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post #58431 of 107052
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I think I might finally be over the Fractal Arc Midi R2. I need more rads, even if it's just two 360mm I think it would be more effective then having 120mm rads all over the place like my current setup. But still with limited space in my office and on my desk, the smaller the better. Any suggestions?

Ever consider the Corsair 540 Air? Wider so it might not fit your desk space, but has room for a 240+360+120 with no mods, room for another 240 on the floor if you mod a bit, isn't 40 feet tall, and makes for very clean looking builds.

You loose a lot of 3.5" mounting space compared to the Fractal, but gain two dedicated SSD mounts, and there's a ton of room on the non-window side for pumps, cable management, etc. Plus it can be had for around a hundred bucks or so.
post #58432 of 107052
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What are your current temps? And OCs - R9 290 - 47C and 3570K @ 4.5GHz - 62C with 20C ambient and SP120's @ 7v
What temps are you expecting? CPU could be a little lower I guess, maybe I will just delid it. I didn't want to delid this one though.
What is your current noise level? @7v the noise level is perfect, but when the ambients raise or I raise my CPU overclock (it can go much faster than 4.5GHz) the temps get too high and I have to run the fans at 12v which is too loud.
What is your desired noise level? Like it is now or even a little quieter couldn't hurt.

I suppose this case is adequate, I don't really want a monster full tower but I wouldn't mind being able to mount 2x 360mm UT60's and still have fan slots available for regular intakes and exhaust for case airflow. As it stands right now, every single fan hole is occupied by a radiator.
I have 1x 240mm, and 3x 120mm in the works. I want more or thicker rads. But I have a lot of HDDs I need to use and not to mention I had to remove my 5.25" cage to have easier access to my res and tubing layout. I want to be able to put a fan controller and even a permanent optical drive.

If you removed the 5.25" bay, why not put a 360 up top?
Also, I know I have mentioned it before, but are your fractal dust filters in still? My temps dropped 5-10 degrees after removing and I've heard from many others have similar experiences. Their filters are way over restrictive.

What are your space requirements in your office? I think the Arc Midi R2 is one of the best mid towers for WC, especially at the price point. Can you fit a full tower?

Is the $100-$250 budget for the case only? Or is that including rad upgrades and other materials too?
post #58433 of 107052
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Budget?

That's the problem it might have to be in the $100-$250 range. I just don't know that I can afford one of those CaseLabs. I suppose I could stash my acorns for a month or two to get one though.

Phanateks Enthoo Primo.

Job Done.
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post #58434 of 107052
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If you removed the 5.25" bay, why not put a 360 up top?
Also, I know I have mentioned it before, but are your fractal dust filters in still? My temps dropped 5-10 degrees after removing and I've heard from many others have similar experiences. Their filters are way over restrictive.

What are your space requirements in your office? I think the Arc Midi R2 is one of the best mid towers for WC, especially at the price point. Can you fit a full tower?

Is the $100-$250 budget for the case only? Or is that including rad upgrades and other materials too?

I could fit a full tower. Ideally I'd like the case to be no more than 25" x 25" x 12" or roughly 650mm x 650mm x 300mm. Also I want to put the 5.25" cage back in but it takes up so much space.
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Phanateks Enthoo Primo.

Job Done.

I actually really like that, that's nice. It's hard to tell from the pictures but whats the maximum size radiator I could fit at the top and bottom without removing anything? Also how modular is that sidewall where I assume 3.5"/2.5" devices are mounted?


EDIT: I just watched a few videos on it at Newegg. It's everything I could want from a PC case that doesn't cost $500. It's just about perfect. I'll be ordering one in the next month. One of the main things that draws me towards it, is that everyone and their sister isn't building in one right now. I'm sure that will change by the time I get it ordered as it's so new. But still...

Thanks everyone for their input. I think the case search has been concluded. I can easily fit 2x 360mm UT60s and reuse my Swiftech 240mm without doing anything drastic. Now what to do with all these 120mm rads, lol. To the marketplace! Also I really like the mounting platform for the pump. I will probably ditch my fixed speed DDC because when I run the fans at 7v I can actually hear the pump and it's not very attractive sounding. I can get a regular old D5 vario and it will be completely hidden. The looks of that pump with stock housing was the reason I went with DDC this time around anyway, that and space constraints.

This EK-X3 tube and pump top is awesome for confined spaces, but with more space I would surely ditch it. To the marketplace with that as well!
Edited by stickg1 - 1/12/14 at 8:45am
post #58435 of 107052
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Ever consider the Corsair 540 Air? Wider so it might not fit your desk space, but has room for a 240+360+120 with no mods, room for another 240 on the floor if you mod a bit, isn't 40 feet tall, and makes for very clean looking builds.

You loose a lot of 3.5" mounting space compared to the Fractal, but gain two dedicated SSD mounts, and there's a ton of room on the non-window side for pumps, cable management, etc. Plus it can be had for around a hundred bucks or so.
+1 for the Corsair 540. If I didn't already have 2x 480 radiators and a build in the works, that would be my case of choice
post #58436 of 107052
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If you removed the 5.25" bay, why not put a 360 up top?
Also, I know I have mentioned it before, but are your fractal dust filters in still? My temps dropped 5-10 degrees after removing and I've heard from many others have similar experiences. Their filters are way over restrictive.

What are your space requirements in your office? I think the Arc Midi R2 is one of the best mid towers for WC, especially at the price point. Can you fit a full tower?

Is the $100-$250 budget for the case only? Or is that including rad upgrades and other materials too?

I could fit a full tower. Ideally I'd like the case to be no more than 25" x 25" x 12" or roughly 650mm x 650mm x 300mm. Also I want to put the 5.25" cage back in but it takes up so much space.
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Phanateks Enthoo Primo.

Job Done.

I actually really like that, that's nice. It's hard to tell from the pictures but whats the maximum size radiator I could fit at the top and bottom without removing anything? Also how modular is that sidewall where I assume 3.5"/2.5" devices are mounted?

Front :Up to 240
Top:Up to 480
Bottom:Up to 480

Take the HDD cages out for another 240 in the bottom
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Okay, this is the final photo-shoot. I think I'm done with this build until I get a new case. STICKG1's eMPOWERed (Click to show)




post #58438 of 107052
The Enthoo Primo is a great recommendation. Just inside your $250 budget and your just inside your 25x25x12 footprint limit.

I'd definitely load up the 480s at least, not sure how that sits in your overall budget tho. Can you return or sell some of your other stuff?
post #58439 of 107052
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The Enthoo Primo is a great recommendation. Just inside your $250 budget and your just inside your 25x25x12 footprint limit.

I'd definitely load up the 480s at least, not sure how that sits in your overall budget tho. Can you return or sell some of your other stuff?

Yeah, I'm a habitual reseller. Just about everything I own is always for sale if the price is right, lol. This is probably my 4th rebuild this year. I think I have a problem! thumb.gif

The budget can always be adjusted. I work a lot and make decent money, it's just explaining to HQ (my wife) why my perfectly operational PC build is no longer adequate for me. I can probably sleep on the couch a night or two biggrin.gif.

I will probably reuse my motherboard, CPU, GPU, and GPU block. Perhaps some of the fans, storage drives, PSU, will stay as well.
post #58440 of 107052
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Yeah, I'm a habitual reseller. Just about everything I own is always for sale if the price is right, lol. This is probably my 4th rebuild this year. I think I have a problem! thumb.gif

The budget can always be adjusted. I work a lot and make decent money, it's just explaining to HQ (my wife) why my perfectly operational PC build is no longer adequate for me. I can probably sleep on the couch a night or two biggrin.gif.

I will probably reuse my motherboard, CPU, GPU, and GPU block. Perhaps some of the fans, storage drives, PSU, will stay as well.
Just unplug a fan or two and say "Oh no, something is wrong with my computer. Time to rebuild I guess" thumb.gif
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