Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Need suggestions from case guru's
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Need suggestions from case guru's

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am finally going to get a new case. Price cap is around $150.

My Goals:

Large - The bigger the better
Plain - I am not into real flashy cases
120MM - lots of 120mm
Watercooling support - I want to be able to mount my radiator inside

A window is not necessary. I would really like to be able to mount a dual 120mm radiator in the top of the case or on the side door.

From what I have looked at, I really cannot seem to find anything better than the Gigabyte 3D Aurora Series. It is $149.99 shipped from ZFF. But which one do I want, the newer 570 or the older one?

My other choices are:

CM Stacker

And what else?

Anyone who has mounted a radiator in your case, how easy was it? How do you like your case?
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 24
Armour or stacker. I like the stacker personally.

Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Thats 155 but its a good case/
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6600 Week 28A Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8800GTX 2gb Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250gb Seagate 7200.10 (RAID 0) + 250gb backup DVD-RW Window XP Acer AL2216W 22" WS LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Multimedia PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Lian Li PC-V1200B Plus II Modded Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
FUNC 1030 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6600 Week 28A Asus P5B Deluxe eVGA 8800GTX 2gb Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250gb Seagate 7200.10 (RAID 0) + 250gb backup DVD-RW Window XP Acer AL2216W 22" WS LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Multimedia PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Lian Li PC-V1200B Plus II Modded Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
FUNC 1030 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Can you mount a radiator in the 5.25 drive bays on that? How difficult would it be?
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
Anyone? I am going to order tonight.
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811196019

i saw it while i was looking for a good case the other day. this one got dual 120mm fan mouting holes on the clear side panel. depends on how big ur rad is, u can most likely use same set of 2 holes on top and maybe drill the other 2 holes at bottom or vice versa.

they also got silver version. black version is $75.00, silver version is $75.99.
u can look at official website for reviews done by 3rd party.

http://www.aerocool.us/p-case/aeroen...eroengine2.htm

and another extremengine version which dont have clear case but 25cm side fan
E6400 Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 @ 3.2 GHz Gigabyte 965P-DS3 ATI X1950 PRO 256 MB OCZ 2GIG DDR2-800 Platinum Rev 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320G Sata2 LG 18x DVD Burner Windows XP Professional Envision 17" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech OCZ GameXStream 700W Antec Nine Hundred Logitech MX Revolution 
  hide details  
Reply
E6400 Build
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 @ 3.2 GHz Gigabyte 965P-DS3 ATI X1950 PRO 256 MB OCZ 2GIG DDR2-800 Platinum Rev 2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 320G Sata2 LG 18x DVD Burner Windows XP Professional Envision 17" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech OCZ GameXStream 700W Antec Nine Hundred Logitech MX Revolution 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 24
That gigabyte case is a very sturdy case, I used one for a customer, and it had a very nice layout!
post #7 of 24
You can mount a triple rad inside the armor at the front.

pink
post #8 of 24
Take a look at some of the cases they've modded for water cooling at FrozenCPU.com. i wouldn't buy from there, kinda pricey, but you can get a good idea of what cases can be modded to you liking.
2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
  hide details  
Reply
2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
I really like what FrozenCPU has done with the Lian Lang PC-75:



Unfortunately the PC-75 is way out of my price range (~$200)

Do you think I could do this mod with another case (like the Gigabyte) and how difficult / what tools would you need to do the mod (I only want 2 x 120mm).
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 24
Glad you found something there!

Most likely a dremel would be of some use to you and a hard tipped drill bit I would say. You are going to have to do a lot of measuring to make sure your screw holes are precise not only in their location, but in their size as well. You want to fan to fit in the right spot and have screw holes line up and at the same time havve the screw holes be large enough to get the screw through, but small enough to catch the treads on them so it'll screw in tight. Otherwise it's going to sound rattly with all the vibrations a loose fan would cause.

I've done this before on a case, and it was a long a painstaking process of trial an error. Felt good when it was done though!
2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
  hide details  
Reply
2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Computer Cases
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Computer Cases › Need suggestions from case guru's