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Originally Posted by xyeLz;13980112 
Not to be rude or anything but why are you considering buying a $400 case and putting air cooling into it? Why not just spend the extra $150 or so and get a watercooling kit?

Just wondering mate! smile.gif

Sorry for the delayed reply...for me, I hesitate with water-cooling because I am seriously adverse putting liquid inside my computer. I know that a water-cooled system nowadays, if assembled with care and correctly is damn near leak-proof, but I have bad luck when I take on very ambitious projects like that. Knowing how things generally tend to go for me, I'd get it all prepped, installed, leak tested, get all the air out of the lines and then go to turn my machine on...only to have nothing happen...or something explode. frown.gif

Furthermore, I usually have a big box fan always running near me, as my wife gets cold with the A/C on. So the noise of a big, air-cooled enclosure shouldn't be an issue for me...as it stands, I can barely hear my current setup on the "Low" fan setting, and still can't hear it over the box fan on the "High" setting.

Finally, after pricing it all out, I'd probably spend as much building a superior air-cooling rig off the shelf, then buying something custom like the M8..I could modify a HAF-X or a Raven 2 heavily, but even with mods, neither of those cases would have then incredible cable management I can see in the M8. They are just too small in terms of width.
    
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This thread has been in the back of my mind for awhile...thinking.gif

I'm going to try an air cooled build and see how hard I can push it using a 2600K and a pair of MSI Lightning Extreme GPU's. For this build I'm going with a reverse ATX M8.

Hopefully it will not sound like a 747 taking off when I'm done lachen.gif

The GPU's are a little on the high end, but the rest will be relatively "normal" hardware:

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe
i7-2600K
Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz (16 GB)
MSI Lightning Extreme GTX580 SLI
Corsair AX1200
C300 64GB SSD + 1TB WD Black (just to see how well Smart Sense works)
Xonar Essence ST (just because I wanted it biggrin.gif )

We'll how it goes..drum.gif
Edited by Jim-CL - 8/4/11 at 6:57am
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Originally Posted by Case Labs;14457171 
I'm going to try an air cooled build and see how hard I can push it using a 2600K and a pair of MSI Lightning Extreme GPU's. For this build I'm going with a reverse ATX M8.

Hopefully it would sound like a 747 taking off when I'm done lachen.gif

I find it amusing that this is the exact opposite of my concept ninja.gif
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Now, there's a funny typo - let's try that again

Hopefully it will not sound like a 747 taking off when I'm done
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In my experience with both a standard and inverse M10 (m8 with 10 PCI slots), you can effectively air-cool them easily. I pushed a 2600k under a Megahalems and 2 GTX 580 DCU II on an Asus P8P67 Evo well past 4.8 Ghz and temps were well within reasonable limits.

Especially with this little gizmo they make.

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That essentially made a wall of fans. I had 2 sucking in and 2 blowing out. Flawless! What a Godsend.
(3xGTX 560ti pictured)
Edited by SmasherBasher - 8/8/11 at 9:47pm
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