue lights it came with, so I nabbed 5 scythe slipstream fans to replace them, they offer more airflow at a lower noise than bumping up the stock fans speeds, also replaced the tuniq tower 120's fan with a slipstream to bring down noise again. This rig is a beast.

I'm contemplating on the next case for my rig, Looking at the Stacker 830, but considering the actual case takes up most the room compared to the inner working area, I might change my mind and pick up something else =(.
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