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Which case for cpu water cooling?

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I'm making a new build soon, and I'm looking to re-use my Black Ice GTX 240 to cool my cpu. I had the HAF 932 as my previous case, so I'd like to try something different, although if there are no better choices, I'll probably end up with the HAF X. I'm going to be running Bulldozer once it comes out and a single HD6950. I do plan on overclocking my CPU to a stable-everyday-use level in the future.

Cases considering so far:
NZXT Phantom
CM HAF X
Silverstone FT02

I'm okay with having a midtower, just need to have enough room for a push-pull setup with the 240 radiator. Looking for some decent GPU cooling since I'll be only air cooling it. My favorite case so far is the FT02, but I'm not too sure if there will be too much heat built up. Not to mention, the case would probably end up costing around $100 more than the HAF X.

What other cases would be a good choice?
post #2 of 7
It's far from being a mid tower but the Xigmatic Elysium would give you plenty of space for radiators if you wanted to fit more in the future.
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post #3 of 7
FT02 is a horrible liquid cooled case it's purely designed as the best air cooled case. if you are going liquid, don't use FT02/RV02-E
post #4 of 7
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I'm looking more at the Design XL and Arc Midi. Really like that clean look. Is there any good way to put my push-pull setup inside the XL? Would the radiator be able to fit on the top in the Arc Midi?
post #5 of 7
I've put my push/pull RS240 in the top section of my Corsair 500R, just need to make a shroud to cover it since it extends higher than the case top but I have been extremely happy with it for a watercooling setup. You could also fit a 240 rad in the bottom like the Phantom with a little modding
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The BI GTX240 is only 5mm thinner than the RX240 I think. I know that a push-pull will fit the HAF 932 since that that's what the current setup is. However I sold my last rig to my sister and I'm keeping the water loop. Would a push pull fit inside the top of the HAF X or Arc Midi? I think the only way to make it fit in an Arc Midi is if I remove the top cover and pull fans above the top mesh, but that would detract from the clean look of the Arc. Another option I was thinking was using the side 2 120mm fans on the Phantom as exhaust for the rad.
post #7 of 7
I am probably going to get bashed but I think the Phantom has HORRIBLE air flow... just saying...mine raised temps by almost 10c...I tried every fan combination in the world too...

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