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This has probably been asked 1000 times over. However I have done quite a bit of research, and failed to find a case within my budget range that provides the features I need. I would like to be able to set up a dual loop. All of the water cooling equipment must fit inside of the case. I would like space to hide a 3x120mm fan rad, along with another 1 or 2 fan rad (preferrably two fans, this will be cooling my gpu(s), the 3 fan will be cooling my cpu, nb, and mosfet). I don't want things to be extremely cramped. I have about $200 to work with for the case (willing to go to $250 if the case is truly worth it). If the case already includes radiators, etc, then that will change my budget a bit as it removes some of the cost I would have to put towards whatever cooling equipment is already included. If anyone has a used (must be in very close to new condition, no noticeable scratches, etc) case, cooling equipment, etc, that they would like to sell, I'm open to this option as well.
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post #2 of 13
For 200 bux, maybe a haf X?
    
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haf x
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700d?
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Would the haf x have space for a 360 rad and 240 rad? Also the 700D seems to be out of stock in most places (what is the difference between this and the 800D? Other than lack of a side panel?). I would prob go for an 800D if it were $50-100 cheaper, however it isn't. How about the 650D? 600T? I want a case that is as customizable as possible, without requiring a dremel or other hack and slash methods of modding. I currently have an Antec Nine Hundred. I'm un-satisfied with it's poor cable management, cramped space, lack of water cooling options, among other shortcomings. Anything I can do with this case that would drastically increase it's usability in a water cooling setup? Keep in mind I want to keep all the rads, resorvoirs, etc inside of the case. I'm willing to accept an outside-top mounted 360 rad if it doesn't look clunky, is secure, etc. My current idle temps are 18-20C, under load it's 28-30c (ambient outside the case is 60-70F). This is with my sig pc (mobo hasn't arrived yet so I'm still on an MSI 890GXM-G65 till Monday or Tuesday) on stock clocks (3.2GHz) with turbo turned off to prevent frying my motherboards craptastic mosfets before the replacement arrives. With water cooling, should I expect much better temps? I do plan to overclock to around 3.8-4.0GHz stable. How about when I add a Radeon HD 6950? Will that make my cpu temps worse? Will I see significant benefits from water cooling at that time? Or will it only be a few degrees difference?
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Phantom
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Lian Li V2000, if you can find one, or the V2100. Both awesome and roomy cases, you can clear out the bottom HDD cages which could easily house 2 3x120 radiators.
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post #8 of 13
^^V2000 is for modders, don't expect to get a rig up and running in an hour on a V2000.

If you're looking for the latter, 700D, then Haf X/Phantom. I'd probably get a 700D again, but then I got my 700D for 140 shipped last year when they were giving them away.
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post #9 of 13
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I like the phantom. So it's currently a battle between the HAF X, HAF 932 Advanced, and NZXT Phantom. Of the three, which would work best for my sig rig + 2 AMD Radeon HD 6850's or 6870's, or a single 6950? I'm thinking if I went with a dual loop, I could do two 240 rads, but I'm not sure on water cooling as I've never set water cooling up before. I don't know what rads I would want for one. The res would most likely be a single or dual 5.25'' res with integrated controller/pump (something like this, this, or this. I can't seem to figure out how to determine if a particular case can hold x radiator. Even if it states what fans are available, it doesn't seem obvious (at least to me) whether or not it will fit said rad.
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post #10 of 13
You wont need dual loops, stick to just one big loop. I still think the Haf X will be pretty suitable for your needs. The case has pre drilled Radiator holes to mount your rad directly to the case. The Haf can fit a 360 in the roof and and 120 next to the psu, no modding. It's still my pick of the bunch you listed.
    
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