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So to get right to the point, I'm currently debating between a Lian Li A77F and an NZXT Switch 810 for a build in a month/few months. I plan on air cooling right off the bat but I want to have the flexibility to go with water if I run into some cash. I like the build quality and aesthetics of the A77F but the Switch 810 has so many features and fan options that I'm considering it (And anything else that can match it's features). I plan on filling up both of them with better fans than the stock ones and I'm currently thinking that Silverstone FM121's look to be the best option so if anyone wants to give me some advice on that I'll take it. If anyone has any recommendations for other cases (That aren't any of Silverstone's rotated motherboard cases) I will be happy to consider those as well. Thanks in advance.
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I prefer NZXT Switch 810 wink.gif
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If money isn't an issue, go with the A77F. The build quality will blow the NZXT away.

Also, it has amazing cooling. The stock fans aren't bad. If you plan to go water cooling, you can fit a 360 rad in the front and a slim 280 in the top without modding.
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Thanks for the speedy responses biggrin.gif
I have a budget of ~$2000-~$2300 so money is less of an issue. I've seen that Lian Li has 3x120mm top panels for sale but I can't seem to find any in stock in silver since I plan on buying this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11168/cst-1033/Lian_Li_PC-A77FA_Advanced_Full_Tower_Case_-_Silver.html
Also would it be possible to put a regular 280mm radiator in the top? It looks like there should be enough space based on the pictures I've seen.
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Thanks for the speedy responses biggrin.gif
I have a budget of ~$2000-~$2300 so money is less of an issue. I've seen that Lian Li has 3x120mm top panels for sale but I can't seem to find any in stock in silver since I plan on buying this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11168/cst-1033/Lian_Li_PC-A77FA_Advanced_Full_Tower_Case_-_Silver.html
Also would it be possible to put a regular 280mm radiator in the top? It looks like there should be enough space based on the pictures I've seen.

No, just a slim one. Take a look at this:

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=401159&mpage=1
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A little disappointing because I was planning on using this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9004/duc-49/Bitspower_Low_Profile_140mm_To_120mm_Fan_Adapter_-_Black_BP-FA140120-BK.html?tl=g47c121s262
So that I can use 120mm fans seeing as 140mm fans tend not to have as high static pressure from what I've seen, but seeing the temperatures from that build I'd say even a slim radiator at the top would also probably be overkill if I use a Black Ice GTX 360 in the front seeing as I'm not planning on going with SLI or Crossfire because I can't stand the stuttering my friend gets with his setup.
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I have a PC-A77F, currently in pieces though. The stock top w/ the two 140mm fans can not mount a 2x140mm radiator. Like most other cases the spacing is incorrect. However you can fit a 3x140mm radiator (Coolgate or Magicool) up front except you would need to remove all of the hard drive cages.

The PC-A77F also has ugly silver interior if that bothers you.
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So the ugly silver interior was taken into consideration when I decided that the color I would get (if I got it) would be all silver which looks nice in my opinion; however the irregular spacing is something that would also not be a huge deal as I don't anticipate needing to cool more than a CPU and a single graphics card which can easily be handled with a thick 360 radiator if I end up going with water. Since I'm going into $350 territory should I consider the Cosmos II? I like the aesthetics of it but it seems a little lacking in the air cooling department in terms of intake and fan options and it's almost 50 lbs with no hardware in it. I'd like to have a reasonably light case as I'll be living in a dorm next year and will need to carry back and forth from home to dorm every few months.
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So the ugly silver interior was taken into consideration when I decided that the color I would get (if I got it) would be all silver which looks nice in my opinion; however the irregular spacing is something that would also not be a huge deal as I don't anticipate needing to cool more than a CPU and a single graphics card which can easily be handled with a thick 360 radiator if I end up going with water. Since I'm going into $350 territory should I consider the Cosmos II? I like the aesthetics of it but it seems a little lacking in the air cooling department in terms of intake and fan options and it's almost 50 lbs with no hardware in it. I'd like to have a reasonably light case as I'll be living in a dorm next year and will need to carry back and forth from home to dorm every few months.

Haha. It's a light case, but you definitely don't want to be carrying it back and forth. In fact, that's the exact reason why I sold it. A SFF build is so much more practical if you're gonna be in college.
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Haha. It's a light case, but you definitely don't want to be carrying it back and forth. In fact, that's the exact reason why I sold it. A SFF build is so much more practical if you're gonna be in college.

If that's the case then are there any large mid towers or full tower cases that are more portable?
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