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September 6, 2012 11:30:48 PM

I want a case that I can water cool sli 580's and an i5 2500k with a substantial overclock for 200-250 dollars. I prefer aluminum cases because of how light they are.

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September 6, 2012 11:55:29 PM

I think lian li makes the best quality aluminum cases, check them out.

Do you already own two water cooled GTX580 cards?

I suspect you might do better by investing the cooling funds on one or two stronger air cooled cards instead.
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September 7, 2012 12:15:38 AM

geofelt said:
I think lian li makes the best quality aluminum cases, check them out.

Do you already own two water cooled GTX580 cards?

I suspect you might do better by investing the cooling funds on one or two stronger air cooled cards instead.

I have 1 580 at the moment and I plan to add a second when I need to. Anyways I'm kind of set on water cooling and I want to buy one nice case for around $250 so I don't need to upgrade cases all of the time.
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September 7, 2012 1:09:36 AM

It might be a bit under your price range, but I've heard the switch 810 is quite good for water cooling. It can fit a 360mm on the top+ a 240mm on bottom- all the rad space you'll ever need.
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September 7, 2012 3:27:04 AM

DjArtifact said:
I have 1 580 at the moment and I plan to add a second when I need to. Anyways I'm kind of set on water cooling and I want to buy one nice case for around $250 so I don't need to upgrade cases all of the time.


The GTX580 is still a very nice card, but it is being obsoleted by newer 28nm cards that run cooler with less power.
Evaluate the option of upgrading to a GTX670/GTX680, planning on sli later if "son of kepler" does not arrive near the end of the year.
Go ahead and buy a great case, but you really won't need liquid cooling with the new cards.
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September 7, 2012 4:01:50 AM

Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 Matte Black CA-SW810-M1 Steel / Plastic ATX HYBIRD Full Tower Gaming Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 7, 2012 4:09:54 AM

Also just so you know OP i did read your post i seen you used the word prefer so in other words you are not bias and set on it being aluminum cases my recommendations are based on personal experience and better bang for buck cases to wc in when considering your setup except second one i have a buddy running two loops on his wait...for it..... x3 gtx 480 tri sli with it lol
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September 7, 2012 11:21:54 AM

Yes the tj07 is about the best case imo as well .Check robustus64 on youtube for my tj 07 w i7 3930 and 2x480 sli all cooled by a 480 rad in bottom .. my buddy built a corsair 800 d with a 360 and 240 but the hot air is still inside the case .With the tj07 you can put a floor in below the motherboard and completly seperate the rad from the rest of the case...
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