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hey guys, im planning on building a gaming rig this week, the only problem im facing is finding the right case, hoping some of the experts here would recommend me a case that fits a water cooling kit ( if i needed in he future) with my 2 780s.

and if possible less than 180 and not too ugly biggrin.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Matte 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($379.49 @ Newegg)
Total: $2481.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 21:19 EDT-0400)
post #2 of 16
that samsung 840 is way overpriced.
what kind of cases do you like? how big of a case? if you water cool everything, its going to be a big case. 2x 360 rads would be minimum for good temps. acceptable temps would need a 360 and 240. so, a corsair 750d? new enthoo luxe when its released? azza genesis? nzxt source 530? or...
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the only case i would buy from your 3 there is the blackhawk. its pretty much a xigmatek elysium. the metal of the case is identical except for the rotated hdd cage. only the stacker would not need modding to install 2x 360s.
the corsair air 540 would be better to an extent. it will take rads in the front and top without modding. i forget exactly what sizes so, sorry
the corsair 750d will take a 420 in the top and a 280 in the front without modding. a 420 is almost the same area as a 4x 120 and a 280 is almost the same area as a 3x 120

3x 120 surface area = 43200 = 360 rad
2x 140 surface area = 39200 = 280 rad
4x 120 surface area = 57600 = 480 rad
3x 140 surface area = 58800 = 420 rad

a 280 vs 360 rad surface area wise is a difference of a 63x63mm fan

the 750d will actually take 3 rads without modding. top = 360 or 420 , front 240, bottom 240.
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by pc-illiterate View Post

the only case i would buy from your 3 there is the blackhawk. its pretty much a xigmatek elysium. the metal of the case is identical except for the rotated hdd cage. only the stacker would not need modding to install 2x 360s.
the corsair air 540 would be better to an extent. it will take rads in the front and top without modding. i forget exactly what sizes so, sorry
the corsair 750d will take a 420 in the top and a 280 in the front without modding. a 420 is almost the same area as a 4x 120 and a 280 is almost the same area as a 3x 120

3x 120 surface area = 43200 = 360 rad
2x 140 surface area = 39200 = 280 rad
4x 120 surface area = 57600 = 480 rad
3x 140 surface area = 58800 = 420 rad

a 280 vs 360 rad surface area wise is a difference of a 63x63mm fan

the 750d will actually take 3 rads without modding. top = 360 or 420 , front 240, bottom 240.

does the 750d has a good air flow ? because i wont be liquid cooling anytime soon
post #6 of 16
for under $180 and room to grow id have to go with the 750d
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post #7 of 16
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for under $180 and room to grow id have to go with the 750d

looks like im getting this case, thanks alot !. however i will wait 1 more day to see others thoughts thumb.gif
post #8 of 16
the only thing about the 750d is that it's part of the corsair obsidian line which is VERY popular and some people may feel that its almost cliche to use one. if you dont care about that then get one. if you're one of those people who just cant stand to be part of the crowd then go another direction.

while running into problems with my mod it was very tempting to abandon my p280 for this case since i probably dumped at least that much into dremel cutting wheels, sand paper, paint, mask , etc. etc. but alas i love to punish myself and buying a case that meets all my needs would just be too easy.

mario.gif dont be like me
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Originally Posted by d00bzilla View Post

while running into problems with my mod it was very tempting to abandon my p280 for this case since i probably dumped at least that much into dremel cutting wheels, sand paper, paint, mask , etc. etc. but alas i love to punish myself and buying a case that meets all my needs would just be too easy.

mario.gif dont be like me

buy a case. run air for a couple months. buy an h100. say screw it and put the cpu under water. say screw it again while figuring out how where to put rads to put the gpus under water.
i want 1 more 240 rad so i can run my fans slower than they are now. its either keep cutting my case or buy a new one. cutting wheels are cheaper.....
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post #10 of 16
That assumes you already have most of the tools you need to mod. I had to go buy everything but a screwdriver

Dremel - $50
Ezlock attachment - $15
Cutting wheels - $25
3m respirator - $25
Rivet gun - $15
Rivets - $10
Sand paper - $10
Metal file set - $10
Plexiglass - $30
U channel molding - $8
Modders mesh - $30
My time - priceless

Total - $228

Could have easily just bought the new case and called it a day but what can I say, I like a challenge and at the end of the day I'll have a custom 1 off case that only I have.

Worth it.
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