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When I built my last pc the best watercooling case at the time was the haf 932. I am trying to decide what to get now. The haf 932's downside was that it was extremely heavy and dusty inside. My plan is to get a 360 rad for the new build.

Cases I am looking at are:

CM Storm Stryker (like the handles for carrying)
Define R5 (looks decent overall but seems cramped?)
nzxt 440 (no 5.25 bays is a con)

Any other cases or opinions? been trying to decide for a while. I live in a remote area so can't view these cases anywhere without buying online.
    
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Can you elaborate a bit on the type of set up that you want for your water cooling?

  • The CM Storm will share similar flaws - quite heavy and hard to handle. You'll want an aluminum case if you want something light and that is expensive. I don't know what your budget is so I cannot make recommendations there. That said, the handle does make it a bit easier to work with.
  • It also depends on how extensive your water cooling set up is. You'd want the full tower variants of the Define XL and the NZXT 820.

From my experiences, no case has a good dust filter. The DemciFlex ones are generally regarded as the best. Anyways, for serious filtering, I'd recommend that you consider the possibility of getting a DataVAC.

Other brands to consider -
  • Corsair cases like the 780T may be worth a look at, as is the 750D.
  • Potentially Lian Li. Not the best water cooling support, but it's worth a look because of it's aluminum design.
  • IF you have a big budget, Case Labs cases are generally regarded as the best money can get for water cooling. They are expensive though.

Can you give us more details?
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Can you elaborate a bit on the type of set up that you want for your water cooling?

  • The CM Storm will share similar flaws - quite heavy and hard to handle. You'll want an aluminum case if you want something light and that is expensive. I don't know what your budget is so I cannot make recommendations there. That said, the handle does make it a bit easier to work with.
  • It also depends on how extensive your water cooling set up is. You'd want the full tower variants of the Define XL and the NZXT 820.

From my experiences, no case has a good dust filter. The DemciFlex ones are generally regarded as the best. Anyways, for serious filtering, I'd recommend that you consider the possibility of getting a DataVAC.

Other brands to consider -
  • Corsair cases like the 780T may be worth a look at, as is the 750D.
  • Potentially Lian Li. Not the best water cooling support, but it's worth a look because of it's aluminum design.
  • IF you have a big budget, Case Labs cases are generally regarded as the best money can get for water cooling. They are expensive though.

Can you give us more details?

Thanks, actually bought the datavac last month, good purchase although I am not sure how safe it is because after 10 minutes of use it blows extremely hot air out. I will check out the cases. My plan is to get a full custom wc build with drain port etc. Want to put the 360 on top if possible with 3 120mm fans. Not sure if I should buy a separate pump like the mcp or if one of the newer ones that are connected to the res. Will have the loop going through the gpu. I have a pretty high budget but I don't really want to spend it on a caselabs case (unless its available in canada?)and rather use the money for something else. What other popular cases are full aluminum that are good for watercooling??
    
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This is one of the better newer cases out there that I like:

http://phanteks.com/Enthoo-EVOLV-ATX.html
 
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Take a look at the Fractal Design cases, available in Canada, great quality (better than my previous Lian-Li) and priced very attractively. Also has decent dust filters

ARC XL

Define S
    
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As above
Phanteks or FractalDesign

Also, why ALU? Besides looks?

BTW for a "simple" 240/360 solution : The new Predator AIO from EK


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Edited by RnRollie - 10/26/15 at 4:23am
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As above
Phanteks or FractalDesign

Also, why ALU? Besides looks?

BTW for a "simple" 240/360 solution : The new Predator AIO from EK


.

Due to weight, is there any negatives to aluminum?

Hmm I see I need to get specific rad before choosing case as for sizes. The Arc xl only fits slim radiators.

Just from a quick search of the best rads I'll be looking at:

ek XE 360
Hardware Labs SR2
ek xtx360
alphacool ut60

Also I guess sound is important too
Edited by donmega1 - 10/26/15 at 9:05am
    
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Due to weight, is there any negatives to aluminum?

Yes the price tongue.gif, it's not as cheap as the normal steel cases out there
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post #9 of 14
Define R5 - had 2 to play with - hardly crammed! You can walk inside if your a midget biggrin.gif

I have always liked ali cases - have one now - FT03, thick gauge ali

But the likes of li lian - I'm sure its getting thinner tongue.gif
Edited by ladcrooks - 10/26/15 at 8:59am
post #10 of 14
ARC XL is a decent case for a water-cooled build; I used it for my sig rig build but eventually opted for a larger case. If one 360 mm rad is all you need it'll work nicely - or perhaps 2x 240 mm rads in which case you can use thicker ones. The top-side supports all kinds of mounting holes arrangement for 240, 280, 360 rads, and front side accommodates even the thickest 240 in push-pull.
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