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Hello again, ocn. I've taken a gander at the selections at newegg and tiger, and i'm fairly overwhelmed by the number of cases out there. I figured you guys would be much more effective at narrowing down my options.

Right now, i'm not satisfied with the water cooling rig i have at all. The single 120mm radiator is just not doing it, and thermaltake basically didn't make a good piece of equipment, because i've already had a few parts break that i've had to jerry-rig to keep working (living in iraq atm, not much to work with).

SO, i want to toss that awful contraption and build a real setup from scratch, which i know i wont be able to really do with the case that i have.

What i need are suggestions for full tower cases that are water cooling friendly. I'm more concerned with performance over cosmetics, but a good looking case wouldn't hurt. I'm pretty sure i need to go with a bottom mounted psu case, since whatever radiator i land on, will probably end up on the top of the case.

So with that all said, if any of you guys would be so kind as to help me narrow my search, i would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
    
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post #2 of 11
I think the HAF 932 would suit your needs well and it doesn't cost much either.
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post #3 of 11
When looking for a case that will be water cooling friendly, you should probably think about some of these features. One, it should have ample space inside to work with, once I build a WC'ed rig, I plan on building it up inside of a full tower so I won't have to worry about cramming anything in there. Second, if I were you, I would look into aluminum cases, not for looks or style or anything, but simply because of weight. Finally, I would look into a case with a separate PSU bay (you know, the ones that hide the PSU) so you'll be able to fit the pump, and reservoir inside of it without having to clutter up the main bay. All of that being said; I've always liked these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119138

And as spRICE said, the HAF 932, a lot of people hate them because they're overused, but I like mine. The only drawback is that's steel.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160
post #4 of 11
Definitely a Haf-932. Only good cosmos case is the cosmos S and even then hard to beat the Haf-932 for the price
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post #5 of 11
tj07 but that's more than likely out of your price range. I'd go with a 932, cosmos S, or a panzerbox.

EDIT: also look at the AZZA solano. Cheap case for what it is but I can't comment on it's build quality.
    
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post #6 of 11
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Thanks for the suggestions. The coolermaster case's are definitely strong candidates. Also, my budget is about $250 for this case.
    
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by TheDarkFox102 View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. The coolermaster case's are definitely strong candidates. Also, my budget is about $250 for this case.
If you're not in a hurry to buy, you could always wait for a used Lian Li.
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Originally Posted by GSingh View Post
was about to recommend that when i saw his budget. Very nice case and my 2nd/3rd choice
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post #10 of 11
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Yeah i saw the 840 in an issue of Maximum PC, they used it for this year's 'dream machine'. I watched some video reviews of it on youtube, and it looks really freakin' good. But nonetheless, i am asking for suggestions for a reason.
    
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