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G'morning fellow OCNers. It's the end of my semester and I want to spoil myself by getting a new case. It has to be/have:

A) Full tower
B) At least 6x3.5 inch bays
C) Side-panel window (not a must, but definitely would be nice)
D) Water-cooling capabilities
E) Made of steel (preferably, if not a combination of steel and/or plastic/aluminum)

I've been looking at the Corsair 800d, In Win Dragon Rider, Silverton FT02/RV02, and Fractal Design's Define XL

Any other suggestions?

Thanks
post #2 of 16
I would've recommended the HAF932 BLACK, but it only has 5 3.5's.

I'd go with the 800D (700D for me, actually) personally. Modders heaven for water cooling. I'd pick the 700D over the 800D for these reasons:

-I don't like the hot swap bay at the front on the 800D, I think the door breaks the sleek look of the front.
-I can cut my own window that doesn't protrude down into the PSU area.
-Some other random little niggly things, I'd rather start with the 700D and mod it up to the 800D for some extra fun.

Can't say I'd recommend any silverstone cases for WC'ing, except the TJ'07 and '11 of course.

Apparently there's some design flaws of the XL over the R3, not sure which exactly, I've only heard it in brief.


Sorry for a not more in-depth answer
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HAF 932 can fit six 3.5'' (the 6th is converted from one 5.25'' drive bay)

HAF932 Black Edition is a good candidate.

But, what is the budget?

Edit 1:
One can easily fit a 360 rad to the top of a 932.
One can also add a 240 internally.
Read my posts 5 and 7 in this thread where several options are listed:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...nternally.html
Edited by windfire - 5/9/11 at 6:12am
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I WOULD NOT recommend getting a FT02/RV02 for water cooling.
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Originally Posted by Maximus Desces Meridius View Post
Jesus...that's beautiful. The shinobi is a looker too.

Quote:
Originally Posted by windfire View Post
HAF 932 can fit six 3.5'' (the 6th is converted from one 5.25'' drive bay)

HAF932 Black Edition is a good candidate.

But, what is the budget?

Edit 1:
One can easily fit a 360 rad to the top of a 932.
One can also add a 240 internally.
Read my posts 5 and 7 in this thread where several options are listed:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...nternally.html
Budget is anywhere from $60-200 (maybe 250). The HAF series is alright. It's functional, but the industrial looks just isn't me. It'll be my safety chassis in case I can't find a good one.
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Jesus...that's beautiful. The shinobi is a looker too.


Yes, it is very nice too.



I'm a fan of BitFenix
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Yes! The Bitfenix Colossus. Very beautiful case that fits your needs. Saw it at the local microcenter.
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Yes! The Bitfenix Colossus. Very beautiful case that fits your needs. Saw it at the local microcenter.
It's no where on the microcenter site. I live about 20 min away from one. You sure you saw it there?
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I quote this. The Bitfenix COlossus is simply great and with a lot of space and not so expensive.
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