I'm glad to hear the good news about your safety as well Darlene. And hope this goes to anyone that might be, directly or not, affected by this disaster.
As for my case dilemma..I'm a noob in watercooling and modding and I don't deny it
As on many occasion Darlene or many of you said..X9 is like a blank canvas, decent case for the money that with right approach and skill can produce stunning results. And believe me, after reading almost 400 pages, I was able to see some outstanding examples of that in this thread. But for someone just entering this world..I think it might be a bit overwhelming. It's not even about the need to mod things to achieve certain results, but something much more trival. You actually need A LOT of stuff to fill it up to a point it does not look like ass..empty ass I might add
So when my plan is to go water for CPU first, then maybe extend it for GPU after few months..this actually means 1 rad, 1 pump and probably not too big of a reservoir with simple soft tubing. I know I will get something bigger at some point, as my knowledge and arsenal of tools gets bigger (looking at you CaseLabs baby
)..but for now, I decided to go with Core X71. The biggest competitor for me was Phanteks Enthoo Primo, but in the long run and after reading opinions and reviews, I decided on TT case. Phanteks is more expensive, some say better build quality but at the same time I've heard voices that it is not up to the cost actually. Also..people seem to have same issues in terms of QC as TT cases in general. Reason was also the window in Enthoo Primo that I would be forced to mod after getting the case because I just simply don't like it
So yeah, Thermaltake Core X71 will arrive on Thursday! I genuinely can't wait
As I wrote above, I will be going water for CPU first. I assume some EK block. For rads I already did some research and I will go with one (should be enough?) EK XE360 or HWLabs Nemesis GTS 360 (it's hard to get them in my country atm), 200mm res (no opinion on brand yet) and D5 pump that will support Aquaero (5 PRO or 6 XT) I want to add in the future. Not much, but at least I'm moving forward! Sort-of..
I will be continuing my research but your comments are highly welcome
Cheers to all and have a wonderful morning, day, night..wherever you are on the globe!