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April 7, 2011 8:38:39 PM

I'm looking into water cooling for my new build (along with sleeving and custom paint etc. [pretty bored :p ] ). I've read a lot of the threads and topics for water cooled cases, but since I have never done it before it's difficult to filter the information for what I am trying to accomplish. I'm looking for mid size or a shorter full size tower that is capable of housing the entire water cooled setup (radiator, pump, tubing, etc.) possibly with an external reservoir. I plan on cooling a 2600k (or better depending on what is available when I finish my case), and two high end graphics cards (haven't decided which two yet). I have found a lot of suitable cases, but there seems to be a lack of cases built with USB 3.0 that are radiator friendly. Cable management is a big plus also.

USB 3.0 cases:

IN WIN Dragon Rider (has 2 USB 3.0 that needs to be routed to back of case, very large...)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian 650D (has 1 USB 3.0 needs to be routed to back of case )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cases that seem reasonable but lack the usb 3.0:

HAF922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The corsair case seems like the best option for what I am looking for at the moment. Anyone have any input / pictures of their USB 3.0 cases / suggestions? A link to a similar thread I might have missed works too :) 

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April 8, 2011 12:11:50 AM

I don't think limiting yourself to USB 3.0 front panels is a good move at this point. Just wait for them to come along and buy one when you can.

The problem is, last I checked, that it's absolutely impossible to obtain a USB 3.0 header plug. Best thing to do while we wait is get a hub.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A small case and all that cooling are not terribly compatible. You need to do a lot of research first.

Many cases will accept one double or maybe a triple rad. Most will be fairly large though. You will then have to have an external RAD as well.

The proper place to learn and ask:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=...

You should not buy your case until you have a good grasp of how much cooling you will be needing, and all the parts involved.

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April 8, 2011 2:17:39 PM

Thanks for the info proximon. I'll read around on the link you provided.
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April 19, 2011 10:09:17 PM

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