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Hey all. I'm looking into a new computer case. I'm planning a custom loop project for early next year, probably around February. I don't care about those details now.

What I'm looking at right now are to find some possible new cases.

The current leader is the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. My budget limit is $300 for the case.

Any alternatives you could suggest?

Must be black.
Must have a side window.
Internal drive bays must face sideways and be removable, I only have 2 HDDs and 1 SSD.
I'm not into any serious case modding - minor mods are possible.
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by BKrenz View Post

Hey all. I'm looking into a new computer case. I'm planning a custom loop project for early next year, probably around February. I don't care about those details now.

unfortunately those details are what will determine what case we would recommend biggrin.gif

at least give us the basics as to what CPU/GPU(s) you intend on using so we can at least have an idea how much heat we are dealing with here.
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unfortunately those details are what will determine what case we would recommend biggrin.gif

at least give us the basics as to what CPU/GPU(s) you intend on using so we can at least have an idea how much heat we are dealing with here.

I'm actually just in the basic now.

My current rig is set up as so:

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card w/ Boost
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply


I'm possibly thinking about buying another 7970 or an R9 280X for XFire. I have another hard drive from an old computer I can put in, just haven't yet.
post #4 of 7
700d? with side cut out?

Also mite need to know what you want to cool in it. size of rads fans,,,,,,,, so we know where to start.
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post #5 of 7
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700d? with side cut out?

Also mite need to know what you want to cool in it. size of rads fans,,,,,,,, so we know where to start.

CPU and GPU(s) were my main target for liquid cooling. I want to keep it looking minimal, so I don't think cooling everything possible is necessary. I haven't decided on the rads and fans yet as I have to make the decision on the second GPU still, and am still learning quite a bit about liquid cooling.
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if you are talking about a pair of 7970's and a FX8320 we are talking about around 725w TDP thermal load max. that means you will need at least a 360 rad and more. the enthoo primo is not a bad choice but i thought it's abit on the pricy side. i would maybe look into a corsair 540 and see how you like the styling of a cube box.
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if you are talking about a pair of 7970's and a FX8320 we are talking about around 725w TDP thermal load max. that means you will need at least a 360 rad and more. the enthoo primo is not a bad choice but i thought it's abit on the pricy side. i would maybe look into a corsair 540 and see how you like the styling of a cube box.

Can't say I really like the looks of the Cube.

So far, I'm liking the 750D and the Primo.
Edited by BKrenz - 11/6/13 at 2:24pm
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