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I'm currently looking for a case that will work well for an internal water cooling build using one 360 rad and one 240 rad. Below is a list of the components I plan on including in this build.

CPU: i5-2500k OC'd to 4.3-4.8ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072
MB: ASRock z68 extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157250
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CAS 9 (timed to CAS 7 still at 1600) http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=239
Hard Drive: Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB (HD103SJ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-22152185
SSD: Intel 320 128GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820167051
Video Cards: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 x2 crossfired http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102915
Optical drive: LG WH10LS30 Blu-ray player w/writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136186
OS: Windows 7 64-bit Premium home
Mouse: Roccat Kone [+] http://www.performance-pcs.com/cat [...] 41bd6febfe this is the only place I've found it for US buyers so far. Any suggestions either on other mice or where to buy this one are still welcome.
Keyboard: Steelseries Merc Stealth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823239006
Monitor: Dell P2411h http://accessories.dell.com/sna/pr [...] u=320-9327
PSU: Corsair HX1050 http://www.corsair.com/power-suppl [...] upply.html
Cooling: Pump:Swiftech MCP35X http://www.swiftech.com/mcp35x12vdcpump.aspx
Radiators: Swiftech MCR320-QP and MCR220-QP http://www.swiftech.com/MCRX20-QP-RADIATOR-SERIES.aspx
CPU HS: Swiftech Apogee XT rev 2 http://www.swiftech.com/apogeext.aspx
GPU HS: Swiftech hd6970 + MCW82 combo http://www.swiftech.com/HD6970-HS.aspx
Fans: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 1850rpm http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/ [...] etail.html

With the above build in mind, I am looking for as many case suggestions as possible that would fit this build of a 240 and 360 rad. I am currently looking for a full tower case with excellent cooling and noise qualities. The larger the list of possible cases/manufactures the better, as I would ultimately like to find one that will look good too, because it will be sitting right next to me for many years to come. I have looked at reviews for a couple cases I thought might work, but the reviews were mediocre. (The Antec 1200 and Antec DF-85) Any suggestions or links to places with a great list of cases that would work for this are appreciated. Also, I am not afraid to do case modding if needed, but I would like to keep it to a minimum.
post #2 of 19
Try Case Labs, they arent tower-ish cases though.

An 800D Can hold a 360rad at the top and a 240rad at the bottom (with some modding) i believe.

Pretty sure an Xigmatek Elysium can hold a 120.3 and 120.4 rad, so it should be able to handle a 120.3 and 120.2.
Edited by Nynn - 8/9/11 at 10:19am
post #3 of 19
Cooler Master HAF 932, HAF X, Xigmatek Elysium, Corsair 800D, Silverstone TJ07, Many Lian Li, case labs, and Mountain Mod cases. That is just to name a few, there are more out there but these are the first to come to mind.
post #4 of 19
Cooler Master HAF 932 is my pick. It's earned a solid reputation in the watercooling community. However, I would recommend just getting a single XSPC RX360 radiator instead of the Swiftechs.
post #5 of 19
Corsair 800D all the way, a little mod is needed for the bottom 240 RAD in order for it to fit, but it is a SIMPLE mod, or you can do what I am doing and go with a Quad Rad, and just mod the top of the case, another simple mod. We have a VERY similar build! But go with the XSPC RX series

CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR THE 480 MOD

CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE 240 RAD MOD

Are you comfortable with cutting? I know it sucks to have to cut up a new case, but these 2 mods ROCK, either is perfect. I am going to make it easier and just go with the 480, that is plenty for i5 2500k and 2 cards. (same as you have)

One thing I would also change is the Rads. (unless you can't return them)

XSPC RX360 Extreme Performance Radiator
Go with this for the triple

XSPC RX240 Extreme Performance Radiator
Go with this for the Double
Edited by Sc4r3d - 8/9/11 at 10:43am
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Btw, if yer starting from scratch get some better rads. The MCR are good rads but on the highend you don't want to leave anything on the table.
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post #7 of 19
TJ07 if you want the most elegant case (IMO) or an 800d/700d.

The 800d/700d mod is extremely simple like the poster said above. Also, when done very patiently, it looks terrific.
post #8 of 19
Look at the Case Labs before you make your final decision. They are the best water cooling cases on the market. I looked at every water cooling case on the market prior to purchasing my M8, trust me you won't regret it. Check out their sub forum. The Case Labs website should be up in September but you can always email Jim, the owner, with questions or to make a purchase.
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Look at the Case Labs before you make your final decision. They are the best water cooling cases on the market. I looked at every water cooling case on the market prior to purchasing my M8, trust me you won't regret it. Check out their sub forum. The Case Labs website should be up in September but you can always email Jim, the owner, with questions or to make a purchase.
Well I have to officially say I hate you! Why you ask? B/C you just caused me to ask Jim for a quote on a TH10 that I now have to buy.

I now have to sell my 800D, she told me I had to, (never thought I would find a better case) and order this one.. My wife said she hates you too, I told her today after I spent $600 on a block, fittings, RX480, 655 top, I was done.. DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU!

If you want to buy my 800D give me a buzz lol... But in all seriousness, this Case Labs is amazing, and I will now have to order one!
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Well I have to officially say I hate you! Why you ask? B/C you just caused me to ask Jim for a quote on a TH10 that I now have to buy.

I now have to sell my 800D, she told me I had to, (never thought I would find a better case) and order this one.. My wife said she hates you too, I told her today after I spent $600 on a block, fittings, RX480, 655 top, I was done.. DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU, DAMN YOU!

If you want to buy my 800D give me a buzz lol... But in all seriousness, this Case Labs is amazing, and I will now have to order one!
Glad I could help you spend more money

Good choice on the TH10, you won't regret it. The build quality of Case Labs is amazing. When you pick one up you can feel the quality and craftsmanship. There design and function are also well thought out and it makes building/putting together your rig and maintaining it a dream.

@JRay: I would serious reconsider buying Swiftech pumps. Particularly if you ever plan on or might ever possibly add an aftermarket top to the pump. Swiftech now voids your warranty if you put aftermarket tops on your their pumps. Instead consider getting the Laing version, which is the original manufacture of the pump. Swiftechs are rebranded Laings and Laing does not void your warranty if you put an aftermarket top on your pump.
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