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Im thinking of doing a case upgrade in a couple months; ill hopefully look at buying the new swiftech h220 kit and probably add a second 240mm rad to the loop if needed. My question is what is the best case for watercooling? Is the Corsair 800D still the best case for watercooling? Its very expensive here, £230, so if its not needed I would like something cheaper, but im open to suggestions.

thanks!
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i would take a look at the nzxt switch 810. it's significantly cheaper and can fit a 360 in the top, a 240 in the bottom and a 240 in the front (if you remove the HDD cages). it is a great case for watercooling since it has so much potential for expansion.

here is a quick overview on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tTwXq0MaNY
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I currently have the Switch 810, and it is great! And really something I have to say, the best case's for watercooling, are the ones you make and customize yourself. Also, corsair just announced the 900D at CES I believe, and it is meant to be used in watercooling.
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post #4 of 10
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thanks Dizz thats a nice looking case, considerably cheaper than the 800d too. Its £130
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The 800D is garbage. I have it and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't spend hear what I did on this thing. The size and everything was overrated and has TERRIBLE airflow. I have to run my computer with the side off or everything runs up to 6-10C hotter.

The cable management is almost a joke, ya it has holes but the hollow spot between the side panel and the inside of the case is so thin that you have to get creative on how to do your cables. You'll probably have to buy a 24-pin extender for the PSU because the distance is so far ( this part doesn't make the case crap..it's just annoying as hell ).

The case itself is crap quality, thin as heck flimsy metal. Paint job is something you'd expect from Fisher Price. Half the rivets don't line up right, case chipped paint where the side panel and the top of the case meets. The in house SATA board for the swap bays died in a month and Corsair replaced it (for free).

Ya it's "made" for watercooling but there's no intake in the case unless you do it yourself. the 140mm fan spot they have at the bottom is a joke, barely in a good spot to pull in fresh air.

I already got my sights on the NZXT Switch. Watch that overview the member above posted, they literally thought of everything. That video is what sold me on it.
Edited by SpykeZ - 2/4/13 at 2:07pm
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I have the Level 10 GT, has a lot of room, a 240 on the top, 120 on the rear and a 120 on the bottom keeps my 7970 and i7 nice and low thumb.gif
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7970 @ Stock and overclocked about 5c Difference between 925/1125 & 1150/1600 55C.

Very good case for water cooling.
Has a removable top hatch so you can mount outside the case also.

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Corsair 900D
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gallien View Post

Corsair 900D

He wants a case cheaper than the 800d... why would you suggest a 900d?

@OP, NZXT has in general been putting a lot of emphasis on water cooling support in their cases. Also, if you like the design, the corsair vengeance c70 can fit a decent size 240/280mm rad in the top if you don't run push pull, a 120 in the back, and a 120 in the bottom if your PSU is 160mm long or shorter.
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Take a look at the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra... its absolutely massive and could fit at least 1 360 rad maybe 2, for sure 2 240's(one on the bottom and one infront of the HDD cage, there is a mounting spot for it. Not to mention you can fit 4 230mm or 9 120mm fans on the side panel and it has 8 holes specifically for watercooling tubes.
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There's also the new Fractal Design Define XL R2:
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&category=2&prod=111

Allows for up to 2 240/280mm radiators (one up top and one in the front), and has a nice clean design.
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