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March 9, 2012 4:00:09 AM

Basically i currently have a xspc rasa 750 rs360 but plan to do some upgrading in the future most likely another rad. Now my question is what case would best suit at least for now the rs360 rad internally as i currently have the haf 922 and its simply not big enough. So far i have found the following cases but im open to suggestions although my budget is $150-$200.

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

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

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

NZXT Switch 810:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are a few of the cases that i found im not limited to just these so if you have any suggestions that are within my $150-$200 price point let me know. I know the switch 810 should be the best out of them but im not a fan of the look. I Also need 4 5.25 bays available along with the rad installed. Im also not looking to mod any of the cases either so if they require modding count me out.

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March 9, 2012 4:24:36 AM

Proud owner of COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 full water vga`s cpu ram ,radiator on top and you can fit a small radiator in the back. I have a small probelm with the pump space but ok. I dont say is the best but will do the job.
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March 9, 2012 5:30:30 AM

:p 

The case is ok ...... the user is the lunatic :o  .... sooooo if i get a 42 u cabinet for a pc case i will be out of room very soon like the most people in here :p 
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March 9, 2012 5:27:16 PM

any more suggestions guys?
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a c 324 K Overclocking
March 9, 2012 6:00:05 PM

I built my own- I made sure there was room for what I wanted, where I wanted it.
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March 11, 2012 1:29:36 AM

and more importantly it didn't cost you $500 like most really nice cases do
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March 11, 2012 3:12:25 AM

well before I bought the SilverStone Temjin TJ07 case which is a $350 case I had the NZXT Tempest with a 2 x 120mm Rad on the top of the case. I think they took my old case off the market but here is one almost like it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146080
If you can shed another $150 go with the Temjin TJ07. a lot of room for 1 dual 120mm rad and 1 quad 120mm rad at the bottom of the case with the pump. That is if you can find a way for another $150. Here is my case I'm using now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxV2ZhyvZAs It's no longer on newegg as of now. I think I got the only one they had left. It may be back at the egg though. It's a great case. lots of room.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
March 11, 2012 1:31:31 PM

I'm pretty sure you can squeeze a 360 into this, **Edit, nah, not without the F.p. mod I've done, the rad would hit that where its originally mounted, sorry :p 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you would lose the top optic bay though

like rubix says, building your own (or modding) is the way, especially in W/c :) 
internal mounts are oldschool anyhow, plant that beast on top hehe :p 
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a c 324 K Overclocking
March 12, 2012 12:57:00 PM

I think buying a case to watercool is something that really must be very well thought out. If you are only going to cool your CPU and never anything else, there are plenty of cases with a 200mm or 2x120mm fan setup. If you are going for a larger loop, you really should think several moves ahead, much like if you were playing chess. There are some cases that are good for a 3x120 radiator and even some that will support multiples of these radiator combinations, but you also MUST MUST MUST stop and consider:

Where are you going to mount your pump?

What kind of reservoir and where is it going? A bay/res/pump combo can help this, but they also require a little longer tubing length to fill (pulling it out of the front of the case)

Tubing takes more space than you might think...plan ahead.

Radiators need fans, please make sure you account for the extra 25-38mm of fan depth.

Consider the hole mount spacing and actual radiator dimensions for the rads you want to use...not all 2x120 rads are the same LxWxH...check the tech specs on your hardware.


A case shouldn't just be looked at for 'how many and what size radiators' it can hold...you still have to have the rest of the components for a water loop (as well as all your regular hardware) to be mounted. So many people want to have all this crammed inside a mid-tower...and that can be a daunting task for someone who may/may not want to mod (not OP, just a statement in general). 'Having your cake and eating it too', comes to mind.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
March 12, 2012 6:54:32 PM

**but they also require a little longer tubing length to fill (pulling it out of the front of the case**

I can't move my bayres due to my unique setup (aren't they all unique? :p )
when filling that I use a section of tubing and funnel to fill 90%ish, then a small syringe to top up and work the teeny bubbles out,

planning takes up 75% of a project for me, the actual work becomes easy because I've done it in my head a hundred times before I even get the parts in the post

but dead on as usual Rubix, don't think 'I want this here', think 'this is going here for now, but I can also put it there if I add xxx/yyy/zzz in the future
and yes, having your cake and eating it,
there are limits that can be pushed, and there are definite limits, its fun finding out which is which and its how we progress
Moto
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a c 324 K Overclocking
March 12, 2012 7:00:11 PM

You can make just about anything fit, it all depends on how much modding and to what extent.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
March 12, 2012 7:33:23 PM

:) 
I hate to sound like Picard but...

Make it so..

hehe
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March 13, 2012 12:36:42 PM

Ended up going with the storm trooper hope i did not choose wrong
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March 13, 2012 12:37:09 PM

Best answer selected by hungoverfurball.
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a c 324 K Overclocking
March 13, 2012 1:26:45 PM

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