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Coolermaster HAF X vs Corsair 800D

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December 11, 2011 9:17:04 PM

I'm not sure which to buy on starting my first build.

Coolermaster HAF X: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cas...
Corsair 800D: http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cas...

If you have any other cases in mind, or have found cheaper prices, please do drop links, and your thoughts below. Much appreciated.

Just to clarify, this build will be my first, budget at around £2000 altogether. Will be used for gaming & video editing.

Thanks for reading.
December 11, 2011 9:39:14 PM

I made the same decision a few months ago and came to the conclusion that although the 800D is one of, if not the best looking case out there, its cooling performance is not good enough for high end hardware without watercooling.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsai...
(The 922 and HAF X have similar ariflow)

What hardware are you looking at? (CPU, GPU especially)

The 800D was made with the corsair H100 cpu cooler in mind, so if you're not looking at a super-hot setup and aesthetics are important you could probably make the 800D work. I ended up going with the HAF X because I figured I could live with the looks and the cooling was much better on air.
a c 126 ) Power supply
December 11, 2011 9:40:27 PM

If you see a case that really appeals to you get it. Cases are a personal thing and you will be seeing it and touching it for a long time.

What components will go inside the case?

Unless you have a EATX motherboard, or more than 6 hard drives, I would suggest the Antec 300. Add two additional 120mm front fans and you have a very good cooling case that is high quality. No "bling" though, but one heck of a lot cheaper than the ones you listed.
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/cases/cas...
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a b ) Power supply
December 11, 2011 9:44:27 PM

both excellent cases

slightly cheaper for both at aria.co.uk and scan.co.uk

had the haf x but actually went back to my silverstone raven rv02 as the 90 degree motherboard rotation

allowed cooler and quieter running of my overclocked gtx570 as unlike most other cases it vents the heat from

top to bottom not front to rear

depends what style you prefer as well as both those cases are quite the opposite in looks
December 12, 2011 2:01:58 PM

DodSno said:
I made the same decision a few months ago and came to the conclusion that although the 800D is one of, if not the best looking case out there, its cooling performance is not good enough for high end hardware without watercooling.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsai...
(The 922 and HAF X have similar ariflow)

What hardware are you looking at? (CPU, GPU especially)

The 800D was made with the corsair H100 cpu cooler in mind, so if you're not looking at a super-hot setup and aesthetics are important you could probably make the 800D work. I ended up going with the HAF X because I figured I could live with the looks and the cooling was much better on air.

Will most likely be having a SLI setup, 2x GTX 560Ti's, with an i7 CPU. I will be needing liquid cooling.
a b ) Power supply
December 12, 2011 2:15:37 PM

650D is a great mid-way point in my opinion. Although depending on how many radiators you plan on shoving in there, the 800D might be the way to go.

Personal opinion of the HAF X - Crap case, nothing special, see no reason for all the hype around it.

Might be worth checking out the new CM Storm Trooper case. It's supposedly the "replacement" of the HAF X. http://www.techspot.com/review/461-cooler-master-storm-...
December 12, 2011 2:37:15 PM

That trooper reminds me of a Tool-box :kaola: .
I'm also thinking about the Thermaltake Level 10 Case, preferably in White (I know its a little extra).
Any ideas guys?

Here's What I'm looking at having (components):
Motherboard - N/A (Most confusing part for me, if anybody can help me, will be amazing!)
Ram - 8/16GB DDR3 1800Mhz (May be overclocking to a full 2000Mhz)
SSD - 64GB
HDD - 2x 500GB, 1x 1TB.
GPU - 2x (SLI) GTX 560Ti's.
PSU - Thermaltake 1500W or Corsair 1250W.
CPU - Preferably a i7 Extreme edition, though if anybody can help me choose, will be amazing.
Water cooling - N/A
Fans - N/A
Case - Either Corsair 800D or Thermaltake Level 10 (I really need the 'bling' factor. If anybody has an suggestions please do post)

December 12, 2011 3:12:44 PM

Thermaltake Level 10 or level 10 GT? Both look awkward to work on.

Are you thinking full custom liquid cooling or sealed unit?

Case
If you like white you might consider the 600T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or 500R
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Cooler
If it were me I'd go Corsair 800D with a H100 to get the hot air out
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

CPU
As for CPU, if you've got the cash for i7 the only way to go is 2600K.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MoBo
I favour Gigabyte so something like this would be my first choice.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
Since airflow in the 800D isn't the greatest, I'd get video cards with a semi-blower style fans to make sure some of the hot air is exhausted from the case (unless you're watercooling it all)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
8Gb ram should be more than enough unless you regularly use programs that need more, 1600Mhz is more than enough on 2600K but you can go to 1866 if you've got the budget
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD
With the flooding in Thailand harddrive prices are crazy so if you can get by on a single fast Tb (or 500gb) drive and an ssd untill prices come down in about a year you'll save lots of cash

If you can swing a 120Gb ssd it's worth it
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
December 12, 2011 3:45:42 PM

DodSno said:
Thermaltake Level 10 or level 10 GT? Both look awkward to work on.

Are you thinking full custom liquid cooling or sealed unit?

Case
If you like white you might consider the 600T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or 500R
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Cooler
If it were me I'd go Corsair 800D with a H100 to get the hot air out
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

CPU
As for CPU, if you've got the cash for i7 the only way to go is 2600K.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MoBo
I favour Gigabyte so something like this would be my first choice.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU
Since airflow in the 800D isn't the greatest, I'd get video cards with a semi-blower style fans to make sure some of the hot air is exhausted from the case (unless you're watercooling it all)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
8Gb ram should be more than enough unless you regularly use programs that need more, 1600Mhz is more than enough on 2600K but you can go to 1866 if you've got the budget
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD
With the flooding in Thailand harddrive prices are crazy so if you can get by on a single fast Tb (or 500gb) drive and an ssd untill prices come down in about a year you'll save lots of cash

If you can swing a 120Gb ssd it's worth it
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


Wow! Thanks DodSno! Is there any chance we can keep in contact? I.E Skype/Messenger etc? If your willing to help that is, if not then I understand. Will be gratefully appreciated. It will be my first build, and I just need simple help with choosing Mobo's and wiring it all up on the mobo (It's all confusing to me at the moment).
Thanks!
December 12, 2011 3:51:42 PM

Wow! After looking at the CM Storm Trooper a little more thoroughly, it's beginning to grow on me! And at this price, I'm truly blown away!

(Wasn't able to edit previous post? Sorry for double).
December 12, 2011 4:22:35 PM

I can pm you my skype if you want but if we do most of our communicating through the forum then the community can point out my mistakes and make more suggestions. Also, I practically live on here.

Have you read the stickies to do with system building? Very helpfull.

Do you have a budget in mind and do you plan on overclocking? It would make recomending parts easier. Also, do you need to include a monitor, keyboard, etc. in that budget?

I should ammend my previous comments to say that it's hard to go really wrong as far as cases go, as long as you keep in mind the hardware you'll be using (cooling).
December 12, 2011 4:24:09 PM

That CM Trooper is a very well reviewed unit.
December 12, 2011 4:34:47 PM

DodSno said:
I can pm you my skype if you want but if we do most of our communicating through the forum then the community can point out my mistakes and make more suggestions. Also, I practically live on here.

Have you read the stickies to do with system building? Very helpfull.

Do you have a budget in mind and do you plan on overclocking? It would make recomending parts easier. Also, do you need to include a monitor, keyboard, etc. in that budget?

I should ammend my previous comments to say that it's hard to go really wrong as far as cases go, as long as you keep in mind the hardware you'll be using (cooling).

Alright, is it possible you can give me your skype so we can keep in contact? Though of course will be posting on this forum too. I will tell you all information on there too. Thanks! And yes, I've been watching Reviews and its a 10/10 case. Truly amazing.
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