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I'm looking do to a new build relatively soon, but I'm having problems finding a nice housing for my hardware.

Couple of things to note:
- No caselabs. Getting them in the EU is a total disaster. Yes, I've contacted CL. Yes, I've contacted the EU supplier. Yes, propositions have been made. No, no acceptable solution was found. Please don't suggest it, It'll only trigger a total rant redface.gif
- The build will be focused around silence. I want to run my fans at sub 1K RPM under full load and preferably lower when idle. This means it seeds enough space to accommodate large radiators. I'm aiming at a Nemesis GTX 560 + 280 or equivalent cooling performance.
- No caselabs!
- Required: black, windowed, no finger print magnet, rad space
- Preferred: no plastic, clean look

Stuff I've looked into:
  • 900D: Plastic front , makes serious compromises in quality, the front looks [horrid]
  • JT11: will house a 560 and a 280, but needs modding to mound the rads. Also not a fan of the overal design
  • LD PC-V8: Doesn't house enough rad without looking bloated (also expensive for its functionality)


Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 34
Dark Base Pro 900? Can do a 420 + 360 or 280? Aluminium panels + tempered glass.
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900D with ColdZero Front case mod from Portugal.




http://www.coldzero.eu/242-front-panels-grills
Edited by lovan6 - 4/21/17 at 10:21pm
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Originally Posted by cadger View Post

Dark Base Pro 900? Can do a 420 + 360 or 280? Aluminium panels + tempered glass.

Although the panels are made from metal, most of the case is still (ABS) plastic. I'm also not that much of a fan of the interior. It's gonna be a pain to get it to look really clean with those HDD mounts and it's rather small. And there is no way around blowing all of the radiator air through the case. Either I'd be dumping heat in the case, which brings higher temps are more noise, or I'd be sucking dust inside the case. Neither of those scenarios is really appealing.

Appreciate the suggestion though thumb.gif

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900D with ColdZero Front case mod from Portugal.

http://www.coldzero.eu/242-front-panels-grills

Doesn't change the fact that most of the case is still plastic. From what I've read in reviews, they've also had issues with quality control.

I could do a 480 + a 240 (?) in the lower compartiment, but that means I'd still need to put a 480 in the top, which I rather avoid for the reasons stated a bit higher in this post.

Appreciate the suggestion though thumb.gif
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post #5 of 34
I'm probably gona get flamed for this buuuuutttt....

Thermaltake Tower 900. Only plastic pieces are the removable top (albeit with a metal mesh top) and HDD caddies. I have one. Love it. Lots of rad space in the back, and the magnetic dust filters are a nice touch.
post #6 of 34
The quality improves a bit from previous reviews several years ago to the current production but its no comparison to Caselabs which is out of the picture.

Yes a 480 and a 240 fits well but there are some caveats. The Beta design by George Makris of Corsair use a 30mm radiator on the bottom chamber. I have 2 30mm radiator on the bottom chamber and an EK Dual D5 in series and fits well. You can use up to 45mm radiators on 480 and 240 but have to relocate the pumps near the reservoir. Check Singularity computer build he uses a DDC pump not D5.



The 900D is a tall case you have more space at the top clearance from motherboard to radiator for a 30 to 60mm on either a 480 or a 360 but its optional.


One thing though if you decide to use 6 hard drive bays on the top, You have to use a good static pressure fans because it block airflow from the stock corsair fan provided and have to buy the modded front panel cover from Cold zero but it's optional. Regardless of air flow its not a big deal since the 900D is a big case which gives ample breathing space. It works well on tropical climates.
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I'm probably gona get flamed for this buuuuutttt....

Thermaltake Tower 900. Only plastic pieces are the removable top (albeit with a metal mesh top) and HDD caddies. I have one. Love it. Lots of rad space in the back, and the magnetic dust filters are a nice touch.

It does fit my requirements in terms of cooling, but it looks horrid imo. As for ThermalTake, not really a big fan of their products and practices - but let's not pretend that most of the other companies are really that different. Most of them just have fan boys taking the heat while doing more or less the same. TT is just a black sheep.
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The quality improves a bit from previous reviews several years ago to the current production but its no comparison to Caselabs which is out of the picture.

Yes a 480 and a 240 fits well but there are some caveats. The Beta design by George Makris of Corsair use a 30mm radiator on the bottom chamber. I have 2 30mm radiator on the bottom chamber and an EK Dual D5 in series and fits well. You can use up to 45mm radiators on 480 and 240 but have to relocate the pumps near the reservoir. Check Singularity computer build he uses a DDC pump not D5.

The 900D is a tall case you have more space at the top clearance from motherboard to radiator for a 30 to 60mm on either a 480 or a 360 but its optional.

One thing though if you decide to use 6 hard drive bays on the top, You have to use a good static pressure fans because it block airflow from the stock corsair fan provided and have to buy the modded front panel cover from Cold zero but it's optional. Regardless of air flow its not a big deal since the 900D is a big case which gives ample breathing space. It works well on tropical climates.

I see. The problem is there are simply no "real" competitors for the kind of product CaseLabs makes. I was looking into Lian-Li, but those cases don't fare too well for water cooling. Aside from that, their buildquality is more or less on the same level (if not higher) than CaseLabs. Eye for detail and finish is not as good, but definitely not bad.

Any other exotic company I've not heard from? biggrin.gif
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It is crazy expensive. But in my eyes it's a gorgeous case and has great radiator support. The Phanteks Enthoo Elite.
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Silverstone TJ07 maybe? Can still get stuff for it from coldzero.
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This is the reason why some people hate Thermaltake.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abqM0aymMlU
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