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Hello everyone! I've got quite an expensive build planned, and I'm having trouble picking a case. I really want a 550D, but I'm afraid it might be just a little too warm (and previous experience with a 550D and ROG boards are pushing me away) from using it. If you look at my "sig rig", it shows the 550D with an ASUS Maxmius IV P67. The board fit, but in the bottom right corner it was pushed up because of the 550D's motherboard tray design. The new motherboard I want is about 0.1" wider, and would probably be pushed up even more... I'm also worried about the temperatures that this build would get in a 550D. Anyways, here's the component list. I was considering a 650D, as it looks similar and has a side window. I'm not asking for part recommendations, just case recommendations. I looked at an Antec P280, but it wouldn't fit under my desk well. Here's the build:

CPU - i7 3930k
Motherboard - ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79
RAM - 8 x 4GB (if available, sometimes not) or 8 x 8GB 1600/1866 Corsair Dominator Platinums
GPU's - Tri-SLI EVGA GTX 680 SuperClocked
SSD - Corsair Force GT 480GB
HDD's - Two Seagate Barracudas, 500GB
PSU - Corsair AX1200i
Cooler - Corsair H100i
Fans - Silenx 12-15 (red) 120mm (however many needed to fit the case)

Each GTX will be power a single U2711 (three total, 2560 x 1440), so they'll be getting pretty good usage and moderate temps. I know most of you are going to say the build is over kill and what not, but it's going to be used mostly for very work intensive (hence all the screen space) things. Along with some gaming here and there, of course. ;] I'm looking for a case that really "makes a statement", and this build would look good in. A side window is not necessary, although might be a plus.

But yeah, just looking for a really good case to throw this all into.

The 550D was nice, and it had two 6950's in it, which weren't blower-styled cards. Temps were still pretty cool. But I'm just concerned how much the extra, faster-frequency memory, third card, and larger PSU will really heat up inside a 550D. I don't plan on doing any overclocking, at least not on the GPU's. Maybe bring the CPU up a bit to like 4.0GHz or something.
Edited by Sazexa - 2/10/13 at 9:51pm
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post #2 of 13
wait for the 900d to release.
my favorite case is the storm stryker but its obvious you like corsair
post #3 of 13
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The 900D is a little pricey, then again, so is this build...
And has a lot of extra space for things like radiators that I don't necessarily need.

I like the look of the Corsair cases, and ones similar. I've also been considering an NZXT Switch 810.
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you can get the switch 810 + Dwood pedestal





post #5 of 13
I like the 550D myself. The motherboard you're going to use is Extended ATX and the 550D and 650D are only ATX so you may want to look at a bigger case.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kpo6969 View Post

I like the 550D myself. The motherboard you're going to use is Extended ATX and the 550D and 650D are only ATX so you may want to look at a bigger case.
I've used an "E-ATX" in the 550D before.
That was an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67. The Rampage IV X79 is the same height, but 0.1" wider, so I know it'd fit. (But it would be tight.)


And thought that 810 is quite nice, the pedastol isn't something I'd need. And I'm looking for a case in black. ;]
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sazexa View Post

I've used an "E-ATX" in the 550D before.
That was an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67. The Rampage IV X79 is the same height, but 0.1" wider, so I know it'd fit. (But it would be tight.)


And thought that 810 is quite nice, the pedastol isn't something I'd need. And I'm looking for a case in black. ;]

that is just an example you can buy whatever color they make the switch810 and dwood will match that exact color plus you can fit radiators or a power supply in the pedestal leaving you plenty room in the case for whatever you want.
post #8 of 13
As much as I like the 550D - I would not use it for tri-SLI...

Too much heat for its restrictive front panel intakes to deal with.

I'd consider the Fractal Design Define XL R2 - arriving in stores any day at $129.99 suggested retail:

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=111

Even its baby brother the Define R4 outscored the 550D in cooling performance but only has 7 expansion slots.

Depending on your PCIe slot configuration, you still might be able to do tri-SLI in it.

If you don't like front doors and designs oriented towards noise reduction you have more choices - the new NZXT Phantom 630 is very nice:

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom_630
Edited by stratosrally - 2/11/13 at 4:50am
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That Fractal case seems pretty nice, actually.
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I also checked out the Phantom 820. That looks like it might be a good choice.
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