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I realize that people make this post everyday. I am looking at either Watercooling my Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced, or I will be buying a new NZXT Switch 810, or other similar case.

My budget is ~$450-$500 including all radiators, pump, tubing, fittings, reservoirs and blocks.

I will either be going with my reference 7970, or trading for a reference 680. I have 6x AP15's so I hopefully won't need to replace them with other fans.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 31
the nzxt switch 810 is a good case for watercooling it will also take upto 14 fans

you can fit a 420 rad on the inside off the top off the case in push pull configuration and a 240 rad on the bottom of the case in pushpull configuration

cable managment is very good on the case as well

i did find that i made a mistake in using a xspc dual bay res cause it ment i couldnt fit a second dvd drive in case so use a single bay res if you want 2 dvd drives installed

i also had trouble fitting the llang pump im using its installed on the bottom between the psu and a bottom fan
    
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This is really good advice, as that's the reservoir that I was going to use.

Does anyone know of a better case to use? Is it worth changing cases?
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thiere is the azza 9000 genesis that i really wanted but i couldnt get it in my country thats why i went for switch which was my second choice

heres a link to a reviewon it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xQojz6rGJT8
    
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another thing i found with switch was the springs that the middle scews for the sidepanels go the ones you can move up and down tend to fly off thiere mountain and disaper in to thin air i still cant find them but it still works it just isnt spring loaded anymore
    
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post #6 of 31
The CM 690 II Advanced is a decent case for WCing. Here's one example.

It can take two 240 rads, one at the top, and one at the bottom if you remove the bottom HDD cages. For your setup, i.e. a 2500K and a 7970 (or 680), a total of 480 rad space should suffice.

Unless you really need a new case, I'd spend the money on WC gear instead.

My CM 690 II's been through a number of WC builds and I still enjoy working with it each time.
Edited by veblen - 9/16/12 at 6:42pm
    
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Check out my water cooling guide in sig as well as my case suggestions
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Are there any worries about buying used blocks or other watercooling components? I guess I am concerned about buildup on components.
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Been buying used from trusted sellers on OCN (who use distilled water only in their loops) for a while now; never had any problems. Besides, you can always flush out the components or clean them prior to use if you're concerned.
    
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The Switch 810 is a fantastic water cooling case, especially if you can get it on sale. The case will hold a 420 up top in push pull (XSPC EX420 = $70 or Alphacool NeXXos XT45 420 = $85) and a full size 240 push pull in the bottom (Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 = $75 or XSPC RX240 = $75). For the pump, I recommend the MCP35X ($80) plus heatsink ($12). The EK Multioption Res X2 Advanced 150 is an awesome and incredibly versatile res ($45). The Swiftech Apogee HD ($65) or XSPC Raystorm ($50) are fantastic CPU blocks. For fittings, XSPC Compression Fittings are $4 each, and you can get Bitspower rotary angled adapter fittings for the necessary areas ($15-30 for 2-4 45deg and $20-45 for 2-4 90deg), and extension fittings can be useful (XSPC $3 ea).
   
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