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What is the best case in your opinion?

Total: 14 votes (7 blank votes)

  • Corsair Obsidian 800D
  • 37 %
  • Coolermaster Cosmos II
  • 0 %
  • Bitfenix Shinobi XL
  • 10 %
  • Xigmatek Elysium
  • 10 %
  • NZXT 810
  • 10 %
  • NZXT Phantom 820
  • 10 %
  • Coolermaster HAF X
  • 19 %
  • Silverstone Temjin TJ07B-W
  • 10 %
  • Lian Li (any case)
  • 0 %
December 4, 2012 1:21:21 PM

There are hundreds threads not just only on TH but on every PC enthusiasts site.

What I am going to ask is a blunt question but what is the most ideal case featuring a kinky look with a simple elegant design but most importantly having a side window focusing on the motherboard,affordable and doesn't take so much space. Well for example I have to put the case on my desk which measures 0.75m Wide x 1.90m if I choose a case that takes too much space I don't have anywhere where can I work/study etc :ouch: 

I intend of WC a pc which probably will last me 4 years and I want a silent pc (which I think getting a pre noise dampening kit http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=2... ) and keeping temps as low as ambient temperatures.

The problem arises when choosing a computer case. There are several cases which support watercooling setups such as the NZXT 810 ( I don't like the 820 as they should have kept the 810 side panel design), the famous Corsair 800d (which I very much like bit expensive but nearly got everything I desire http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/attachment.php?atta... ), the CM Cosmos II bit expensive,Xigmatek Elysium, Bitfenix Shinobi XL in that case I need to buy also http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA... and the Silverstone T07 the only things I don't like is the interior becuase I would love a black matt finish and the 2x92mm fans which i think it would have been better if they did a 1x120mm but you can fit a 480mm rad in the bottom.


I was looking at the Alphacool Nexos 480mm rad ( http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC... ) which comes at a price of £95 while the Alphacool Nexos 120mm costs £50 (Basically 4:1 for the 480mm and the price is twice the amount of the 120mm 2:1).

I can list several other rads from Ek and XSPC but the most important things are;
1. The thickness of the rad pref. 50mm+
2.The Price: Size (I would prefer to invest in a 480mm rad which costs 95£ than buy a 120mm which costs £50 which has the same thickness etc because it is more worth it going for the 480mm)
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There are hundreds of other cases which I couldn't mention all. If your preferred case isn't mentioned, don't hesitate to mention it.

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December 4, 2012 1:25:32 PM

Forgot to mention the shroud: http://i37.tinypic.com/1fbksm.jpg

I pretty much like the corsair 800d, it has everything that I need, the only problem is the radiator. A 480mm rad is +£10 more expensive and it is more worth it going for a 480mm
December 5, 2012 6:43:27 AM

Thanks everyone, I received a PM ffor this particular thread of mine to look at 'http://www.mountainmods.com/pinnacle-24-cyo-custom-comp...'

1.It isn't so much expensive it is very much affordable (Shipping+weight tax+have to tell them to do it as a gift or I will get a double tax :ouch: )

2.It is so much modular,it can fit a 560 mm rad or a 480mm rad on the top of the case

3.Buying this case is an investment, you have all the cooling power you will ever need
(360mm rad in the front,560mm or 480mm and room for a 240mm in the back of the case all internal.

4.I'm pretty much sure,like my dad says 'if you have money,you can find anything' will find a noise dampening filter,which I will buy for it.(side 1xwindow and 1x solid) so 24x24 for solid,9x24 for top, for back and front, 9x24 x2 .

5.Wait for the new maxwell architecture in that way, I will build a robust build and a lasting build which can last me 4 years till I graduate

6.Get more informed, If I looked around the net I shouldn't have asked you guys. I am so sorry for the waste of time. This shows I need to get more informed. Building a nice chassis with air cooling isn't hard but building a wc rig takes time and money. I need to be informed so in that way my project will be better and there won't be any waste of materials i.e will be reflected in the build, in aesthetics and in efficient cooling

Thanks to everyone.
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December 5, 2012 7:15:09 AM

im not an expert when it comes to cases or water cooling that aside i Love my TJ11 i have 2 rads that is going in it now and at the moment it is a 4x140 and 2x120 in bottom and i can add more if needed dont Think it will be tho but i can add 1x120 in the top and one in the front will need to mod a Little for that tho . Before i bought the TJ11 i really wanted this " http://www.caselabs-store.com/magnum-sth10/ " magnum would be a better investment if you can afford it but the shippment fee to sweden at least made me decide no (around 400 dollars) but maybe its cheaper for you. great Review of it here " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBDTBHVIJiA " hope you find what you want theres Always A case for everyones needs unless you want to fit a Phobya Xtreme SUPERNOVA 1260 inside the case :s
December 5, 2012 8:46:33 AM

Yea the shipping is scaring me they said;

We are based in the USA.
We can ship to EU. We also have a couple EU vendors that carry our products. You could check with them.

You can check shipping costs direct from us by putting item into cart and going to checkout.
You will receive shipping quotes prior to payment.
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Unfortunately they can't mark it as a gift so thats a further 18% on vat, tj 11 is a bit expensive though it is nice even the motherboard tray configuration favours the WC, don't misunderstand me it is amazing. I would prefer spending a Euro more on an sli than on a case.CL are nice also but again the price is a bit high 435.38EUR w/o any mods.

The one from Mountain Mods is 193.13EUR w/o a mod worth it, tho I gotta check the shipping. Will keep you updated.
December 5, 2012 9:09:06 AM

blackdevilmt said:
Yea the shipping is scaring me they said;

We are based in the USA.
We can ship to EU. We also have a couple EU vendors that carry our products. You could check with them.

You can check shipping costs direct from us by putting item into cart and going to checkout.
You will receive shipping quotes prior to payment.
__

Unfortunately they can't mark it as a gift so thats a further 18% on vat, tj 11 is a bit expensive though it is nice even the motherboard tray configuration favours the WC, don't misunderstand me it is amazing. I would prefer spending a Euro more on an sli than on a case.CL are nice also but again the price is a bit high 435.38EUR w/o any mods.

The one from Mountain Mods is 193.13EUR w/o a mod worth it, tho I gotta check the shipping. Will keep you updated.



Yeah the TJ11 is expansive but the reason i got it is then i have a good solid case with more room then i need for now i do not need to fill it ll up with rads atm but when i do i can so it will last a very long time. rather then getting a smaller case anda exra gpu that will be out dated very shortly atleast amd is releasing their new 8xxx series in 2 months dunno about nvidia as ive never used them. Point is to me its more Worth with a good case that will prolly last 5 - 10 years then a gpu that like i said will be out dated in 2 - 3 years. but yeah thats just my oppinion ^^ again hope you find what you need :) 
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December 5, 2012 10:55:36 AM

blackdevilmt said:
Get more informed, If I looked around the net I shouldn't have asked you guys. I am so sorry for the waste of time. This shows I need to get more informed. Building a nice chassis with air cooling isn't hard but building a wc rig takes time and money. I need to be informed so in that way my project will be better and there won't be any waste of materials i.e will be reflected in the build, in aesthetics and in efficient cooling.


Well it is refreshing that someone would be man enough to come back in here and admit this statement!

Kudos to you sir!

Even though you're considering a mountain mod case, make sure it will actually have mounting for all you want to incorporate into it, it's a lot of money to spend on a case and discover later it lacks in some areas as to what you need.

From my own discoveries I suggest 2 independent cooling loops one servicing the CPU and the other servicing the GPU or GPUs, especially if you plan on overclocking any of it.

Mountain mod cases are nice but did not fit my needs, because I needed to run 2 power supplies and there wouldn't be enough room after mounting those, so be sure and plan it all out before you pull the trigger.
December 6, 2012 3:48:01 PM

Well a little update:

I received an email from mountain mods. The only re sellers in the EU are;
http://www.aquatuning.de/manufacturers.php/manufac/134 or http://www.highflow.nl/behuizingen/mountain-mods/

Personal thought: HOLY F!$£ too expensive for a simple,basic case. I like it.... I won't lie... BUT I think I will find some Mods, I am sure I can fit the Koolance shroud for 38£ from Overclockers or get a grill(which is 18euros but w/o push and pull :/ )nd buy the case from Malta which costs round 260 euros,no shipping involved.

Eh you can't fit a 360mm +480mm like the Pinnacle 24 but I will look if I can fit a further 360mm in the bottom... I will be fine with an Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480mm for a vga, chipset and cpu... I think,gotta work out what the TDP will be.

Either way at the end of the day, if you mod the 800d with a 480mm rad,it's cool compared to the pinnacle 24,money wise as it costs 334euros w/o any filters,w/o any grommets and read the wire management is quite tedious.(some consolidation after not being able to get that case) .

Special thanks to everyone who read this thread,hope it was informative and I hope will clear doubts for future wc users because when choosing a case for your needs can be a headache because at the end of the day price matters....


EDIT: http://www.overclock.net/t/869446/corsair-800d-water-bu...
December 26, 2012 7:19:42 AM

Before you order anything from Mountain Mods, you need to know a few things
1. There is no Cable Management whatsoever. The only way to do Cable Management with those cases is to buy long cabling and tie it to the mainframe of the case all around.
2. WAY overpriced. There is no design thought within these cases at all. All they are is 6 Aluminum sheets with holes cut in them, a motherboard tray, and some screws. Building it yourself would be less than half of that easily.

I recommend you visit http://caselabs-store.com/. They are a tad more expensive but their cases are second to none. They also ship everywhere. You will not get any better cases for watercooling out there then Case Labs.
December 26, 2012 7:43:54 AM

The best case on the list though is the Xigmatek Elysium hands down. Has the most room, can fit large radiators with little to no modding and has a ton better airflow capabilities than the 800D. For more fun, you can even mod the case for a better window if you wanted it but the window already there is good enough.
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