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I realized it would probably be best to create a thread for this as everything initially starts with the case anyways.


Hi all, been going back and forth looking through hardware lately, as I'm looking to update my system as its been over 3 years since my last build. I'm sporting the original Cosmos, and looking to upgrade to something sleeker, and the Cosmos II thus far has been constantly getting my attention. My qualm with the initial Cosmos was that with my 1200W Antec Powersupply there wasn't enough room for to spread out my video cards since there was about a 5mm gap needed to fit the card correctly, and for this reason had to keep the cards together.

So After browsing around a bit, I wanted to ask all the fellow Cosmos II owners their impressions, as I'm torn currently between going water cooling or Air. I'm completely new to watercooling, but I learn fast and I understand for a good system , a custom build w/ blocks and all is more rewarding than using a closed loop ( of which I'm currently using the h100 corsair atm)

I'm open to other case designs as well, though I'm aware of caselabs I'm not sure if I'm quite ready for a case of that caliber yet, since I'm still VERY new to water cooling.

So first off what I'll be putting into the new case is the RIVE BE w/ a 4960x for starters along w/ SLI Titans. I have 1 Titan currently (air) and nothing within my system set up for water cooling. My goal is to ultimately either go 3 titans or just pop in 1 for now, and a 3rd down the road.

I've read discouraging posts earlier on in the thread where people claim that certain pumps and or units don't fit within their system, though I'm not sure what would be best for mine in terms, as I'll be asking more questions within the water cooling thread as well, I just wanted to hear any downsides mainly about this case if any prior to pulling the trigger as I"m slowly purchasing parts as I go.

Appreciate the feed back and hoping to catch up on this thread over the weekend. As for design/look , it doesn't necessarily have to have a window, silence would be nice but I know its not 100% possible.

If you can recommend some top quality silent fans as well as I've had some suggestions originally.
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post #2 of 6
If you're not looking to get into the world of caselabs, you might want to consider the Corsair Carbide Air 540. A great case with a lot of room for water cooling. It can fit a 360, 240, and a 140 or 120 in it without modification! that is enough rad space for 3 titans and a CPU in SLI, you'll be pushing it. If you really want to go tri sli titans, you might either want to consider an external rad or just go ahead and get a caselabs caliber case.

I love my Scythe Gentle Typhoons AP-15s. They aren't extremely loud, but you can hear them at full speed. However, their sound signature is pleasant for a fan.
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If you're not looking to get into the world of caselabs, you might want to consider the Corsair Carbide Air 540. A great case with a lot of room for water cooling. It can fit a 360, 240, and a 140 or 120 in it without modification! that is enough rad space for 3 titans and a CPU in SLI, you'll be pushing it. If you really want to go tri sli titans, you might either want to consider an external rad or just go ahead and get a caselabs caliber case.

I love my Scythe Gentle Typhoons AP-15s. They aren't extremely loud, but you can hear them at full speed. However, their sound signature is pleasant for a fan.

Interesting, I've never even heard of the Corsair Carbide till now lol, thanks for that, it looks remarkably similar to the Caselabs Mercury S5 ( which I was initially considering on the side ) I'm still reading through the new 2013 N00bs for Watercooling thread, which is a good read. I'm looking to better understand best airflow practices for specific environments and all.

One question I will ask though I'll be opening a separate thread in the water cooling section for more detailed is, even though I might not be doing heavy overclocking, is there any issue with still getting water cooling as it appears to be a quieter/cooler solution? I understand the cost involved with this but I just can't get over how sexy everyone's rig's look with their setups.

Back on topic of cases though, I do like the designs to separate key components such as PSU's and other parts that would normally get in the way of things.
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Watercooling is definitely expensive, but you're right. It is sexy. It is definitely quieter compared to air cooling, too. Water has so much better heat transfer. Depending on what you want to do water cooling can be loud as loud or louder than air cooling. If you want pure performance slap some high speed deltas on those rads and let them whir like a jet engine! If you want really quiet, then get some nice low airflow fans and put them on a thick rad. Or just more thinner rads depending on your case/application.

I'll personally be using XSPC EX240 and EX360mm rads because I have a friend who is going to sell them to me and they actually fit in my case with my huge 780 classifieds.

I also love the design of separating components, plus I just love cube style cases. It's definitely a great alternative if you aren't willing to spend an enormous amount of money. In my opinion, slighly biased since I own it, you cannot beat the air 540 for cooling in its price bracket.
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Corsair 540: 360 and 240 (60mm thick rads) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Corsair 900D: Everything and anything Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Nzxt Switch 810: 360 or 420 and 240 or 280 (60mm thick rads) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Nzxt H630: Two 360 rads (60mm thick) or with some mods dual 400mm rads. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Bitfenix Shinobi XL: 360 (30mm thick) and any size 240 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Phanteks Enthoo Primo: Everything and anything Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Just click the "spoiler" for a few build logs, pics and links for each case. I hope this helps a bit, i know i am missing a lot of cases but these are the ones that first popped in my head. thumb.gif
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Watercooling is definitely expensive, but you're right. It is sexy. It is definitely quieter compared to air cooling, too. Water has so much better heat transfer. Depending on what you want to do water cooling can be loud as loud or louder than air cooling. If you want pure performance slap some high speed deltas on those rads and let them whir like a jet engine! If you want really quiet, then get some nice low airflow fans and put them on a thick rad. Or just more thinner rads depending on your case/application.

I also love the design of separating components, plus I just love cube style cases. It's definitely a great alternative if you aren't willing to spend an enormous amount of money. In my opinion, slighly biased since I own it, you cannot beat the air 540 for cooling in its price bracket.

Agreed, and yeah I'm taking quite a liking thus far to the cube styling. Especially w/ the entire separation. My new gaming cave is smaller than my older one, but again as long as I wouldn't hear things over music I guess its fine, I used to fall asleep in my old room to the sounds of my rigs running, dunno why it helped, guess its from all the years working in server rooms lol.

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Corsair 540: 360 and 240 (60mm thick rads)



Just click the "spoiler" for a few build logs, pics and links for each case. I hope this helps a bit, i know i am missing a lot of cases but these are the ones that first popped in my head. thumb.gif

Actually yes, I'm at work so I can't watch the Phanteks video, but I'll google that and check it out. I see alot of hype on the NXT lately, and also now that I'm paying more attention I noticed that for watercooling the drive bays are removed in most of these, I'm not sure if they're removable in the Cosmos II though. I'm definitely going to be looking for something that will support either a 360 or higher RAD, and I DO like how they're positioned @ the bottom of the 900D.

Anyone here own the Caselabs Mercury S5? For a cube/Desktop design I'm curious how good it is with airflow as well as space availability for everything.
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