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post #1 of 7
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Hey all, I recently put together a nice system I listed in another thread. The only problem I am having is I the case I chose.

I purchase an 800D and although I love the features it has (which most people mod to get), it is definitely too big.

I am only water cooling the CPU with my H60. I picked up all my sleeving from Nills and before I start divulging in massive customization, I want to make sure I start on a case I am comfortable with so I am looking for some suggestions.

Here is what I am looking for to help with suggestions:

I want something around the size of a TJ07 that has a PSU separator like the TJ07. I would like the inside to be painted black (although, unless you have something AMAZING, I would like to hear it). I really like clean, minimal designs like the Fractal Design Define XL and am only on the fence about that case because of the inner positioning problems people had which I have been hearing from NewEgg reviews. I would like the door to have a window, but again, I am open to it not since I will have one custom cut if not.

Price really isn't an issue but I would like to stay sub $300 but am open to things.

I would love to pick up the Corsair 650D if only it had a PSU separator. Unless someone knows a custom part I can get to do that, but still the door's window isn't positioned where it would exclude showing that. Not that its a big issue since the inside will be crazy customized and beautiful.

I look forward to your suggestions and otherwise comments.
post #2 of 7
Those antec cases are very modular:
http://www.antec.com/product.php?id=704321&fid=4
 
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Crucial 256gb SSD + RAID 5 3x2TB plextor DVD/CD+/-RW Corsair H100 W10 Pro - 64Bit 
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LG 34UM69-G G15 AX850 Thermaltake P5 
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Lester the Tester
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k @4.4ghz - 1.18v Maximus V Formula EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Crucial Ballistix 2x8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial 256gb SSD + RAID 5 3x2TB plextor DVD/CD+/-RW Corsair H100 W10 Pro - 64Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 34UM69-G G15 AX850 Thermaltake P5 
MouseAudioOther
Logitech G5 Max V Formula Gentle Typhoon AP-45 x7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e7400 @3.8ghz (Air) asus p5q se EVGA GTX 280 G.Skill HyperX 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate  hyper212 evo W7 Ultimate-64Bit Samsung PX2370 
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k800 CM 550W Random thermaltake G5 
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post #3 of 7
i dunna know why you stuck on having a mid-plate. unless you've got tons of
water cooling to stash the mid plate actually is useless. buy a case and build
your own mid plate, to be honest. if you are worried about PSU heat, flip the
PSU with fan up and let it the PSU draw the warm air out of case. unless
you run the PSU at 70-90% load 24/7. staging a smaller case restricts the
pressure stability of the air flow. cool air in front (1x120/140 or 2x120/140),
rear exhaust (120/140) and one or two in the roof. the 800d was a terrible
air case and improvements just wern't justified so 99% of the 800d market
were full on water cooling cases.
a smart air/wc case is the fractal arc midi. big air in and out, with self-contained
cooling solutions (H50/60/70/80/100) and moderate custom loops wil fit and
function well and you can build a mid plate if needed.

airdeano
post #4 of 7
Want to sell the 800D?
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by AlderonnX View Post

Want to sell the 800D?
ive been thinking about it..
EDIT: oopps.. not asking me.. sorry

airdeano
post #6 of 7
haha, I wouldn't mind having a 800D.


I bet i could mod it into a better airflow case.
post #7 of 7
ive had this for 2.5 years and its just not a good air case without major
renovations to front fascia, gutting the mid-plate and drive cage removal.
ive bought 2-300 dollars in fans to "make it right" and its just a stagnate
case. the 650d is a better air case because of the front flow access.
the 800d can be modded to the n'th and now you have a $500 air case.
next sale, im getting the arc midi, finish my three cm 690 builds and
keep it simple (yeah right) in cases.

airdeano
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