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Cant really decide which case i want to get
really want to get rid of my stormscout it just annoys me now ha

i may consider water cooling in the future but nothing insane
keep in mind i only have 1 ssd for OS, and a mass storage


best bang for ya buck,

Pros & Cons of each case?

any advice will be appreciated
    
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The 540 will hold all the cooling stuff an 800D will, will likely cool better on air, and is cheaper.

The 800D looks better (IMO) and has more hard drive room.
 
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The 540 will hold all the cooling stuff an 800D will, will likely cool better on air, and is cheaper.

The 800D looks better (IMO) and has more hard drive room.
This.
I would go with the 540 though, its well suited for air cooling and has that capability to hold a top water cooling set up for the future.

I agree the 800d looks nice but the cost is the only downside, well for air its not that great, its more suite for straight water cooling.
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The 800D is compromised for water cooling because of the hot-swap bays. If they were in a 5.25" enclosure, a couple of UN brackets and there's a big rad. I'd go 540 in your circumstance.
 
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This.
I would go with the 540 though, its well suited for air cooling and has that capability to hold a top water cooling set up for the future.

I agree the 800d looks nice but the cost is the only downside, well for air its not that great, its more suite for straight water cooling.

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Originally Posted by GingertronMk1 View Post

The 540 will hold all the cooling stuff an 800D will, will likely cool better on air, and is cheaper.

The 800D looks better (IMO) and has more hard drive room.

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The 800d is a HUGE mistake if you want to do air cooling! The airflow is terrible compaired to other case options, especially the air 540. The 800d is considered a watercooler's case, not even considered when talking about going on air. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I really hope you don't choose the 800d. I just got my air 540 yesterday and am in LOVE with how much airflow that thing can do! I have 3 front fans as intakes, 2 top fans as intakes, and my h80i push/pull as my exhaust. In total you can do 6 fans inside that puppy and your psu, and 5.25" components will be on a seperate side of the case so you will have no worries about heat from that. When I put the panels on after installing all of my fans I left the back side open so that I could start doing cable management. While I was doing this I left all of my fans on full blast (1850rpm) and the air movement was so strong you could literally feel a breeze at 5 feet away. Now could you imagine that airflow with the back panel on? biggrin.gif

Go with the corsair 540 air, it will have more airflow and better options when you want to do a closed water loop. Ex: You can put it in the front, top, or back, with the 800d you only have top or back.

Hope that helped! thumb.gif
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I'd go the 540 route. It will be a great air cooling case until you go water and with the options for a 240 rad in the top, bottom(once you remove the hard drive mounts) and front (3x240) and a 120 rad at the back, you should not have a problem water cooling either. That and the "Utility side" of the case can hold your pump(s) and res(s) if need be.
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