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OK, so I have finally outgrown my case, an Antec Sonata Elite (no hating!). It has served me well so far but I have reached the limits of it. It has 2 120mm rads in it (pics attached), with space for a 3rd above the drive bays but I currently can't, and can't be bothered to, do the mod. With this setup I get an air - water delta of 13-14°C under full CPU - GPU load, a little too much.

So, new case needed. I have been looking at the CM 690 II case, probably the basic version, with the idea of doing something like this with it:


From this thread.

Does anyone have any better ideas? Has to fit the following spec:

Cost: Sub $250. Currently out of work, and although this upgrade is going to be a first pay cheque present (when I get a job) I can't go crazy.

Size: Max of 300mm W * 600mm H * 500mm D. The available space I have for it at the moment is pretty small, I also move around a lot so a full tower or monster wide case (like a CaseLabs case) is out.

Rad space: At least 360mm of rad space, preferably 480mm, without modding. They don't have to be in one place. I currently have no power tools, no money to buy said tools and no workshop facility, modding is out for now.

Quality: I like quality builds, something that is well made and will stay together.

Any ideas would be appreciated, and rep for helpful answers as always.


VV Pics of current case below VV

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post #2 of 7
Personally I would go for a HAF932, the design isn't for everybody, but I quite like the mounting options in it for the top rad, dual PSU and large air flow...


just going to check the size lol

Edit, it's a tiny bit too long, about 8cm, don't know if that'd be an issue
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The Lancool k-62 or k-58 is a nice alternative to the 690-II. Very similar features and cost.
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With 500mm depth limitation is pretty hard to get a full tower, have you thought of something like an external case for WC?
Something like this. If not some other great build quality cases are: HAF 932/942 (X), Corsair 650 D, Antec 1200 probably a good fit as well.
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Personally I don't like the looks of the HAF, and it won't quite fit under my desk without sticking out into the room.

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Originally Posted by T3chAdd1ct View Post
The Lancool k-62 or k-58 is a nice alternative to the 690-II. Very similar features and cost.
Thanks for that, I will have a look at them.

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Originally Posted by prtuc2 View Post
With 500mm depth limitation is pretty hard to get a full tower, have you thought of something like an external case for WC?
Something like this. If not some other great build quality cases are: HAF 932/942 (X), Corsair 650 D, Antec 1200 probably a good fit as well.
Would prefer it to be one piece, purely for ease of moving it round, but thanks for the suggestions.

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I also recommend the NZXT Phantom

I used it in a sandy bridge build for my friend and I was so amazed. First the case is ******* beautiful, the paint job, details, and overall build quality is awesome. The case is very spacious and has tons of holes for cable management. Also it can fit 3 200mm fans and is very quiet. But the best thing about this case has to be the built in fan controller. The fan controller has 5 channels, each can handle up to 20w. That feature alone would cost at least 20-30 bucks. Did I also mention how sweet this case looks? The only thing I'm iffy about tho is if its watercooling friendly cuz I don't think you can mount a radiator on top. However you can remove one of the fan cages to mount a radiator/fan on the inside next to the psu.
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