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post #11 of 18
Phanteks Enthoo Primo, a Corsair 900D, or any Caselabs case.


As far as an case for a 1st time watercooler, the Phanteks case is hard to beat. Easily fits up to a 480 rad in both the top and bottom. You can go push-pull with both a 45mm thick 480 rad in the top and an 85mm thick 480 monsta in the bottom, or you can put a 360 monsta in the bottom and you can still keep all 6 HDD bays, plus it has brackets for mounting 4 SSDs. If you really wanted to go rad-crazy and could live without any of the HDD bays, you could fit 5 rads: a 360 in the bottom, 240 rads in both the front and the side, a 120 or 140 in the rear, and a 480 up top, all without having to mod anything. There's many possibilities for the case that was designed with watercooling in mind.

Has other great features too, like it thermally isolates the PSU and hides pretty much all of your cables out of view, and so on ...



Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 3/25/14 at 12:14pm
post #12 of 18
What about a Corsair 450D? It can fit a 360 + 2 x 240 rads so there is plenty of cooling potential and it's really compact. Might be worth checking out.
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750D is great! I fit a 420mm rad up top and 240mm in the front, planning to put another 240mm on the bottom. I thinking of getting a Phanteks Enthos Primo though... That case is just ridiculous for watercooling. If you have the money, caselabs cases are amazing.
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What about a Corsair 450D? It can fit a 360 + 2 x 240 rads so there is plenty of cooling potential and it's really compact. Might be worth checking out.
I love the look of both the 750 and 450 and if midtower is the route someone wants to go than the 450 is the way to go.
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750D is great! I fit a 420mm rad up top and 240mm in the front, planning to put another 240mm on the bottom. I thinking of getting a Phanteks Enthos Primo though... That case is just ridiculous for watercooling. If you have the money, caselabs cases are amazing.

I wanted to put a 420 up there but the budget wouldn't allow it
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I love the look of both the 750 and 450 and if midtower is the route someone wants to go than the 450 is the way to go.
I wanted to put a 420 up there but the budget wouldn't allow it

A 360mm, but if you are putting another 780, the 420 would be best. You should take a look at Fractal Cases and NZXT Switch 810. Both are good for internal watercooling
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post #16 of 18
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Thanks for all the input guys! It's been super helpful. After much deliberation, I've decided to go with the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. It should suit my needs perfect, and appears to lend itself more to a beginner like me. Cheers Unicr0n =)

Ok, so I have a quick couple of questions about the loop. I've decided I want to run an alphacool monsta 480 rad at the bottom, and a 45mm thick alphacool rad at the top. Both in push in and pull. I've read you can fit a monsta at the top as well, but I don't want anything covering the ram.

The issue here is that no one in Australia has stock of the 45mm thick alphacool radiators, so I'll have to order one from overseas (I could use a diff brand at the top but I'm super OCD like that xD). Will the one monsta be enough to cool my 4770K and GTX 780 to max overclocking limits until I can get my hands on the top rad?

Also, the Phanteks Enthoo Primo comes with it's own 6 way fan controller (with 2 splitters). Is there any harm just adding more splitters to cover all my fans, or should I buy a second controller? Also, how do I hook the controller up to use the water temp (from a sensor in the loop) or do I need a specific fan controller to do this?

Sorry for the 21 questions, but one last one. I see them advertising hose cutters, is this a necessary tool or can I use scissors or cable cutters (we call then parrot beaks here in Australia) just as effectively?

Thanks guys =)
post #17 of 18
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Thanks for all the input guys! It's been super helpful. After much deliberation, I've decided to go with the Phanteks Enthoo Primo. It should suit my needs perfect, and appears to lend itself more to a beginner like me. Cheers Unicr0n =)

Ok, so I have a quick couple of questions about the loop. I've decided I want to run an alphacool monsta 480 rad at the bottom, and a 45mm thick alphacool rad at the top. Both in push in and pull. I've read you can fit a monsta at the top as well, but I don't want anything covering the ram.

The issue here is that no one in Australia has stock of the 45mm thick alphacool radiators, so I'll have to order one from overseas (I could use a diff brand at the top but I'm super OCD like that xD). Will the one monsta be enough to cool my 4770K and GTX 780 to max overclocking limits until I can get my hands on the top rad?

Also, the Phanteks Enthoo Primo comes with it's own 6 way fan controller (with 2 splitters). Is there any harm just adding more splitters to cover all my fans, or should I buy a second controller? Also, how do I hook the controller up to use the water temp (from a sensor in the loop) or do I need a specific fan controller to do this?

Sorry for the 21 questions, but one last one. I see them advertising hose cutters, is this a necessary tool or can I use scissors or cable cutters (we call then parrot beaks here in Australia) just as effectively?

Thanks guys =)

Hose cutters if you want speed, clean cuts and convenience, they are about $15 usd, but if you're cheap you don't need them and being careful with a razor or scissors will be fine.

I would see what the max wattage is on the fan controller, if it can't provide the current then the fans simply won't turn on. Or it will get kinda warm if it is drawing too much power.

As far as your other questions, I'm not sure! Haha
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post #18 of 18
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Ok, so I "think" I have everything sorted out now. For my watercooling setup, consisting of 2 rads, 1 pump, 1 res, 1 cpu block, 1 gpu block (for now), an inlet and a drain, will the following be enough / correct?

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Swiftech MCP35X Liquid Cooling Pump
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Primochill Advanced LRT 1/2" ID 3/4" OD clear tubing 3m length
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XSPC EC6 Liquid Cooling Coolant Blood Red 1L
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N/A
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