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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys/gals, I need a little bit of assistance choosing the case for my new upcoming rig. I'm using it for Benching and High End gaming mainly, I am trying to decide out of these three case links below. (Please, I just need everyone to compare the specs of each case i.e CFM airflow amt., features and specs versus pricing, "NO fan boy opinions or advice, just honest best bang for buck")

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147053

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001


Appreciate your help in advance. =)
post #2 of 9
Thermaltake Level 10 GT shouldn't be there unless your in it for the looks. the 900D is a great case, for water cooling not so much for air flow. and the Rosewill THOR V2, i think someone said was a bit flimsy? but i cant remember. have a look at NZXT cases see if anything takes your fancy. the Switch810 is a good case.
post #3 of 9
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Ok, now thanks to you guys I have some different case comparisons now; See links below and let me know your thoughts


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146089

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517019

And y shouldn't the thermaltake level 10 gt be on my list for cooling performance and space? Are there issues with that case as far as ventilation? or Interior space?
post #4 of 9
Those are all good cases.
The Thermaltake is a little gimmicky and not worth the money imo, but it looks awesome and unique.

The Corsair 800D is more geared for water cooling, but the Corsair 650D is a great case and good for air cooling.

The Rosewill has a lot of fan options, similar to the the full tower Cooler Master cases, and it has gotten a lot of great reviews. This is the Cooler Master case HAF 932 Advanced. Just wanted to throw out some suggestions here and at the end of the post as well as talking about the three you have chosen.

It looks to me like you are leaning towards a Full Tower case, any specific reason for this? CFM does not apply to cases, just fans, since it is the amount of air moved by something, but if you want good air flow, you need to get a case with good fan placement options and good cable management to help increase air flow. A Mid Tower case could do just as well with air cooling as any of those monster cases. I think that this rules out the 800D since it seems to be geared towards water cooling and has a lot of options for mounting Radiators, but not really for optimizing air cooling only. Out of those three I would suggest the THOR V2 for air cooling since it has a lot of fan options, 230mm fans move tons of air and are relatively quiet and then the 800D if you want to water cool.

Here are some more good Full Tower cases that I would feel okay recommending:

Cooler Master HAF X
Thermaltake Chaser MK-I
NZXT Switch 810
NZXT Phantom in White

Also, had to throw this case in here, it is a bit nutty.
Silverstone Raven Series

Hope this helps. Cheers. (posted before you second group of selections)
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post #5 of 9
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REALLLY informative boxwunder, very informative, that info helps me out alot. I really appreciate your input. For my system I'm trying to build I plan on liquid cooling processor, and I was looking at getting a single Sapphire HD 7990 video card. That being said I needed a case that can easily hold my Corsair H100i or Corsair H110 setup, and my 7990, cause I know that thing is like literally 1ft long, plus I am also factoring in very good cable management, and a case that has enough "stock" airflow (CFM), to cool my vcard down enough without have to put a water block, and assist with the heat inside the case generated, due to me literally planning to overclock my cpu baby to ultimate level. Please note, I want this rig to be Elite, so I just want everything to fall into place perfectly, and also for it to be somewhat future proof. With this info, give me your thoughts out of all the cases I mentioned excluding Level 10 GT Thermaltake, but between Rosewill Thor V2, NZXT Switch 810, HAF X 942 and finally AZZA Genesis which I have to say is pretty impressive when it comes to stock case fan cooling.

Let me know your thoughts. =) Thanks in advance.
post #6 of 9
I'm going to move this to the cases forum, so you can hopefully get better input.
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REALLLY informative boxwunder, very informative, that info helps me out alot. I really appreciate your input. For my system I'm trying to build I plan on liquid cooling processor, and I was looking at getting a single Sapphire HD 7990 video card. That being said I needed a case that can easily hold my Corsair H100i or Corsair H110 setup, and my 7990, cause I know that thing is like literally 1ft long, plus I am also factoring in very good cable management, and a case that has enough "stock" airflow (CFM), to cool my vcard down enough without have to put a water block, and assist with the heat inside the case generated, due to me literally planning to overclock my cpu baby to ultimate level. Please note, I want this rig to be Elite, so I just want everything to fall into place perfectly, and also for it to be somewhat future proof. With this info, give me your thoughts out of all the cases I mentioned excluding Level 10 GT Thermaltake, but between Rosewill Thor V2, NZXT Switch 810, HAF X 942 and finally AZZA Genesis which I have to say is pretty impressive when it comes to stock case fan cooling.

Let me know your thoughts. =) Thanks in advance.

You should think about doing a full custom water loop since you want it to be Elite, CPU, GPU, possibly MoBo, so that all of it will be real cool. I know that the Corsair 800D will hold a H100 easily, and also it is geared for water cooling so that would make that custom loop a bit easier. I have not yet done my own water cooling loop, so it may be benificial if you post a question in the water cooling section about which is a good water cooling case.

If you are just going to stick with a CLC for your CPU, then either the Switch 810, HAF X, which will both fit a 240mm radiator on top. As for the AZZA Genesis, it looks a bit tricky to build in, that being because the MoBo is upside down, and it is situated for the left side (looking straight at the front), this is opposite almost all cases, just seems a little extra imo. Personally, if I was going to get a Full tower case, I would get the Switch 810 or the HAF X. I really like the clean look of the 810 and it has a lot of options for fans and possible custom loop in the future. The HAF X is a monster when it comes to air cooling, I have a HAF 912, and for a fairly inexpensive mid tower case I was impressed with the overall quality and air cooling options, so I am assuming the HAF X will be of a higher caliber with even more options.

Also, since you want good cooling performance you are going to want to get more fans, and/or, replace the fans that come with the case with fans that move more air and what not.
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post #8 of 9
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Ok. Now I have eliminated the competition and narrowed it down to these two cases.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517019



I want to go with a closed loop liquid cooling config, with minimum of a 240mm Radiator, Max 380mm. Let me know what you guys believe is best choice truthfully as far as airflow capabilities. Thx in advance. =)
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Looked really closely at both of those cases and I think that the AZZA Genesis is interesting, so I will talk about that one first. It has a lot of interesting features like a front mounted PSU and bottom to top cooling with 2x140mm fans on the bottom and two 200mm fans on top pulling out, now, about that fan set up; since the MoBo is situated upside down in this case, the CPU will be closest to the bottom fans and the GPU fans will be fighting with the top fans for air since the fans for the GPU will be trying to pull air from the top of the case. That being said, I think that it has a lot of cooling options and you could play around with it until you found a set up that worked best for you. This case has a lot of options for mounting radiators also, I found this article and I snipped this piece out for you, " 480mm WATER COOLING RADIATOR READY Genesis 9000 is as accommodating as it is thoughtful. The array of attentive features includes its capability to house a gigantic 480 mm water cooling radiator, the longest available in the industry. In fact, this expansive case has enough room for up to three radiators — one 480 mm, one 240 mm, plus one 120 mm." (AZZA Genesis 9000-pureoverclock.com). It looks like you could set up your CLC on the bottom in a push/pull set up with room to spare. Overall, this case is interesting, I am just not sure how good it will be versus the HAF-X, which is a tried and true air cooling monster with no odd placement of the MoBo and what not.

Now for the HAF-X. Since you are going to use a CLC on your CPU and air cool your GPU for now, this may be the case for you. It has a special mount that allows you to place an extra fan inside the case situated to blow air right at the GPU and you can use it for at least two GPU's it looks like. You can also fit a CLC real easy on the top of the case, "In order to install the ECO 240 A.L.C. we needed to uninstall the top exhaust fan which was a simple task. The built-in radiator mounts lined up perfectly so installing our radiator took just a matter of a few minutes. Remember you can install up to a 360mm radiator so your liquid cooling options are readily available. There is also plenty of space on the interior for pump and reservoir as well; the HAF-X is very water cooling-friendly." (CM HAF-X Review - pureoverclock.com). You get a lot of the same base features as the AZZA, such as front USB 3.0 and what not. It looks like you can really only mount the radiator to the top of this beast, since I did not see in the video or read in the review about taking stuff out of the case to fit more rads, but, out of the box you will be able to fit your CLC no problems.

After looking closely at both cases, I want to say go with the HAF-X. Cooler Master is known for their air cooling cases, the cable management looks great, lots of room for expansion, room for the CLC, normal layout of components, and it looks a bit better than the AZZA case imo. But, in all honesty, I think that either case will be good for you and I have a feeling that no matter which one you go with you will not be disappointing. It may come down to strictly aesthetics. Hope this was helpful. Cheers.
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