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Thermaltake Core X5 Owner's Club

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Thread Starter 
Understand there is a "Core X case owner's club" already...
http://www.overclock.net/t/1538271/thermaltake-core-x-case-owners-club-x1-x2-x9-x9-snow-ed
... however, X5 seems to be excluded, and that thread is already so huge to search.

So, I'd like to be the brave one to start a new one, and I strongly feel this wonderful case deserve its own!!!

Official Site:
Original X5:
http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Cube_Case_/Core/C_00002806/Core_X5/design.htm
Riing Edition:
http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Cube_Case_/Core/C_00002827/Core_X5_Riing_Edition/design.htm
Tempered Glass Edition:
http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Cube_Case_/Core/C_00003042/Core_X5_Tempered_Glass_Edition/design.htm
Snow Edition:
http://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/Cube_Case_/Core/C_00003041/Core_X5_Tempered_Glass_Snow_Edition/design.htm
post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 
Advice wanted:

I am about to jump in my first build with the following components in mind. Any comment and advice are appreciated.

Case Thermaltake Core X5 Black E-ATX
Mother Board ASUS ROG RAMPAGE VI EXTREME - motherboard - extended ATX - LGA2066 Socket - X299
CPU Intel® Core™ Processor i7-7740X Quad-Core 4.3GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2066 (Dual Channels)
GPU GIGABYTE AORUS Xtreme GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce 11GD, GV-N108TAORUSXW-11GD
Cooler NZXT Kraken X62
M.2 SSD 254GB SAMSUNG 960 Pro
HDD x2 RAID 0: WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch
PSU 900 Watts - IN WIN Classic C900W Aluminum, 80 PLUS PLATINUM 165 x150 x86mm
Memory Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 16GB 2x8GB DDR4 3866 PC4-30900 C18 - Intel 100/200 Series

Rationale for Thermaltake and Core X5:
Would like to try water cooler for CPU and GPU. Not confident enough to do custom loop, so I am looking for AIO for both CPU and GPU. It also make it easier for replacement/resale;
There are VERY few cases can handle two sets of radiators without mess up the air flow. I'd really prefer a good flow for memory, M.2 drive and HDD. Most cases, although with fancier look, have every bad air intake and air flow path, if two radiators are in place; I want to make sure hot air are pushing up or back, definitely not blow inwards. And trying not to have intake nor exhaust facing the floor, where the flow is not optimal;
Core X5 has the best radiator placement options, because the cube top is flexible and large enough;
Capability of having an accessible DVD drive;
Future expansion is easy, with room in the top and right side (Not the case in Tempered Glass versions. I wish TT offer an new option for HALF tempered glass on the right side, so the bottom half can be used for exhaust, or intake)

Possible reason not go for the X5 in favor of Core V71:
The only alternative I found so far is the Core V71, which has BETTER airflow in my opinion. The V71 has 2x 200mm front fan (vs. 1x 120mm in the X5), and a 140mm back fan (vs. 120mm in the X5, although easy to replace). With a smaller case, the V71 will definitely have better and stronger airflow inside the case to cool MB, memory, M.2 and HDDs. Also, better flow means lower noise. The dust filter seems better on the V71 as well;
The reason of not selecting V71 is the room and placement for two radiators. I would like to have at least 240mm rad for the CPU, that make it difficult to put another 120mm rad on the top. (even though, on paper, the V71 top can accommodate 420mm rad). I may be forced to put the GPU 120mm rad to the bottom.

How stupid am I in thinking this way? Cheers!
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Read the specs on the core x5 you can run 2 140s front and the rear can run a 140 also http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002806
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