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Looking for a case for my 2nd build its going to be a sandy bridge build i haven't decided on which video cards to use yet but I want to run either SLI or Xfire. Also I want to have the case give me some flexibility to try my hand at water cooling for the first time. My current case for an i7 920 is the HAF 922 big fan of it but I am looking for something bigger. Looking at three cases NZXT Switch 810, Corsair Obsidian 800D, Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper but don't know which one is the best for what i am looking for all the reviews IMO come out even with how some parts are cheaply made and others are well made I am willing to look at another suggestions also.


Thanks for your help

Astr010 Out!
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Hey I just started my build in the 800D. If I were you, I'd get either the 800D or the Switch 810. Both of them are very moddable and forgiving to first time watercooling. The perks about the 800d is the seperate chambers if you are into aesthetics and cooling control. The pros about the switch 810 is that it has removable hard drive bays and can easily fit more rads than the 800D without much trouble. In the end, it also comes down to personal tastes on the appearance of both cases.

Also, in terms of watercooling parts.

I'd keep in mind that EK and XSPC have excellent CPU waterblocks.

In terms of radiators, I find that XSPC has better quality ones and if your willing to spend a little more, you can also go with phobya or aqua.

Finally, the pumps are the most crucial part - the best ones that I know of are the swiftech mcp655 and Eheim 1046 from AQUA.

Be sure that if you get the swiftech one, you get the model that offers speed control. That will help you control the noise.

If you do end up getting the MCP655, you can also mod it with a bitspower top from frozenCPU :http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12199/ex-pmp-122/Bitspower_D5_MCP655_Extreme_Pump_Mod_Top_V2_-_Acetal_BP-D5TOPP2EX-BK.html



Hope I helped!
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Thank you for the quick response and the information. I was looking at the NZXT because of the ability to remove those HDD cages, but there were some reviews talking about how the plastic parts broke easily. As for the 800D the look and design is really clean which I like and I have seen many people post water-cooled builds in it still just a tough call.

Astr010
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Just thought I would throw this out there for you to see. I love this case It is by far my favorite case I have ever had. And works great for water cooling.If you have any questions or want some detailed pictures of it let me know.

http://azzatek.com/csaz-2000.html
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Thank you for the quick response and the information. I was looking at the NZXT because of the ability to remove those HDD cages, but there were some reviews talking about how the plastic parts broke easily. As for the 800D the look and design is really clean which I like and I have seen many people post water-cooled builds in it still just a tough call.
Astr010

Quite honestly, I wouldn't be too afraid of modding with the 810, the NZXT reps on OCN here are fairly friendly and I'm sure they'd help out if that were the case!!
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The Corsair needs more airflow in the case. My friend had a custom window made and put in two 140mm fans to add airfllow,
Haf x
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Case labs- cost more but you get a quality case. It will last a life time
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sounds like the NZXT is the one to go with?...didnt really like the Azzatek and for as much as I like the HAF 922 I am just looking for something bigger and cleaner.
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What's your color scheme gonna look like?

The 810 is what I'd go with. If you got a dremel, you could easily mod the case to accommodate extra radiators!


Have fun with it!
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With the NZXT I will probably go with just pure white, so all white tubing and compression fittings. I will post my build soon.

Astr010
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looking forward to it man!!
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