Originally Posted by CaptainChaos
just out of curiosity and because I'm in a similar position, what makes the Switch a better choice over the 630 for watercooling?
Honestly, versus the newer Phantoms, not a whole lot. The interior of the Phantom 820 and 630 are actually very similar to the Switch. The phantom 820 has a permanent top interior 3.5 bay, so that eliminates the possibility of a front mounted rad. May not be a big deal to some people, but the hardcore people want their rad space. The hardcore peeps might just cut the hard drive bay out anyway, so that might be a moot point.
The 630 actually has quite a bit of space for rads, in my opinion what is holding it back (and the 820 as well) is the side panel. You spend around 700 bucks on some cool water cooling equipment, you want see it and show it off. And with water cooling, the side fan is totally not necessary and is just a good way to get some extra dust in your case. Some might argue that it isn't necessary for air either, but that depends on your setup. Like before, you could go with modding and get rid of the mesh/fan and put in a window, but you could technically do that with any case.
As far as space goes, without modding, the Phantom 630 and Switch 810 look pretty similar inside to me. If it wasn't for that damn side fan, the 630 would be the better looking of the two and this wouldn't be such a hard decision. The Switch is pretty much the water coolers dream, it has the space and the big window to look at all of your cool stuff in there.
Now, as a side note, the Switch 810 windowed side panel does fit perfectly on the Phantom 820. I guess the NZXT store has the panels on back order, and I'm trying to find out when they'll be back in. I plan on keeping my next case for quite a while, so I'd be willing to buy the 820 (kind of expensive in my eyes) if I could buy that Switch side panel with it.