In Pictures: Four ATX Cases Perfect For High-Capacity Water Cooling

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Thomas Soderstrom

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.

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  • hellfire24
    Cosmos II is a dream case!but it's very expensive for me :(
    Azza Hurricane 2000 is an excellent case.a friend of mine runs a 965 EE and 6970 Xfire and it runs very cool.
    Star of the Show was NZXT Switch 810!!!:D
    plenty of features for a reasonable price!
    hell better than my armour+
    it's time to collect some bucks lolll!! ;)
  • aliened
    With the exception of the NZXT, every single one of them is ugly as hell...
  • hellfire24
    Cosmos II is a beauty!
  • greenrider02
    What a teeeeaaaaaase show me the liquid systems! Want the NZXT
  • I like how the Cosmos II has door hinges. It reminded me when i was young child thinking about how cars could fly by just flapping the doors.
  • What about the Haf-X? That's one of the highest rated cases on the market! It's affordable, plenty of space, and it can fit a triple radiator!
  • LongpastPNR
    Water Cooling = just another way to waste hard earned income but I will stick to air thank you it is all around us and abundant no need for scarscity LOL.
  • CaedenV
    LongpastPNRWater Cooling = just another way to waste hard earned income but I will stick to air thank you it is all around us and abundant no need for scarscity LOL.

    Agreed! I use to want a water cooled system so badly, until I realized how effective mass amounts of copper can be! If done right it is just as quiet, just as heavy, just as effective, but much less cost!

    there is a little kid in me that still wants to do the mineral oil PC though... but maybe I will do it with my kid some day :)
  • Crashman
    crabmanWhat about the Haf-X? That's one of the highest rated cases on the market! It's affordable, plenty of space, and it can fit a triple radiator!
    Cooler Master chose the Cosmos II instead, probably because there's more promotional value in new products :)
  • hellfire24
    @LongPNR and caedenv-
    watercooling is not just a solution.it's a hobby!
    if you don'twant then don't do it.stay on air but don't call it a waste :non: .
    remember,i agree we can achieve overclocks on air but it can never match an enthusiast's liquid cooling setup! :sarcastic:
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    crabmanWhat about the Haf-X? That's one of the highest rated cases on the market! It's affordable, plenty of space, and it can fit a triple radiator!


    Ugly-as-hell overhyped cheap garbage when compared to NZXT products. I'm SICK of everyone suggesting it for new builds. NZXT Phantom is a better deal than a similarly priced HAF series, offering similar cooling but much better aesthetics.
  • hellfire24
    i agree it's not good looking but build quality is great!good for liquid cooling.
    For phantom,it's the best bang for the buck case for me.highly recommended.
  • EzioAs
    No TJ11? That's disappointing...
  • hellfire24
    ^ i think they are including 'affordable' cases.TJ11 is $500+.
  • Crashman
    hellfire24^ i think they are including 'affordable' cases.TJ11 is $500+.
    If there were a budget, it would have been mentioned in the title :)

    Anyone who isn't participating made that decision themselves, the only restriction was that the case had to support a specific liquid cooler. Having said that, ONE manufacturer has actually sent a message in the past that they'd rather not participate in any roundup that contains significantly cheaper competitors.
  • hellfire24
    ^okay!
  • EzioAs
    I wonder what many people like about the switch 810? It just looks a bit cheap. Having said that, I haven't seen it in person yet so can't make any full impressions. No offense here
  • nforce4max
    As usual most of the cases look to much alike now days to really stand out except for the NZXT. I am also tired of all the cheap plastic crap being used in cases now days as well.
  • willard
    No Thor v2?
  • ubercake
    I'm surprised not to see the dual rear exhaust fan option on any of these cases, especially since you may mount a rad directly to one of these locations or the top.

    Also, how much intake airflow can be achieved by bringing in air through the front only to have a drive cage deflecting it immediately? What is up with that part of the design of most cases? I would think you want some sort of direct flow from the intake directly across the motherboard.

    Although, if your cooling entirely with liquid, is airflow even a consideration? Most consumer-level hard drives don't even get that hot.
  • spidey81
    thor V2 won't fit a 360 rad.

    Also the aerocool case is the same as the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra, Xigmatek Elysium, and Enermax Fulmo GT. All of those a infinitely better looking but don't have as many or any filters. That's why behind the front panel there's cutouts for 2 120mm fans, it's the same frame with a gaudy plastic shell.
  • rubix_1011
    So many comments on here that are completely wrong about watercooling, mainly because they believe watercooling is a Corsair H100. Fail.
    amk-aka-PhantomUgly-as-hell overhyped cheap garbage when compared to NZXT products. I'm SICK of everyone suggesting it for new builds. NZXT Phantom is a better deal than a similarly priced HAF series, offering similar cooling but much better aesthetics.


    This is exactly true.

    Also- Tom's: what is the point of going to the extent of 'showing a case' when you aren't giving any indication of what your idea of high capacity watercooling is? Show these cases with these solutions installed, so you can back up your claims.
  • rubix_1011
    Uh...I quoted a completely different statement, but the wrong one is now quoted? Even the forum is buggy...wtf.
  • EzioAs
    116659 said:
    So many comments on here that are completely wrong about watercooling, mainly because they believe watercooling is a Corsair H100. Fail. This is exactly true. Also- Tom's: what is the point of going to the extent of 'showing a case' when you aren't giving any indication of what your idea of high capacity watercooling is? Show these cases with these solutions installed, so you can back up your claims.


    They usually do a separate article of the systems installed later. It's usually that way and I'm guessing it's going to be the same this time