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So I'm going to pop my water build cherry, and I need a new case for it.

So far I'm down to the SilverStone TJ07 and the Corsair Obsidian 800D. Both beautiful cases, but I'm still open to suggestions. smile.gif

Requirements:
  1. Durable. No cheap parts that break off, rattle, crack, or bend easily. No plastic cases, only 100% metal chassis, side and front panels (preferably steel but there's not much I can do about that). Windows and plastic locking easy install drive clips are both fine and preferred.
  2. Full size towers, wide with plenty of cable management
  3. Plenty of room for water cooling, plus 4 to 6 hard drives, DVD drive, 5.25 bay controller, and one or two 5.25" unused bays. (Sometimes I install a 5.25" drawer for thumb drives, camera cards, screws, and other random accessories)
  4. Low amount of no mesh, groves, and pockets on the outer case design like the Antec 1200 (difficult to clean and another reason I don't like plastic)

I've heard there are radiator fittings made for the TJ07... but they go in the bottom. So that means I'll need hard drive adapters or a hard drive cage for the 5.25 bays... but will there be enough room for 4 to 6 drives? Not really sure how this case works with a water cooling build. Everything I find doesn't show how the parts are individually assembled, or they leave things out I'm looking for, or are at the wrong angles to show how many hard drives can fit. Anyone one know a really good article on this that explains all this, the names and stores who sell the parts, and shows how much room they take up? Anyone have a lot of experience with this case? I haven't really heard much about this case from anyone I know. I'm also surprised people are blowing warm air from radiators directly into PSUs... not sure how smart of an idea that is. Maybe a 3x radiator would be a better idea than a 4x in the bottom of the case, pushed forward to give the PSU some fresh air.

Also, what about the 800D? Which of these two cases is easy to build a water build in, and which one is more durable and well made?
Edited by Drahadis - 9/13/13 at 1:48pm
post #2 of 3
I'm surprised that the NZXT Switch or BitFenix Shenobi XL didn't make your list. Both of the cases you are looking at are fine cases though.
Edited by wevsspot - 9/13/13 at 10:55am
wevs rig
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H MSI GTX 670 PE OC x2 SLi Team xTreem 16Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial C300 128Gb x2 RAID0  SK Hynix SH910 128Gb x2 RAID0 Western Digital Black Edition 1Tb Western Digital Black Edition 640Gb 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Asus DVD / Bluray LG Bluray / Burner Custom H20 - Swiftech, XSPC Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer P243Waid Razer Black Widow Ultimate Corsair HX1000 Corsair C70 White Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries Creative Soundblaster X-FI Titanium HD 
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wevs rig
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H MSI GTX 670 PE OC x2 SLi Team xTreem 16Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial C300 128Gb x2 RAID0  SK Hynix SH910 128Gb x2 RAID0 Western Digital Black Edition 1Tb Western Digital Black Edition 640Gb 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Asus DVD / Bluray LG Bluray / Burner Custom H20 - Swiftech, XSPC Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer P243Waid Razer Black Widow Ultimate Corsair HX1000 Corsair C70 White Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer DeathAdder SteelSeries Creative Soundblaster X-FI Titanium HD 
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Because they're both plastic.

Also, last time I checked the Silverstone warranty included free parts for the life of the case. No questions. That's part of the premium you're paying for. I just don't like that the TJ07 is mostly aluminum. Aluminum bends and dents easily, and aluminum parts are more likely to wear out and break compared to a steel part. I like cases with aluminum inside and tough steel on the outside built like tanks (or at least thick aluminum on the outside); heavy, tough, and solid. I love cases like that.

Shame those are so rare these days, at least in the style I like. No swinging front doors, just a flat face with 5.25's in the open. TJ05 was steel but it had a really annoying door in the front, with a locking mechanism that constantly broke. I got sick of it and tossed it in my crawl space. Its still there collecting dust. Also the paint on it was so freakin thin. I swear if you breathed on it, it would scratch. So I might not get a painted case this time and just get the brushed aluminum. If there is a scratch it'll probably either be easy not to see or easy to buff out, compared to the paint they use (auto paint is far easier to fix than the paint they use).

.....crap I have to get black, my Plextor DVWR is black and so is my Rheosmart 6. frown.gif

Dammit.....
Edited by Drahadis - 9/13/13 at 2:04pm
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