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
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • Anonymous
    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.