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OK, so I can't make up my mind..

post #1 of 11
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Ok guys, Im looking for a temporary case for a couple of months while I practice watercooling and get my head round the whole process.
I have a brand new TJ07, but as this is my first high end build as well as my first ever attempt at watercooling, I don't want to rush in, wreck the case and spend the next few months/years cursing it.

Im thinking that even with all the planning in the world, until you actually try these things you don't realise all the little things that only experience can teach you.

So Im thinking of getting a case that I can learn on before I move over to my rigs final home which will be my all time favourite case, my new TJ07.

Originally I has an asus X79 sabertooth, but changed it to a Rampage IV extreme which has changed my case requirements as it is e-atx
I know most atx cases will take the R4E as it is only a little wider, but with watercooling involved it might tip me over the edge space wise.

I was thinking about the CM690 II (2 x 120.2 rads), maybe the 600T, though that can only get a slim rad in the top. The RV03 is a good case, but that would mean different sized rads as the fans are 180mm, so Id have to re-buy rads when I move to the TJ07

Any one else have any other suggestions for me to practice on??

Apart from mob and cpu, I have 32Gb RAM, 1 HDD and 2 x SSD;s to go in, probably won't bother with a DVD

Nothing too OTT like the HAF cases as they are just too ugly for me..

The Shinobi XL looked a possible, but I don't think I can wait until March, this pile of bits is calling out to me to be built!

Any suggestions welcome, as I think I have checked all the cases, but want to be sure I haven't missed any..
post #2 of 11
What about a corsair 500r.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
goes off to check..
I was thinking with the e-atx it might be a bit tight..
post #4 of 11
in what way exactly are you worried about wrcking the case ?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
dunno really as Im not sure exactly what mods I will make yet, which is partly why I want to try on another case first - get a feel for compression fittings, maybe cutting a case up a bit as Ive never done anything like this before and something is bound to go wrong.
I don't want my mistakes from learning to be on my TJ07, which is why I want to learn on another case, so that when it comes to moving everything across, it gets done properly
post #6 of 11
There is no reason to mod a case just for the sake of water cooling, especially the TJ07 as its an excellent case. If you are just installing the look, tubing, res and pump etc then you won't have any hard mods to do. If it were me I would have my everyday rig setup and running perfectly and pick up some old 2nd hand cases to start tinkering with. Once thats done, I'd buy some 2nd hand parts to get some systems going into them, Eitherway, its nice to have your everyday rig to go back to whatever the state of your workbench.
post #7 of 11
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My problem is that I have seen too many cases on million dollar PC dot com!!!
Im not sure what exactly I will be doing yet, but I know I will be getting the mid plate for the TJ07 and altering that, and possibly cutting for a 360 rad in the top..
Good idea on the 2nd hand stuff, but Ive cleaned myself out on this X79 build so will buy a practice case first and just experiment and learn how how to mod, or at least get an idea as it is all theory for me at the moment..
post #8 of 11
If you want a case to use as an expendable learning vehicle, I would probably go with one of the cheap Rosewill cases like the Destroyer or Armor. They use really thin metal in their cases. Good for cutting, and you wont feel bad mangling a $50-75 Rosewill.
    
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post #9 of 11
Just use the tj07 man. Unless you're going to use a hammer and saw to make things fit just use it. That's what you paid good money for.
 
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post #10 of 11
They use really thin metal in their cases. Good for cutting, and you wont feel bad mangling a $50-75 Rosewill.


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