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The case that's right for me - HAF X vs Phantom 820 (plus others)

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TL:DR: Which case is good for this build? Had my heart set on the Cooler Master HAF X, but the NZXT Phantom 820 is giving me some serious doubt over the HAF X. Also the corsair 800D Obsidian has been given some amazing recommendations as a long term case over multiple builds.

The long version:


As the title says, they're all brilliant but when it comes to custom PC's I'm a noob. Sad to say it, I've been on all the forums and gotten so much help from so many people it sort of makes me feel guilty (curse you overly helpful people).

A little bit about my experience with computer (gaming computers) my first build was back in 2006-2007 December-Janurary. Since then I have been gaming on laptops forking out around 1500 each time for a low-medium end gaming laptop (waste of money I know). So I have a max budget of $2500 atm I'm $800 below budget without a case.

Here's the link to my build, at first I was only focussing on aesthetics as air cooling is quit simple. The water cooling game however is a whole new ball park. Which case would be most friendly in terms of nod needing modding done to fit the radiator in (with a potentially second 240 due to potentially another GPU in the future.


Regards, Ahitmoth.

To save you opening other links, here's my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K
GPU: MSI Radeon HD7950 3GB Overclocked
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
HDD: Corsair Force Series GT 60GB SSD AND Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 0F15629 500GB
MONITOR: Viewsonic VA2448M-LED 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
PSU: Silverstone Strider 750W Gold Evolution ST75F-G-E
CASE: TBD

COOLING:
XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel
XSPC RayStorm GPU Water Block
BitFenix Spectre Pro Black 120mm PWM Fan
XSPC RX360 Radiator
XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir and Pump Combo
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Pro LRT Tubing UV Red 1/2ID 3/4OD
+ others
Edited by ahimoth - 11/11/12 at 9:16pm
post #2 of 6
well the 800d is just a monster and you can put so much wc in that beast..the phantom is overpriced. and the haf is very nice also. i was in the market for a new case over my 800d and i bought the nzxt switch 810..im on air and the 800d didnt cool my components like i thought it would. but the 800d is 4 years old and a 900d will be out in the next month or so. the switch 810 can fit a 420 rad and a 240 no problem. same with the 800d..but the nzxt offers superior cooling also.
Edited by snitchkilla11 - 11/11/12 at 9:25pm
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post #3 of 6
If you want no modding needed, then look into the switch 810, AZZA Genesis 9000, and the corsair C70 for starters... What's ur budget? smile.gif

EDIT: we don't know when the 900D will be out... Corsair is notorious for giving very short warnings on stuff like that smile.gif
Edited by eskamobob1 - 11/12/12 at 7:25pm
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post #4 of 6
trust me it will be out right in time for the hollidays..i allready seen the blank box sitting next to the 800d and its bigger!!!!
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post #5 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by snitchkilla11 View Post

trust me it will be out right in time for the hollidays..i allready seen the blank box sitting next to the 800d and its bigger!!!!

Idk if it's just cause I'm an engeoneer, but I never rely on stuff like that... The number of times I have had someone not get me something they said they would is rediculous... So when the don't even give one, I don't count on anything tongue.gif
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OSMonitorMonitorPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Auria 27" (2560x1440) Auria 27" (2560x1440) Lepa G. 1600 
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Q6600 EP45-UD3P Sapphire 5870 ASUS 5850-Top Direct CU 
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DDR2 Dominators 1x 80GB samsung H70 XP Pro 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
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post #6 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post

Idk if it's just cause I'm an engeoneer, but I never rely on stuff like that... The number of times I have had someone not get me something they said they would is rediculous... So when the don't even give one, I don't count on anything tongue.gif

Corsair George posted a pic saying something big is coming very soon and it was a box next to the 800d. A case box for sure. It was about 6 inches taller and a few inches wider..nothing corsair makes would fit in that box besides a case. He was hinting at the 900d.cause that was the talk of the topic.
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ocz zx 1250 nzxt switch 810 razor naga steel searies 
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
corsair h100 win7 64 asus vg27h 120hz logitech g510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ocz zx 1250 nzxt switch 810 razor naga steel searies 
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